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India J. Ornelas

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Associate Professor, Health Services


Education

PhD   University of North Carolina, 2009   (Health Education, Health Behavior)
MPH   University of Washington, 1999   (Health Services)
BA   Brown University, 1996   (Health and Society)

Contact Info

email:   iornelas@uw.edu

address:
University of Washington
UW Tower, 14th Floor
4333 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195-9455

campus box:   359455
voice:   206-685-8887
fax:   206-616-3135

About

India J. Ornelas teaches in the MPH program and is the Director of the MPH Core Curriculum. Her research focuses on understanding how social and cultural factors influence the health of Latino and American Indian communities. She collaborates with communities to develop and test culturally relevant interventions in the areas of mental health, substance use and cancer prevention.


Racial and ethnic health disparities; social determinants of health; Latino and immigrant populations; American Indian populations; health promotion interventions; community-based participatory research; cancer prevention; mental health; substance use; coronavirus
  • HSERV 555
    Health Disparities
  • HSERV 580
    Foundations of Health Behavior and Social Determinants of Health


Ornelas IJ, Yamanis TJ, Ruiz RA. The Health of Undocumented Latinx Immigrants: What We Know and Future Directions. Annu Rev Public Health. 2020 Apr 2;41:289-308. doi: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-040119-094211.  PMID: 32237989
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Brown MC, Harris JR, Hammerback K, Kohn MJ, Parrish AT, Chan GK, Ornelas IJ, Helfrich CD, Hannon PA. Development of a Wellness Committee Implementation Index for Workplace Health Promotion Programs in Small Businesses. Am J Health Promot. 2020 Feb 20:890117120906967. doi: 10.1177/0890117120906967. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 32077300
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Rios Casas F, Ryan D, Perez G, Maurer S, Tran AN, Rao D, Ornelas IJ. "Se vale llorar y se vale reír": Latina Immigrants' Coping Strategies for Maintaining Mental Health in the Face of Immigration-Related Stressors. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2020 Feb 10. doi: 10.1007/s40615-020-00717-7. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 32040841
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Ornelas IJ, Doyle SR, Torres VN, Serrano SE, Duran B, Donovan DM. Vida PURA: results from a pilot randomized trial of a culturally adapted screening and brief intervention to reduce unhealthy alcohol use among Latino day laborers. Transl Behav Med. 2019 Jun 17. pii: ibz071. doi: 10.1093/tbm/ibz071. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 31206579    PMCID: PMC6875653
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Molina Y, Henderson V, Ornelas IJ, Scheel JR, Bishop S, Doty SL, Patrick DL, Beresford SAA, Coronado GD. Understanding Complex Roles of Family for Latina Health: Evaluating Family Obligation Stress. Fam Community Health. 2019 Oct/Dec;42(4):254-260. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000232.  PMID: 31403986    PMCID: PMC6693639
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2019
Member, dissertation committee for Meagan Brown
Promoting Health Among Vulnerable Workers: Disentangling Context and Implementation

2019
Chair, thesis committee for Cathea Carey
Help Seeking Patterns and Perceived Barriers to Care for Latino Immigrant Men with Unhealthy Alcohol Use

2019
Chair, capstone for Alejandra Palomino
Deportation, Return Migration and Mental Health: An Evaluation of Otros Dreams en Accion (ODA)

2019
Chair, dissertation committee for Vanessa Torres
Assessing alcohol-related consequences, participant satisfaction, and engagement strategies in the Vida PURA study of u healthy alcohol use among Latino day laborers.

2017
Member, dissertation committee for Kara Bensley
Racial/Ethnic and Rural Differences in Alcohol Use, Care and Related Outcomes among VA Patients Living with HIV

2017
Member, thesis committee for Andre Carvalho
Racial/Ethnic Differences in Head and Neck Cancer Survival Rates

2017
Chair, thesis committee for Clara Hill
Help Wanted: Social and Economic Stressors and Mental Health among Latino Day Laborers

2017
Chair, capstone for Khanh Ho
Video Intervention Promoting Cervical Cancer Screening among Karen-Burmese and Nepali-Bhutanese Refugee Women: A Pilot Study

Center for Health Equity and Workforce Diversity
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
PI:   Frogner           Dates:    9/1/2020 - 8/31/2021

Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Cooperative Agreements
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
PI:   Chwastiak           Dates:    8/15/2020 - 8/14/2021

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Hannon           Dates:    9/30/2019 - 9/29/2024

Center for Health Equity and Workforce Diversity
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
PI:   Frogner           Dates:    9/1/2019 - 8/31/2020

SHARE-NW: Solutions in Health Analytics for Rural Equity across the Northwest
HHS Office of Minority Health
PI:   Bekemeier           Dates:    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

Cooking for Health
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Fretts           Dates:    12/1/2018 - 11/30/2019

Center for Health Equity and Workforce Diversity
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
PI:   Frogner           Dates:    9/1/2018 - 8/31/2022

SHARE-NW: Solutions in Health Analytics for Rural Equity in the NW
HHS Office of Minority Health
PI:   Bekemeier           Dates:    7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019

Amigas Latinas Motivando el Alma (ALMA): A Randomized Control Trial of an Intervention to Reduce Mental Health Disparities in Mexican Immigrant Women
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Ornelas           Dates:    6/1/2018 - 5/31/2019

Cooking for Health
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Fretts           Dates:    4/1/2018 - 3/31/2022

Amigas Latinas Motivando el Alma (ALMA): A Randomized Control Trial of an Intervention to Reduce Mental Health Disparities in Mexican Immigrant Women
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Ornelas           Dates:    9/1/2017 - 8/31/2022

Tribal Colleges and Universities Behavior Wellness Study
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Duran           Dates:    7/1/2017 - 6/30/2018

SHARE-NW: Solutions in Health Analytics for Rural Equity in the NW
HHS Office of Minority Health
PI:   Bekemeier           Dates:    7/1/2017 - 6/30/2022

Year 2 Progress Report: Using Brief Interventions to Reduce Unhealthy Drinking Among Latino Day Laborers
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
PI:   Ornelas           Dates:    9/1/2016 - 8/31/2017

Tribal Colleges and Universities Behavior Wellness Study (TCU-BeWell)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Duran           Dates:    4/1/2013 - 3/31/2018