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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


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

About

India J. Ornelas teaches in the MPH program and is the faculty lead for the Health Behavior and Social Determinants of Health area of emphasis in the PhD Program. She serves as the Research Director for the Latino Center for Health. Her research focuses on understanding how social and cultural factors influence the health of Latino and American Indian communities. She also 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; theory-based interventions; cancer prevention and control; community-based participatory research


Hill CM, Williams EC, Ornelas IJ. Help Wanted: Mental Health and Social Stressors Among Latino Day Laborers. Am J Mens Health. 2019 Mar-Apr;13(2):1557988319838424. doi: 10.1177/1557988319838424.  PMID: 30880547    PMCID: PMC6438433
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Molina KM, Estrella ML, Durazo-Arvizu R, Malcarne VL, Llabre MM, Isasi CR, Ornelas IJ, Perreira KM, Penedo FJ, Brondolo E, Gallo L, Daviglus ML. Perceived discrimination and physical health-related quality of life: The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) Sociocultural Ancillary Study. Soc Sci Med. 2019 Feb;222:91-100. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.12.038. Epub 2018 Dec 27.  PMID: 30623798    PMCID: PMC6377306
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Bensley KM, Fortney J, Chan G, Dombrowski JC, Ornelas I, Rubinsky AD, Lapham GT, Glass JE, Williams EC. Differences in Receipt of Alcohol-Related Care Across Rurality Among VA Patients Living With HIV With Unhealthy Alcohol Use. J Rural Health. 2019 Jan 31. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12345. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 30703856
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Ornelas IJ, Osterbauer K, Woo L, Bishop SK, Deschenie D, Beresford SAA, Lombard K. Gardening for Health: Patterns of Gardening and Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among the Navajo. J Community Health. 2018 May 19. doi: 10.1007/s10900-018-0521-1. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 29779075
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Bensley KM, McGinnis KA, Fortney J, Chan KCG, Dombrowski JC, Ornelas I, Edelman EJ, Goulet JL, Satre DD, Justice AC, Fiellin DA, Williams EC. Patterns of Alcohol Use Among Patients Living With HIV in Urban, Large Rural, and Small Rural Areas. J Rural Health. 2018 Oct 19. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12326. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 30339740
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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

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

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

Progress Report: Using Brief Interventions to Reduce Unhealthy Drinking Among Latino Day Laborers
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
PI:   Ornelas           Dates:    9/1/2015 - 8/31/2016

Using Brief Interventions to Reduce Unhealthy Drinking Among Latino Day Laborers
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Ornelas           Dates:    7/1/2014 - 6/30/2017

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