Elizabeth Andrade TabsBio Elizabeth Andrade is Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health and the Administrative Core Director of the Avance Center for the Advancement of Immigrant/Refugee Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University. As a behavioral scientist, Dr. Andrade is committed to public health practice and research that advances the well-being of communities in development and populations that experience health disparities. Dr. Andrade has worked extensively with immigrant Latino populations in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area and with communities in Latin America for the conduct of community-based participatory research using mixed methods. She has been involved in numerous rigorous NIH- and CDC-funded health disparities and research grants in the areas of substance abuse, sexual risk, youth and intimate partner violence, obesity and chronic disease prevention, environmental health, and water/sanitation/hygiene. With expertise in planning and evaluation of culturally-tailored interventions, her work has focused on community engagement for health promotion and disease prevention, assessing determinants of health, planning targeted interventions, developing bilingual training and education materials, media and messaging campaigns, and the use of innovative communication approaches for prevention, including entertainment education. ExpertiseExpertise: Behavioral HealthCommunity HealthEvaluation ResearchGlobal HealthHealth DisparitiesProgram EvaluationSocial Determinants of HealthChronic DiseaseHealth CommunicationEducation: Bachelor's in Arts (Biology), University of Missouri-Columbia, 2002 Bachelor's in Arts (Spanish), University of Missouri-Columbia, 2002 Study Abroad, University of Costa Rica, 1999-2000 Masters in Public Health (Global), The George Washington University, 2004 Doctor of Public Health (Behavioral Health), The George Washington University, 2012 Teaching: PubH 6500: Planning and Administration of Health Promotion Programs, Online Course Director PUBH 1101: Introduction to Public Health and Health Services Teaching Assistantships/Co-Facilitation PubH 6008: Management Approaches to Public Health, 2009 - 2012 PubH 6500: Planning and Administration of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs, 2011 – 2012 Community Service: Dr. Andrade was an active volunteer in the GWU community and with Engineers Without Borders-DC Professionals Chapter from 2004-2012. As the Project Director of the Santa Clara, El Salvador project, she led multidisciplinary volunteer and student teams in an effort to bring potable water to Santa Clara, El Salvador (pop. 3,200) and to implement a four-year community-based hygiene promotion program. Dr. Andrade led the development of a diverse partnership for this project, and oversaw multiple needs assessments, grant-writing/fundraising, formative research, training of health promoters, community capacity building/training activities, and implementation and evaluation of the hygiene promotion intervention. www.ewb-dc.org/projects/santa-clara. She was Principal Investigator for three studies related to this project: a public health needs assessment (2004), formative research for the hygiene intervention (2006-2007) and the hygiene intervention evaluation (2008-2012). Dr. Andrade was recognized in 2008 for her service to the global community in GW Magazine and she was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in 2010. Dr. Andrade continues to volunteer in the local DC community, focusing her attention on projects that contribute to reducing health disparities among Latino immigrant communities. ResearchResearch: Dr. Andrade’s work is dedicated to understanding and addressing health disparities experienced by vulnerable populations, particularly immigrant communities or underrepresented groups. Her research interests extend across a number of health topics, from chronic disease and environmental determinants to risk behaviors for substance abuse and sexual risk. The areas that tie her work together are a focus on behavior change for health and the use of communication strategies for engagement and health promotion.