The CAA Program Committee was established to provide input from various leading experts in population issues, geriatric service provision, and health care policy and advocacy with respect to Hispanic ethnicity. This committee will play an integral part in planning upcoming conferences.
Dr. Bastida is Chair and Professor of the Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Robert Stemple College of Public Health and Social Work, Florida International University in Miami. She is Principal Investigator of the Border Epidemiologic Study of Aging (BESA), a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, Institute on Aging. Her research examines diabetes among middle-aged and older adult Hispanics residing along the Texas/Mexico border. In this work, she examines mental and physical health disparities, particularly the effect of immigration on mental health outcomes. She is also investigating the social and economic costs of diabetes and its impact on health care utilization in the United States and Mexico.
Dr. Crimmins is Associate Dean of Davis School of Gerontology, Edna M. Jones Professor of Gerontology and Sociology. She is currently working on a number of projects. "The Role of Biological Factors in Determining Differences in Health by Education and Income Level" is being undertaken with Teresa Seeman of UCLA. This project examines how aging is linked to markers of biological functioning and how the pace of change in these markers is related to education and income. Factors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, homocysteine, antioxidants, fibrinogen, and immune function indicators are among the factors being investigated.
Crimmins also works on Healthy Life Expectancy in the Older Population defining healthy in a variety of ways. In addition she is working on male/female differences in health and mortality as well as differences by gender in life stresses and strains. Crimmins is the director of the USC/UCLA Center on Biodemography and Population Health (CBPH). The purpose of the Center is to integrate medical, biological, and epidemiological information to model and predict population health trends. The Center provides pilot project money for relevant research and supports a series of seminars and workshops on the two campuses.
Dr. González is a clinical neuropsychologist and an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences with a joint appointment in the Institute of Gerontology. He has research interests in neuroepidemiology, including psychiatric epidemiology. Dr. González’ primary research objectives are to determine modifiable risk factors for disability and to develop and implement cost-effect methods for reducing public health burdens, particularly in disadvantaged populations. Since his clinical and research fellowship at the University of California, Davis, Department of Neurology and later as faculty in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology, he has been a co-investigator of the Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging (SALSA). Work in this prospective cohort study of Aging in older Mexican Americans formed his research objectives into research foci on the leading determinants of morbidity facing the U.S. and global populations, vascular disease and depression. Dr. González is pursuing his research agenda as Principal Investigator of a National Institute of Mental Health funded study to examine Vascular Depression and Function in Older Latinos.
Dr. Haan's primary research interests are in the epidemiology of chronic diseases in aging populations. This involves study of the etiology and natural history of chronic diseases and cognitive and functional impairment across the life course. Her research career has encompassed disease prevention in old age, the etiology of neurodegenerative diseases and the influence of cardiovascular disease on dementia. Her central focus has been on race and ethnicity as factors in explaining the heterogeneity of disease and functioning in aging. As PI for the Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging (SALSA), she is conducting research into the associations between diabetes, dementia and cognitive impairment. This research concerns the influence of cultural, social, psychological, dietary, genetic and biological risk factors on the development of these conditions in older Latinos across the life course. She is interested in inter generational factors that influence the transmission of risk factors and disease. She remains involved in clinical research in women's health, especially on the influence of hormones on the aging process, gene-environment interactions between estrogen and Apolipoprotein E, and the role of estrogen in preventing cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases and cognitive decline. Dr. Haan is the Director of a T32 doctoral training program – “Interdisciplinary Research Training in Aging and Public Health” that promotes cross training in aging and public health.
Mark Hayward's primary research interests center on the influence of life cycle socioeconomic achievement on the health experiences of the American older population. Presently, he is involved in several studies focusing on the origins of health disparities at older ages: early life influences on socioeconomic and race disparities in adult morbidity and mortality, the demography of race/ethnic disparities in healthy life expectancy; social inequality in the biomarkers of aging, and the health consequences of marriage, divorce, and widowhood. Recent publications have focused on health as a determinant of racial inequality in the retirement life cycle, changes in morbidity and mortality determining trends in healthy life expectancy, socioeconomic and race/ethnic differences in healthy life expectancy, the association between childhood health and adult morbidity, and the socioeconomic origins of the race gap in chronic disease morbidity. His recently published work has appeared in the American Sociological Review, Demography, the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and Social Science and Medicine.
Dr. Palloni's current research interests investigate the relationship between early health status and social stratification and inequality and poverty in the United States, determinants of health and mortality disparities among ethnic groups in the United States, families and households in Africa and Latin America, aging and mortality in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the application of mathematical and statistical models to the study of health and mortality determinants, fertility, social stratification, and the spread of disease, in particular for HIV/AIDS.
Palloni is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a National Institutes of Health Merit Scholar, and a past president of the Population Association of America. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, Calif.
V. Nelly Salgado de Snyder
Dr. V. Nelly Salgado de Snyder is former director of Determinants and Challenges of the Health System at the Mexican National Institute of Public Health (INSP). She is a professor and researcher at the INSP where she leads the research line "Health and Vulnerable Groups"and coordinates the Global Health program. She has published over 100 journal articles, books and book chapters about social vulnerability and health, and has conducted research with groups such as undocumented immigrants, elderly, and those living in poverty. She is a member of the Mexican Academy of Scientific Research, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a Fulbright Fellow, and New Century Scholar by the Fulbright Program on Health in a Borderless World. Currently she is on sabbatical leave as a Balzan Fellow at the International Institute for Society and Health, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London.
Dr. Rebeca Wong is P. & S. Kempner Distinguished Professor in Health Disparities, and Director of the World Health Organization/ Pan American Health Organization Collaborating Center on Aging and Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). Dr. Wong?s research agenda focuses on the economic consequences of population aging, particularly in Mexico and among immigrant Hispanics in the U.S. She has completed recent work on lifestyle transitions among elderly in the U.S. and Mexico, poverty and utilization of health services among the elderly, international migration and later old age wellbeing in Mexico, and the impact of the social security reform in Mexico. She served as co-Principal Investigator in the Mexican Health and Aging Study, funded by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health to locate research on Mexico?s unique health dynamics in a broad socioeconomic context. The study included a national longitudinal survey of multiple purposes among population of middle and old age.