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Ariana Avila, Anthropology

I am interested in how U.S. immigration policies affect access to health care for individuals and families with undocumented or precarious immigration status, particularly among farmworkers from Haiti working and living in the agricultural hubs of Southwest Florida. Most importtantly, I am interested in the collective agency in responding to barriers in health and systems of power. I am a part of the Graduate certificate in Literature, Medicine, and Culture, where I am interested in utilizing creative writing skills as a way to make research more accessible. I am also a part of the Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research, as I am interested in community-based health research. Prior to beginning my program, I earned my MPH from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and served as a Global Health Fellow with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti (2016-2019).

Research Interests

farmworker health; the US South; social determinants of health; US immigration policies

Faculty Preceptor(s)

Carmen Gutierrez, Amanda L. Thompson