Wednesday April 29, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT
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Isabel Estrada 
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) 

WEBINAR: Transnationalism, networks and culture: Implications for health and behavior 

OBSSR’s Minority Health Month Webinar Series

The Cultural Framework for Health – New Approaches  

Transnationalism, networks and culture: Implications for health and behavior

A multilevel framework exploring the relationship between transnationalism, culture and health

Meeting Information     

Name: Culture Webinar April 29

Start Time:  04/29/2015 2:00 PM

Duration:     01:00

URL:  https://webmeeting.nih.gov/culture_webinar_2/

Audio Conference Details

Conference Number(s):    1-888-850-4523

Participant Code:   214908


The Aqui Lá project, supported by the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health, works with a multilevel framework to conceptualize the impact of culture and transnationalism on health. Aqui Lá, meaning Here and There, is the story of many Brazilian and Dominican transnationals who are living emotionally, socially, and in some cases, physically between two nations. We explore the notion that health behaviors and attitudes are influenced by both transnational and local ecologies.

To explore the multiple levels shaping culture among Brazilian and Dominican transnationals, our interdisciplinary team employed several data collection methods. During cultural conversations, steeped in critical pedagogy, participants explored attributes of the cultures they belong to, and engaged in lively discussions about shared experiences of cultural adaptation, transnational practices, and health concerns. Egocentric social network interviews allowed us to visualize and explore socially grounded practices which included transnational movement and activities, individual and group-level performance of cultural beliefs and behaviors, and interpersonal influences on health beliefs and behaviors.

Presenters Bios

Linda S. Sprague Martinez, PhD Linda S. Sprague Martinez, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Macro Community Practice at the Boston University School of Social Work. Her work is focused on how assets can be recognized and leveraged by communities to improve living environments and health. She is specifically interested in examining culturally relevant strategies to tackle health inequities. Community and youth engaged approaches to intervention are central to her work. Dr. Sprague Martinez has expertise in urban health; community, student and youth engaged research; photovoice; community assessment and mobilization; and qualitative research methods and analyses. She currently co-directs (with Drs. Negron and Siqueira) a study exploring transnationalism, culture, and health among Brazilian and Dominican immigrant in Massachusetts funded by the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and supported by the National Institute on Minority Health And Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R24MD008819.

Rosalyn Negrón, PhD Rosalyn Negrón, PhD is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Broadly, her work deals with the interpersonal dimensions of ethnicity in diverse cities, with a special focus on social interaction and social networks. With applications to health, communication, and immigration policy, Dr. Negrón’s work bridges multiple substantive and methodological areas, including social network analysis, health disparities research, and ethnic and racial minority STEM participation. She has conducted research in Jamaica, Florida, New York City, and Boston, and her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the Ford Foundation.  


Dr. Carlos Eduardo Siqueira, ScD, MD Dr. Carlos Eduardo Siqueira, ScD, MD is an Associate Professor at the College of Public and Community Services and Coordinator of the Transnational Brazilian Project at the Mauricio Gastón Institute of Latino Community Development and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He holds a doctorate in Work Environment Policy from University of Massachusetts Lowell and a Master in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Over his career, he has researched healthcare workers’ work environment policy issues, environmental justice for Brazilian immigrants, Brazilian health policy, and health and safety disparities at work.