Ángela Gutiérrez is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Southern California (USC) Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

Dr. Gutiérrez conducts research at the intersections of public health, medical sociology, and education and employs quantitative, qualitative, and community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods to identify the factors that buffer or exacerbate health and educational disparities among Latinx adults and other socially disadvantaged groups. Her three interdisciplinary lines of research assess: (1) risk and resilience among racial and ethnic minorities with chronic health conditions; (2) community-based and culturally informed research among underserved communities; and (3) workforce diversity in health-related sectors. Collectively, these lines of research identify the social factors contributing to the distribution of illness and wellness at the population level, with an overarching goal of mitigating health disparities and promoting health equity.

Authored by Ángela Gutiérrez, Ph.D., M.P.H.


Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Health Services and Policy Research Workforce

Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in health services research (HSR) requires an equity-minded approach where there is genuine commitment and infrastructural support from people in positions of power. It also takes investment in long-term and targeted approaches, and constant assessment of the impact of these efforts.