Tonantzin Juarez is a Senior Health Policy Analyst at the Weitzman Institute. She has experience with grant funded research projects, community outreach efforts and cross-cultural programs. Prior to coming to Weitzman, Tonantzin worked as an Economic Associate at the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica where she provided technical and substantive support to the State Department’s Regional Environmental Hub for Central America and the Caribbean. Her work included research, policy analysis and reporting to advance U.S. government environmental, science, technology and health (ESTH) objectives in the region. In West Africa, Tonantzin worked for Agir Pour la Planification Familiale, a project funded by USAID, where she lead monitoring and evaluation for the West African Ambassador Fund (WAAD) grants and supported the development and implementation of various projects related to expanding women’s access to and use of family planning services in five West African countries. With the UT Health Brownsville Regional Campus she served as the project manager for the UT Health Mobile Clinic Community Health Worker/Navigator program which provided basic health services to rural areas of Cameron County. Tonantzin grew up dividing her time between the border towns of Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros Mexico. She is very proud of her bicultural upbringing which allowed her to see first-hand how social, cultural, economic and political factors affect the health of border residents. Tonantzin is a graduate of UT Brownsville where she double majored in Psychology and History. She has a Master of Science in Psychology from UT San Antonio. Tonantzin is bilingual in English and Spanish, and is proficient in French.
The second post in our Weitzman Institute blog series on conducting health equity research during the COVID-19 pandemic highlights challenges and lessons learned in building rapport and authentically engaging with patients in a virtual research environment.