Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, Ph.D.

Dr. Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati is Associate Director for Community Engagement of the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Associate Dean for Community Initiatives and a tenured Professor in Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. She is also Faculty Advisor to Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC), and holds a Courtesy appointment in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She is the Director of the KSOM Center for Health Equity in the Americas and of the Community Schomar Collaborative on Health Equity. Dr. Baezconde-Garbanati has a long history of successful Research, teaching and services to protect Californians from the deleterious effects of tobacco use and tobacco exposure. Her work on multiunit housing and second hand smoke is pioneering, as work as on retailers in racial/ ethnic community, and preventing youth from smoking. She continues her regulatory scientific endeavors on  retailers that sell to acco and on vape shops, now expanded use and exposure of smoke from cannabis. Her research  deals with adolescents, acculturation, drug and tobacco use, obesity and physical activity most of it conducted using community based and community participatory methods to address health disparities and social determinants of health. She has five academic degrees from around the world. Dr. Baezconde-Garbanati has a Ph.D. in Public Health and an M.P.H. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a M.A. in Medical Psychology from Universite Catholique de Louvain, in Belgium. She obtained two bachelor’s degrees in Clinical and Industrial Psychology at the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena; from the Dominican Republic (DR). Raised between Santo Domingo, DR and New York, she has been a resident of Los Angeles for the last 36 years. She is well recognized nationally and internationally for her extensive record of publications in prestigious journals in her field and has won numerous awards and recognitions for her work. Dr. Baezconde-Garbanati speaks multiple languages fluently, including French and Spanish and is highly sought out as a speaker for her work on the role of culture and sociodeterminants of health in helping to eliminate health disparities in vulnerable populations.

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