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Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education
William D. Lopez is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and faculty associate in the Department of Latina/o Studies. His research and teaching center on racial health inequities, especially those experienced by Latinx immigrant communities in the Midwest and rural United States. As a mixed-methodologist, Lopez has used health surveys, participant observation, and semi-structured and narrative interview techniques to consider the ripple effects of policies on the individuals, families, and communities that are subjected to them. His award-winning book, Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid, documents the strain that deportation places on mixed-status families and communities in the Midwest.
B.A. University of Notre Dame; M.P.H. University of Texas, Houston; Ph.D. University of Michigan
Overcoming the chilling effect: Identifying strategies for improving immigrant families’ acceptability and accessibility to health and social services that alleviate poverty The project: In March 2017, a commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) by two physicians called for research on the potential “chilling effect” that increased immigration enforcement under the new presidential administration would have on immigrant’s willingness to seek healthcare or government services. Given that the timely receipt of health and social […]