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Aimee Afable-Munsuz

Overall, my research aims to enrich our understanding of the social mechanisms that explain racial and ethnic disparities in health.  I am interested in a range of social mechanisms including cultural differences in childbearing and how they mediate racial/ethnic disparities in unintended pregnancy; cultural variation in sense of personal control and implications for health service utilization; and the moderating effects of social context on the relationship between acculturation and health.  More recently, my research examines how acculturation following arrival in the U.S. influences cancer related behaviors such as cancer screening, alcohol use and physical activity among the country’s major immigrant groups.  I currently hold an academic appointment as a Research Specialist in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  I also have affiliations with the NIA funded Center for Aging in Diverse Communities, the Society, Diversity and Disparities Program at Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Institute for Health Policy Studies all at UCSF.  I received a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University and PhD, MPH in Population Sciences and Public Health from Tulane University.

Project Title:
Acculturation Context and Physical Activity among Adults of Latin and Asian Origins.
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Recent and Pending Publications

Afable-Munsuz A, Ponce NA, Rodriguez MA and Perez-Stable EJ. ( 2010). “Immigrant generation and physical activity among Mexican, Chinese & Filipino adults in the U.S.” Social Science and Medicine, 70(12): 1997-2005.

Afable-Munsuz, A and Braveman, P, (2008). Pregnancy Intention and Preterm Birth: Differential Associations Among a Diverse Population of Women.  Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 40(2):66-73.

Support for this program was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ® Princeton, New Jersey