Jen Sanchez, MPH


I am a third year doctoral student in the San Diego State University/University of California at San Diego joint-doctoral program in Public Health (Health Behavior). I completed my BA in Sociology at DePaul University and my MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan. During my undergraduate and graduate studies, I worked as a research assistant for the Prevention Research Center of Michigan and have participated in the MHIRT programs in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Santiago, Chile mainly working in the field of HIV-prevention research. After graduating from my MPH program, I worked as a Research Assistant for the Center for Managing Chronic Disease in Ann Arbor, MI where I worked on the W.K. Kellogg Food and Community Initiative evaluation project conducting content and policy analysis on food and active living systems. After this experience, I worked for the University of Michigan as a project manager for a multi-media intervention campaign promoting infant supine sleep among new mothers in Detroit.

My research experiences have been varied so I’m excited to pursue my own research interests, in healthy food access, policy, and consumer food environments, at IBACH. Under the guidance of Dr. Guadalupe X. “Suchi” Ayala, I am working on the El Valor de Nuestra Salud Study. Through El Valor, I received an NIH/NCI Diversity Supplement to conduct an independent research study entitled, “Farm-to-Tienda”. Within this study, I am using formative research methods to explore possible linkages between small Latino food stores and local farmers to promote the distribution and consumption of locally-sourced produce.


Current Research Project(s)
El Valor de Nuestra Salud/The Value of Our Health