Fellowship site: IMPACTA, Lima, Peru
Mentoring US institution: Florida International University and Yale University
Research interest: HIV Risk behavior among transgenders in Lima, Peru
During her doctoral training at FIU, Elena worked at an NCMHD Center of Excellence mentored by Drs. Mary Jo Trepka and Mario De La Rosa—her dissertation focused on social capital, HIV risk behavior and substance-use among Latino immigrants. She worked with FHI360 on microbicide trials and completed the University of Michigan Population Fellowship at EngenderHealth/Ghana. Elena published, and presented at conferences including: Caribbean Health Research Scientific Council, Triangulating on Health Equity in the Caribbean, American Public Health Association, and Coalition for Advancing Multipurpose Innovations. She aims to become a global health researcher on sexual risk behavior and women's health.
Elena will spend her fellowship year at la Asociación Civil Impacta Salud y Educación (IMPACTA) in Lima, under the mentorship of Purnima Madhivanan, MD, MPH and Frederick Altice, MD, MA. Her research will focus on secondary data analysis on a longitudinal survey—specifically on sexual risk behavior among transgender individuals in Lima.