Yumary Ruiz

Research Interests:

Dr. Ruiz's scholarly and teaching interests are in the area of health disparities among racial, ethnic and migrant populations with a particular emphasis on Latino youths and their families. Her current research explores both macro (i.e. migration trajectories) and micro (i.e. health behavior decision making) influences on health outcomes and behaviors among Latinos. Most recently, Dr. Ruiz has studied migration as a unique macro level determinant of health and well-being among Mexican immigrants in the United States. A novel aspect of Dr. Ruiz's empirical research is the important role of the Latino family in shaping adolescent risk behavior and the ways in which Latino family life is influenced by broader contextual influences such as migration and related social determinants of health. The overarching goal of Dr. Ruiz's research program is to develop innovative mechanisms (i.e. use of community health workers, provider-parent collaborations for preventing teen risk behavior, etc.) for the delivery of empirically based targeted interventions designed to reduce health disparities among the Latino community in the United States and across Latin America and Spanish speaking Caribbean.

Education:

Ph.D., Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (2006)
M.P.H., Community Health Education, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA (2000)
B.S., Biology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA (1996)

Selected Publications:

  • Guilamo-Ramos, V., Lee, J. J., Ruiz, Y., Hagan, H., Delva, M., Quiñones, Z., Kamler, A., Robles, G. (2014). Illicit drug use and HIV risk in the Dominican Republic: Tourism areas create drug use opportunities. Global Public Health, 1-13. Published online, October 20, 2014 DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2014.966250.
  • Ruiz, Y., Guilamo-Ramos, V., McCarthy, K., Muñoz-Laboy, M.A., Lourdes Rosas López, M. (2014). Exploring Migratory Dynamics on HIV Transmission: The Case of Mexicans in New York City and Puebla, Mexico. American Journal of Public Health, 104, 1036-1044
  • Ruiz, Y., Matos, S, Kapadia, S., Islam, N., Cusack, A., Kwong, S., & Trinh-Shevrin, C. (2012). Lessons Learned from a Community-Academic Initiative (CAI): The Development of a Core Competency-Based Training for CAI-Community Health Workers. American Journal of Public Health, 102, 2372-2379. 
  • Azar, C.F. & Ruiz, Y. (2003). “We are all Public Health”: September 11 and its aftermath through the eyes of public health educators at ground zero. Health Promotion Practice, 4, 362-366

Academic Textbook

  • Guttmacher, S., Kelly, P.J., & Ruiz-Janecko, Y# (2010). Community-Based Health Interventions. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Selected Presentations

  • Kapadia, S., Guttmacher, S., Kwon, S., Shijian, L., Park, R., Rey, M., Ruiz, Y., Shapiro, E., Trinh-Shevrin, C., Van Devanter, N., Islam, N. (2012 Evaluation of a community-based participatory research student training program [Poster Presentation] American Public Health Association 140th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. October 2012.
  • Ruiz, Y. Building Community Capacity, Workforce and Leadership.  Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Health Conference, New York, NY. Moderator, December, 2011
  • Matos, S., Ruiz, Y., Kapadia, S., Islam, N., Cusack, A., Kwong, S., Hicks, A., Yu, K*., Trinh-Shevrin, C.  & Rey, M. Lessons Learned from a Community-Academic Initiative (CAI): The Development of a Core Competency-Based Training for CAI-Community Health Workers. [Oral Presentation] American Public Health Association 139th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. October 2011.
  • Kapadia F, Ruiz Y, Bello V*. Formal and informal social support and social ties among recent male and female migrants from Puebla, Mexico. [Poster Presentation] American Public Health Association 139th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. October 2011.
  • Ruiz Y, Kapadia F, Bello V*. Influence of recent migration on sexual and contraceptive decision making among migrants from Puebla, Mexico residing in New York City. [Roundtable Presentation] American Public Health Association 139th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. October 2011.
  • Kapadia S, Matos S, Ruiz Y, Islam N, Cusack A, Kwong S, Hicks A, Yu K*, Trinh-Shevrin C, Rey M. Development of a Standardized, Core Competencies-Based Community Health Worker Training Program: Lessons Learned and Formative Evaluation Results. [Poster Presentation] Healthier New York City 1st Annual Conference - New York Academy of Medicine. New York, NY. April 14, 2011.
  • Kapadia S, Matos S, Ruiz Y, Islam N, Cusack A, Kwong S, Hicks A, Yu K*, Trinh-Shevrin C, Rey M. Development of a Standardized, Core Competencies-Based Community Health Worker Training Program: Lessons Learned and Formative Evaluation Results. [Poster Presentation] NYU Department of Medicine Research Day. New York, NY. May 11, 2011.
  • Matos S, Ruiz Y, Kapadia S, Islam N, Cusack A, Kwong S, Hicks A, Yu K*, Trinh-Shevrin C, Rey M. Development of a Standardized, Core Competencies-Based Community Health Worker Training Program: Lessons Learned and Formative Evaluation Results. [Poster Presentation] Annual CDC PRC Conference - The Changing Face of Public Health Research and Practice. Atlanta, GA., April 13, 2011.

Yumary Ruiz

Assistant Professor

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Phone: (765) 494-9112
Fax: (765) 496-1239
Email: ruiz46@purdue.edu

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