Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Yolanda C. Padilla

ProfessorPh.D., University of Michigan

Yolanda C. Padilla



Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health and Well-Being with an Emphasis on Mexican American Children and Families; Poverty; Immigration; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies


Dr. Padilla's areas of interest are population studies focusing on racial and ethnic disparities in health and well-being with an emphasis on Mexican American children and families, poverty, immigration, and applications to social welfare policy development. Her areas of practice specialization are policy analysis and community practice.

Padilla and colleagues have concentrated their recent efforts on an NICHD supported study of the impact on Mexican American child health and development of their living conditions, in particular, parental access to resources. Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, they have examined factors affecting the quality of life of Mexican American children during early childhood. Their descriptive profile of the living conditions of one of the most disadvantaged subgroups of Mexican American children, children of immigrants in unmarried families, documented the minimal resources of these children. Results of this study will be published in the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. A second paper showed that Mexican American children have lower rates of health insurance and lower health care utilization, and that the group most disadvantaged is children of foreign born mothers. Results appear in the 2006 Special Issue on Ethnicity of the Social Science Quarterly.

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