Dr. Ernesto Moralez

Assistant Professor Public Health

Ph.D. in Health and Behavioral Science
University of Colorado-Denver
Denver, CO MPH (emphasis in Community Health Education)
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM

Ernesto Moralez

Ernesto A. Moralez, Ph.D., MPH, CHES, earned his doctorate from the University of Colorado Denver in Health and Behavioral Science and his MPH from New Mexico State University specializing in community health education. He also served as a faculty member at the Southern New Mexico Family Residency Program in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and a Research Project Lead with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Moralez’s research collaborations focus on the intersection of public health and clinical medicine, working in interprofessional groups (e.g., medical anthropologists, social workers, clinical psychologists) to improve patient care and community health. This included his doctoral research, which examined the impact of chronic illness severity on depression outcomes in primary care settings among low-income, complex patients. His most recent clinical-based research focused on training family medicine residents in communication strategies to discuss chronic pain and treatment management and integrate social determinants of health into the residency curriculum. He has also served as a program evaluator for various public health and clinical interventions.

Currently, he is working on a collaborative project with Dr. Wendy Barrington at the University of Washington to explore cancer education methods among community health workers (CHWs) in the US-Mexico border region and the impact COVID-19 has had on their (CHW) efforts. Dr. Moralez has co-authored publications in public health and medical education journals, including the Journal of Cancer Prevention, the Journal of Education and Health Promotion, and the American Board of Family Medicine Journal.

Courses taught at St. Lawrence:

  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Research Methods in Public Health
  • Health Promotion and Behavior

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