ChicagoCHEC Role: Community Health Educator
Organization: Northeastern Illinois University
Dr. Elena Navas is originally from Colombia, South America. At the age of 18 years, she moved to Chicago to pursue her scientific career in bio-medical research at Northwestern University (NU). Subsequently, she became an Epidemiologist (MS) and a Community Public Health Scientist and Program Developer (PhD) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), with a concentration in Health Behavior and Promotion among underserved minority populations. Her main focus of interest is bridging the health disparities and inequities gap that minority and underserved Latino communities face with respect to various health and wellness conditions.