ChicagoCHEC Role: Planning & Evaluation Core Co-Leader; Pilot Project Co-PI
Organization: University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Yamilé Molina is an Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences and Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Research on Women 7 Gender at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She joined the Cancer Center in 2015 and serves as a Member and Academic Partner to the Office of Community Engagement & Implementation Science. She is committed to academic, community, and advocacy efforts that optimize the agency and well-being of women. Toward that end, Dr. Molina has received qualitative and quantitative training that spans across disciplines, including graduate degrees in psychology (MS, PhD) and epidemiology (MPH).She utilizes approaches that rely on interwoven, continuous multi-stakeholder engagement, including community-based participatory research and mixed method designs. Her quantitative and qualitative work largely involves examination of mediating factors/mechanisms through various analytic techniques.Her interests center on characterizing individual and community strengths that promote well-being and optimal healthcare utilization among marginalized and resilient groups, including people of color, LGBTQ-identified people, and people living with chronic conditions. In her role at the Cancer Center, Dr. Molina is involved in several observational and intervention studies that address psychosocial determinants of cancer care uptake.Her research is focused on cancer health equity and cost-effective approaches in underserserved populations.