Iveris L. Martínez

Iveris L. Martínez

Iveris L. Martínez, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Associate Director of Population Health and Aging in the Department of Humanities, Health, and Society at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

As an anthropologist working in public health and medicine, her interdisciplinary research and teaching have focused on social and cultural factors influencing health throughout the life course, with an emphasis in aging, immigration, and Latin American populations. She received a joint Ph.D. in Anthropology and Population & Family Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University. Her doctoral dissertation, "Aging in Exile," explored the meanings of history among Cuban exiles and how ideology can have an impact on familial relations as well as health.

Dr. Martínez has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Kellogg Foundation, the Macarthur Foundation, and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) for her research on social engagement and health among minority older adults. An alumna of the FIU College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Martínez returned to the university in 2007 as a founding faculty member at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Dr. Martínez is Course Director for "Addressing the Socioeconomic and Cultural Aspects of Health." Prior to returning to Miami, she was a faculty member in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Martínez has served as research consultant in international and local government agencies, including the Pan American Health Organization. Dr. Martínez is past president of the Association for Anthropology and Gerontology, and serves on the Board of the Alliance for Aging, Inc.

Selected Publications

Martinez IL, Castellanos N, Carr C, Plescia C, Rodriguez A, Thommi S, Weithorn D, Zaremski L, Maisel M, Wells A. Increasing Awareness on Health Care Access in Florida: A Community-based Medical-Legal Practicum Project. Progress in Community Health Partnerships 2016; 10(1). In Press.

Kao P, Martínez IL. Health Disparities in Ageing. Conference Report. Medicine Anthropology Theory. July 15, 2015.

Martínez IL. Integrating Anthropology in Medical Education: Opportunities, Challenges and Lessons. Practicing Anthropology 2015; 37(1):35–39.

Martínez IL, Chaves PH, Peláez M. Envejecimiento activo y participación social. Chapter 5 IN: Tratado de medicina geriátrica: Fundamentos para la atención sanitaria de los mayores. Abizanda P & Rodríguez Mañas L, eds. Madrid: S.A. Elsevier, 2014.

Martínez IL, Artze-Vega I, Wells A, Mora JC, Gillis M. Twelve Tips on Teaching the Social Determinants of Health in Medicine. Med Teach 2014; Nov 6:1–6.

Martínez IL, Mora C. A Community-Based Approach for Integrating Geriatrics and Gerontology into Undergraduate Medical Education. Gerontol Geriatr Educ. 2012; 33(2):152–65.

Martínez IL, Crooks D, Kim K, Tanner E. Invisible Civic Engagement Among Older Adults: The Role of Informal Volunteering. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 2011; 26(1):23–37.

Martínez IL, Carter-Pokras O, Brown, Pamela B. Addressing the Challenges of Latino Health Research: Community-Based Approaches in an Emergent Urban Community. Journal of the National Medical Association 2009; 101(9):908–14.

Martínez IL, Kim K, Tanner E, Fried L, Seeman T. Ethnic and Class Variations in Promoting Social Activities Among Older Adults. Activities, Adaptation, and Aging 2009; 33(2):96–119.

Martínez IL. Aging in Exile: Family Support and Emotional Well-Being Among Older Cuban Immigrants in the United States. Chapter 22 In: Sokolovsky J, ed. The Cultural Context of Aging: Worldwide Perspectives. Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey, 3rd edition, 2009.

Martínez IL, Carter-Pokras O. Assessing Health Issues and Barriers to Health in a Heterogeneous Latino Community. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved 2006; 17(4):899–909.

Martínez IL, Fried L, Frick K, Glass TA, Carlson MC, Tanner E, Ricks M. Engaging Older Adults in High Impact Volunteering that Enhances Health: Recruitment and Retention in the Experience Corps™ Program in Baltimore. Journal of Urban Health 2006; 83(5):941–53.

Martínez IL. Aportes metodológicos en el estudio de apoyo social y calidad de vida para los adultos mayores. Chapter 9 In: Golpe LI, Herrán CA, Arias CJ, eds. Sistemas formales e informales de apoyo social para los adultos mayores. Mar del Plata, Argentina: Ediciones Suárez, Colección Apoyo Social, 2005.

Martínez IL. The Elder in the Cuban-American Family: Making Sense of the Real and Ideal. Journal of Comparative Family Studies 2002; 33(3):359–75.


Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, AHC4 219
Email: imartine@fiu.edu
Telephone: 305.348.0622
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