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Dr. Aida Luz Giachello

Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.

Aida Luz Maisonet Giachello, Ph.D is an educator and a writer and uses research to address health equity and social justice issues. She is a research professor at the Department of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University (NU)-Chicago. AT NU she is co-Leader/investigator of the Community Engagement Core of the NIH NCI Cancer Health Equity Collaborative- a partnership with three local universities that includes NU, University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) and Northeastern Illinois University; and b) Investigator of a NIH NIA Disparities In Sleep and Cognition among Older adults (DISCO). She was PI for the Chicago site (2015-2019) of the American Heart Association-Tobacco Regulatory and Addiction Center (A-TRAC),  In December 2010 she retired from the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) after 25 years of teaching, and research. There she established in 1993 the UIC Midwest Latino Health Research, Training & Policy Center, and conducted health disparities research with a focus on chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma; injury prevention, tobacco, obesity, and occupational health.


Throughout the years, she has trained/mentored minority students, junior faculty, health care providers, and community health workers (CHWs) in conducting public health research and interventions using community participatory action research and community engagement approaches. She also engages in advocacy and policy work emerging from the research findings.  In her over 40 years of professional services, she has developed community intervention models that are being used across the U.S., Puerto Rico, US-Mexico borders, and other Latin American countries and the Virgin Islands.  She was a Co-PI and now investigator of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) Chicago Field Center- the largest multi-site NIH research study on Hispanic cardiovascular health and related conditions. And is an investigator of the UIC All of Us Program.

Dr. Giachello has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico; a Master’s degree, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. For her activism, research and policy work, she has been featured in local and national/international media (TV, Cable, radio and print media) and has received over 40+ awards and recognitions, including being named as One of 25 Most Influential Hispanic in American by Times Magazine in 2005;  Champion in Diversity leadership by the University of Chicago’s President Alumni Award (2014), Health Equity Champion by CDC Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (2014), and  Who’s Who: Latinos Fighting COVID-19 By Negocios Now Magazine (2020).   

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