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Elaine Hernandez


I am a medical sociologist and health demographer in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University. I study the structural and social forces that contribute to health inequities. I am particularly interested in isolating when and how inequalities emerge, and whether health care clinic protocols and other policies can be used to ameliorate them. My training is interdisciplinary, with degrees in public health administration and policy (MPH), medical sociology (PhD), and postdoctoral training in health demography. Over the past decade, my research has fostered important collaborations outside of the university, serving on the Indiana Maternal Mortality Review Committee as well as the Indiana State Health Department Vaccine Allocation Committee. These experiences have solidified my commitment to connecting with the broader community to both inform our research and translate our findings. Within the classroom, I primarily teach medical sociology courses to students interested in entering health care fields.