Daniel F. López-Cevallos

Associate Professor of Community Health Education, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Chapter Member: Boston SSN
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About Daniel

López-Cevallos’ research focuses on the intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, class, migration, and other socioeconomic and sociocultural constructs, and their relationship to health and educational issues in the United States and Latin America. López-Cevallos is invested in the development and implementation of community, institutional, and policy-level strategies to better serve Latinx and other marginalized communities. López-Cevallos has commented on my research and provided insights on Latinx health and educational issues for major news outlets including The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post, and USA Today.

In the News

Quoted by Elizabeth Hayes in "Here’s How To Reach the Holdouts for Oregon To Pass 70% Vaccinated," Portland Business Journal, June 28, 2021.
Quoted by Erin Ross and Amelia Templeton in "A Lot Rides on How Oregonians, Businesses Handle Life After Masking," OPB, May 20, 2021.
Quoted by Hannah Natanson, Donna St. George and Perry Stein in "Teachers Are Moving to the Front of the Vaccine Line — But That Doesn’t Mean All Schools Will Reopen Right Away," The Washington Post, January 26, 2021.
Guest on Morning Edition, July 1, 2020.
Quoted by Miriam Jordan and Richard A. Oppel Jr in "For Latinos and Covid-19, Doctors Are Seeing an ‘Alarming’ Disparity," The New York Times, June 26, 2020.
Quoted by Kenny Jacoby Marco della Cava in "Latino Homes Report Serious COVID-19 Symptoms Nearly Twice As Often, Survey of 1.6 Million Shows," USA Today, June 1, 2020.


"In the Name of COVID-19: Legitimizing the Exclusion of Community Participation in Ecuador’s Health Policy: Special Call: Health Promotion Perspectives on the COVID-19 Pandemic" (with Irene Torres). Health Promotion International 36, no. 5 (2021): 1324–1333.

Shows that the ‘lifecycle’ of the central government’s evolving policy framing centered on law enforcement and the private sector, followed by the social sector. Mentions there is no evidence of stakeholders from civil society or organizations taking part in decision-making. Discovers all centralized decision-making bodies, in the case of Ecuador, the national and local EOCs, should guarantee fully accessible information, together with established, transparent mechanisms for providing feedback and improving accountability.

"Research Experiences for All Undergraduate Students? Building a More Equitable and Inclusive Office of Undergraduate Research at a Land-Grant Institution" (with Sophie Pierszalowski and Francesca Smith). Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning 52, no. 6 (2021): 38-47.

Systemic barriers can make accessing opportunities for undergraduate research more difficult for students from underrepresented groups. Argues that a central office for undergraduate research can take a more holistic approach. Highlights various outcomes associated with these strategies and describes lessons learned toward building a more equitable infrastructure for undergraduate research.

"Incentivized Public Service Response to COVID-19 in Rural and Marginalized Urban Communities" (with Irene Torres and Fernando Sacoto). American Journal of Public Health 110, no. 9 (2020): 1344–1345.

Discusses how the COVID-19 response should not be limited to reactive, immediate approaches that may become exhausted once the pandemic emergency subsides. Mentions countries like the United States should engage in a sustained, coordinated effort to strengthen their public health infrastructure to better tackle current and future potential crises, such as chronic disease disparities.

"The Association of Cultural and Structural Factors with Perceived Medical Mistrust Among Young Adult Latinos in Rural Oregon" (with Lisa P. Oakley and S. Marie Harvey). Behavioral Medicine 45, no. 2 (2019): 118-127 .

Finds that everyday discrimination and traditional machismo values were associated with medical mistrust, the latter primarily among Latino women. Discovers culturally responsive, sociocultural, and societal interventions are warranted to tackle the pervasive and ripple effects that racial/ethnic discrimination has on the health of Latinos and other minority populations.

"Are Latino Immigrants a Burden to Safety Net Services in Nontraditional Immigrant States? Lessons From Oregon" American Journal of Public Health (2014).

Establishes the significant growth of the Latino population in the midst of an economic recession has invigorated anti-Latino, anti-immigrant sentiments in many US states. Shows the common misconception is that Latino immigrants are a burden to safety net services. Suggests that despite a higher prevalence of poverty, use of safety net services among Latino immigrants is lower.

"Medical Mistrust, Perceived Discrimination, and Satisfaction With Health Care Among Young-Adult Rural Latinos" (with S. Marie Harvey and Jocelyn T. Warren). The Journal of Rural Health 30, no. 4 (2014): 344-351.

Discusses medical mistrust and perceived discrimination were significant contributors to lower satisfaction with health care among young adult Latinos living in rural Oregon. Shows health care reform implementation, currently underway, provides a unique opportunity for developing evaluation systems and interventions toward monitoring and reducing rural Latino healthcare disparities.