Jesus Ramirez-Valles, PhD, MPH

Title(s)Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address550 16th Street
San Francisco CA 94158
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    Jesus’s work is deeply rooted in the social and behavioral sciences and strongly focused on health equity and community engagement. His research and advocacy have centered on the challenges of health and health care for excluded communities, including LGBTQI populations, people of color, and women. He has published two books: Compañeros: Latino Activists in the Face of AIDS (University of Illinois Press, 2011), and Queer Aging: The Gayby Boomers and a New Frontier for Gerontology (Oxford University Press, 2018). His work has been funded by both the National Institutes of Health and several foundations. He is currently editor-in-chief of Health Education and Behavior. His 2007 documentary, Tal Como Somos/Just As We Are, chronicles the lives of Latino gay men, transgender persons and people living with HIV/AIDS. It has been featured on PBS and as part of several international film festivals.

    Before this role, Jesus served as director of the Health Equity Institute at San Francisco State University. Prior to that, he chaired the department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Public Health. His connection to UCSF dates to 1998-2001, when he was a visiting professor at UCSF's Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS), a major center in the division he will now be leading.

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    1. Inequity Within: A Call for Inclusion of Latina/o/x Scholars in Faculty and Leadership Ranks in Schools and Programs of Public Health. Public Health Rep. 2022 Mar 15; 333549221077072. Ramirez-Valles J, Neubauer LC, Zambrana RE. PMID: 35289648.
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    2. Racism Within: Special Journal Issue on Scholars of Color. Health Educ Behav. 2021 06; 48(3):233-236. Ramirez-Valles J. PMID: 34080469.
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    3. Aging With HIV: Health Policy and Advocacy Priorities. Health Educ Behav. 2021 02; 48(1):5-8. Brennan-Ing M, Ramirez-Valles J, Tax A. PMID: 33410347.
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    4. Public Health Has an Equity Problem: A Latinx's Voice. Front Public Health. 2020; 8:559352. Ramirez-Valles J. PMID: 33042954; PMCID: PMC7517338.
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    5. The COVID-19 Pandemic: Everything Old Is New Again in Public Health Education. Health Educ Behav. 2020 08; 47(4):501-503. Ramirez-Valles J, Breton E, Chae DH, Haardörfer R, Kuhns LM. PMID: 32517520.
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    6. Fostering health equity research: Development and implementation of the Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) Chicago. J Clin Transl Sci. 2020 Feb; 4(1):53-60. Kim SJ, Ramirez-Valles J, Watson K, Allen-Mears P, Matthews A, Martinez E, Odoms-Young A, Daviglus M, Winn RA. PMID: 32257411; PMCID: PMC7103474.
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    7. White Paper from a CTSA Workshop Series on Special and Underserved Populations: Enhancing Investigator Readiness to Conduct Research Involving LGBT Populations. J Clin Transl Sci. 2018 Aug; 2(4):193-200. Matthews AK, Rak K, Anderson E, Bostwick W, Ramirez-Valles J, Ruiz RA, Macapagal K, Watson KS, Jeremiah RD, Castillo A, Choure W. PMID: 30559982; PMCID: PMC6294459.
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    8. "Anywhere but here": Querying spatial stigma as a social determinant of health among youth of color accessing LGBTQ services in Chicago's Boystown. Soc Sci Med. 2018 09; 213:181-189. Felner JK, Dudley TD, Ramirez-Valles J. PMID: 30099259; PMCID: PMC6129207.
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    9. The New HE&B Editorial Team. Health Educ Behav. 2018 06; 45(3):309-310. Ramirez-Valles J. PMID: 29767561.
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    10. Global Citizen, Immigrant, Survivor, Activist, Gayby Boomer, Academic, and Editor: Dr. Sy and the History of AIDS Education and Prevention. AIDS Educ Prev. 2018 06; 30(3):267-273. Ramirez-Valles J. PMID: 29969307.
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    11. My Journey With Health Education & Behavior. Health Educ Behav. 2018 02; 45(1):5. Ramirez-Valles J. PMID: 29240462.
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    12. Farewell. Health Promot Pract. 2017 11; 18(6):781. Ramirez-Valles J. PMID: 29039711.
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    13. Trends in HIV Risk, Testing, and Treatment among MSM in Chicago 2004-2014: Implications for HIV Elimination Planning. J Urban Health. 2017 Oct; 94(5):699-709. Morgan E, Skaathun B, Lancki N, Jimenez AD, Ramirez-Valles J, Bhatia R, Masiello-Schuette S, Benbow N, Prachand N, Schneider JA. PMID: 28631059; PMCID: PMC5610127.
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    14. Burnout in HIV/AIDS Volunteers: A Socio-Cultural Analysis among Latino Gay, Bisexual Men, and Transgender People. Nonprofit Volunt Sect Q. 2017 Dec; 46(6):1231-1249. Molina Y, Dirkes J, Ramirez-Valles J. PMID: 29422719; PMCID: PMC5798894.
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    15. Sexual identity development: relationship with lifetime suicidal ideation in sexual minority women. J Clin Nurs. 2016 Dec; 25(23-24):3545-3556. Dirkes J, Hughes T, Ramirez-Valles J, Johnson T, Bostwick W. PMID: 27477498; PMCID: PMC5819993.
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    16. HIV Prevalence and Awareness of Positive Serostatus Among Men Who Have Sex With Men and Transgender Women in Bogotá, Colombia. Am J Public Health. 2015 Aug; 105(8):1588-95. Zea MC, Reisen CA, del Río-González AM, Bianchi FT, Ramirez-Valles J, Poppen PJ. PMID: 25602899; PMCID: PMC4504275.
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    17. GayBy Boomers' social support: exploring the connection between health and emotional and instrumental support in older gay men. J Gerontol Soc Work. 2014; 57(2-4):218-34. Ramirez-Valles J, Dirkes J, Barrett HA. PMID: 24798546.
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    18. Building our collective vision for health promotion practice. Health Promot Pract. 2014 Mar; 15(2):155-6. Ramirez-Valles J. PMID: 24532787.
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    19. Getting Involved: Exploring Latino GBT Volunteerism and Activism in AIDS and LGBT Organizations. J Gay Lesbian Soc Serv. 2014; 26(1):18-36. Ramirez-Valles J, Kuhns LM, Vázquez R, Benjamin GD. PMID: 26451081; PMCID: PMC4594947.
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    20. Tal Como Somos/just as we are: an educational film to reduce stigma toward gay and bisexual men, transgender individuals, and persons living with HIV/AIDS. J Health Commun. 2014 Apr; 19(4):478-92. Ramirez-Valles J, Kuhns LM, Manjarrez D. PMID: 24377496; PMCID: PMC3980004.
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    21. Stigma towards PLWHA: the role of internalized homosexual stigma in Latino gay/bisexual male and transgender communities. AIDS Educ Prev. 2013 Jun; 25(3):179-89. Ramirez-Valles J, Molina Y, Dirkes J. PMID: 23631713; PMCID: PMC3718259.
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    22. HIV/AIDS stigma: measurement and relationships to psycho-behavioral factors in Latino gay/bisexual men and transgender women. AIDS Care. 2013; 25(12):1559-68. Molina Y, Ramirez-Valles J. PMID: 23668809; PMCID: PMC3800251.
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    23. Work stress and depression among direct support professionals: the role of work support and locus of control. J Intellect Disabil Res. 2010 Aug; 54(8):749-61. Gray-Stanley JA, Muramatsu N, Heller T, Hughes S, Johnson TP, Ramirez-Valles J. PMID: 20633203; PMCID: PMC3674855.
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    24. Navigating partnerships and addressing tough issues in promoting health among GLBTQ youth: an interview with Jesus Ramirez-Valles. Interview by Carmen J. Head . Health Promot Pract. 2010 May; 11(3 Suppl):15S-8S. Ramirez-Valles J. PMID: 20488964.
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    25. Social integration and health: community involvement, stigmatized identities, and sexual risk in Latino sexual minorities. J Health Soc Behav. 2010 Mar; 51(1):30-47. Ramirez-Valles J, Kuhns LM, Campbell RT, Diaz RM. PMID: 20420293; PMCID: PMC3674853.
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    26. HIV infection, sexual risk behavior, and substance use among Latino gay and bisexual men and transgender persons. Am J Public Health. 2008 Jun; 98(6):1036-42. Ramirez-Valles J, Garcia D, Campbell RT, Diaz RM, Heckathorn DD. PMID: 18445807; PMCID: PMC2377309.
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    27. "The priest obviously doesn't know that I'm gay": the religious and spiritual journeys of Latino gay men. J Homosex. 2008; 55(3):411-36. García DI, Gray-Stanley J, Ramirez-Valles J. PMID: 19042279; PMCID: PMC3717965.
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    28. Researching special populations: retention of Latino gay and bisexual men and transgender persons in longitudinal health research. Health Educ Res. 2008 Oct; 23(5):814-25. Kuhns LM, Vazquez R, Ramirez-Valles J. PMID: 17974545; PMCID: PMC2574611.
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    29. The quest for effective HIV-prevention interventions for Latino gay men. Am J Prev Med. 2007 Apr; 32(4 Suppl):S34-5. Ramirez-Valles J. PMID: 17386334.
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    30. From networks to populations: the development and application of respondent-driven sampling among IDUs and Latino gay men. AIDS Behav. 2005 Dec; 9(4):387-402. Ramirez-Valles J, Heckathorn DD, Vázquez R, Diaz RM, Campbell RT. PMID: 16235135.
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    31. Latinos' community involvement in HIV/AIDS: organizational and individual perspectives on volunteering. AIDS Educ Prev. 2003 Feb; 15(1 Suppl A):90-104. Ramirez-Valles J, Brown AU. PMID: 12630602; PMCID: PMC3674846.
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    32. The protective effects of community involvement for HIV risk behavior: a conceptual framework. Health Educ Res. 2002 Aug; 17(4):389-403. Ramirez-Valles J. PMID: 12197585.
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    33. "I was not invited to be a [CHW] ... I asked to be one": motives for community mobilization among women community health workers in Mexico. Health Educ Behav. 2001 Apr; 28(2):150-65. Ramirez-Valles J. PMID: 11265826.
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    34. Changing women: the narrative construction of personal change through community health work among women in Mexico. Health Educ Behav. 1999 Feb; 26(1):25-42. Ramirez-Valles J. PMID: 9952050.
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    35. Women, the welfare state, and their transnational dimension: the case of Mexico's community health worker programs. Int J Health Serv. 1999; 29(3):597-621. Ramirez-Valles J. PMID: 10450549.
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    36. Promoting health, promoting women: the construction of female and professional identities in the discourse of community health workers. Soc Sci Med. 1998 Dec; 47(11):1749-62. Ramirez-Valles J. PMID: 9877345.
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    37. Sexual risk behavior among youth: modeling the influence of prosocial activities and socioeconomic factors. J Health Soc Behav. 1998 Sep; 39(3):237-53. Ramirez-Valles J, Zimmerman MA, Newcomb MD. PMID: 9785696.
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    38. An HIV/AIDS prevention project for Mexican homosexual men: an empowerment approach. Health Educ Behav. 1997 Apr; 24(2):177-90. Zimmerman MA, Ramirez-Valles J, Suarez E, de la Rosa G, Castro MA. PMID: 9079577.
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    39. The development of a measure of enculturation for Native American youth. Am J Community Psychol. 1996 Apr; 24(2):295-310. Zimmerman MA, Ramirez-Valles J, Washienko KM, Walter B, Dyer S. PMID: 8795263.
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