Elizabeth Andrade

Elizabeth Andrade

Elizabeth Andrade

Dr.P.H., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor

School: Milken Institute School of Public Health

Department: Prevention and Community Health


Office Phone: 202-994-3577
950 New Hampshire Avenue, Office: 324

Elizabeth Andrade, DrPH, MPH is Assistant Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (GWU SPH), as well as the Administrative Core Director for the Avance Center for the Advancement of Immigrant/Refugee Health. Dr. Andrade is a behavioral scientist with expertise in health communications, community-based participatory research using mixed methods, and the planning, implementation and evaluation of culturally and linguistically tailored public health interventions and campaigns. Since 2005, she has been an investigator on numerous prevention research studies to improve immigrant health outcomes, including in the areas of chronic disease, adolescent substance abuse, sexual risk, violence, and mental health, and infectious disease. Dr. Andrade’s work incorporates the use of innovative communication strategies, such as branding, social marketing, entertainment education, and the use of digital technologies to engage audiences and amplify the effects of risk communication efforts and behavioral interventions. She is currently the Co-Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities team at the George Washington University, and she is Co-Director of la Brigada Digital de Salud, an effort to disseminate credible COVID-19 information in Spanish on social media platforms in partnership with a cadre of digital health promoters to address COVID disparities and COVID-related misinformation. Follow Brigada Digital de Salud:


In 2018, as part of a multi-disciplinary study to estimate excess mortality from Hurricane María in Puerto Rico, Dr. Andrade led the GWU SPH assessment the Government of Puerto Rico’s Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) for this disaster. As a continuation of this research, she is the Principal Investigator of a pilot study to systematically examine community disaster resilience in Puerto Rico, and to formulate recommendations and a research agenda in the area of disaster impact communication. From 2004-2012, Dr. Andrade's research focused on communicable disease prevention through community-based potable water, hygiene, and sanitation (WASH) interventions in Latin America. As part of these efforts, she led a team of professional and student volunteers from Engineers Without Borders in the planning, fundraising, implementation, and evaluation of WASH projects, as well as community capacity building in the areas of water system management and health promotion.


Behavioral Health

Health Communication

Health Disparities


Underserved Populations

Social Marketing

Substance Abuse Prevention & Cessation

Disaster Preparedness

Water, Sanitation, Hygiene

Community Health

Program Evaluation

Social Determinants of Health

Infectious Disease

Chronic Disease

Bachelor of Arts (Biology), University of Missouri-Columbia

Bachelor of Arts (Spanish), University of Missouri-Columbia

Masters of Public Health, The George Washington University, Department of Global Health

Doctor of Public Health (Behavioral Health), The George Washington University, Department of Prevention and Community Health

PUBH 6500: Planning and Implementation of Health Promotion Programs, Online Course Director, MPH@GW

PUBH 1101: Introduction to Public Health and Health Services, GW SPH Undergraduate Program

PUBH 6015: Culminating Experience, Online Course Instructor, MPH@GW

PUBH 6503: Introduction to Public Health Communications & Marketing, Online Course Director, MPH@GW

Dr. Andrade was an active volunteer in the GWU community and with Engineers Without Borders-DC Professionals Chapter from 2004-2012. As the Project Director of the Santa Clara, El Salvador project, she led multidisciplinary volunteer and student teams in an effort to bring potable water to Santa Clara, El Salvador (pop. 3,200) and to implement a four-year community-based hygiene promotion program. Dr. Andrade led the development of a diverse partnership for this project, and oversaw multiple needs assessments, grant-writing/fundraising, formative research, training of health promoters, community capacity building/training activities, and implementation and evaluation of the hygiene promotion intervention.


She was Principal Investigator for three studies related to this project: a public health needs assessment (2004), formative research for the hygiene intervention (2006-2007) and the hygiene intervention evaluation (2008-2012).

Dr. Andrade was recognized in 2008 for her service to the global community in GW Magazine and she was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in 2010. 

Avance Center for the Advancement of Immigrant/Refugee Health

BRIGHT Institute

Climate and Health Institute

Changing the Narrative on Firearms Violence: A Community Collaborative Intervention (PI Edberg)

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities/National Institutes of Health



Community Engagement Research Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities (MPIs Edberg, Andrade)

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/National Institutes of Health

5/1/2021 - 3/31/2023


Using the Novel Digital Promotora Model to Increase COVID-19 Vaccination and Address Misinformation among Latinos on Social Media (MPIs Abroms, Andrade)

Knight Foundation via the George Washington University Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics (IDDP)

9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022


Exploring Community Disaster Resilience Determinants and Risk Communication Perceptions in Puerto Rico (PI Andrade)

George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health Research Innovation Award Program

July 2019 – June 2021


Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National (PI Guay-Woodford)

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences/National Institutes of Health

July 2016 - June 2021


Living the Example Peer-to-Peer Drug Prevention Program (PI Evans)

Conrad Hilton Foundation

July 2018 – June 2019


Ascertainment of the Estimated Excess Mortality from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico (PI Santos-Burgoa)

Government of Puerto Rico

February 2018 – September 2018


Racial/Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (PI Edberg)        

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

September 2014 - September 2018


Victor & Erika Webnovela: Innovations in Health Literacy Outreach and Education (PI Andrade)

Community Science

February 2018 – June 2018


Research Center on Latino Immigrant/Refugee Health Disparities (Avance Center) (PI Edberg)

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities/National Institutes of Health

June 2012 - January 2017


Shattering the Myth 2.0 Intervention Pilot Study (PI Evans)

Conrad Hilton Foundation

January 2016 – December 2016


Santa Clara, El Salvador Potable Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Project (PI Andrade)

George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health Capital Connection Research Award

American Public Health Association

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Engineers Without Borders

Rotary International and Rotary Club of Glen Burnie, Maryland

Peace Corps

August 2005 – August 2012


Etiologic Frameworks to Prevent Gender Based Violence Among Immigrant Latinos (PI McDonnell)     

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

September 2008 – August 2011


The SAFER Latinos Project: Targeted Primary Prevention to Address Selected Community Risk Factors for Violence in the Latino Community of Langley Park, Maryland (PI Edberg)

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

September 2005 - August 2009

Riggle-van Schagen C, Andrade EL, Chandarana S, Lu N, González AI, Favetto C, Gomez V, Palacios C, Díaz-Ramírez M, Edberg MC (2023). Assessing Changes in COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake and Intentions among the Brigada Digital Latino Social Media Audience: A Repeated Cross-Sectional Study. 14 Nov 2023. Submitted to: BMC Digital Health https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-3611896/v1

González-Salinas AI, Andrade EL, Abroms LC, Gomez K, Favetto C, Gomez V, Collins KK (2023). Latino Parents’ Reactions to and Engagement With a Facebook Group-Based COVID-19 Vaccine Promotion Intervention: Mixed Methods Pilot Study. JMIR Form Res; 8:e51331. https://formative.jmir.org/2024/1/e51331

Andrade EL, González AI, Wysota CN, Favetto C, Gomez K, Broniatowski D, Abroms LC (2023). Feasibility and Acceptability of Spanish-language Facebook Group on Latino Parents’ COVID-19 Vaccine Beliefs: Case study of the Brigada Digital de Salud. 25 May 2023. Submitted to: BMC Public Health. https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-2909311/v1

Andrade EL, Abroms LC, González AI, Favetto C, Gomez V, Díaz-Ramírez M, Palacios C, Edberg MC (2023). Assessing Brigada Digital de Salud Audience Reach and Engagement: A Digital Community Health Worker Model to Address COVID-19 Misinformation in Spanish on Social Media. Vaccines, 11(8):1346. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines11081346

Santos-Burgoa C, Garcia-Meza A, Talayero M, Kuenster N, Goldman Hawes A, Andrade EL (2023). Total Excess Mortality Surveillance for Real-Time Decision-Making in Disasters and Crises. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 17, E350. https://doi.org/10.1017/dmp.2023.15

Andrade, EL, Cordova, A, Riggle-van Schagen C, Jula M, Rodriguez-Diaz C, Rivera MI, and Santos-Burgoa C (2022). The impact of Hurricane Maria on individuals living with non-communicable disease in Puerto Rico: the experience of 10 communities. BMC Public Health 22, 2083. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-022-14552-4

Choi SD and Andrade EL (2022). Multiple-Level Fall Risks Associated with Socioeconomic Factors Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Systematic ReviewIndustrial and Systems Engineering Review. Indu 10(1). https://doi.org/10.37266/ISER.2022v10i1.pp10-27

Andrade EL, Jula M, Rodriguez-Diaz C, Lapointe L, Edberg MC, Rivera MI, and Santos-Burgoa C. Older Adult Health in Catastrophic Natural Disasters: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 1-8. https://www.doi.org/10.1017/dmp.2021.305

Andrade EL, Barrett, ND, Edberg MC, Seeger MW, Santos-Burgoa, C (2021). Resilience of Communities in Puerto Rico Following Hurricane María: Community-based Preparedness and Communication Strategies. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 1-6. https://www.doi.org/10.1017/dmp.2021.306

Evans WD, Andrade EL, Pratt M, Mottern A, Chavez S, Calzetta-Raymond A, Gu J. Peer-to-Peer Social Media as an Effective Prevention Strategy: Quasi-Experimental Evaluation. Journal of Medical Internet Research, MHealth UHealth, 8(5):e16207. https://www.doi.org/10.2196/16207  

Edberg, MC, Cleary, SD, Andrade, EL, Evans, WD, Quinteros-Grady, L, Alvayero, RD, & Gonzalez, A (2021). The Adelante project: Realities, challenges and successes in addressing health disparities among central American immigrant youth. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/cdp0000368

Andrade EL, Barrett ND, Edberg MC, Rivera MI, Latinovic L, Seeger MW, Goldman-Hawes A, Santos-Burgoa C (2020). Mortality Reporting and Rumor Generation: An Assessment of Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication following Hurricane María in Puerto Rico. International Journal of Crisis and Risk Communication Research, 3(1), 15-48. https://search.informit.org/doi/abs/10.3316/INFORMIT.101283164195893

Evans WD, Andrade EL, Barrett ND, Snider J, Cleary SD, Edberg MC (2019). Outcomes of the Adelante Community Social Marketing Campaign for Latino YouthHealth Education Research, cyz016. doi:10.1093/her/cyz016

Andrade EL, Evans WD, Barrett ND, Edberg MC, Cleary SD (2018). Exploring strategies to increase Latino immigrant youth engagement in health promotion using social media. JMIR Public Health Surveill, (Dec 19); 4(4):e71.  https://doi.org/10.2196/publichealth.9332

Santos-Burgoa C, Sandberg J, Suarez Perez EL, Goldman-Hawes A, Zeger S, Garcia-Meza AM, Perez CM, Estrada Merly N, Colon-Ramos U, Nazario CM, Andrade E, Edberg M, Roess A, Goldman LR (2018). Assessment of excess mortality from Hurricane María in Puerto Rico: modeling its time series, and differential and persistent risk. Lancet Planetary Health, 2(11): 478-488. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2542-5196(18)30209-2 

Evans WD, Andrade EL, Barrett ND, Cleary SD, Snider J, Edberg MC (2018). The mediating effect of Adelante brand equity on Latino positive youth development outcomes. Journal of Health Communication, 23(3). https://doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2018.1496205

Barrett ND, Villalba RO, Andrade, EL, Beltran A, Evans WD (2017).  Adelante Ambassadors: Using Digital Media to Facilitate Community Engagement and Risk Prevention for Latino Youth. Journal of Youth Development, 20(4). https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2017.513  

Andrade EL, Evans WD, Barrett ND, Cleary SD, Edberg MC, Alvayero RD, Kierstead EC, Beltran A (2017). Development of the Adelante Social Marketing Campaign for the Prevention of Substance Use, Sexual Risk, and Violence among Latino Youth. Health Education Research, cyx076. https://doi.org/10.1093/her/cyx076  

Evans WD, Andrade EL, Goldmeer S, Smith M, Snider J, Girardo G (2017). Pilot evaluation of Living the Example Social Media Substance Use Prevention Program. Journal of Internet Medical Research Mental Health, 4(2):e24. https://doi.org/10.2196/mental.7839

Colón-Ramos U, Cremm E, Monge-Rojas R, Edberg MC, Rivera MI, Andrade EL (2017). How Latina mothers navigate a ‘food swamp’ to feed their children: A photovoice approach. Public Health Nutrition, 20(11):1941-1952. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980017000738

Andrade EL, Bingenheimer JB, Edberg MC, Zoerhoff KL, Putzer EM (2017).  Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Community-based Hygiene Promotion Program in a Rural Salvadoran Setting. Global Health Promotion, 0(0):1-12. https://doi.org/10.1177/1757975917695072

Cubilla-Batista IC, Andrade EL, Cleary SD, Edberg MC, Evans WD, Simmons LK, Sojo-Lara G (2016). Picturing Adelante: Latino Youth Participate in CBPR Using Place-based Photovoice. Social Marketing Quarterly, 23(1):18-35. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524500416656586

Edberg MC, Cleary SD, Andrade EL, Evans WD, Simmons L, Cubilla-Batista I (2016). Applying Ecological Positive Youth Development Theory to Address Health Disparities in an Immigrant Latino Community. Health Promotion Practice, 18(4):488-496. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524839916638302

Evans WD, Andrade E, Villalba R, Cubilla I, Rivera I, Edberg M (2016). Turning the Corner: Development of the Adelante Program Brand for Latino Youth. Social Marketing Quarterly, 22(1):19-33. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524500415614838

Andrade EL, Cubilla IB, Simmons LK, Sojo-Lara G, Cleary SD, Edberg MC (2015). Where PYD Meets CBPR: A Photovoice Program for Latino Immigrant Youth. Journal of Youth Development, 10(2):55-71. https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2016.450

Andrade EL, Evans WD, Edberg MC, Cleary SD, Villalba R, Batista IC (2015). Victor and Erika Webvonela: An Innovative Generation @ Audience Engagement Strategy for Prevention. Journal of Health Communication, 20(12):1465-1472. https://doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2015.1018648

Edberg MC, Cleary SD, Simmons LB, Cubilla I, Andrade EL, Gudger G (2015). Defining the “Community”: An Application of Ethnographic Methods for a Latino Immigrant Health Disparities Intervention.  Journal of Human Organization, 74(1):27-41. https://doi.org/10.17730/humo.74.1.6561p4u727582850  

Cleary SD, Simmons L, Cubilla I, Andrade E, Edberg M (2014). Community Sampling: Sampling in an Immigrant Community. Methods in Action Case Studies. Sage Publications.  https://dx.doi.org/10.4135/978144627305014529519

Edberg MC, Cleary SD, Collins EC (Andrade), Klevens J, et al. (2010). The SAFER Latinos Project: Addressing a Community Ecology Underlying Latino Youth Violence. Journal of Primary Prevention, 31:247-257.

Edberg M, Cleary SD, Andrade E, Leiva R (2010).  SAFER Latinos: A Community Partnership to Address Contributing Factors for Latino Youth Violence.  Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action, 4(3), 221-233. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10935-010-0219-3

Edberg MC, Collins EC (Andrade), Harris, M, McLendon H, Santucci P (2009).  Patterns of HIV/AIDS, STI, Substance Abuse and Hepatitis Risk Among Selected Samples of Latino and African American Youth in Washington, DC.  Journal of Youth Studies, 12(6), 685-709. https://doi.org/10.1080/13676260902897400

Reports and Book Chapters

Santos-Burgoa C, Sandberg J, Andrade EL, Goldman-Hawes A, Suarez Perez EL, Zeger S, Garcia-Meza AM, Barrett ND, Latinovic L, Perez CM, Estrada Merly N, Colon-Ramos U, Nazario CM, Edberg M, Roess A, Goldman LR (2018). Ascertainment of Mortality after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. George Washington University.  https://publichealth.gwu.edu/sites/default/files/downloads/projects/PRstudy/Acertainment%20of%20the%20Estimated%20Excess%20Mortality%20from%20Hurricane%20Maria%20in%20Puerto%20Rico.pdf

Andrade EL and Zoerhoff KL. Challenges with Implementing a Community-Based Potable Water System Project in a Rural Honduran Community.  In Hunting KL and Gleason BL (eds): Essential Case Studies in Public Health:  Putting Public Health into Practice. Jones and Bartlett Learning, Sudbury MA, 2011.