School: Milken Institute School of Public Health
Department: Prevention and Community Health
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.