Virginia Chaidez
Courtesy Assistant Professor Nutrition and Health Sciences


Chaidez CV

Dr. Chaidez is a registered dietitian with formal training in nutrition and public health. Her research experience spans from use of qualitative methods, such as conducting interviews and focus groups to gain insight and a better understanding of phenomenon, to working with large population-based data, which collectively have provided a better understanding of health disparities affecting the Latino population in the U.S. including obesity, diabetes and developmental disabilities. Building on her mixed methods approach, more recently she makes deliberate attempts to work across disciplines and more collaboratively for new insight and approaches to addressing complex public health problems, particularly those where prominent health disparities exist. Specifically, her current research focuses on use of Community Health Workers (CHW) to inform best practices for their role in promoting community health and wellness and informing how best to support, evaluate and grow a sustainable CHW workforce. This work will tie into future targeted projects that will address health disparities including obesity, diabetes, cervical cancer and mental health among marginalized populations.

PhD, Nutrition
University of California, Davis 2009

BS, Foods and Nutrition
San Diego State University 1999