California State University, Fullerton
Erualdo González is Associate Professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at California State University, Fullerton. He received a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning (concentration in community health planning) and Master’s in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine. His BAs in Psychology and Chicano Studies are from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.
Dr. González is the guest editor of the forthcoming (2012) special issue Health Disparities in Latino Communities in the Californian Journal of Health Promotion. He is a member of the American Public Health Association, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and its Planners of Color Interest Group, and the American Planning Association and its Latinos and Planning division.
Courses that he teaches include Barrios and Health, Barrio Studies, Research and Writing in Ethnic Studies, The Immigrant and the Chicana/o, and Introduction to Chicano/a Studies. He informs his teaching and writing through his participation in a local non-profit and a community collaborative focusing on community development and healthy communities activities in a predominantly Latino, working-class, and immigrant community. He also has over 15 years experience in program evaluation and analysis of healthy communities initiatives.
Dr. González’ research has two interrelated foci. The first is to examine grassroots activities that are designed to alter community development and increase physical activity among Latino youth. The second is to assess the attitudes and decisions of policymakers who are on the receiving end of these grassroots efforts.
My New Connections Experience
I applied to the New Connections program because it seeks to support junior investigators from diverse communities with an emerging research agenda around obesity and diverse communities. I am a Latino, Mexican-American first-generation college graduate and the only person in my immediate family to earn a four-year college degree. While I recently moved from my childhood low-income and predominantly Mexican and immigrant neighborhood, my research continues to focus on communities like mine. For example, my emerging research focus is obesity, Latinos, and community development public policy. New Connections is an excellent program to support and develop my thinking and research.
New Connections has made an immediate impact on my career. I’ve participated in the 2011 Research and Coaching Clinic and established noteworthy collaborations. Several of the Clinic participants and I are discussing potential co-authored publications. Moreover, New Connections is providing me the resources and connections that I did not have prior to this award and surely, these will facilitate the timely progress of my emerging research agenda.
Professor González’ research interests are community development, the intersection of community development and health, participatory policy-making, and race/ethnicity and immigration Dr. González on-going research examines residential and downtown redevelopment in Latino urban centers, grassroots neighborhood planning, and urban governance. This work includes an on-going case study in his native city of Santa Ana, CA. His emerging research agenda examines grassroots activities that are designed to alter community development and increase physical activity among Latino youth, as well as the attitudes and decisions of policymakers who are on the receiving end of these efforts. This research is supported by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “New Connections” grant and stems from his work on the national evaluation of the Foundation’s initiative on obesity, “Communities Creating Healthy Environments.”
- New Connections Status: Junior Investigator
- Award Year: 2011
- RWJF Team/Portfolio: Childhood Obesity
- Project Name: Engaging public policymakers in the adoption of built-en vironment policies to increase physical activity in Latino communities.