Arduizur Carli Richie-Zavaleta

My journey into public health began when conducting an exploratory research project in San Diego, CA, which delved into the issue of human trafficking. Its finding pointed to the fact that in order create effective evidence-based preventive strategies to social perils, I needed tools from the field of public health. Today, public health along with human rights and sociological approaches, continue to deepen my understanding of how to partner in the prevention and intervention of complex social challenges such as gender violence and child abuse. Additionally, the field of public health has clarified for me the great need for advocacy and policy in order to create social change. Although social injustice continues to surface all around us, we have great tools to begin fighting these complexities. Together, we can create social change and achieve the wellbeing of our communities and society at large!


DrPH, Community Health and Prevention

Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health

MASP, Master of Arts in Sociological Practices

California State University, San Marcos

MAIPS, Master of Arts in International Peace Studies and Conflict Management

Universidad Para La Paz, Costa Rica

BA, Sociology

California State University, San Marcos


Principles of Public Health

Practice Experience


Current Research

My dissertation focuses on the intersection of sex trafficking survivors’ experience in healthcare settings and their recommendations for better identification protocols within the United States. Currently, within an academic research-based hospital, I am involved in the training and evaluation of a healthcare provider pilot whose goals are to increase awareness and introduce protocols for the identification of potential victims of human trafficking in their emergency department.


Research Interests

Gender Inequality and Inequity, Violence Prevention, Human Trafficking, Urban Health, Environmental Justice, Advocacy and Policy.

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Arduizur Carli Richie-Zavaleta

Arduizur Carli Richie-Zavaleta



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