Faculty & Research
Carmen Alvarez: Faculty Directory
Carmen Alvarez, PhD, RN, CRNP, CNM
"You are what you believe yourself to be." — Paulo Coelho
Carmen Alvarez’s research focuses on health promotion among underserved populations—particularly the role of patient-provider communication on preventive behaviors and health outcomes among young adult underserved populations. For the past seven years, she has practiced in community health centers serving mostly uninsured and underinsured Latino immigrants. Working with this population inspired her dissertation, “Sexual Communication Among Young Adult Heterosexual Latinos.” Findings from this work, as well as her clinical practice, motivated her pursuit of a postdoctoral fellowship in community health center policy. During the fellowship, she collaborated with an array of researchers examining women’s experiences with family planning services in community health centers, patient-provider communication about preventive services, and provider attitudes and subsequent communication behavior regarding support for patient self-management. In addition, she has been involved in projects highlighting the unique needs of the community health center population. Dr. Alvarez’s long-term goal is to develop interventions for the primary healthcare workforce serving low-income populations in the U.S. and abroad that increase patient report of healthy lifestyle behaviors—including for sexual and reproductive health—and improve chronic disease management.