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Carmen Alvarez, PhD, RN, CRNP, CNM

Assistant Professor
Carmen Alvarez
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Carmen Alvarez’s research focuses on decision support, patient activation, and risk reduction for improving safety and self-management behaviors among underserved women—particularly those who are living with a chronic disease and survivors of trauma. Her research also explores the role of health services and providers in facilitating decision support and patient activation for survivors of trauma. Dr. Alvarez’s long-term goal is to develop interventions for the primary health care 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.

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

Family and community-public health

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  • Publications

    Alvarez C, Fedock G, Grace KT, Campbell J. (2016). "Provider Screening and Counseling for Intimate Partner Violence: A Systematic Review of Practices and Influencing Factors." Trauma Violence Abuse. Mar 31. pii: 1524838016637080.

    Alvarez C, Greene J, Hibbard J, Overton V. (2016). "The role of primary care providers in patient activation and engagement in self-management: a cross-sectional analysis." BMC Health Serv Res. Mar 11;16:85.

    Alvarez C, Lantz P, Sharac J, Shin P. (2015). "Food insecurity, food assistance and health status in the U.S. community health center population." J Health Care Poor Underserved. Feb;26(1):82-91.

  • Research
    • Health services for underserved women
    • Enhancing patient-provider communication to support patient activation and self-management of chronic disease