Program Coordinator, Sr.
Research Focus The mental health, social, and structural impacts of restrictive immigration policies among Undocumented immigrants in the state of Arizona. Explore the cultural, and historical context in developing culturally sensitive nutrition interventions.
In 2016, Alexandra received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nutritional Sciences with an emphasis in Dietetics from the University of Arizona. Alexandra completed The Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) Dietetic Internship Program at the University of Arizona, and obtained her certification as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in 2017. As a nutrition professional, Alexandra has worked in research projects as a nutrition and exercise coach for Latina ovarian cancer survivors as well as asthma Latinx patients utilizing motivational interviewing strategies modified to follow a culturally sensitive framework. In attempts to understand the health accessibility limitations among Undocumented immigrants in Arizona, Alexandra has specifically worked with Latinx Undocumented youth (primarily Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients) to develop health policy recommendations utilizing innovative methods of knowledge production and collaborative efforts such as Photovoice, and creative writing. As an individual coming from a personal experience of migration, Alexandra is dedicated to working with Latinx Undocumented communities and other displaced populations to develop creative efforts to increase health accessibility, culturally sensitive nutrition interventions, and trauma-informed community healing spaces.
Alexandra is currently working with the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health (BHCAIH) team to develop culturally appropriate interventions to decrease morbidity and mortality related to smoking and second-hand smoke among the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Furthermore, Alexandra assists the BHCAIH team to investigate the contextual issues related to smoking among Lakota women experiencing intimate partner violence. Alexandra is also collaborating with the non-profit organization, Farmworker Justice to develop data collection tools to understand the demand, interest, readiness and capacity to deliver telehealth services for migrant and seasonal agricultural worker populations.