Jesus Ramirez-Valles, PhD

Professor and Director, Community Health Sciences

Research Interests

Health promotion, community organizing, sociology of health, race, gender, sexual orientation, and Latinos.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

Ramirez-Valles, J. Compañeros: Latino Activists in the Face of AIDS. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2011. [Purchase this book.]

Ramirez-Valles J, Kuhns LM, Campbell RT, Diaz RM. Social integration and health: community involvement, stigmatized identities, and sexual risk in Latino sexual minorities. J Health Soc Behav. 2010 Mar;51(1):30-47. [See abstract.]

García DI, Gray-Stanley J, Ramirez-Valles J. "The priest obviously doesn't know that I'm gay": the religious and spiritual journeys of Latino gay men. J Homosex. 2008;55(3):411-436.

Kuhns LM, Vazquez R, Ramirez-Valles J. Researching special populations: retention of Latino gay and bisexual men and transgender persons in longitudinal health research. Health Educ Res. 2008;23(5):814-25.

Ramirez-Valles J, Garcia D, Campbell RT, et al. HIV infection, sexual risk behavior, and substance use among Latino gay and bisexual men and transgender persons. Am J Public Health. 2008;98(6):1036-1042.

Ramirez-Valles J. “I don’t fit anywhere”: How race and sexuality shape Latino gay men’s health. In: Meyer I, Northridge M, eds. The Health of Sexual Minorities: Public Health Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Populations. New York: Springer; 2007:301-319.

Ramirez-Valles J. The quest for effective HIV-prevention interventions for Latino gay men. Am J Prev Med. 2007;32(4 suppl):34-35.

Ramirez-Valles J. Volunteering in public health: an analysis of volunteers’ characteristics and activities. Int J Volunt Adm. 2006;24(2):15-24.

Ramirez-Valles J, Fergus S, Reisen C, Poppen P, Zea MC. Confronting stigma: community involvement and psychological well-being among HIV-positive Latino gay men. Hisp J Behav Sci. 2005;27(1): 101-119.

Ramirez-Valles J, Heckathorn DD, Vázquez R, Diaz RM, Campbell RT. From networks to populations: the development and application of respondent-driven sampling among IDUs and Latino gay men. AIDS Behav. 2005;9(4):387-402.

Ramirez-Valles J, Heckathorn DD, Vázquez R, Diaz RM, Campbell RT. The fit between theory and data in respondent-driven sampling: Response to Heimer. AIDS Behav. 2005;9(4):409-414.

Ramirez-Valles J. Changing women: the narrative construction of personal change through community health work among women in Mexico. Health Educ Behav. 1999;26(1):23-40.

Zimmerman M, Ramirez-Valles J, Suarez E, De la Rosa G, Castro M. An HIV/AIDS prevention project for Mexican homosexual men: an empowerment approach. Health Educ Behav. 1997;24(2):177-190.