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Chandra Ford

Associate Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences


DepartmentsType of Faculty
Community Health SciencesFull Time
Contact Information
(310) 825-6063
(310) 794-1805
Areas of Interest: 

Social epidemiology/social determinants of health; conceptualization & measurement of race, ethnicity and related constructs; health equity; HIV/AIDS prevention; Public Health Critical Race Praxis (PHCRP)/Critical Race Theory; sexual minority health; access to care.

Dr. Chandra Ford is Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences. Her areas of expertise include HIV/AIDS prevention and care; HIV testing among older adults; the social determinants of health/social epidemiology; conceptualizing and measuring racism, race and ethnicity; Public Health Critical Race Praxis (PHCRP)/Critical Race Theory; and  lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health disparities. Dr. Ford earned her Ph.D. from the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina. She completed postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina and the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University, where she was a W. K. Kellogg Foundation Kellogg Health Scholar. Ford has received several competitive awards. She currently is a Kaiser Permanente Chris Burch Leadership Awardee.

Postdoctorate, Columbia University
Postdoctorate, University of North Carolina
PhD, University of North Carolina
MPH, University of Pittsburgh
MLIS, University of Pittsburgh
Selected Courses: 
CHS 220 - Racism and Public Health: Social Epidemiologic Concepts and Methods
CHS 477 - Health Disparities, Health Equity and Sexual Minority Populations
Selected Publications: 

Ford CL, Godette DC, Mulatu M and Gaines TL. HIV testing prevalence, determinants and disparities in a nationally representative sample of older adults: Findings from the U.S. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Sexually Transmitted Diseases [in press]

Ford CL, Mulatu M, Godette DC and Gaines TL. Trends in HIV testing among older adults prior to and since release of CDC’s routine HIV testing recommendations: National findings from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Public Health Reports[in press] Airhihenbuwa CO, Ford CL, Iwelunmor J. Why culture matters in health behavior change: Lessons from HIV/AIDS Stigma, and Obesity. Health Education and Behavior [Online 22 May 2013]. PMID:23685666

Ford CL, Wallace SP, Newman PA, Lee SJ and Cunningham WE. Belief in AIDS-Related Conspiracy Theories and Mistrust in the Government: Relationship with HIV Testing among At-Risk Older Adults. The Gerontologist 2013 Dec;53(6):973-84 PMID: 23362210. PMC3826163.

Crawford NT, Borrell LN, Galea S, Ford CL, Latkin C, Fuller CM. The influence of neighborhood characteristics on the relationship between discrimination and increased drug-using social ties among illicit drug users. Journal of Community Health [Online 22 May 2013] PMID: 23054418. PMCID: PMC3658117.

Thrasher AD, Clay OJ, Ford CL, Stewart AL. Theory-guided selection of discrimination measures for racial/ethnic health disparities research among older adults. Journal of Aging and Health 2012 Sep;24(6):1018-43 PMID: 22451527.

Crawford ND, Ford CL, Galea S, Latkin C, Jones K and Fuller CM. The relationship between perceived discrimination and high risk social networks among illicit drug users in New York City, 2006-2009 AIDS & Behavior [In Press Apr 2012]. PMID: 22638866. PMCID in process 

Gee GC and Ford CL. Structural Racism and Health Inequities: Old Issues, New Directions.  DuBoisReview: Social Science Research on Race 2011;8(1):115-132.

Ford CL and Airhihenbuwa CO. The Public Health Critical Race Methodology: Praxis for Antiracism Research. Social Science & Medicine 2010 71(8):1390-8. PMID: 20822840

Ford CL and Harawa NT. A new conceptualization of ethnicity for social epidemiologic and health equity research. Social Science & Medicine 2010;71(2):251-8. PMID: 20488602. PMCID: PMC2908006.

Ford CL and Airhihenbuwa CO. Critical Race Theory, race equity and public health: Toward antiracism praxis. American Journal of Public Health 2010;100(Suppl 1):S30-S35. PMID: 20147679. PMCID: PMC2837428.

Godette DC, Edwards E, Ford CL, Strunin L, Heeren T, Kawachi I. Social status, gender and alcohol-related problems: The black young adult experience. Ethnicity & Health Jun 2009:1-18.PMID: 19462265. 

Ford CL, Daniel M, Earp JL, Kaufman JS, Golin CE, Miller WC. Perceived everyday racism,residential segregation and HIV testing in an STD clinic sample. American Journal of Public Health 2009;99(Supp1):S137-S143. PMID: 19218186. PMCID: PMC2724930.

Ford CL, Whetten KD, Hall SA, Kaufman JS and Thrasher AD. Black sexuality, social construction, and research targeting “the Down Low” (“the DL”). Annals of Epidemiology 2007 Mar;17(3):209-216. PMID: 17320787.

Ford CL. Usage of ‘MSM’ and ‘WSW’ and the broader context of public health research. [Editorial] American Journal of Public Health2006 Jan; 96(1):9. PMID: 16317194. PMCID: PMC1470432.

Corbie-Smith G and Ford CL. A Canary in the coal mine: Distrust, trustworthiness and the provision of quality healthcare. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2006 Apr;21(4):395-7.

Book Chapters

Yancey A. Bell-Lewis L, Glenn B, and Ford CL. Populations with health disparities. In: Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice. Brownson RC, Colditz GA, Proctor, EK. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012:459-482.

Godette DG, Ford CL and Ford PK. Health disparities in Georgia: A social injustice. In: African Americans in Georgia: A Reflection of Politics and Policy in the New South. Ford PK (Ed.) Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2010:224-38. (*Nominated for 2012 V.O. Key Award for the best book in Southern Politics.)

Fuller CM, Ford CL, Rudolph A. Injection drug use and HIV: Past and future considerations for HIV prevention and interventions. In: Mayer K and Pizer HF, eds. HIV Prevention. San Diego, CA: Elsevier/Academic Press, 2009:305-339.

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