Christian Vazquez is a doctoral student at The University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work. He has a background in the areas of child and family well-being and health. He earned his MSW from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Sociology from UC-Santa Barbara. Christian received a Graduate School Mentoring Fellowship and currently works with professor Catherine Cubbin.
Christian has experience as a social worker protecting children and the elderly from abuse and neglect. He also worked in health systems to improve employee and patient satisfaction through developing and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives for staff, physicians, and patients. Christian’s interest in child well-being and health disparities led him to conduct research on the behavioral health workforce, hospital organizational culture, re-admissions and mortality outcomes; and children and adolescents in the child welfare system.
Christian’s current research focuses on addressing health disparities for Latino and African-American maternal and child health outcomes. Throughout his research, Christian has developed a passion for working with multidisciplinary teams as he enjoys bringing the social work perspective to issues of health disparities and interventions that address problems in this area. Christian’s research aims to provide a guide for organizational development within hospitals and other human service organizations. He is also involved in the groundwork being done at The University of Texas in the area of inter-professional education to develop social work students as leaders in health care. Christian is active with an array of campus groups including the Population Research Center, Hispanic Leadership Initiative, Hispanic Faculty and Staff Association, Dell Medical School Department of Population Health, and the Center for Health Interprofessional Practice and Education.
Child and family well-being; health disparities; leadership and management of human service organizations; organizational development; inter-professional education; childhood obesity, physical activity, and nutrition.