Jesus Ramirez-Valles

Division Chief, The Division of Prevention Science

Jesus’s work is deeply rooted in the social and behavioral sciences and strongly focused on health equity and community engagement. His research and advocacy have centered on the challenges of health and health care for excluded communities, including LGBTQI populations, people of color, and women. He has published two books: Compañeros: Latino Activists in the Face of AIDS (University of Illinois Press, 2011), and Queer Aging: The Gayby Boomers and a New Frontier for Gerontology (Oxford University Press, 2018). His work has been funded by both the National Institutes of Health and several foundations. He is currently editor-in-chief of Health Education and Behavior. His 2007 documentary, Tal Como Somos/Just As We Are, chronicles the lives of Latino gay men, transgender persons and people living with HIV/AIDS. It has been featured on PBS and as part of several international film festivals.

Before this role, Jesus served as director of the Health Equity Institute at San Francisco State University. Prior to that, he chaired the department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Public Health. His connection to UCSF dates to 1998-2001, when he was a visiting professor at UCSF's Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS), a major center in the division he will now be leading.
Publications
  1. Ramirez-Valles J. Racism Within: Special Journal Issue on Scholars of Color. 2021. PMID: 34080469


  2. Brennan-Ing M, Ramirez-Valles J, Tax A. Aging With HIV: Health Policy and Advocacy Priorities. 2021. PMID: 33410347


  3. Ramirez-Valles J. Public Health Has an Equity Problem: A Latinx's Voice. 2020. PMID: 33042954


  4. Ramirez-Valles J, Breton E, Chae DH, Haardörfer R, Kuhns LM. The COVID-19 Pandemic: Everything Old Is New Again in Public Health Education. 2020. PMID: 32517520


  5. Kim SJ, Ramirez-Valles J, Watson K, Allen-Mears P, Matthews A, Martinez E, Odoms-Young A, Daviglus M, Winn RA. Fostering health equity research: Development and implementation of the Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) Chicago. 2019. PMID: 32257411


  6. Matthews AK, Rak K, Anderson E, Bostwick W, Ramirez-Valles J, Ruiz RA, Macapagal K, Watson KS, Jeremiah RD, Castillo A, Choure W. White Paper from a CTSA Workshop Series on Special and Underserved Populations: Enhancing Investigator Readiness to Conduct Research Involving LGBT Populations. 2018. PMID: 30559982


  7. Ramirez-Valles J. The New HE&B Editorial Team. 2018. PMID: 29767561


  8. Ramirez-Valles J. My Journey With Health Education & Behavior. 2017. PMID: 29240462


  9. Ramirez-Valles J. Farewell. 2017. PMID: 29039711


  10. Morgan E, Skaathun B, Lancki N, Jimenez AD, Ramirez-Valles J, Bhatia R, Masiello-Schuette S, Benbow N, Prachand N, Schneider JA. Trends in HIV Risk, Testing, and Treatment among MSM in Chicago 2004-2014: Implications for HIV Elimination Planning. 2017. PMID: 28631059


  11. Dirkes J, Hughes T, Ramirez-Valles J, Johnson T, Bostwick W. Sexual identity development: relationship with lifetime suicidal ideation in sexual minority women. 2016. PMID: 27477498


  12. Zea MC, Reisen CA, del Río-González AM, Bianchi FT, Ramirez-Valles J, Poppen PJ. HIV Prevalence and Awareness of Positive Serostatus Among Men Who Have Sex With Men and Transgender Women in Bogotá, Colombia. 2015. PMID: 25602899


  13. Ramirez-Valles J. Building our collective vision for health promotion practice. 2014. PMID: 24532787


  14. Ramirez-Valles J, Kuhns LM, Vázquez R, Benjamin GD. Getting Involved: Exploring Latino GBT Volunteerism and Activism in AIDS and LGBT Organizations. 2014. PMID: 26451081


  15. Gray-Stanley JA, Muramatsu N, Heller T, Hughes S, Johnson TP, Ramirez-Valles J. Work stress and depression among direct support professionals: the role of work support and locus of control. 2010. PMID: 20633203


  16. Ramirez-Valles J, Garcia D, Campbell RT, Diaz RM, Heckathorn DD. HIV infection, sexual risk behavior, and substance use among Latino gay and bisexual men and transgender persons. 2008. PMID: 18445807


  17. 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. 2005. PMID: 16235135


  18. Zimmerman MA, Ramirez-Valles J, Suarez E, de la Rosa G, Castro MA. An HIV/AIDS prevention project for Mexican homosexual men: an empowerment approach. 1997. PMID: 9079577


  19. Zimmerman MA, Ramirez-Valles J, Washienko KM, Walter B, Dyer S. The development of a measure of enculturation for Native American youth. 1996. PMID: 8795263