Ietza Bojorquez, M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc.
Ph.D. in Epidemiology, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública, Cuernavaca, Morelos, México
M.D., Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Ciudad de México, México
M.Sc. in Public Health, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad de México, México
Dr. Bojorquez is a researcher in the field of public health and epidemiology. Her main area of interest is the effect of social structures, public policies and cultural change on health, and how those determinants relate to the lived experience of illness and health, to autonomy and the potential for individual and collective action. Dr. Bojorquez has conducted research in both mental health (eating disorders, depression and drug use), and infectious diseases (tuberculosis, influenza), with a focus on the role of social conditions in risk and protection.
After finishing medical school, Dr. Bojorquez was convinced that primary health care and health promotion were the only way to make a real impact in public health. She worked for a while in those fields, and then also became aware that public health interventions needed to be based in solid evidence. At the same time, Dr. Bojorquez was deeply interested in everything related to emotions, attitudes, ideas, and how those influenced behavior. And she was curious about the details: Why health education didn’t suffice to transform individual behavior? Why urban and rural, indigenous and non indigenous people had such different health-related behaviors? These and other questions are still coming together in a research career in epidemiology and public health, exploring the interface of society and the individual, of private and public aspects of health.
Idrovo, A. J., Fernández-Niño, J. A., Bojorquez-Chapela, I., Moreno-Montoya, J. (2011). Performance of public health surveillance systems during the influenza A(H1N1) pandemic in the Americas: testing a new method based on Benford’s Law. Epidemiology and Infection, doi: 10.1017/S095026881100015X.
Bojorquez-Chapela, I., Mendoza-Flores, M. E., Tolentino, M., Morales, R. M. & De-Regil, L. M. (2010). Las conductas alimentarias de riesgo no se asocian con deficiencias de micronutrimentos en mujeres en edad reproductiva de la Ciudad de México (Risky eating behaviors are not associated with micronutrients defficiencies among reproductive-age women in Mexico City). Archivos Latinoamericanos de Nutrición, 60(1):64-69.
Cunningham, J. K., Bojorquez, I., Campollo, O., Liu, L. M. & Maxwell, J. C. (2010).Mexico’s methamphetamine precursor chemical interventions: impacts on drug treatment admissions. Addiction, 105:1973-1983. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2010.03068.x
Bojorquez, I., Fernández-Varela, H., Gorab, A. & Solís, C. (2010). Factors associated with substance use initiation among young students in Mexico City. Drug and Alcohol Review, 29:286-292. DOI: 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2009.00150.x
Bojorquez, I., García-Sancho, C., Fernández-Plata, R., Palacios, E., López-Gatell, H. (2010). Comportamiento de la pandemia 2009 en México (Characteristics of the 2009 pandemics in Mexico). In J. R. Pérez-Padilla, A. Palomar, J. Salas & J. C. Vázquez (Eds.), Influenza por el nuevo virus AH1N1. Un panorama integral. México: Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Respiratorias/ Sociedad Mexicana de Neumología y Cirugía de Tórax. ISBN: 978-607-00-2720-8.