Ethics Talk: How the US Census Left Latinx Americans Behind


On this episode of Ethics Talk, Dr Ruth Enid Zambrana shows how decisions about demographic data collection have the power to illuminate or obscure health inequity. Then, Drs Fernando De Maio, Diana N. Derige, and Diana Lemos discuss the work that the AMA Center for Health Equity has been doing to advance Latinx health equity.

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Ruth Enid Zambrana, PhD, MSW is a Distinguished University Professor in the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; the director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity; and an affiliate professor of family medicine in the School of Medicine, as well as an affiliate professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health in the School of Public Health, at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

Fernando De Maio, PhD is the director of research and data use at the American Medical Association Center for Health Equity in Chicago, Illinois. He is also a professor of sociology at DePaul University, where he teaches social epidemiology and data analysis. His most recent book, co-edited with Maureen Benjamins, is Unequal Cities: Structural Racism and the Death Gap in America’s Largest Cities (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021).

Diana N. Derige, DrPH is the vice president of health equity strategy and development at the American Medical Association in Chicago, Illinois, and adjunct faculty at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Over the past 20 years, she has designed and managed several private philanthropic, government, and nonprofit programs.

Diana Lemos, PhD, MPH is a senior program manager at the American Medical Association Center for Health Equity in Chicago, Illinois. She is also an adjunct professor in the Program in Public Health at Northwestern University and is a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workgroup for the American Evaluation Association. She earned an MPH degree in health education and health promotion from University of Texas’ School of Public Health in Houston and a PhD degree in community psychology from DePaul University. Her work is dedicated to achieving equity and health justice and centering minoritized and marginalized voices and communities in spaces that traditionally excluded their expertise and knowledge.

Interview with Dr Zambrana recorded on December 6, 2021.

Interview with Drs De Maio, Derige, and Lemos recorded on December 16, 2021.


Conflict of Interest Disclosure
Interviewee(s) had no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Viewpoints expressed are those of interview participants and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.