Chandra Ford

Printer-friendly version
Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences
Founding Director, Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health
Type of Faculty: 
Full Time
Contact Information
(310) 825-6063
(310) 794-1805
Areas of Interest: 

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

Dr. Ford is a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences and founding director of the Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & HealthPrior to joining UCLA, she completed postdoctoral training in Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where she was a W. K. Kellogg Foundation Kellogg Health Scholar. Overall, Dr. Ford’s research: (1) examines relationships between racism-related factors and disparities in the HIV care continuum; and, (2) advances the conceptual and methodological tools for studying racism’s relationship to health disparities.

She serves the profession widely. In 2016, she was named to the National Academy of Medicine Committee on Community-based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the United States of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and appointed co-chair of the Committee on Science of the American Public Health Association’s newly formed Anti-Racism Collaborative. Previously, she served as President of the Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues. Currently, she is a member of the Minority Affairs Committee of the American College of Epidemiology and Chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA.

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 and Airhihenbuwa CO. “Just What is CRT and What’s it Doing in a Progressive Field like Public Health? Ethnicity & Disease Supplement Applying Critical Race Theory in Health Equity Research [in press].

Ford CL, Takahashi LM, Chandanabhumma PP, Ruiz ME and Cunningham WE. Anti-racism Methods for Big Data Research: Lessons Learned from the HIV Testing, Linkage, & Retention in Care (HIV TLR) Study, Ethnicity & Disease Supplement Applying Critical Race Theory in Health Equity Research [in press].

Doll KM, Snyder CR and Ford CL. Endometrial Cancer Disparities: A Race Conscious Critique of the Literature. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2017 (17):31131-6.

Cunningham WE, Ford CL, Kinsler JJ, et al. Effects of a Laboratory Health Information Exchange Intervention on Antiretroviral Therapy Use, Viral Suppression, and Racial/Ethnic Disparities. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. 2017;75(3):290-298.

Caldwell JT*, Ford CL, Wallace ST, Wang MC, Takahashi LM. Racial and Ethnic Residential Segregation and Access to Healthcare in Rural Areas Health & Place 2017 Jan;43:104-112

Ford CL. Public Health Critical Race Praxis: An introduction, an intervention and three points for consideration. Wisconsin Law Review 2016 (3):477-491.

Caldwell JT*, Ford CL, Wallace ST, Wang MC, Takahashi LM. Clarifying Place Disparities: The Intersection of Rural/Urban and Race/Ethnicity in Explaining Access to Healthcare American Journal of Public Health 2016 Aug;106(8):1463-9.

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 2015 130(5): 514–525 PMCID: PMC4529835

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 2015 Aug;42(8):405-10. PMCID: PMC4869980

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].  

Gee GC and Ford CL. Structural Racism and Health Inequities: Old Issues, New Directions.  DuBois Review: 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.  

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. 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.  PMCID: PMC2837428.

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.

Book Chapter

Yancey A, Glenn BA, Ford CL and Bell-Lewis L. Dissemination and Implementation Research among Racial/Ethnic Minority and Other Vulnerable Populations. In: Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice. Brownson RC, Colditz GA, Proctor, EK. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017:449-470.

Postdoctorate, Columbia University
Postdoctorate, University of North Carolina
PhD, University of North Carolina
MPH, University of Pittsburgh
MLIS, University of Pittsburgh