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Area of Interest

Migration; Global Health; HIV/AIDS; health of Black and Brown im/migrant communities; Latin America and the Caribbean; Haiti; the U.S. South; Rural Health; mobility; health policy


PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2024

MPH in Health Education and Communication, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 2015

BS, Biomedical Sciences, University of South Florida, 2007

Professional Background

Prior to matriculating at the University of North Carolina, I worked as a Global Health Fellow through the Public Health Institute (PHI)/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Global Health Fellowship Program. I joined the CDC Haiti office in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in September 2016 working with the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Haiti Team. My research interests in migration and health arose from wanting to understand how the migration of black/brown im/migrants relates to health behavior and health outcomes.

Research and Activities

Ariana Ávila is a sociocultural/medical anthropologist interested in how U.S. immigration policies affect access to health care for individuals and families with undocumented or precarious immigration statuses, particularly among people from Haiti living in the agricultural hubs of Southwest Florida.

Recent Presentations

  1. “Understanding Haiti’s environmental and sociopolitical context to navigate and conduct global health programming.” PHI/CDC Fellow’s Day, Atlanta, GA