Jessica P. Cerdeña, MD, PhD

Jessica P. Cerdeña

I am a medical anthropologist and family physician committed to using scholarship and activism as tools for health justice.

As a medical anthropologist, I am broadly interested in the biosocial underpinnings of health inequities. My book, Pressing Onward: The Imperative Resilience of Latina Migrant Mothers, centers the ways Latin American migrant women living in Connecticut press onward—or seguir adelante—past traumatic histories, ongoing structural vulnerability, and the COVID-19 pandemic to create opportunities for themselves and for their children.

As a clinician, I examine the impacts of race-based medicine on minoritized patients. I co-coined the term "race-conscious medicine" to emphasize the role of racism, rather than race, in determining illness and health.

I aim to engage my clinical and anthropological training to address health outcomes for marginalized populations at the intersection of research, community-oriented primary care, and health policy.