Elizabeth (Libby) Valdez, MPH

About Elizabeth (Libby) Valdez, MPH

Elizabeth Valdez, MPH has conducted training, taught and managed projects that promote health equity for women and girls residing in the Southwest, the U.S.-Mexico border region, and rural Peru. Ms. Valdez is a PhD candidate at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. Recently, Ms. Valdez was awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) for funding of her dissertation project titled: “Environmental Factors that Influence Adolescent Substance Use at the U.S.-Mexico Border.” 

Her past research experiences have facilitated her development as a skilled mixed methods evaluator trained to explore the complex health needs of women and girls, and how they relate to intervention development, as well as policy and systems change. 

Ms. Valdez has extensive expertise in the development of culturally-, regionally-, and linguistically responsive programming in the areas of life skills, adolescent parenting, sexual and reproductive health, and literacy.

Ms. Valdez has conducted health-related research to inform the implementation of evidence based substance use programs for vulnerable populations. The findings from these projects have yielded critical reports, white papers, manuscripts and webinars on the implementation of evidence-based substance use treatment programming for youth, transitional age youth, and pregnant and postpartum women.

Elizabeth Valdez also has experience conducting community-engaged research, which has afforded her the opportunity to build community partnerships to expand the reach, impact and sustainability of public health research programs for women residing in the Southwest and the U.S.-Mexico border region. 

Ms. Valdez’s subject matter areas of expertise include teaching, training, developing curricula and materials, and designing and implementing projects in the following areas:

Community collaborations and systems change

Sexual health education

Substance use treatment and prevention

U.S.-Mexico border health

Maternal and child health

Immigrant health

Adolescent health

Health advocacy


Mujer Saludable on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Selected Publications

Baumer, P. C., Korchmaros, J. D., & Valdez, E. S. (2016). Who is served and who is missed by juvenile drug courts implementing evidence-based treatment? Drug Court Review.

Korchmaros, J. D., Baumer, P. C., & Valdez, E. S. (2016). Critical components of adolescent substance use treatment programs—The impact of Juvenile Drug Court: Strategies in Practice and elements of Reclaiming Futures. Drug Court Review.

Valdez, E. S., Valdez, L. A., & Sabo, S. (2015). Structural vulnerability among migrating women and children fleeing Central America and Mexico: The public health impact of “humanitarian parole”. Frontiers in Public Health3.       

Menjivar, C., Simmons, W., Alvord, D., Valdez, E.S. (in press). Immigration Enforcement’s Spill Over Effects on Crime Reporting Among Latinos. Dubois Review.                                           

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Contact Information

Elizabeth (Libby) Valdez, MPH
Research Affiliate
Telephone: 520-561-7871


Master of Public Health

PhD Candidate

Courses Taught

Biology of Public Health

Multicultural Health Beliefs 

Human Sexuality

Border Health Service Learning Institute

Public Health Fitness