Elena Bastida

Elena Bastida


Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Office: 305-348-7789

Email: ebastida@fiu.edu


Aging and Health Disparities


Dr. Elena Bastida’s research focuses on aging, the life course, health disparities, religion, population and community health. She led the 12-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) supported Border Epidemiologic Study on Aging (BESA) and, with continuous NIH support, conducted research on religion and aging, and community based participatory research on obesity and diabetes. Though, substantively, her research topics have varied, she has maintained her focus on Latino populations and health disparities.

Both her teaching and her mentoring have received statewide and national recognition with two national role model awards and most recently, the University Graduate School Mentorship Award and the Florida McKnight Foundation Mentor Award. In 2009, she received the Public Health Hero Award from Research America. Dr. Bastida is the past president of the Population Research Committee of the International Sociological Association.

Her research has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, The Gerontologist, The Journal of Gerontology, Health Economics, Journal of Scientific Study of Religion, Diabetes Care among others.


COVID-19, science, vaccines and family in a multi origin Latinx population in South Florida
Full Text via DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.997449 Web of Science: 000861216500001 

Parity and later life risk for coronary heart disease among slum-dwelling women in Mysore, India
Full Text via DOI: 10.1016/j.ihj.2021.05.004 Web of Science: 000706855100018

46213 Florida Community-Engaged Research Alliance Against COVID-19 in Disproportionately Affected Communities (FL-CEAL): addressing education, awareness, access, and inclusion of underserved communities in COVID-19 research
Full Text via DOI: 10.1017/cts.2021.609

Cardiovascular Risk Factor Knowledge and Behaviors Among Low-Income Urban Women in Mysore, India
Full Text via DOI: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000657 Web of Science: 000614146400037 

Snoring is associated with obesity among middle aged Slum-dwelling women in Mysore, India.  LUNG INDIA.  37:210-219.
Full Text via DOI: 10.4103/lungindia.lungindia_515_19 Web of Science: 000587470800005

Self-reported factors associated with dental care utilization among Hispanic migrant farmworkers in South Florida.  JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY.  80:186-193.
Full Text via DOI: 10.1111/jphd.12364 Web of Science: 000526139700001
Determining the Long-Term Effectiveness of a Group-Based Physical Activity Program
Full Text via DOI: 10.1177/1524839918769590 Web of Science: 000464509200012