Alex Ortega
Published March 31, 2015
Updated April 15, 2021

Alex Ortega is a professor of health policy and the director of the Center for Population Health and Community Impact at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health. Ortega is an epidemiologist, health services researcher and community health interventionist.

Ortega is an expert on the application of epidemiological methods in health services research, and his work focuses on the physical, medical, and mental health needs of Latino children and their families both in the United States and in the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He has also published health research on the homeless, military veterans and undocumented immigrants.

He is the 2008 recipient of the Distinguished Nationally Known Public Health Professional Award by the Latino Caucus of the American Public Health Association.

Expertise: Health disparities, health needs of Latinx children and families, community health, health care access, immigrant health health policy

Location: Philadelphia, Pa.


Phone: (267) 359-6017

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