Rebecca Matthew joined LACSI in 2017 to lead PORTAL. Through this initiative, she connects faculty, students, advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, policy makers and other stakeholders committed to researching and addressing the systemic issues that impact the U.S. Latino community’s ability to meet their needs, achieve self-sufficiency and exercise their inalienable human and civil rights. Additionally, she facilitates sustainable multidisciplinary collaborations in research, education, and public service and outreach.
Her research and scholarship are in the area of community health and well-being. She has interdisciplinary graduate training in public health and social welfare, with specific expertise in community-based participatory research; mixed-methods survey research; and program evaluation. Her research focuses on the identification and evaluation of innovative community-based models of human service delivery, to include: worker-owned cooperatives among Latinas, legal and social services for undocumented (Latino) youth, and the community health worker (CHW)/promotores model in Latino communities. She also currently serves as a principal investigator and co-investigator for two local projects focused on community health and well-being.