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Martinez, Iveris Luz

Title: Associate Director for Population and Health Aging; and Associate Professor

Office: AHC4 219

Phone: 305-348-0622


Department(s): Humanities, Health and Society

Dr. Iveris L. Martinez is an anthropologist and interdisciplinary scholar. As an anthropologist working in Public Health and Medicine, her interdisciplinary research and teaching have focused on social and cultural factors influencing health throughout the life course, with an emphasis in aging, immigration, and Latin American populations. Dr. Martinez has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Kellogg Foundation, Macarthur Foundation, and American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) for her research on social engagement and health among minority older adults. She began her career as faculty in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine. An alumna of Florida International University (FIU) College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Martinez returned to FIU in 2007 as a founding faculty member at Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM). She is currently Associate Director of Population Health and Aging, working with the Leon Center for Geriatric Research and Education. Dr. Martinez is President of the Association for Anthropology and Gerontology, and serves on the Board of the Alliance for Aging, Inc.

Education and Training

  • MA, Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • PhD, Anthropology and Population and Family Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, W.K. Kellogg Community Health Scholars Program, Baltimore, Maryland

Course Director

  • Addressing the Socio-economic and Cultural Aspects of Health, Period 1
  • Interprofessional Clinical Workshop, Period 1
  • Public Health Elective, Period 4
  • Medicine & Society Elective, Period 4


  • Public Health
  • Community-based Participatory Research
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

Select Publications

        • Martinez IL, Castellanos N, Carr C, Plescia C, Rodriguez A, Thommi S, Weithorn D, Zaremski L, Maisel M, Wells A. Increasing Awareness on Health Care Access in Florida: A Community-based Medical-Legal Practicum Project. Progress in Community Health Partnerships. 2016: 10(1): In Press.
        • Martinez IL.  Integrating Anthropology in Medical Education:  Opportunities, Challenges and Lessons. Practicing Anthropology 2015; 37(1): 35-39.
        • Martinez IL, Artze-Vega I, Wells A, Mora JC, Gillis M. Twelve Tips on Teaching the Social Determinants of Health in Medicine. Med Teach 2014; Nov 6: 1-6.  Available from:
        • Martinez IL, Martin L, Balmaceda V, Hayden MH.  Incorporating Social Work perspectives to interprofessional health team: engaging students in a biospychosocial assessment of family. MedEdPORTAL; 2014.  Available from:
        • Martinez IL, Pfeiffle A, Ballard J. Framing Competency-based Assessment for Interprofessional Education.  Med Sci Edu.  2013;23(3S).
        • Martinez IL, St. Prix C. A Hybrid Educational Experience Training Future Health Professionals to Work Together to Improve Patient Outcomes. MedEdPORTAL; 2013.  Available from: www.mededportal/org/publications/9304.
        • Martinez IL, Mora C. A Community-based Approach for Integrating Geriatrics and Gerontology into Undergraduate Medical Education. Gerontol Geriatr Educ. 2012;33(2):152-65
        • Martinez IL, Crooks D, Kim K, Tanner E "Invisible Civic Engagement among older adults: The role of informal volunteering" Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology. 2011; 26(1):23-37.
        • Martinez IL, Frick KD, Kim K, Fried LP. The Role of Older Adults and Retired Teachers in Addressing Teacher Retention in Urban Schools. Educational Gerontology. 2010; 36(4):263-280.
        • Martinez IL, Carter-Pokras O, Brown, Pamela B. Addressing the Challenges of Latino Health Research: Community-based approaches in an emergent urban community. Journal of the National Medical Association. 2009; 101(9):908-914.
        • Martinez IL, Kim K, Tanner E, Fried L, Seeman T. Ethnic and Class Variations in Promoting Social Activities among Older Adults. Activities, Adaptation and Aging. 2009; 33(2):96-119.
        • Martinez IL, Carter-Pokras O. Assessing Health Issues and Barriers to Health in a Heterogeneous Latino Community. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. 2006; 17(4):899-909.
        • Martinez IL, Fried L, Frick K, Glass TA, Carlson MC, Tanner E, Ricks M. Engaging Older Adults in High Impact Volunteering that Enhances Health: Recruitment and Retention in the Experience Corps™ Program in Baltimore. Journal of Urban Health. 2006; 83(5):941-53.
        • Martinez IL. The Elder in the Cuban-American Family: Making Sense of the Real and Ideal. Journal of Comparative Family Studies. 2002;33(3): 359-375.


  • Named “FIU 2014 Top Scholar” for Florida International University
  • MedEd Portal-Interprofessional Education Collaborative Collection, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Award, 2012
  • Educational Leadership Enhancement Program, Florida International University Fellow, 2010 – 11
  • Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology, 2010 - present
  • National Institute of Health Diversity Supplement Award, 2006
  • National Academy of an Aging Society Civic Engagement in Older Adults Junior Scholar Award, Gerontological Society of America, 2005
  • AARP Pre-doctoral Minority Leadership Fellow, Gerontological Society of America, 1997

Areas of interest

  • Social Engagement and Health among Older Adults
  • Latino Health
  • Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Social Determinants of Health