Carolyn A. Mendez-Luck, PhD, MPH
Fellowship Year: (2020-2021)
Senate Special Committee on Aging (Majority)
Carolyn A. Mendez-Luck is an associate professor of health management and policy at Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences. She was formerly an adjunct assistant professor of community health sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Fielding School of Public Health, and is currently a faculty research associate with the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Mendez-Luck’s research addresses aging-related health disparities and long-term care in Latinx and other vulnerable adult populations. Her research is community based, interdisciplinary, and rooted in principles of health equity. As the recipient of a K01 career development award from the National Institute on Aging, she developed and tested a diabetes intervention for Latinx elders and their primary caregivers. She examines the social and cultural factors associated with elder caregiving and chronic disease management in families of Mexican origin and leads an ongoing analysis of nursing facilities in Oregon.
Mendez-Luck is actively involved in state and county long-term care policy in Oregon. She serves on the Quality Measurement Council, which advises the Oregon Department of Human Services on developing and tracking quality and consumer satisfaction metrics in community-based care settings. She was also chair of the Senior Services Advisory Council for the Cascades West Council of Governments, a tri-county Area Agency on Aging. At the national level, she has served on the American Public Health Association (APHA) Governing Council and is currently chair of APHA’s Aging and Public Health Section.
Mendez-Luck received her BS in biology from the University of Southern California and her MPH and PhD in public health from UCLA. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Center for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior in Sepulveda, California.