Margarita Echeverri, MSc, PhD
Community Engagement, Xavier University of Louisiana
Dr. Echeverri serves as Associate Professor and Educational Coordinator in Health Disparities, Cultural Competence and Diversity at Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy. She is a social and behavioral researcher with a strong background in cultural & linguistic competence, health literacy, health disparities, and community-based participatory research. She also serves as the Associate Director of the Community Engagement & Outreach Resource Core at the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center (LACaTS). Her research focuses on factors influencing patients’ health behaviors and decisions related to prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, as well as development of strategies to improve communication and understanding among healthcare providers, patients, and researchers. She received her Master and PhD degrees at Tulane University and is the recipient of the 2015 Norman Francis Faculty Excellence in Service Award for outstanding service to the community, the university and the profession.