Lilian Milanes, '12
Lili Milanes was born in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Shorty after, her family moved to Indiana, Pennsylvania, where they lived for eight years. Afterward, they moved to Orlando, Florida, where Lili graduated from Winter Park High School. Lili's research interests include physical and biological anthropology with a specific focus on public health, communal health, and health disparities. She aspires to obtain a doctorate of philosophy in Anthropology
Ph.D. in Anthropology
"El Derecho de Ser Tomado en Cuenta"-The Structural Violence of Privatized U.S. Health Care Conducted at the University of California, Irvine as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. Mentor: Dr. Michael Montoya, University of California, Irvine Abstract: Structural violence is a term coined by Paul Farmer when he began his effort to deliver free health care services to residents in rural Haiti. In his experiences he realized that no matter the amount of free services provided, the inequalities experienced reflect inadequate public health provisions (Farmer 2005). These social structures deny people their human needs and are linked very closely with social injustice and social machinery of oppression (Farmer 2006). For this project, the idea of structural violence to analyze a place based social investment initiative provided by a private health foundation to improve California communities' health. We will be evaluating the California Endowment, whose mission is to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. In 2009 the California Endowment began a Building Healthy Communities (BHC) effort with three key areas for action (1) Create peaceful and safer communities by developing opportunities for youth to make positive contributions, (2) Provide full access to quality prevention and health care services, and (3) Design and create places where health is promoted. The community of Central Santa Ana will be used as the case study for this project to ask the question; is the Building Healthy Communities initiative reproducing structural violence? Does the BHC change the way we can think about Farmer's original theory?
Summer Research Institution
University of California Irvine
Milanes, Lilian, "Lilian Milanes, '12" (2017). McNair Scholars. 71.