Lourdes Martin, LCSW
Florida International University Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Lourdes Martin is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work at Florida International University (FIU). She has been a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the state of Florida since 2005 and a qualified supervisor since 2007. Prior to her clinical faculty appointment, Lourdes worked in clinical practice for over a decade specializing in the areas of campus violence, sexual victimization and intimate partner/domestic violence. She became an educator in 2010 when she was hired as the first social worker to comprise the interprofessional faculty for the FIU Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
When we think about the issues of health and healthcare, we traditionally think about biological factors and the role of professions such as medicine and nursing. However, research now indicates the importance of non-biological factors affecting health. The World Health Organization (WHO), in its constitution, defines health as: “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." Yet, until recently, the “social” components were often overlooked. These “social determinants of health” as defined by the WHO are the circumstances in…