Dr. Diana Hernandez, assistant professor of sociomedical sciences, was appointed as a visiting scholar at the Russel Sage foundation from September 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. Dr. Hernández will write a book exploring families’ struggles to afford household energy focusing on energy insecurity – the inability to adequately meet household energy needs – a problem facing one in three U.S. households. Conducting 100 in-depth interviews across ten sites, she will examine the challenges that households face in accessing and affording electricity, natural gas, and fuel oils and study how this issue varies across regions, including both urban and rural settings and cold and warm weather climates.
During the term of the fellowship, Dr. Hernandez will also engage in other potential Foundation projects and interact with the larger community of the Foundation.
Dr. Hernandez studies the impacts of policy on the health and socioeconomic well-being of vulnerable populations. Much of her research is conducted in her native South Bronx neighborhood. She is currently a principal or co-investigator on several projects related to structural interventions in low-income housing such as energy efficiency upgrades and new finance and capital improvement models in public housing and post-Sandy resilience among public housing residents. In addition to teaching at the graduate level, Dr. Hernandez has taught undergraduate courses on Health Disparities and Cultural Competence.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on March 13