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Dolores Castañeda, MPH

Research Associate

GLHW Council Member


Dolores is a long-time Little Village community member and a faith-based organizer.  She is a tireless advocate for homeless people and can be regularly found feeding and clothing the homeless in her community.  She is the co-founder of Padres Angeles, an organization that supports families who have lost their children to gun violence. Dolores is also a fierce advocate for street vendors.  She recently graduated from the Master of Public Health program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Her capstone project titled “Promoting Healthy Work in the Informal Work Sector: A Health Assessment of Street Vendors in Little Village” explores the health needs and assets of street vendors and identifies effective, sustainable health promotion strategies.