Maria Theresa Pacho, M.P.H

Maria Theresa Pacho, M.P.H.

California State University, Long BeachMaria Pacho
Chicano & Latino Studies Dept.

1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-1004
Tel. (562) 985.2482
Fax (562) 985.4631


Maria T. Pacho was born and raised in the Boyle Heights area in the City of Los Angeles.  Professor Pacho graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts in Mexican American Studies.  She continued her graduate education at Loma Linda University, School of Public Health with a Master of Public Health, with emphases in Community Health Promotion/Education and Administration.

Professor Pacho has taught at CSULB in the Chicano and Latino Studies Department since the Fall of 1999. Her class entitled Latina/o Health Status and Health Care Access is an interdisciplinary course on the health status and access issue affecting the Latino population in the US. She has taught at Charles Drew University School of Medicine and Science teaching Introduction to Public Health. In 2000, Maria was elected Commission President for the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument Authority Commission also known as Olvera Street. She actively worked on capital projects such as the restoration of the Siqueros Mural. Maria served on the Board of Directors for the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA. Currently, she is developing the Gloria Pacho Memorial Scholarship at CSULB for students continuing their education in Medicine, Public Health¸ Medical Social Work, and Veterinary Health.

For the past two years Professor Pacho has served as a financial and program contract auditor for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Office of Ambulatory Care and Emergency Medical Services. Prior to her work in local government, she has worked for various Latino non-profit organizations in the Los Angeles area holding the positions such as HIV Services Director, Clinic Administrator, Health Education Coordinator and Grant Writer.

She continues her childhood hobby which is dancing and teaching Ballet Folklorico.  In addition she continues to mentor her students entering the professions of medicine, public health, social work and health care administration.

Research Papers/Reports

  • Comprehensive Care or Episodic Care? Health Care services for the Undocumented Latino Population in California.
  • Health Care Access to a Primary Care Provider for the Undocumented Latino in the State of California.
  • Effects of Acculturation on Prenatal Care Behaviors and Birth Outcomes in the First and Second Generation Mexican Women.
  • Latinos View on Proposition 187 and the Catholic Church
  • Cancer Screening and Risk Reduction for Latina Women in Los Angeles County