Luis Torres, PhD
Associate Professor of Social Work, Graduate College of Social Work
University of Houston
Luis R. Torres, Ph.D., is Associate Professor, Director of the Center for Drug and Social Policy Research, and Humana Endowed Chair for the Social Determinants of Health in the Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW) at the University of Houston. His research focuses on health disparities, social determinants of health, and co-occurring mental health, substance use and medical disorders. Dr. Torres is also actively involved in research and community engagement initiatives aimed at building community resilience, with a focus on Hispanics, African Americans, and other minority communities.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Discuss how you are addressing the selected theme(s): While preventive and management measures are important to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, strategies like social distancing can have devastating effects on older adults who are already at risk for social isolation and loneliness. In response, the University of Houston Colleges of Social Work and Medicine leveraged a partnership with Humana, Inc in collaboration with Papa Inc. to address social isolation and loneliness in Houston-area older adults. We used administrative data to identify Humana Medicare Advantage beneficiaries who…