Dr. Alberto Ortega is an Assistant Professor at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. He is a public policy scholar with health and social policy research focusing on the well-being of underserved and vulnerable populations. Ortega’s earlier work examined educational barriers and inequities faced by racial and ethnic minorities. His current research explores issues surrounding access to health care and social determinants of health outcomes, including substance use, mental health, and mortality resulting from victimization. Dr. Ortega is an Emerging Poverty Scholar at the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was also a Resource Center for Minority Aging Research Scientist with USC’s Minority Aging Health Economics Research Center, an NSF Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics Fellow, and an American Economic Association Summer Program Fellow and mentor. Dr. Ortega is currently the chair of the communications committee for the American Society for Hispanic Economists (ASHE).