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Jessica Jerome

  • Associate Professor
  • ​PhD​​​​​​​
  • Health Sciences
  • Health Disparities, Global Health, Urban Health Care Reform

Courses Taught

  • Foundations of Health Sciences (HLTH 200)
  • Health Care Policy in the United States (HLTH 250)
  • Introduction to Global Health (HLTH 360)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (HLTH 380)                                                                                                       

Research Interests

Dr. Jerome is a medical anthropologist specializing in the study of health care inequalities in urban contexts. Her primary research site is in Fortaleza, Brazil and focuses on the experiences of low-income communities with Brazil's public health care system. She is also interested in the comparative dimensions of health care inequalities in Chicago, and has conducted archival research on the city's free clinics which flourished in the 1960s. Throughout her work, Dr. Jerome uses an ethnographic lens to investigate how conceptions of health care rights impact the delivery, acceptance, and success of health care policies.



2021   Jerome J. “Among Mothers and Daughters: Economic Mobility and Political Identity in a Northeaster Periferia". Chapter in an edited volume, Precarious Democracy, Rutgers University Press.             

2015    A Right To Health: Medicine Marginality and Health Care Reform in Northeastern Brazil. University of Texas Press. 


2022   Jerome J. “Histories of Conviviality in a Northeastern Periferia". Anthropolgica Vol 64: No. 2.     
2021    Sagartz, C., Bruce, E. and Jerome J. "Voices of Change: Drivers of Career Dedication to Health Equity Among Chicago-Area Health Professionals". DePaul Discoveries, Vol 10, Issue 1. ​

2018   Jerome J. “Much More Than a Clinic: Chicago's Free Health    Centers 1968-1972". Medical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness, 38:6, 537-550.

​2018    Jerome J.Participatory Governance in the Context of Local Health Councils: Interviews with Six Local  Health Council Presidents in Northeastern Brazil", Saúde e Sociedade. Vol 27, No. 3

2017    Jerome J. "Fraternity, Dignity and Democracy: Forms of Value in Northeast Brazil's Health Care Reform Movement". Tipiti: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America.

2016    Lindau, J Makelarski, E Abramsohn, D Beiser, V Esamilla, J Jerome et al. "Community Rx: A Population Health Improvement Innovation that Connects Clinics to Communities" Health Affairs, Special Issue on Culture of Health. November 8.

2013    "Mothers with HIV: A Case for a Human Rights Approach to HIV/AIDS Care in Northeastern Brazil", in Women, Motherhood and Living with HIV/AIDS. Edited by Pranee Liamputoong.

2012    "Brazilian mothers with HIV: experiences with diagnosis and treatment in a human rights based health care system", AIDS Care, Vol 24(4):491-495.

2006    "Mothers on the Margins: Implications for eradicating perinatal HIV". Social Science and Medicine 62(1), 59-69.