Marissa Raymond-Flesch
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Raymond-Flesch is an Assistant Professor in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS) and the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine within the Department of Pediatrics. Her research focuses on access to care for adolescents and young adults with a particular interest in in improving reproductive health access for minority and border communities. She is especially interested in using community-based participatory research to bring health care and health education into these underserved communities.

Dr. Raymond-Flesch’s prior research focused on health care access for California’s young undocumented immigrant population, working with a team from IHPS, UC Berkeley, and UCLA to study the health concerns and health care access of California’s DREAMers, or young immigrants eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. This work identified the profound need for improved access to medical, and particularly, mental health care, for this vulnerable community. She is also partnering with researchers investigating the health and health care access of Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants without documentation to compare and contrast the health concerns and access for these groups. Dr. Raymond-Flesch’s subsequent research investigated how Medi-Cal eligibility changes that are occurring as a result of the Affordable Care Act and shifting immigration policy, are communicated to and implemented by Medi-Cal enrollment workers.

Dr. Raymond-Flesch's current research, conducted in partnership with colleagues from RTI, UC Berkeley, and the Monterey County Health Department, examines the relationship between gang violence, unintended teen pregnancies, and mental health in Salinas, California - a small, predominantly Latino community in California’s rural central coast. Although some research has examined the association between violence and teen pregnancies in large urban centers, little is known about this association in rural communities. Formative work from this investigation highlighted the critical role that family plays in positive youth development and reproductive health knowledge. This formative work, and the community engagement associated with it, also revealed wide-spread concern about the mental health of Salinas youth. This data has informed the development of "A Crecer: The Salinas Teen Health Study," a longitudinal survey of 600 early adolescents in Salinas.

Education and Training

, 2018 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
Fellow, 2016 Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, University of California San Francisco
Fellow, 2016 Health Policy, University of California San Francisco
Residency and Chief Residency, 2012 Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Mount Sinai Hospital
M.D., 2008 Medicine, Cornell University
M.P.H., 2007 Public Health, Adolescent Health, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
B.S., 2003 Brain and Cognitive Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Coyne-Beasley T, Hill SV, Zimet G, Kanbur N, Kimberlin D, Raymond-Flesch M, Simpson T, Svetaz MV, Trent M, Walker-Harding L. COVID-19 Vaccination of Adolescents and Young Adults of Color: Viewing Acceptance and Uptake With a Health Equity Lens. J Adolesc Health. 2021 Apr 01.
Raymond-Flesch M, Browne EN, Auerswald C, Minnis AM. Family and School Connectedness Associated with Lower Depression among Latinx Early Adolescents in an Agricultural County. Am J Community Psychol. 2021 Feb 03.
Deepika D. Parmar, Elodia Caballero, Alexandra M. Minnis, Melissa S. Zerofsky, Marissa Raymond-Flesch. 9. Latina Mothers’ Perspectives on Adverse Experiences and Protection of Latinx Youth in an Agricultural Community. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2021 Feb 1; 68(2):s5.
Kanbur N, Barral R, Efevbera Y, Kelley MA, Svetaz MV, Miller E, Bhave S, Coyne-Beasley T, Raymond-Flesch M. Call to Action Against Femicide: Illuminating a Shadow Pandemic as a Global Public Health Emergency. J Adolesc Health. 2021 Jan 08.
Svetaz MV, Barral R, Kelley MA, Simpson T, Chulani V, Raymond-Flesch M, Coyne-Beasley T, Trent M, Ginsburg K, Kanbur N. Inaction Is Not an Option: Using Antiracism Approaches to Address Health Inequities and Racism and Respond to Current Challenges Affecting Youth. J Adolesc Health. 2020 Sep; 67(3):323-325.
Barney A, Buckelew S, Mesheriakova V, Raymond-Flesch M. The COVID-19 Pandemic and Rapid Implementation of Adolescent and Young Adult Telemedicine: Challenges and Opportunities for Innovation. J Adolesc Health. 2020 08; 67(2):164-171.
Alexandra M. Minnis, Erica N. Browne, Marisol Chavez, Linda McGlone, Marissa Raymond-Flesch, Colette Auerswald. 224. Neighborhood Social Environment Associations with Initiation of Sexual Activity in Early and Middle Adolescence: Opportunities for Promoting Positive Sexual Health Outcomes. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2020 Feb 1; 66(2):s113-s114.
Marissa Raymond-Flesch, Marisol Chavez, Linda McGlone, Elodia Caballero, Megan Comfort, Alexandra Minnis. 46. Labeling of Risk-Taking Behaviors in a Latinx Community: Implications for Youth Engagement With Community Resources. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2020 Feb 1; 66(2):s25.
Raymond-Flesch M, Lucia L, Jacobs K, Brindis CD. Improving Medicaid Access in Times of Health Policy Change: Solutions from Focus Groups with Frontline Enrollment Workers. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2019; 30(1):280-296.
Raymond-Flesch M. The Negative Health Consequences of Anti-Immigration Policies. J Adolesc Health. 2018 05; 62(5):505-506.
Comfort M, Raymond-Flesch M, Auerswald C, McGlone L, Chavez M, Minnis A. Community-engaged Research with Rural Latino Adolescents: Design and Implementation Strategies to Study the Social Determinants of Health. Gateways. 2018; 11(1):90-108.
Siemons R, Raymond-Flesch M, Auerswald CL, Brindis CD. Coming of Age on the Margins: Mental Health and Wellbeing Among Latino Immigrant Young Adults Eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). J Immigr Minor Health. 2017 06; 19(3):543-551.
Raymond-Flesch M. To Address Health Disparities for Latino Youth, Promote Their Engagement in Health Care. J Adolesc Health. 2017 05; 60(5):477-478.
Raymond-Flesch M, Auerswald C, McGlone L, Comfort M, Minnis A. Building social capital to promote adolescent wellbeing: a qualitative study with teens in a Latino agricultural community. BMC Public Health. 2017 02 08; 17(1):177.
Alexandra M. Minnis, Marissa Raymond-Flesch, Linda McGlone, Colette Auerswald. Neighborhood Environment and Resilience: Associations Among 8th Grade Latino Youth Residing in an Agricultural Community. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2017 Feb 1; 60(2):s80-s81.
Marissa Raymond-Flesch, Colette Auerswald, Linda McGlone, Alexandra Minnis. Teen Perspectives on Protecting Youth from Violence and Teen Pregnancy in an Agricultural Latino Community. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2016 Feb 1; 58(2):s6-s7.
Raymond-Flesch M, Siemons R, Brindis CD. Research and Engagement Strategies for Young Adult Immigrants Without Documentation: Lessons Learned Through Community Partnership. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2016; 10(3):373-382.
Raymond-Flesch M, Siemons R, Pourat N, Jacobs K, Brindis CD. "There is no help out there and if there is, it's really hard to find": a qualitative study of the health concerns and health care access of Latino "DREAMers". J Adolesc Health. 2014 Sep; 55(3):323-8.
Marissa Raymond-Flesch, Rachel Siemons, Nadereh Pourat, Ken Jacobs, Claire Brindis. “There is No Help Out There and if There is, It's Really Hard to Find”: A Qualitative Study of the Healthcare Access and Concerns of Latino “Dreamers”. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2014 Feb 1; 54(2):s18-s19.
Marissa Raymond-Flesch, Jennifer Jao. 62. Factors Influencing Reproductive Healthcare for Teens and Young Women in Southern New Mexico: A Qualitative Analysis. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2013 Feb 1; 52(2):s51.
Lin A.J., Raymond M., Catallozzi M., Ryan O., Rickert V.I.. Relationship Violence in Adolescence. Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews. 2008; (18):530-443.
Raymond, M., Bogdanovich, L., Brahmi, D., Cardinal, L.J., Fager, G.L., Frattarelli, L.C., Hecker, G., Jarpe, A.E., Viera, A., Kantor, L., Santelli, J.S.. State Refusal of Federal Funding for Abstinence-Only Programs. Sexuality Research and Social Policy: Journal of NSRC. 2008; (5):44-55.
Raymond M., Catallozzi M., Lin A.J., Ryan O., Rickert V.I.. The Development of Intimate Relationships in Adolescence. Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews. 2008; (18):449-459.