School of Nursing and Health Studies

Victoria Breckwich Vasquez, Affiliate Assistant Professor

Victoria A. Breckwich Vásquez, DrPH, MPH, MA
Affiliate Assistant Professor

Dr. Victoria Breckwich Vásquez is an Affiliate Assistant Professor. She also is the Vice President of Preventive Health Services, Education and Training at Sea Mar Community Health Centers. Formerly at the City of Berkeley Public Health Division, Dr. Breckwich Vásquez led community assessment, evaluation, strategic planning and prevention programs and services. From 2006-2013 she founded and led a non-profit organization, SALUD Peru, to provide sustainable funding and technical expertise for villager-led community development projects. Dr. Breckwich Vásquez has 25 years of experience in the health promotion field as a health education manager and community health advocate. Teaching and mentoring students are among her favorite parts of her professional career.


Dr. Breckwich Vásquez focuses on Latin@ community health research using Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and other engagement frameworks. Her research focuses on efforts that build community resilience in Latin@ communities, and sexual violence prevention and other occupational and environmental health issues in agricultural communities. She is interested in community-engaged partnership evaluation, and community engagement methods that utilize qualitative research methods including case studies. She has particular research interest in place-based interventions, and health and other policies that promote health equity through inter-sectoral strategies. Dr. Breckwich Vásquez has authored various peer-reviewed publications on community engagement and CBPR to promote community health.



University of California
Berkeley, CA
  • Doctor of Public Health
  • Dissertation Title: “Community-Based Participatory Research, Social Capital and Health-Promoting Public Policy: A Multi-Site Case Study of Youth-Involved Partnerships.”
  • Dissertation Committee: Meredith Minkler (Chair, Health & Social Behavior), Helen Ann Halpin (Health Policy), and Julian Chun-Chung Chow (Social Welfare)
University of California
Los Angeles, CA
  • Master of Arts - Latin American Studies
University of California
Los Angeles, CA
  • Master of Public Health – (joint major) Behavioral Sciences/Health Education, Population & Family Health
University of California
Los Angeles, CA
  • Bachelor of Arts - Latin American Studies






  • Community Engagement in Health Research & Interventions
  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Latin@ Health & Culture: Local and Global Perspectives
  • Fieldwork in Health Studies
  • Pathways to Health Studies
  • MPH Nutrition Fieldwork Course
  • Cultural Humility and Competency in Community Health