Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, Ph.D.

Rafael Pérez-Escamilla is a professor of epidemiology and public health at Yale University School of Public Health. Among his many professional accomplishments, he is PI and founding director of the Connecticut NIH EXPORT Center for Eliminating Health Disparities among Latinos (www.cehdl.uconn.edu).

Currently, he leads or co-leads four maternal-child nutrition and food security multi-institutional capacity building projects in the USA, Ghana, and Brazil. Additionally, he is leading the formative evaluation of a vitamin A biofortification project in rural Haiti and a diabetes peer counseling randomized community trial targeting Latinos in Connecticut. He has published over 90 research articles and more than 200 abstracts, conference proceedings, and book chapters.

Mr. Pérez-Escamilla’s interdisciplinary research program has been funded with over $15 million from NIH, USDA, CDC, USAID, and the Donaghue Foundation. He is the past-chair of the ASN Community and Public Health Nutrition RIS as well as a former member of the executive committee of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML). Currently, he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Human Lactation and the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, and is a former editorial board member of the Journal of Nutrition. Previously, he has served in the EB scientific program planning committee and as a judge and chair of ASN award panels.

He has been a senior advisor to community nutrition programs as well as household food security measurement projects funded by USDA, USAID, PAHO, UNDP, WHO, UNICEF, The World Bank as well as the governments of Mexico and Brazil. He was recently appointed to the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences Pregnancy Weight Gain Guidelines Committee and he is also a member of the 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

Dr. Pérez-Escamilla signed a conflict of interest statement and agrees to abide by PAHEF's conflict of interest policy.

A Sample of Recent PAHEF Projects in the Region