Rafael Perez-Escamilla PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Director, Office of Public Health Practice; Director, Global Health Concentration

Biographical Info

Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, Ph.D., is Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health, Director of the Office of Public Health Practice, and Director of the Global Health Concentration at the Yale School of Public Health. His global public health nutrition and food security research program has led to improvements in breastfeeding programs, iron deficiency anemia among infants, household food security measurement and outcomes, and community nutrition education programs. His health disparities research involves assessing the impact of community health workers at improving behavioral and metabolic outcomes among Latinos with type 2 diabetes. He has published over 145 research articles, 2 books, and numerous journal supplements, book chapters, and technical reports. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Food and Nutrition Board. He has been a senior advisor to maternal-child community nutrition programs as well as household food security measurement projects funded by WHO, PAHO, UNICEF, FAO, UNESCO, UNDP, CDC, USDA, USAID, The World Bank, the Gates Foundation, and the Governments of Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia.

International Activity

  • Harmonization of household food security measurements in Latin America and Caribbean Region
    Brazil; Mexico(2007 - 2010)
    Senior leadership for Latin American & Caribbean household food security measurement (project ELCSA)
  • Nutrition, food security and human rights
    Rwanda(2004 - 2010)
    Keynote speaker for annual human rights youth leadership intergenerational forums
  • Brazilian household food security measurement project
    Brazil(2003 - 2010)
    Senior advisor to Brazilian government national household food security measurement project (EBIA initiative)

Education & Training

Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City (1982)
University of California at Davis (1985)
University of California at Davis (1991)

Honors & Recognition

  • University of Connecticut UNESCO Chair Human Rights Award
    University of Connecticut UNESCO Chair (2010)
  • 2010 Dietary Guidelines Scientific Advisory Committee
    Appointed by US Secretaries of Agriculture and Health (2008)
  • Pan American Health & Education Foundation (PAHEF) trustee
    PAHEF (2009)

Professional Service

  • Committee Member, IOM (12/15/2007 - 12/15/2009)
  • Committee Member, USDA & DHHS (11/15/2008 - 05/30/2010)
  • Chair-elect, American Society for Nutrition International Nutrition Council (05/15/2010 - 05/15/2012)
  • Vice-chair, American Society for Nutrition Minority Affairs Committee (05/15/2010 - 05/15/2011)
  • Chairman of scientific planning committee, International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (04/14/2009 - 10/15/2010)
  • co-chair, SustiNet (01/15/2010 - 05/15/2010)
  • Editorial board member, Journal of Nutrition (2002-2007) Journal Human Lactation (1999-date) Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition (2006-date) (01/15/1999 - 10/01/2010)
  • ad-hoc reviewer, peer reviewed journals (01/15/1990 - 10/01/2010)

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