Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, PhD
Dr. Pérez-Escamilla is a professor of epidemiology and the director of the Office of Community Health at the Yale University School of Public Health. He is also the primary investigator and founding director of the Connecticut Center for Eliminating Health Disparities among Latinos, which is an Excellence in Partnerships for Community Outreach, Research on Disparities in Health and Training Center funded by the Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Dr. Pérez-Escamilla is the chair-elect of the International Nutrition Council and chair of the Minority Affairs Committee both of the American Society for Nutrition. He sits in the Advisory Committee of the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences. He has served on numerous advisory boards of academic centers, committees of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and was a member of the 2010 USA Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. 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. He has also been a senior advisor to community nutrition programs as well as household food security measurement projects funded by the Pan American Health Organization, the World Health Organization, United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund, United Nations Development Programme, USDA, USAID, the World Bank, the Gates Foundation, as well as the Governments of Mexico and Brazil.