Dr. Rafael Perez\\u002DEscamilla\\u000D\\u000ADepartment of Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health

"Dr. Rafael Pérez-Escamilla is Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health and Director of the Office of Community Health at Yale School of Public Health. His public health nutrition and food security research has led to improvements in breastfeeding promotion, iron deficiency anemia among infants (by delaying the clamping of the umbilical cord after birth), household food security measurement and outcomes, and community nutrition education programs worldwide. Dr. Pérez-Escamilla’s health disparities research involves assessing the impact of community health workers at improving behavioral, metabolic, and mental health outcomes among Latinos with type 2 diabetes. He has published 120 research articles and over 300 conference abstracts, book chapters, and technical reports. He was a member of the 2009 Institute of Medicine (IOM)/National Academy of Sciences Pregnancy Weight Gain Guidelines Committee, and of the 2010 USA Dietary Guidelines Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. Pérez-Escamilla served as Chair of the IOM workshop on “Updating the USDA National Breastfeeding Campaign” and is a member of the IOM Committee on the “Dissemination of the IOM Pregnancy Weight Gain Guidelines.” He is currently the Chair-elect of the International Nutrition Council and Chair of the minority Affairs Committee of the American Society for Nutrition. Dr. Pérez-Escamilla is a trustee of the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) based in Washington DC and is an advisory committee member of the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences. He has served in the editorial boards of the Journal of Nutrition, the Journal of Human Lactation, and the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. He has been a senior advisor to maternal-child community nutrition programs as well as household food security measurement projects funded by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Agency for International Development (USAID), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), World Health Organization (WHO), The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), The World Bank, the Gates Foundation, and the Governments of Mexico and Brazil. He has been principal mentor to 50 master and doctoral students, as well as postdoctoral researchers and visiting scholars from all over the world. Dr. Pérez-Escamilla is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar who lectures globally and has received numerous professional recognitions and awards as a result of his major contributions to his fields of work. After obtaining his BS in Chemical Engineering at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, he received his MS in Food Science and his PhD in Nutrition from the University of California at Davis". - UA Department of Nutritional Sciences & College of Agriculture and Life Sciences