Carlos E. Rodríguez-Díaz, PhD, MPHE, MCHES
Dr. Rodríguez-Díaz holds a master degree in public health education, a doctoral degree in public health majoring in community health promotion and health education, and completed a post-doctoral program in HIV and global health research. Carlos is an assistant professor at the School of Public Health at the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico where he is the Program Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Public Health with a specialty in social determinants of health and principal investigator in several projects addressing sexual health promotion, HIV and health equity. Dr. Rodriguez-Diaz is also the founding director of the Latin American Center for Sexual Health Promotion.
Over the course of the last 10 years he has been working among multiple disenfranchised populations in Vietnam, United States, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean region, including incarcerated populations, transgender groups, gay men, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). Most of his research activities have been framed within community-based and participatory approaches. His early work in advancing community health education and LGBT health, and more recently in public health research, contributed to his selection for the 2010 Jay S. Drotman Award from the American Public Health Association which recognizes the work of a promising young public health professionals.