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Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, Ph.D.

Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, CT.

Dr. Pérez-Escamilla also serves as Director, Office of Public Health Practice at the Yale School of Public Health. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the area of community nutrition for his work in pregnancy and lactation, food security, obesity, diabetes, and food safety. Dr. Pérez-Escamilla has specialized experience with Hispanic and low-income Americans, as well as populations in low and middle income countries. His research program seeks to understand how best to promote breastfeeding, causes and consequences of food insecurity, and how to improve diabetes self-management through community health workers. Dr. Pérez-Escamilla has published numerous articles that have led to improvements in breastfeeding promotion, iron deficiency anemia among infants, household food security measurement, and community nutrition education programs worldwide. He chairs the Global Nutrition Council of the American Society for Nutrition and is a member of the IOM Food and Nutrition Board. Previously, Dr. Pérez-Escamilla served as a member of the IOM Committee to Re-examine IOM Pregnancy Weight Guidelines and was a member of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

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