Carlos E. Rodriguez-Diaz, PhD
Dr. Carlos E. Rodriguez-Diaz is a health promotion and health education scientist. As a public health educator by training, his work has focused principally on sexual health promotion, HIV/AIDS, and health equity. He has been working in the public health field for over a decade addressing the needs of multiple populations at increased risk, including Latino/Hispanic populations in the US, prison populations, gay and bisexual men, other MSM, and trans populations. Since early in his career Dr. Rodriguez-Diaz has been engaged with community-based organizations in PR, initially as an outreach worker in programs for the prevention HIV among MSM and male sex workers and later as a researcher and advisor to the implementation of HIV and sexual health promotion programs, capacity building, and managerial efforts with several organizations. The findings from some of these collaborations have been presented at major scientific conferences and published in peer-review journals. Dr. Rodríguez-Diaz has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and private organizations. All these funding sources have supported a research agenda to address inequities in the HIV epidemic and sexual health promotion in the US, the Caribbean Region, and Puerto Rico. Currently, Carlos is the Program Coordinator of the University of Puerto Rico - School of Public Health Doctoral Program in Public Health (DrPH) with specialty in Social Determinants of Health. As leader in this unique academic program, he has been developing a research and public health practice agenda to address social determinants of health among disenfranchised populations. He teaches courses and seminars on research methods.