Faculty Mentors

Carlos E. Rodriguez-Diaz, PhD

Associate Professor & Vice Chair
Milken Institute School of Public Health
The George Washington University

Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz is a community health scientist, and he conducts community-based participatory research in Puerto Rico, the United States of America, and the Caribbean Region. His work has focused on health equity through actions on the social determinants of health. He has led several programs and research projects addressing health inequities among populations made socially vulnerable, including people with HIV, Hispanic/Latinxs, incarcerated populations, and sexual and gender minority groups. He has several funded projects to develop interventions to enhance HIV prevention services, improve primary care for Latinx and transgender populations, and improve continuity of care for justice-involved people.

Dr. Rodriguez-Diaz is the first author of one of the most cited publications about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Latino communities. In addition, he is an academic advocate and committed mentor. His research and scholarship have led to coverage in well-known national and international media sources such as the Washington PostThe HillThe GuardianEl Nuevo Día (Puerto Rico), El Mercurio (Chile), and Folha de S.Paulo (Brazil), as well as in research publications and conferences.

Rodriguez-Diaz completed post-doctoral training in HIV and Global Health Research, a Ph.D. in Public Health with a major in Community Health, and an MPH in Health Education. He has also completed post-graduate training in health policy, human rights, and health diplomacy.

Selected Publications:

Rodriguez-Diaz, C. E., Martinez, O., Bland, S., & Crowley, J. S. (2021). Ending the HIV epidemic in US Latinx sexual and gender minorities. Lancet (London, England), 397(10279), 1043–1045. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)32521-6. PMID: 33617767;PMCID: PMC8684813.

Rodriguez-Diaz, C. E., Guilamo-Ramos, V., Mena, L., Hall, E., Honermann, B., Crowley, J. S., Baral, S., Prado, G. J., Marzan-Rodriguez, M., Beyrer, C., Sullivan, P. S., & Millett, G. A. (2020). Risk for COVID-19 infection and death among Latinos in the United States: examining heterogeneity in transmission dynamics. Annals of epidemiology, 52, 46–53.e2. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annepidem.2020.07.007. PMID: 32711053; PMCID: PMC7375962.

Rodríguez-Díaz, C. E., & Lewellen-Williams, C. (2020). Race as a structural determinant for emergency and recovery response in the aftermath of hurricanes in Puerto Rico. Health Equity. doi: https://doi.org/10.1089/heq.2019.0103