Dr. Carlos E. Rodríguez-Díaz has been announced as Researcher in Residence and Visiting Philanthropy Faculty Scholar for the Center on Community Philanthropy at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. His first day on campus will be Monday, Jan. 29.
The Researcher in Residence will work with the Center on Community Philanthropy to do groundbreaking and innovative research that furthers the work of the Center and the Clinton School to build more evidence-based practice across the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.
“Research that explores the impact of race on social, political, and economic outcomes is vital for building better practice across the sector,“ said Dr. Charlotte Williams, Associate Professor and Director of the Center on Community Philanthropy. “This is an area of expertise for Dr. Rodríguez-Díaz and we look forward to sharing our findings.”
Rodríguez-Díaz is a public health scientist and an associate professor at the School of Public Health at the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan. He works with the Graduate School of Public Health and the Center for Sociomedical Research and Evaluation with a specialty in social determinants of health.
“Having Dr. Rodríguez-Díaz here will provide educational opportunities for our students at the Clinton School,” Dean Skip Rutherford said. “He is also going to be part of the Clinton School Speaker Series, discussing ‘What Happened in Puerto Rico,’ which will be free and open to the public.”
Rodríguez-Díaz earned a master’s degree in Public Health Education and a Ph.D. in Public Health with a major in Community Health Promotion. His post-doctoral training was in HIV and global health research. Additionally, he has completed other academic experiences in health policy, human rights, and health diplomacy.
Rodríguez-Díaz’s work has focused primarily on intervention development to reduce health inequities among disenfranchised populations. He has received support from governmental, non-governmental, and community-based organizations to support research initiatives to address social determinants of health inequities in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean region.