Waleska Caiaffa, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Federal University of Minas Gerais School of Medicine, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Waleska Caiaffa

Dr. Waleska Teixeira Caiaffa holds a MPH (International Health and Epidemiology) by Johns Hopkins University (JHU) – Bloomberg School of Public Health, PhD in Parasitology, concentration area of epidemiology by the Federal University of Minas Gerais and post-doctoral epidemiology at JHU. She is full professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, School of Medicine in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where she leads the Observatory for Urban Health in Belo Horizonte (OSUBH). Dr. Caiaffa spearheads OSUBH’s local, national and international lead roles on urban health focusing on urban inequalities; social-level determinants of health and evaluation of health of city and neighbourhood-level policies/interventions by capitalizing on natural experiments on non-communicable and communicable diseases. She was president of the International Society for Urban Health at the New York Academy of Medicine (ISUH/NYAM) from 2011 to 2014; in 2011 she chaired the 10th International Conference for Urban Health (ICUH), in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

She is a consultant for the Brazilian Ministry of Health and member of the Board of Advisors of United Nations University, International Institute for Global Health. Dr. Caiaffa is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Urban Health and has participated in several editorial activities; scientific committees; review panels; invited lectures and symposiums as well as consultative activities.

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