Uriyoan  Colon-Ramos, Sc.D., M.P.A.

Uriyoan Colon-Ramos, Sc.D., M.P.A.

Dr. Uriyoán Colón-Ramos is a public health nutrition investigator with expertise working in Latin America and the Caribbean, and with minority populations in the United States. She is the current Director of the Culminating Experience for the department.

Dr. Colón-Ramos brings a unique perspective rooted in sociology and policy to the field of nutritional sciences. She employs cross-disciplinary skills to identify and understand the dietary determinants of underserved, at-risk populations, and to better inform nutrition policies and programs.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Sociological Perspectives of Nutrition in Developing Countries, Cornell University, 1999 Masters in Public Affairs & Nutrition, Cornell Institute of Public Affairs, Cornell University, 2000 Science Doctorate, Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, 2006

Teaching

PubH 6482: International Food and Nutrition Policy and Programs PubH 3190: Global Nutrition PubH 6411: Global Health Data Collection PubH 6015: Global Health Culminating Experience

Research

My work examines the links between access to foods and cardiovascular health in Latin America and the Caribbean and among vulnerable populations in the United States. To ensure that this work is policy-relevant, I employ mixed-methods and enjoy collaborations across disciplines and institutions. Along these lines, I have developed two lines of work: 1) nutrition policy related to trans-fatty acids in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 2) nutrition policies and programs related to the home and neighborhood food environments. 1) Nutrition policy and trans-fatty acids: Our work on the determinants and consequences of trans-fatty acid intake in Costa Rica showed that decreases in trans-fatty acid content in the food supply were translated into decreases in intake of trans fatty acids (self-reported diet and biomarkers) in the study population, and that this had subsequent implications for the link between trans -fat intake and risk of myocardial infarction. I then studied the process of translation of this evidence into policy in Latin America and the Caribbean. 2) Neighborhood-home food environments: I am interested in understanding the interplay between access to foods in the neighborhoods and access to foods at home, and the potential implications on cardiovascular health. I am currently studying if improving access to foods in neighborhoods would affect home food availability and other aspects of the home food environment and diets. I am particularly interested in diets of young children. Since these environments are very context-specific, I am studying the neighborhood-home dynamics in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. The application of mixed-methods facilitates the design of sustainable nutrition interventions with a policy impact. - See more at: http://publichealth.gwu.edu/faculty/?employeeID=774#sthash.xRbi8rGu.dpuf

Expertise

  • Global Health
  • Health/Diet Disparities
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Population Health

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