NIH Grant Award (U54):

Brown Bag Lecture (10/25):
Sara M. St. George, PhD
Assistant Professor
Public Health Sciences
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Brown Bag Lecture (11/08):
Jose Felix Colon Burgos, MS DrPH
Investigador Evaluador de Sistemas de Salud, NIH Diversity Fellow, Proyecto Sindemias

NIMHD Awards Endowment to FIU (PIs: Gil, De La Rosa)
Endowment makes FIU regional hub for the study of HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, obesity, and diabetes

NIAAA Awards R01 Grant to Dr. De La Rosa
Study will Examine Alcohol Use among Recent Latino Immigrants

Dr. Kanamori, CRUSADA Postdoctoral Fellow, Awarded NIH K99/R00 Grant
First investigator from College of Public Health & Social Work to receive an NIH Pathway to Independence Award

CRUSADA/C-SALUD PhD Fellow wins at 2016 Florida Research Symposium
Stephanie Diez won 1st Place in Social Sciences Category for presentation on problem videogame play in children & youth

NIH Awards $12.7 Million to FIU
Three CRUSADA Researchers are Members of Interdisciplinary Team

Frank Dillon Awarded R15 grant from NIMHD
Affiliated faculty member Frank Dillion was awarded a R15 to conduct a study of HIV testing among at risk Latino men

USAID Report
C-SALUD Postdoctoral Scholar authors report titled "Indicators of Child Deprivation in Sub-Saharan Africa"

CRUSADA Faculty Featured on NIH Website
Preventing HIV/AIDS in Recent Latino Immigrants


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Kanamori, Mariano, PhD

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Dr. Mariano Kanamori is a Latino epidemiologist with more than 20 years of research experience working in the areas of health, nutrition, substance use, HIV prevention among others. Dr. Kanamori has had extensive interaction with people from different cultures and has worked with a diverse range of people ranging from community lay workers living in Ethiopian rural towns and Peruvian mountains and jungles to national and international country and project managers. Dr. Kanamori has received more than 17 awards from different institutions such as the American Public Health Association, the Inter-University Program for Latino Research, the University of Maryland College Park Graduate School, the University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health, Eta Sigma Gamma, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the National Council of Urban Indian Health, the National Cancer Institute, Georgetown Hospital, the Ford Foundation, the Canadian Government and Cayetano Heredia University. Dr. Kanamori is currently a NIH funded post-doctoral research fellow at CRUSADA. Under the mentorship of Dr. De La Rosa, Dr. Trepka and Dr. Dillon, he is receiving training on dyadic and social network analysis for Latino adolescent and adult individuals on topics related to substance abuse, HIV prevention and domestic violence.

In Peru, Dr. Kanamori had the opportunity to design, implement and evaluate nationwide health promotion programs that addressed the socio-cultural determinants that influence malnutrition, diarrhea, infectious diseases, acute respiratory diseases, and the use of family planning methods. In the US, the Special Population Network, a program from the NCI that promotes the development of researchers from minority groups allowed him to complete his pre-doctoral at the Lombardi Cancer Control Center, Georgetown Hospital, in Latino breast, colorectal and lung cancer prevention and control. Dr. Kanamori was also able to work with Dr. Huerta, former president of the American Cancer Society, and Professor Haider in studying the potential of a social marketing strategy based on radio soap operas in promoting the use of colorectal cancer screening among Hispanics.

Dr. Kanamori earned his PhD from the University of Maryland (UMD), School of Public Health and has worked in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UMD under the mentorship of Dr. Olivia Carter-Pokras. His research included identifying and addressing factors influencing a relatively higher tobacco use among certain youth minority populations and youth of low socio-economic status and the development of the logic model for the State of Maryland tobacco program. During his PhD training, he also developed a framework using social network theory and the internet to perform process evaluations for orphan and vulnerable children (OVC) health promotion projects with personnel in the US and both rural and urban areas in Ethiopia. Dr. Kanamori also developed a socio-ecological framework to understand which factors at the individual, inter-personal, community and societal levels are associated with OVC's educational success using data from around 1,000 OVC from 3 Ethiopian regions (Addis Ababa, Oromiya and Tigray). He also led the final evaluation of an OVC health promotion project funded by PEPFAR-USAID that interviewed 150 people including OVC living on the street, OVC living in shelters, OVC's mothers, community leaders, stakeholders, and program staff members from 5 urban and rural regions in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa, Adigrat, DebreZeit, Mekelle and Zeway). His work also involved a qualitative study to understand the association of migration and climate changes on health and food access of HIV/AIDS impacted OVC and their families in Ethiopia. Dr. Kanamori's latest work is the USAID-ICF Macro funded publication "DHS Comparative Reports No. 32, Indicators of Child Deprivation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Levels and Trends from the Demographic and Health Surveys" that is going to be distributed to decision makers at all levels – from governments, politicians, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), researchers, community based organizations, and advocacy groups.