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Public Health Speaker Series

Wednesday, February 8 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Brown Lounge, 2nd Floor

Rodrigo Reis, Interim Co-Dean of the Brown School and investigator at the Prevention Research Center will moderate a panel on People, Health & Place for our first Public Health Speaker Series event of 2023. 

He will be joined by: 

  • Adriano Akira F Hino of the Health Sciences Graduation Program, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (Curitiba, Brazil)
  • Alejandra Jáuregui of the Center for Health and Nutrition Research at the Mexican National Institute of Public Health
  •  Deborah Salvo from the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education of the College of Education at the University of Texas-Austin, and a Visiting Associate Professor at the Brown School

The panel will be hosted live from Brown Lounge as our speakers join us virtually. Register For Zoom Link Here

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Brown School


Humanities & Society, Medicine & Health

Public Health
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Speaker Information
  • Adriano Akira F. Hino is professor of Public Health and Epidemiology in the Health Sciences Graduation Program, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (Curitiba, Brazil). He holds Master and doctoral degrees in Physical Education from Federal University of Paraná. During the last 15 years has been part of several research projects related to promotion of physical activity mainly through built environment changes. The main projects include the GUIA Project (Guide for Useful Interventions for Physical Activity in Brazil and Latin America), IPEN adults (International Physical Activity and Environment Network), IPEN adolescents, HULAP project (Healthy Urban Living and Ageing in Place) and Our Voice project which is based on the citizen science framework. 
  • Alejandra Jáuregui earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the Mexican School of Public Health. She is a member of the National Research System in Mexico. She has served as an invited expert for the field of physical activity for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR), and the World Health Organization, among others. She has collaborated with the Mexican ministries of health and education in the preparation of national strategies promoting healthy lifestyles among school-aged children and adolescents, as well as healthy eating through front-of-pack labeling. Her main research interests are related to the role of the policy, social and built environment for promoting healthy lifestyles - physical activity and healthy dietary intake - and preventing non-communicable diseases, especially obesity and diabetes. 
  • Deborah Salvo is an associate professor of Health Behavior and Health Education in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education of the College of Education at the University of Texas-Austin, and a Visiting Associate Professor at the Brown School. She earned her Ph.D. from Emory University and her Bachelor in Science from Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City, Mexico). Through her work, she seeks to understand the role of context on physical activity and health disparities, with a special emphasis on Latin American populations, both in the US and abroad. Her research is motivated by the pursuit of health equity and social justice. Her long-term goal is to produce contextually relevant evidence for reducing spatial health disparities in access to environments that enable physically active, healthy and sustainable lifestyles for all. In parallel to her research on space, place and physical activity, a critical priority of Dr. Salvo is to build capacity for physical activity and public health research in settings or among populations for which contextually-relevant evidence to guide policy action is lacking the most. 
  • (Moderator) Rodrigo Reis is Interim Co-Dean at the Brown School and an investigator at the Prevention Research Center, where he co-founded the People, Health, and Place Unit—St. Louis with Dr. Deborah Salvo. He received his PhD from the Federal University of Santa Catarina. His research focuses on built and community environment and public health, with particular interest in community interventions for promoting physical activity, the effect of the built environment and active transportation on physical activity and health. At the Brown School, Reis teaches courses focusing on the built environment and public health, and is the chair of the Urban Design specialization in the Master of Public Health program. He has played an important role in international projects, such as Project GUIA (Guide for Community in Latin America), the International Physical Activity and Environment Network, the Design to Move initiative, and Centers for Disease Control physical activity courses in Latin America.
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