Rafael Perez-Escamilla

Summary

Affiliation: University of Connecticut
Country: USA

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Evidence-based public nutrition: an evolving concept
    Rafael Perez-Escamilla
    Connecticut National Institutes of Health EXPORT Center of Excellence for Eliminating Health Disparities among Latinos, Storrs, 06269 4017, USA
    J Nutr 137:478-9. 2007
  2. pmc Bacterial contamination of hands increases risk of cross-contamination among low-income Puerto Rican meal preparers
    Jigna Morarji Dharod
    Department of Nutritional Sciences and Connecticut Center of Excellence for Eliminating Health Disparities among Latinos, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
    J Nutr Educ Behav 41:389-97. 2009
  3. ncbi request reprint Evidence based breast-feeding promotion: the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
    Rafael Perez-Escamilla
    Connecticut National Institutes of Health EXPORT Center of Excellence for Eliminating Health Disparities among Latinos and Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs CT 06269 4017, USA
    J Nutr 137:484-7. 2007
  4. ncbi request reprint Household food insecurity is associated with childhood malaria in rural Haiti
    Rafael Perez-Escamilla
    University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
    J Nutr 139:2132-8. 2009
  5. ncbi request reprint The role of acculturation in nutrition, lifestyle, and incidence of type 2 diabetes among Latinos
    Rafael Perez-Escamilla
    Department of Nutritional Sciences, Center for Eliminating Health Disparities among Latinos, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269 4017, USA
    J Nutr 137:860-70. 2007
  6. ncbi request reprint Social capital and breastfeeding initiation among Puerto Rican women
    Alex K Anderson
    Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
    Adv Exp Med Biol 554:283-6. 2004
  7. ncbi request reprint Social capital, acculturation, and breastfeeding initiation among Puerto Rican women in the United States
    Alex K Anderson
    Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs 06269, USA
    J Hum Lact 20:39-45. 2004
  8. ncbi request reprint Comparison between self-reported and observed food handling behaviors among Latinas
    Jigna Morarji Dharod
    Department of Nutritional Sciences and Connecticut NIH EXPORT Center of Excellence for Eliminating Health Disparities among Latinos, University of Connecticut, 3624 Horsebarn Hill Road, U 17, Storrs, Connecticut 06269, USA
    J Food Prot 70:1927-32. 2007
  9. ncbi request reprint Determinants of nutrition knowledge among low-income, Latino caretakers in Hartford, Conn
    Paula McKernan Boulanger
    Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs 06269, USA
    J Am Diet Assoc 102:978-81. 2002
  10. ncbi request reprint Effectiveness of breastfeeding peer counseling in a low-income, predominantly Latina population: a randomized controlled trial
    Donna J Chapman
    Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269 4017, USA
    Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 158:897-902. 2004

Research Grants

Collaborators

Detail Information

Publications34

  1. ncbi request reprint Evidence-based public nutrition: an evolving concept
    Rafael Perez-Escamilla
    Connecticut National Institutes of Health EXPORT Center of Excellence for Eliminating Health Disparities among Latinos, Storrs, 06269 4017, USA
    J Nutr 137:478-9. 2007
  2. pmc Bacterial contamination of hands increases risk of cross-contamination among low-income Puerto Rican meal preparers
    Jigna Morarji Dharod
    Department of Nutritional Sciences and Connecticut Center of Excellence for Eliminating Health Disparities among Latinos, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
    J Nutr Educ Behav 41:389-97. 2009
    ..To examine the association of microbial contamination of the meal preparer's hands with microbial status of food and kitchen/utensil surfaces during home preparation of a "Chicken and Salad" meal...
  3. ncbi request reprint Evidence based breast-feeding promotion: the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
    Rafael Perez-Escamilla
    Connecticut National Institutes of Health EXPORT Center of Excellence for Eliminating Health Disparities among Latinos and Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs CT 06269 4017, USA
    J Nutr 137:484-7. 2007
    ..Low-cost rapid-response monitoring systems are needed to monitor the proper implementation and administration of BFHI steps following an evidence-based approach. This approach is essential for reenergizing the BFHI worldwide...
  4. ncbi request reprint Household food insecurity is associated with childhood malaria in rural Haiti
    Rafael Perez-Escamilla
    University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
    J Nutr 139:2132-8. 2009
    ..Findings suggest that policies and programs that address food insecurity are also likely to reduce the risk of malaria in Haiti...
  5. ncbi request reprint The role of acculturation in nutrition, lifestyle, and incidence of type 2 diabetes among Latinos
    Rafael Perez-Escamilla
    Department of Nutritional Sciences, Center for Eliminating Health Disparities among Latinos, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269 4017, USA
    J Nutr 137:860-70. 2007
    ..Longitudinal multivariate acculturation research is essential to disentangle these relations and to develop sound behavioral change theories that adequately predict behavioral change among Latinos...
  6. ncbi request reprint Social capital and breastfeeding initiation among Puerto Rican women
    Alex K Anderson
    Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
    Adv Exp Med Biol 554:283-6. 2004
  7. ncbi request reprint Social capital, acculturation, and breastfeeding initiation among Puerto Rican women in the United States
    Alex K Anderson
    Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs 06269, USA
    J Hum Lact 20:39-45. 2004
    ..25, 95% confidence interval, 1.02-4.95) to have breastfed the index child, suggesting that social capital is an important predictor of breastfeeding initiation in this community...
  8. ncbi request reprint Comparison between self-reported and observed food handling behaviors among Latinas
    Jigna Morarji Dharod
    Department of Nutritional Sciences and Connecticut NIH EXPORT Center of Excellence for Eliminating Health Disparities among Latinos, University of Connecticut, 3624 Horsebarn Hill Road, U 17, Storrs, Connecticut 06269, USA
    J Food Prot 70:1927-32. 2007
    ....
  9. ncbi request reprint Determinants of nutrition knowledge among low-income, Latino caretakers in Hartford, Conn
    Paula McKernan Boulanger
    Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs 06269, USA
    J Am Diet Assoc 102:978-81. 2002
  10. ncbi request reprint Effectiveness of breastfeeding peer counseling in a low-income, predominantly Latina population: a randomized controlled trial
    Donna J Chapman
    Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269 4017, USA
    Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 158:897-902. 2004
    ..Breastfeeding peer counseling has improved breastfeeding rates in developing countries; however, its impact in this country has not been adequately evaluated...
  11. pmc Food insecurity and low self-efficacy are associated with health care access barriers among Puerto-Ricans with type 2 diabetes
    Grace Kollannoor-Samuel
    Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
    J Immigr Minor Health 14:552-62. 2012
    ..Findings suggest that addressing barriers such as food insecurity, low self-efficacy, lack of health insurance, and depression could potentially result in better health care access and utilization among low income Puerto-Ricans with T2D...
  12. pmc Household food insecurity is associated with depressive symptoms among low-income pregnant Latinas
    Amber Hromi-Fiedler
    Connecticut Center for Eliminating Health Disparities among Latinos, University of Connecticut, Roy E Jones Building, Unit 4017, 3624 Horsebarn Road Extension, Storrs, Connecticut 06269 4017, USA
    Matern Child Nutr 7:421-30. 2011
    ..Findings from this study suggest the importance of assessing household food insecurity when evaluating depression risk among pregnant Latinas...
  13. pmc Social support modifies the association between household food insecurity and depression among Latinos with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes
    Grace Kollannoor-Samuel
    University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
    J Immigr Minor Health 13:982-9. 2011
    ..05). Findings suggest that social support buffers against the negative influence of household food insecurity on depression risk. A comprehensive approach is necessary to address the mental health needs of low income Latinos with T2D...
  14. ncbi request reprint Association of degree and timing of exposure to breastfeeding peer counseling services with breastfeeding duration
    Donna Chapman
    University of Connecticut, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Storrs, CT 06269 4017, USA
    Adv Exp Med Biol 554:303-6. 2004
  15. ncbi request reprint Differential response to breastfeeding peer counseling within a low-income, predominantly Latina population
    Donna J Chapman
    University of Connecticut, Department of Nutritional Sciences, 3624 Horsebarn Road Extension, Storrs, CT 06269 4017, USA
    J Hum Lact 20:389-96. 2004
    ..9; 95% CI = 1.2-111.1) more likely to breastfeed through 3 months postpartum than were controls. These findings have important implications to the Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children...
  16. ncbi request reprint A randomized trial assessing the efficacy of peer counseling on exclusive breastfeeding in a predominantly Latina low-income community
    Alex K Anderson
    Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA
    Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 159:836-41. 2005
    ..To assess the efficacy of peer counseling to promote exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) among low-income inner-city women in Hartford, Conn...
  17. pmc Food insecurity is associated with acculturation and social networks in Puerto Rican households
    Rajanigandha Dhokarh
    Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA
    J Nutr Educ Behav 43:288-94. 2011
    ..To examine whether acculturation and social networks influence household food insecurity in an inner-city Puerto Rican community...
  18. ncbi request reprint Stress during labor and delivery is associated with delayed onset of lactation among urban Guatemalan women
    Ruben Grajeda
    Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs 06269, USA
    J Nutr 132:3055-60. 2002
    ..below) the 40th percentile [3 +/- 0.2 (n = 28) vs. 2.4 +/- 0.2 d postpartum (n = 38), respectively; P = 0.02]. Thus, stress during labor and/or delivery is likely to be a significant risk factor for delayed OL in urban Guatemala...
  19. pmc Food insecurity is related to increased risk of type 2 diabetes among Latinas
    Nurgül Fitzgerald
    Department of Nutritional Sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA
    Ethn Dis 21:328-34. 2011
    ..To examine the independent association of food insecurity with type 2 diabetes (T2D), and to identify the T2D risk factors related to food insecurity among Latinas...
  20. ncbi request reprint Lactation counseling increases exclusive breast-feeding rates in Ghana
    Bridget A Aidam
    Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
    J Nutr 135:1691-5. 2005
    ..5%) than among C (19.6%). The 100% increase in EBF rates can be attributed to the lactation counseling provided. Additional prenatal EBF support may not be needed within a context of strong routine prenatal EBF education...
  21. pmc Impact of peer nutrition education on dietary behaviors and health outcomes among Latinos: a systematic literature review
    Rafael Perez-Escamilla
    Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut 06269, USA
    J Nutr Educ Behav 40:208-25. 2008
    ..This systematic review assesses the impact of peer education/counseling on nutrition and health outcomes among Latinos and identifies future research needs...
  22. ncbi request reprint Influence of the Fight BAC! food safety campaign on an urban Latino population in Connecticut
    Jigna Morarji Dharod
    Department of Nutritional Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut 06269, USA
    J Nutr Educ Behav 36:128-32. 2004
    ....
  23. ncbi request reprint Breastfeeding and the nutritional transition in the Latin American and Caribbean Region: a success story?
    Rafael Perez-Escamilla
    Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 06269, USA
    Cad Saude Publica 19:S119-27. 2003
    ..Breastfeeding protection policies and promotion programs may explain part of the increase in breastfeeding duration...
  24. pmc Breastfeeding peer counseling: from efficacy through scale-up
    Donna J Chapman
    University of Connecticut, Center for Eliminating Health Disparities among Latinos, Department of Nutritional Sciences, 3624 Horsebarn Road Extension, Storrs, CT 06269 4017, USA
    J Hum Lact 26:314-26. 2010
    ..Breastfeeding peer counseling initiatives are effective and can be scaled up in both developed and developing countries as part of well-coordinated national breastfeeding promotion or maternal-child health programs...
  25. ncbi request reprint Food label use modifies association of income with dietary quality
    Rafael Perez-Escamilla
    Department of Nutritional Sciences U 17, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
    J Nutr 132:768-72. 2002
    ..48, 0.80). Thus, FL use is associated with improved dietary quality among all income groups with a greater benefit of use among higher income individuals. Income is not associated with improved dietary quality in the absence of FL use...
  26. pmc Breastfeeding status on US birth certificates: where do we go from here?
    Donna J Chapman
    University of Connecticut, Department of Nutritional Sciences, 3624 Horsebarn Rd Extension, Storrs, CT 06269 4017, USA
    Pediatrics 122:e1159-63. 2008
    ....
  27. ncbi request reprint Food safety knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors among Puerto Rican caretakers living in Hartford, Connecticut
    Angela Bermudez-Millan
    Hispanic Health Council, Inc, 175 Main Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06106, USA
    J Food Prot 67:512-6. 2004
    ..Employed individuals and those with higher education were also more likely to be familiar with the term pasteurization. These results fully justify the delivery of culturally appropriate food safety education in this community...
  28. ncbi request reprint Unintended pregnancies are associated with less likelihood of prolonged breast-feeding: an analysis of 18 Demographic and Health Surveys
    Amber J Hromi-Fiedler
    Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269 4017, USA
    Public Health Nutr 9:306-12. 2006
    ..To examine the relationship between unintended pregnancies and prolonged breast-feeding among 18 countries on an individual and aggregated level...
  29. pmc Determinants of fasting plasma glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin among low income Latinos with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes
    Grace Kollannoor-Samuel
    University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA
    J Immigr Minor Health 13:809-17. 2011
    ..Lower socio-economic status indicators were associated with poorer FPG and HbA1c glycemic control...
  30. pmc Perceived incentives and barriers to exclusive breastfeeding among periurban Ghanaian women
    Gloria E Otoo
    Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
    J Hum Lact 25:34-41. 2009
    ..Addressing the concerns put forward by these participants can be used to enhance exclusive breastfeeding promotion in this region...
  31. ncbi request reprint Assessment of nutrition education needs in an urban school district in Connecticut: establishing priorities through research
    Rafael Perez-Escamilla
    Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs 06269 4017, USA
    J Am Diet Assoc 102:559-62. 2002
  32. pmc US national breastfeeding monitoring and surveillance: current status and recommendations
    Donna J Chapman
    Connecticut NIH EXPORT Center for Eliminating Health Disparities Among Latinos, Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269 4017, USA
    J Hum Lact 25:139-50. 2009
    ..Suggestions to improve this system include: standardizing breastfeeding definitions, expanding ethnic/racial descriptors, collecting additional relevant variables, and reducing recall periods...
  33. ncbi request reprint An adapted version of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Insecurity module is a valid tool for assessing household food insecurity in Campinas, Brazil
    Rafael Perez-Escamilla
    Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269 4017, USA
    J Nutr 134:1923-8. 2004
    ..Thus, Brazil now has a household food insecurity instrument that can be used to set national goals, to follow progress, and to evaluate its national hunger and poverty eradication programs...
  34. ncbi request reprint Epidemiology of breastfeeding: advances and multidisciplinary applications
    Rafael Perez-Escamilla
    Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
    Adv Exp Med Biol 554:45-59. 2004
    ..This chapter also illustrates how Cox regression and logistic regression can be applied to BF research...

Research Grants1

  1. Stress Management Among Latinos with Type 2 Diabetes
    Julie A Wagner; Fiscal Year: 2010
    ..Knowledge gained from this randomized trial could lead to a highly innovative community health worker led approach to improving the quality of life among individuals with T2D living under very stressful socio-economic environments. ..