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Welcome to the Health Disparities Resource Persons Network (HDRPN).  Here you can connect with scientists dedicated to improving the health of millions of older Americans experiencing health disparities.
Featured Network Member

membername Carlos Mendes de Leon, Ph.D. is a social epidemiologist currently affiliated with the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He completed his graduate training in preventive medicine and community health at the University of Texas Medical Branch, in Galveston TX. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the Yale University School of Public Health, he joined the faculty there in the Division of Chronic Disease Epidemiology in 1992. After 4 years at Yale, he joined the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging and the Departments of Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine at Rush University Medical Center. In 2011, he moved to Ann Arbor for his current position as Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. His research focuses on a broad constellation of psychosocial determinants in aging-related health, with specific attention to life course-related social factors that contribute to health disparities in late-life health. He has received funding from the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and he has authored or co-authored about 150 peer-reviewed publications, and has contributed a chapter to the book “Critical Perspectives on Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health in Late Life”, issued by the National Research Council of the National Academies (2004).

Dr. Mendes de Leon is currently Associate Editor of the Journals of Gerontology Social Sciences, and serves as consulting editor of four other journals, including Archives of Internal Medicine, Psychosomatic Medicine, Journal of Aging and Health, and the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. He has received the Ewald E. Busse Research Award in the Social Behavioral Sciences from the International Association of Gerontology. He has also served on a number of peer review panels of the NIH Center for Scientific Review, as well as numerous other national and international review panels. He is a member of the Gerontological Society of America, the Society for Epidemiologic Research, the American College of Epidemiology, the American Psychosomatic Society and the American Public Health Association.