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UMiami: Public Health Alumnus Appointed as Director of the Americas of the U.S. DHHS Office of Global Affairs

Dr. Nelson Arboleda, an alumnus from the Master of Public Health program and a voluntary professor at the  University of Miami Department of Public Health Sciences, was recently appointed as the Director of the Americas at the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Global Affairs. Previously, Dr. Arboleda spent five years working in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and was CDC county director for Central America and the Dominican Republic.

“I will oversee all of our public health engagements and the U.S. Public Health Policy, with all of the Latin American countries including Canada. I’ll be working on issues related to Venezuela, issues relating to mass migration, and with issues in Mexico and the Caribbean, and more,” Dr. Arboleda said.

The Americas Office at the Office of Global Affairs, where he will serve as director, provides guidance on U.S. global health regarding Canada, Mexico, Central, and South America, the Caribbean, and the U.S.-Mexico border region. The objective of the office is to maintain key relationships and coordinate HHS engagement across these various regions, as well as to represent HHS with foreign correspondents and ministries, the private sector, and civil society.

“With the exposure and education that I had at the Miller School, I am prepared with the tools and the knowledge to be able to work with many of these governments,” he added. “Having had the opportunity to be in Miami with so much international engagement opportunities was probably what took me down the path that I wanted to go thereafter, which is working in global health.”

Read more about Dr. Arboleda.

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