Homero Martinez-Salgado

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Adjunct Staff; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in international nutrition, Cornell University; Clinical Pediatrics, Hospital Infantil de Mexico; General Medicine, School of Medicine, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico


Homero Martinez is an adjunct staff member at the RAND Corporation, under the Global Research Talent Operations group, and an adjunct professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He has established partnerships with different institutions based in Latin America to support capacity-building on nutrition education and public health strategies to address chronic diseases. Martinez has also researched preventive, primary health care interventions focused on overweight, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases, as well as the role of nutrition and food security in promoting adherence to treatment in HIV-affected populations. He also carries out health services research on scaling up successful primary health care interventions.

Before joining RAND, Martinez carried out public health nutrition research in Mexico, including a large, nationwide health and nutrition survey focused on children under two, as well as multisite intervention programs focused on strategies to reduce nutritional anemia, home care of acute infectious diseases such as childhood diarrhea and acute respiratory infection, and the integrated management of a sick child. Martinez has served as associate editor for several peer-reviewed journals and as a consultant to the World Health Organization. He is currently a board member of the Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative. Martinez carried out his medical training and his residency in clinical pediatrics in Mexico. He earned his Ph.D. in international nutrition from Cornell University.

Recent Projects

  • Improving food security and nutrition to promote antiretroviral therapy adherence in Latin America
  • Nutritional needs of people living with HIV/AIDS in Latin America
  • Contributing to individual and institutional capacity-building for nutrition-related chronic illnesses in Latin America
  • Scaling up diet and nutrition counseling for people living with HIV/AIDS in Latin America
  • E-health intervention to prevent progression of pre-hypertension in three Latin American countries

Selected Publications

Turnbull B, Martinez GO, Huerfano N, Ryan GW, Martinez H, "A contrast between mothers' assessments of child malnutrition and physical anthropometry in rural Mexico: a mixed methods community study," J Nutr Educ Behav, 41:201-206, 2009

Pineda-Lucatero A, Avila-Jimenez L, Ramos-Hernandez RI, Magos C, Martinez H, "Iodine deficiency and its association with intelligence quotient in schoolchildren from Colima, Mexico," Public Health Nutrition, 11:690-698, 2008

Martinez-Salgado H, Casanueva E, Rivera-Dommarco J, Viteri FE, Bourges-Rodríguez H, "Iron deficiency and anemia in Mexican children. Preventive and therapeutic interventions," Bol Med Hosp Infant Mex, 65:86-99, 2008

Duque-Lopez MX, Flores-Hernandez S, Flores-Huerta S, Mendez-Ramirez I, Muñoz S, Turnbull T, Martinez-Andrade G, Ramos RI, Gonzalez-Unzaga M, Mendoza ME, Martinez H, "Prevalence of anemia and deficiency of iron, folic acid and zinc in children under 2 years of age and beneficiaries of the Mexican Social Security Institute," BMC Public Health, 7:345, 2007

Sacco L, Caulfield L, Gittelsohn J, Martinez H, "Perceived insufficient milk among Mexican mothers: infant crying and other contributing factors to the translation of a perception into reality," Journal of Human Lactation, 22(3):277-286, 2006

Turnbull B, Martinez-Andrade G, Klünder M, Carranco T, Duque-Lopez X, Ramos-Hernandez RI, Gonzalez-Unzaga M, Flores-Hernandez S, Martinez-Salgado. H, "The Social Construction of Anemia in School Shelters for Indigenous Children in Mexico," Qualitative Health Research, 16(4):503-516, 2006

Menella JA, Turnbull B, Ziegler P, Martinez H, "Infant Feeding Practices and Early Flavor Experiences in Mexican Infants: An Intra-Cultural Study," Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 105(6):908-9156, 2005

Monarrez-Espino J, Greiner T, Martinez H, "A Rapid Qualitative Assessment to Design a Food Basket for Young Tarahumara Children in Mexico," Scandinavian Journal of Food and Nutrition, 48(1):4-12, 2004