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Carlos Crespo¹

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Professor Community Health
Office 1805 SW 4th Ave 622A Portland OR 97201


Dr. Carlos J. Crespo is Professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Training in Biomedical Research at Portland State University. He graduated from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, and has a Master of Science in Sports Health from Texas Tech University and a Doctor of Public Health in Preventive Care from the Loma Linda University.  Previous work experience includes working for CDC at the National Center for Health Statistics, and as a Public Health Analyst for the National Institutes of Health.


His main area of research involves the epidemiology of physical activity in the prevention of chronic diseases, and research on minority health issues. He lists more than 100 publications and has been a contributing author to five textbooks on minority health and sports medicine, and more than 20 government reports, including the Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health. He received the 1997 U.S. Secretary of Health Award for Distinguished Service as part of the Salud para su Corazon campaign, and in 2003 became a Minority Health Scholar from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities at NIH.  He has served in the board of directors for American Council on Exercise, American College of Sports Medicine, National Advisory Council of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Research, Oregon Health Policy Board, and Oregon Public Health Institute. From 2008-2013 he was Director of a World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Urban and Health Sustainability.  He currently serves in a CDC Advisory Committee for the Community Guide for Physical Activity and the Built Environment for CDC, Physical Activity Alliance Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee, Executive Steering Committee of the Diversity Program Consortium of NIH, and the Oregon Latino Health Coalition. In 2019 he was a member of the Planning Committee for the Workshop on Health Equity Approaches to Obesity Efforts of National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal Cities and Health.

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