Dr. Waleska Teixeira Caiaffa holds a MPH (International Health and Epidemiology) by Johns Hopkins University (JHU) – Bloomberg School of Public Health, PhD in Parasitology, concentration area of epidemiology by the Federal University of Minas Gerais and post-doctoral epidemiology at JHU. She is full professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, School of Medicine in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and for more than 10 years she leads the Observatory for Urban Health in Belo Horizonte (OSUBH). The OSUBH is renowned for producing timely and scientifically credible health intelligence and evidence for local and national decision-makers. Dr. Caiaffa spearheads OSUBH’s local, national and international lead roles on urban health focusing on urban inequalities and social-level determinants of health on non-communicable and communicable diseases. She was president of the International Society for Urban Health at the New York Academy of Medicine (ISUH/NYAM) from 2011 to 2014; in 2011 she chaired the 10th International Conference for Urban Health (ICUH), in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
She is a consultant for the Ministry of Health in Brazil. For more than 18 years she is recipient of the research fellowship from the Brazilian National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). Regarding capacity building, Dr. Caiaffa has served as a tutor for more than 50 undergraduate, 35 master and 30 doctoral and post-doctoral students.
She has published widely in the peer-reviewed literature with original publications across all major aspects of population urban health. Dr. Caiaffa is a member of the editorial board of The International Journal of Drug Policy and the Journal of Urban Health and has participated in several editorial activities; scientific committees; review panels; invited lectures and symposiums as well as consultative activities.