Women's Health and Education Center (WHEC)

Marilyn Rice, MA, MPH, CHES

Senior Advisor in Health Promotion
Leader, Urban Health and Health Determinants Team
Area for Sustainable Development and Environmental Health
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
525 23rd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202 974-3969
Fax: 202 974-3645
e-mail: ricemari@paho.org

Marilyn Rice is Senior Advisor in Health Promotion and Coordinator of the Urban Health and Determinants of Health Team for the Area of Sustainable Development and Environmental Health for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). She has over 30 years of experience working in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual environment, often playing the role of a facilitator to help ensure clear communication and collaborative efforts in developing and implementing initiatives. She has done extensive work to support systematic evaluation and documentation of health education and promotion experiences in countries throughout the world and she coordinated and oriented technical cooperation activities in the areas of health promotion, social determinants of health, urban health and development, community mobilization, and implementation of healthy public policies. She has worked for PAHO for 22 years and the Global Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) for 7. She has also held the position of Project Director of the National Resource Center for Prevention of Perinatal Abuse of Alcohol and Other Drugs and Branch Chief of the Perinatal Branch for the US Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (part of the US Department of Health and Human Services). She holds a degree in sociology and masters training in public health and health education.

She is known throughout the world for her work in community development, social mobilization, health promotion and education, as well as for her leadership in the emerging field of urban health. She has been very active in the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), serving multiple terms as Regional Director, and she currently is the Regional Vice President for the North American Regional Office (NARO) and sits on the Global and NARO Boards. Additionally, she is the Chair of Society of Public Health Education's (SOPHE) International and Cross-Cultural Health (ICCH) Community of Practice and as a result she also sits on the SOPHE Board. She is on the editorial board of numerous peer review journals in the fields of health promotion and education.

More specifically, Marilyn Rice's experience includes:

  • Extensive experience in leading and managing the design and monitoring of new projects through promoting team work with a diverse group of professionals, and developed long-range strategies and objectives through consensus-building in initiatives focused on but not limited to the following areas: maternal and child health; reproductive health and family planning; gender sensitive health and development initiatives; demonstration projects addressing pregnant and postpartum women and infants exposed to alcohol and other drugs; participatory action planning and evaluation in health promotion and education, especially in local development priorities and in reproductive health; nutrition education; participatory education in health; research projects in health promotion/education and community participation, and in alcohol and other drug use; school-based health education; and disaster preparedness and the community's participation
  • Creating strategies, analytical models and methodologies for the planning and evaluation of public health initiatives
  • Providing technical assistance and advice to countries throughout the world
  • Writing state-of-the-art documents and guidelines in techniques for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programs
  • Developing training manuals and materials from entire face to face and virtual courses to supplemental electronic teaching and audio visual materials
  • Drafting and securing approval from the Ministers of Health from countries throughout the Americas for position papers, as well as resolutions to generate cooperative implementation of PAHO and WHO programs by these governments
  • Coordinating collaboration with a diverse group of professionals from United Nations, intra-country, national, regional and local agencies, universities, schools of public health, community organizations and professional societies
  • Delivering numerous public speeches, presentations, briefings, lectures and seminars to audiences - in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French for government officials and/or for community leaders
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