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Marilyn Aguirre-Molina, M.S., Ed.D.

Marilyn Aguirre-Molina is Professor of Public Health at City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health where she teaches graduate courses in health equity and social justice in the master’s program and leadership for public health in the doctoral program. She is also the founding Executive Director of the CUNY Institute for Health Equity. Her focus is on applied research and policy development to address the social determinants of health. Prior to CUNY, she was a professor of population and family health at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Before returning academia, Dr. Aguirre-Molina was the executive vice president of the California Endowment and senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation where she directed the public health portfolio. Prior to that, she was associate professor, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Environmental and Community Medicine, where she established a community-based public health area of research. Dr. Aguirre-Molina has edited several books on Latino health, and prepared commissioned reports for the United Nations Population Fund and for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In addition, she has served on numerous national boards and committees, including the American Public Health Association, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and Institute of Medicine. As a Kellogg Foundation fellow, she studied the political economy of Latin American, Cuba, Sweden and South Africa. A native New Yorker, Dr. Aguirre-Molina received a Bachelor of Science degree (cum laude) from Hunter College-CUNY. She was awarded a fellowship to attend Columbia University where she obtained a Master of Science degree in Community-based Public Health and a Doctorate degree in Health Education and Administration.