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Daniela C. Rodriguez, DrPH

  • Associate Scientist

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E8612
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


Programmatic Transition Research

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DrPH, University of California at Berkeley, 2011
MPH, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, 2005
BA, Bryn Mawr College, 2001


My focus is on exploring the intersection of politics and public health and how political factors affect the development and implementation of policies, especially for vulnerable populations. Specific areas of interest lie in evidence-informed decision-making, understanding the factors the influence policy development over time and across settings, and understanding the process of donor transition and its implications. I conduct research and evaluations in multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural teams in Africa, South Asia and Latin America, including the Dominican Republic and Mexico. I play leadership, management and coordination roles across projects, including several multi-country projects. I also serve as Chair of the Translating Evidence into Action Thematic Working Group of Health Systems Global.

Mi investigación se enfoca en explorar la intersección entre la política y la salud pública, y cómo los factores políticos afectan el desarrollo e implementación de políticas de salud, especialmente para poblaciones vulneradas. Estoy especialmente interesada en cómo la evidencia informa la toma de decisiones, entender los factores que influyen en el desarrollo de políticas de salud en diferentes contextos, y entender el proceso de transición de donantes y sus implicaciones. He realizado investigaciones y evaluaciones en equipos interculturales y multidisciplinarios en África, Asia del Sur y Latinoamérica, incluyendo México y la República Dominicana. Juego funciones de liderazgo, administrativas y coordinadoras en mis proyectos, incluyendo varios proyectos que incluyen múltiples países. También llevo el cargo de Jefe del grupo temático “Translating Evidence into Action” de la sociedad Health Systems Global.

Honors and Awards

Chancellor’s Fellowship for Graduate Study, University of California, Berkeley, 2007 – 2011

Grossman Award, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, 2009

Annual Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship, 2010

Public Health Alumni Association Scholarship, 2010

  • Evidence-informed decision making
  • data utilization
  • policy analysis
  • donor transition
  • evaluation
  • vulnerable populations

Recent publications

  • Rodríguez, D. C., Whiteside, A., & Bennett, S. (2017). Political commitment for vulnerable populations during donor transition. Bull World Health Organ, 95(2), 121-7.
  • Rodriguez, D.C., Tripathi, V., Bohren, M., Paul, A., Singh, K., Chhabra, V., Singh, S., & Bennett, S.  (2015). “From me to HIV”: a case study of the community experience of donor transition of health programs.  BMC Infectious Diseases. 15(1), 349
  • Rodriguez, D. C., Shearer, J., Mariano, A., Juma, P., Dalglish, S., & Bennett, S. (2015). Evidence-informed policymaking in practice: country-level examples of use of evidence for iCCM policy. Health Policy and Planning 30(suppl 2), ii36.
  • Rodríguez, D.C., Hoe C., Dale E.M., Rahman M.H., Akhter S., Hafeez A., Irava W.J., Rajbangshi P.R., Roman T., ?îrdea M., Yamout R., & Peters D.H. (2017). Assessing the capacity of ministries of health to use research in decision-making: conceptual framework and tool. Health Research Policy and Systems, 15(1).
  • Norton, T. C., Rodriguez, D. C., Howell, C., Reynolds, C., & Willems, S. (2020). ‘Maybe we can turn the tide’: an explanatory mixed-methods study to understand how knowledge brokers mobilise health evidence in low-and middle-income countries. Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice.