Campus: CSU Fresno -- March 9, 2005
Health Science Prof Miguel Pérez heads to Africa as Fulbright Senior Specialist
California State University, Fresno health science professor Dr. Miguel A.
Pérez will be heading to South Africa in April to lend a hand with AIDS education
Pérez has been selected for a Fulbright Senior Specialists Scholar Grant in
public/global health at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa.
As a health educator, Pérez specializes in international health and applied research,
adolescent health issues and cultural competence.
South Africa has one of the highest rates of AIDS cases in the world. The Fulbright
grant will give Pérez the opportunity to apply his expertise in the primary
prevention of AIDS and HIV and to work with experts from around the world. He will
spend two-and-a-half weeks developing a Web-based HIV and AIDS prevention program
for college students.
Pérez is a past Fulbright recipient. In fall 2000, he was a Fulbright Scholar and
visiting professor at the Universidad El Bosque School of Medicine in Bogotá,
Colombia, where he conducted drug research.
Fulbright Scholars lecture or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and
professional fields and are chosen for their leadership potential. The Fulbright
Senior Specialists Program provides short-term academic opportunities of two to
six weeks for U.S. faculty and professionals.
The Fulbright program is the brainchild of Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas,
and has been a vehicle for promoting international educational exchange between
the United States and other countries for more than 50 years. The program is
sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and
Pérez earned his bachelor's degree in research in mental health at CSU Dominguez
Hills and his master's degree and Ph.D. in health education at Pennsylvania State
University. He joined the Fresno State faculty in 1999.
He has conducted research on migrant health issues and adolescent health risk
behaviors in Colombia, El Salvador and Mexico. He has more than 50 papers and
publications to his credit.
Pérez serves as a health policy research fellow with the Central Valley Health
Policy Institute, faculty liaison to the Central California Public Health Partnership
and is a Digital Campus Fellow.
Pérez serves on the board of directors of the American Association of Health
Educators and the Asthma Advisory Council of the National Association of School
Nurses and is a board member in the San Joaquin Valley Health Consortium.
Contact: Shirley Melikian Armbruster (559) 278-5292 or