Mariano Kanamori

Asst. Professor

(305) 243-0595
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Field of Interest: Latinos, Substance Use Disorders & HIV Studies

Dr. Mariano Kanamori is an epidemiologist committed to reducing health disparities in underserved communities. He has over twenty-six years’ experience applying qualitative and quantitative methodologies to global health issues. Dr. Kanamori’s community based participatory research (CBPR) studies using advanced social network analysis have focused on substance use disorders and HIV among underserved communities in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and the U.S. Dr. Kanamori’s research and initiatives have operated under the auspices of The National Institutes of Health, USAID-PEPFAR, The European Union, UNICEF, Peru Health Ministry, Family Planning Management/John Snow, The Population Council, Salesian Missions-Ethiopia, Maryland Department of Health, and Asociación Benéfica Prisma. Dr. Kanamori has published 24 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored a chapter in Health Issues in Latino Males: A Social and Structural Approach (2008, Rutgers University Press), which focused on Latino males’ health status in the US. He has presented his work in 48 national and international conferences and talks.

Dr. Kanamori is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Division of Prevention Science and Community Health. At UM, he also leads the PROGRESO (Programa de Redes Sociales) Lab where he is implementing two NIH funded projects. The first study (R00), funded by NIDA, implements innovative and advanced social network modeling using dyadic, egocentric, two-mode network, spatial, and multilevel mediation analyses to understand how Latino cultural values and acculturation stress impact social network configurations and dynamics that could then act as protective or risk factors for substance use disorders and HIV risk in the Latino seasonal farmworker community. The second study called PrEParados, funded by the CFAR-ADELANTE Program, studies two social networks (friendship socio-centric networks and sexual egocentric networks) of Latino men who have sex with men (LMSM) living in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The aim of this study is to understand how PrEP programs can harness the potential of social networks and venue-based affiliations to facilitate LMSM’s progress in the PrEP cascade. Dr. Kanamori teaches the course EPH 647 CBPR - Community Based Participatory Research. This course is designed to provide students with a robust and comprehensive theoretical and practical foundation in CBPR. While the majority of this course focuses on traditional CBPR methodology for geographically bounded communities, theoretical lectures have been designed to be cutting edge by including virtual communities. Globalization and technology have changed the nature of communities’ needs. Today, CBPR principles can also be used to address emergency health needs. This course covers CBPR principles applied to two of the most recent emergency health needs: the Zika outbreak in Latin America and the Ebola outbreak in sub-Saharan Africa.