Faculty, MPH and Ph.D. Programs in Public Health

School of Health Sciences

Richard JimenezDr. Richard Jiménez specializes in public health policy; health disparities; developing and sustaining effective partnerships in public health, especially for HIV/AIDS prevention; the role of faith communities to address challenging issues related to HIV prevention and service programs; U.S.-Mexico border health issues; and cancer prevention and epidemiology. 

Prior to joining Walden in 2008, Dr. Jiménez held various faculty and research positions at the University of Texas, Houston; Webster University; and Antioch University West. From 1989–92, while working with the National AIDS Information and Education Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Dr. Jiménez was part of a team charged with forging strategic partnerships with a variety of national, regional and local organizations to address HIV prevention. He also led the effort to establish relationships with faith communities of all denominations. Dr. Jiménez has provided technical assistance on leadership and partnership development to organizations in Mexico, Thailand, Africa, Sweden and Italy.

Dr. Jimenez began his career at the Texas Department of Health and has consulted for a number of organizations and special projects, including the Texas Public Health Association’s Board of Governors, National Migrant Justice Fund and Harvard University’s Latino AIDS Network. Representing the CDC, he served as consultant for HIV/AIDS policy for The Vatican, the Salvation Army National Headquarters and Catholic Charities AIDS program. He also co-produced the award-winning documentary Hope in a Time of AIDS as well as Living With AIDS: An Occasion of Grace.

Education

  • DrPH with a concentration in Health Services Organization and Community Health, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 2005
  • M.Ed., Adult Education and Educational Administration, Antioch University, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 1979
  • B.A., Romance Languages, University of Texas at Austin, 1971

Areas of Expertise

HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Prevention and Control

  • Has more than 25 years of experience working in HIV prevention and education, and continues to consult and provide technical assistance to a variety of governmental and non-governmental agencies in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Asia.
  • Forged strategic partnerships between the CDC and private sector partners, including business and media organizations and with communities of faith.
  • Contributed to the Spanish language adaptation of CDC’s “America Responds to AIDS” public information campaign.

HIV Program Evaluation

  • Has extensive experience evaluating national and local health agencies’ HIV programs, including the American Red Cross and a HRSA-funded U.S.–Mexico Border HIV prevention program located in New Mexico. 
  • Served as external reviewer and evaluator for HIV and other health-related grants and cooperative agreements for agencies, including the CDC, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), The Office of Minority Health U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services, The University of California System, Texas Department of Health and the Arizona Department of Health.

Health Disparities

  • Focuses research and studies on access to healthcare and health disparities among various populations.
  • Targeted vulnerable and underserved populations by serving as principal investigator for two grants funded by the CDC.
  • Served on the board of directors of national and local health and social services agencies focusing on the needs of the underserved including the Sex Education and Information Council of the U.S., the Catholic Diocesan AIDS Ministry of Galveston/Houston and the Montrose Counseling Center of Houston. 
  • Regularly volunteers with two organizations that serve vulnerable populations in Texas.

Patient Safety and Public Health Impact of Medical Errors

  • Served as director of the Patient Safety Research Center at the University of Texas Medical School for six years.
  • Research focuses on the public health impact of medical errors and patient safety.
  • Has worked on the external program review committee of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) for funding Centers of Excellence in Patient Safety programs and initiatives and continues as an ad hoc member of the committee. 

Relevant Publications and Presentations

  • Stradthdee, S., Magis-Rodriguez, C., Mays, V., Jimenez, R., & Patterson, T. (2012). The Emerging HIV Epidemic on the Mexico-U.S. Border: An international Case Study Characterizing the Role of Epidemiology in Surveillance and Response. Annals of Epidemiology, 22, 426-438.
  • Jiménez, R. Principal Investigator. (2009). “The Sex Work Experiences of Hispanic Transvestites:  A Phenomenological Qualitative Study.” This research is currently in progress in the data collection phase. Walden University IRB Approval #03-26-09-0007487.
  • Jiménez, R. (November 2009). “The Sex Work Experiences of Hispanic Transvestites: Preliminary Results of a Phenomenological Qualitative Study.” Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Jiménez, R. (September 2000). Co-executive producer, Hope in a Time of AIDS, documentary video. JM Communications, Houston, Texas.
  • Jiménez, R. (October 1999). Co-producer, From Our Hands, a WEB-TV broadcast on migrant and seasonal farm workers in the U.S. JM Communications, Houston, Texas.
  • Grimes, R.M., Jiménez, R. and Martinez, L. (June 1998). “HIV Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs of Latino Physicians in Texas and Nuevo Leon, Mexico.” Pan American Journal of Public Health, Pan American Health Organization, Washington, D.C.
  • Jiménez, R. and Martinez, L. (March/April 1997). “We Should All Be Concerned About HIV.” Farmworker News, National Center for Farmworker Health, Inc., Austin, Texas.
  • Grimes, R. and Jiménez, R. (April 1996). “HIV/AIDS: The Changing Spread of the Epidemic Has Implications for Social Workers,” Charities USA, Vol. 23, No. 2, Alexandria, Va.
  • Jiménez, R. (January 1995). “Study Guide: Living with AIDS: An Occasion of Grace.” Video documentary and study guide on AIDS and the Catholic Church, National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Communication Campaign, Washington D.C.
  • Jiménez, R. (Spring 1994). “The U.S. Church Responds To AIDS,” Dolentium Hominum: The Journal of the Pontifical Commission on Pastoral Assistance to Health Workers, Pontifical Commission on Pastoral Assistance to Health Workers, the Vatican, Vatican City, Europe.
  • Jiménez, R. (December 1994). Co-producer, Living with AIDS: An Occasion of Grace, a video documentary on AIDS and the Catholic Church. JM Communications for the United States Catholic Conference, Catholic Communication Campaign, Washington D.C.
  • Jiménez, R. (June 1992). Project officer and producer for CDC, Lights of Hope/Luces de Esperanza, a video documentary on AIDS and the Hispanic Community. KCET-TV of Southern California, for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Jiménez, R., et al. (March 1992). Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education, The Sex Information and Education Council of the U.S., Carnegie Corporation of New York, N.Y.
  • Jiménez, R., et al. (Spring 1992). AIDS: A Guide for Survival, Spanish adaptation ed., The Harris County Medical Society and the Houston Academy of Medicine.
  • Jiménez, R. (1991) Spanish Translation/Adaptation Supervision: “America Responds to AIDS,” for National AIDS Education and Information Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Jiménez, R., et al. (November 1991). “Involving Community Support for HIV and AIDS Prevention Through National Partnerships,” Public Health Reports: Journal of the U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. Public Health Service, Vol. 106., No. 6, Washington D.C.
  • Jiménez, R. (1988). “Educating Minorities About AIDS: Challenges and Strategies,” in AIDS: Abstracts of the Psychological and Behavioral Literature, 1983–1988, American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Jiménez, R. (November 1987). “AIDS: Primary and Secondary Prevention Strategies Targeting Hispanics," in Conference Proceedings: The Hispanic Health Symposium, Center For Health Policy Development, Inc. San Antonio, Texas.
  • Jiménez, R. (August 1987). “Educating Minorities About AIDS: Challenges and Strategies,” Family & Community Health, Vol. 10, No. 3, Rockville, Md.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Texas Public Health Association (TPHA)
  • American College of Epidemiology (ACE)
  • American Evaluation Association

Professional Recognition

  • Recognition for contributions to the Texas Public Health Association (2011)
  • Award for Community Service, Montrose Counseling Center (2009)
  • Telly Award For Production Excellence: Health And Science Category, co-executive producer, Hope in a Time of AIDS, Association of Catholic Broadcast Video Producers and Directors (2001)
  • Telly Award For Production Excellence: Religious Programming Category, co-executive producer, Hope in a Time of AIDS, Association of Catholic Broadcast Video Producers and Directors (2001)
  • Finalist in HIV/AIDS: For Documentary Film Excellence, co-producer, Living with AIDS: An Occasion of Grace, The American Medical Association International Film and Video Competition (1997)
  • Lawrence E. Lamb Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health (1997)
  • Gold Medal, co-producer, Living with AIDS: An Occasion of Grace, first place in Humanities and Ethics category, Chicago International Film/Video Festival (1995)
  • Gabriel Award, co-producer, Living with AIDS: An Occasion of Grace, first place in Top 25 U.S. TV Markets, National Catholic Broadcasters’ Association (1995)
  • Award for Service to the Public, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1992)
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services Recognition Award, Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service (1991)