Roger B. Perales, MPH, RS
UTHSCSA-Laredo Campus Extension
Laredo, TX 78041
Roger B. Perales, M.P.H., R.S., is currently the Assistant Director of the STEER program, and is a Faculty Associate in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the UTHSCSA. Since 1996 he has served as lead coordinator for STEER, a month-long environmental medicine and public health elective, spending much of his time with students in the field, teaching them about the border region, the Rio Grande, colonias, sanitation, infectious diseases, and air and water pollution. Perales also holds adjunct faculty positions with the
In 1991, Perales began his public health career with the City of Laredo Health Department, where he held several positions, including food inspector, animal control supervisor, recycling coordinator, health educator, and interim director of the continuous air-monitoring program. He is a registered sanitarian in the state of
Perales earned a bachelors degree in biology from St. Mary’s University, and attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in
Perales holds various positions within the
He was an invited speaker at the 2006 Annual Conference of the National Environmental Health Association, and presented at the 2006 National Environmental Public Heath Conference. He has also presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meetings.
Perales participated in the 2007-2008 CDC Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute Cohort III and will serve as a mentor for Cohort IV.
Leadership Development Opportunities
The opportunity to participate in the Environmental Pubic Health Leadership Institute has been a wonderful learning experience for me. As a coordinator for my program, which also brings together professionals with different backgrounds and depends on many volunteers, I can appreciate all of the effort that goes into running the Institute. The opportunity to network with the fellows, mentors, directors and coaches is a truly unique experience. The sessions and the project were very helpful in developing skills that I normally do not use on a daily basis. Having spent all of one’s professional career in one area of the country can be limiting—for this reason and many others I truly appreciate the opportunity that the EPHLI has afforded me.