Rose Marie Martinez, Sc.D. is Senior Board Director, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, in the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) (1999-present). The Board has a vibrant portfolio of studies that address high profile and cutting edge issues that affect population health. The Board addresses the science base for population health and public health interventions and examines the capacity of the health system, particularly the public health infrastructure, to support disease prevention and health promotion activities, including the education and supply of health professionals necessary for carrying them out. The Board has examined such topics as the safety of childhood vaccines and other drugs; systems for evaluating and ensuring drug safety post-marketing; the health effects of cannabis and cannabinoids; the health effect of environmental exposures; population health improvement strategies; integration of medical care and public health; women’s health services; health disparities; health literacy; tobacco control strategies; chronic disease prevention, among others. Dr. Martinez was awarded the 2010 Institute of Medicine Research Cecil Award for significant contributions to Institute of Medicine reports of exceptional quality and influence.
Prior to joining the NASEM, Dr. Martinez was a Senior Health Researcher at Mathematica Policy Research (1995-1999) where she conducted research on the impact of health system change on the public health infrastructure, access to care for vulnerable populations, managed care, and the health care workforce.
Dr. Martinez is a former Assistant Director for Health Financing and Policy with the U.S. General Accounting Office where she directed evaluations and policy analysis in the area of national and public health issues (1988-1995). Her experience also includes six years directing research studies for the Regional Health Ministry of Madrid, Spain (1982-1988).
Dr. Martinez received the degree of Doctor of Science from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.