Erika R. Marquez, PhD, MPH
Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy

Dr. Erika Marquez is a research associate for the Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy. She has devoted the past 10 years of her career to addressing local issues, including housing quality, housing-related health concerns, and housing equity. She was appointed to the Board of Registered Environmental Health Specialists in May 2016 by Governor Brian Sandoval. Dr. Marquez also serves on the Clark County Department of Social Services Citizens Advisory Committee, Nevada’s Minority Health and Equity Coalition, is vice president of the Southern Nevada Chapter of the Nevada Public Health Association and is adjunct faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Community Health Sciences.

Dr. Marquez played an instrumental role in transitioning the Clark County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program to an integrated Healthy Homes Program through the development of the Nevada Healthy Homes Partnership. This initiative subsequently received multiple years of federal funding to improve the quality of housing in Clark County, Las Vegas.

Dr. Marquez earned a BS from San Francisco State University, an MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics, and a PhD in public health, with a focus in social behavioral health, from UNLV. She has conducted research at these academic institutions as well as at Stanford University. Her research interests include the built environment; the impact of substandard housing on health; social determinants of health; the healthcare infrastructure and health access; and the use of systematic approaches, including health impact assessments, to address public health policy and programs.

Dr. Marquez’s previous positions include project manager for several federal grants funded by the CDC and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Her membership on various committees have included the National Center for Healthy Housing Coalition, the Nevada Healthy Homes Partnership, the Clark County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, and the National Council of La Raza–Affordable Care Act Health Summit. She has a strong passion for and commitment to improving health disparities in Nevada and the Pacific Southwest region.