Eva A. Silvestre, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2350
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone:   (504) 988-3543
Fax: (504) 988-3540


Research Interests:

  • HIV Prevention and Treatment
  • Reproductive Health
  • Technology Use in Healthcare
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Evaluation Methods


Educational Background:

  • B.S. 1996, Cornell University, Nutritional Sciences
  • M.A. 2001, University of Colorado, Boulder, Anthropology
  • Ph.D. 2008, Tulane University, Public Health


Courses Taught:

  • SPHU 1010- Introduction to Public Health
  • SPHL 6030- Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health
  • ESCD 8780- Qualitative Research Methods


Selected Publications:

Hernández-Ávila, Juan Eugenio, Lina Sofia Palacio-Mejía, Agustín Lara-Esqueda, Eva Silvestre, Marcela Agudelo-Botero, Mark Diana, David R. Hotchkiss, Beatriz Plaza, Alicia Sanchez Parbul (2012) Assessing the process of designing and implementing Electronic Health Records in a statewide public health system: the case of Colima, Mexico. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Gage, A. & Silvestre, E. 2010. Maternal violence victimization and child physical punishment in Peru. Child Abuse & Neglect.34:523-533.

Rivers, J., Mason, J., Silvestre, E, Gillespie, S., Mahy, & M., Monasch, R. 2008. Impact of orphanhood on underweight prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa. Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 29, 32-42.

Eisele T, Mathews C, Chopra M, Brown L, Silvestre E, Daries V, and Kendall. C. 2007 High Levels of Risk Behavior Among People Living with HIV Initiating and Waiting to Start Antiretroviral Therapy in Cape Town South Africa. AIDS and Behavior.

Hotchkiss David, Eisele Thomas, Djibuti Mamuka, Silvestre Eva and Rukhadze Natia. 2006. Health system barriers to strengthening vaccine-preventable disease surveillance and response in the context of decentralization: evidence from Georgia. BMC Public Health, 6(175).

Djibuti M, Rukhadzu N, Hotchkiss D, Eisele T, and Silvestre E. 2007. Health systems barriers to effective use of infectious disease surveillance data in the context of decentralization in Georgia: A qualitative study. Health Policy 83:323-331.

Murphy L, Harvey, P and Silvestre Eva. 2005. How Do We Know What We Know about the Impact of AIDS on Food and Livelihood Insecurity? A Review of Empirical Research from Rural Sub Saharan Africa. Human Organization, vol 64(3).


Personal Statement:

My interests and experience have recently focused on quantitative and qualitative research methods  used in evaluation of health programs in the areas of HIV prevention and treatment, reproductive health,  substance abuse programs, and resiliency programs both in New Orleans and sub-Saharan Africa. I spent four years working for a research and evaluation firm in New Orleans where I gained valuable experience working with local organizations implementing public health programs in the city post-Katrina. This presented opportunities to use various evaluation methodologies and work with a diverse group of public health practitioners. The increase in technology use worldwide to collect health information has also led me to this area of study. I will be spending the next couple of years working in Ethiopia with the Tulane project that is currently working the Federal Ministry of Health to implement an electronic health management information system in the country. As an immigrant from Guatemala, I am also interested in Latino and immigrant health.


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