Erika Marquez

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health
Expertise: Health disparities, Child development, Diversity in health communication, Environmental health


UNLV School of Public Health professor Erika Marquez is an expert on health disparities, children's health, improving diversity in health communication, and finding ways to creatively dispense health information to underserved populations. She also serves as co-director of Health Equity Research and Training for the Nevada Minority Health & Equity Coalition — a partnership of academic, civic, private and community organizations that aim to address health disparities and inequities in Nevada by building capacity, informing policy, and conducting research — which is housed within the School of Public Health.

Marquez has devoted the last decade of her career to working on local issues focused on housing quality, housing-related health concerns, and housing equity. Her research uses data and research to inform programs, policies, and practices, as well as to advance the field of public health.

Specifically, she has examined the impact of lead in children, as well as used surveillance data to inform public health decisions and engage community partners to improve housing conditions and increase blood lead testing in young children. More recently, Marquez has led #OneCommunity, a COVID-19 prevention and vaccine awareness outreach campaign that aims to educate and reach at-risk populations (including the Hispanic, Latinx, Asian American Pacific Islander, LGBTQ, African American, Deaf and Blind, and Native American communities) via the development of culturally responsive content and media, translated materials, billboards, digital advertising, and more.

Prior to her current roles, Marquez was a research associate at UNLV's Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy.


  • Ph.D., Social Behavioral Health, UNLV
  • M.P.H., Epidemiology & Biostatistics, UNLV
  • Psychology, San Francisco State University
  • A.A., Psychology, Skyline College

Erika Marquez In The News

May 27, 2021
Everyone deserves an equal chance to get a COVID-19 vaccine. But some communities, like Latinos, don’t have as much access or information about the vaccine or are hesitant to get vaccinated.
February 25, 2021
Washoe County Health District shared demographic data with CapRadio News about who has received the COVID-19 vaccine so far.
February 12, 2021
As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues in the State of Nevada, one major concern on the minds of state leaders is equity. Health advocates are now working to tackle the issue in Clark County.
February 8, 2021
Nevada is rolling out the second doses of COVID-19 vaccines to frontline workers and residents over 70 years old.

Articles Featuring Erika Marquez

Campus News | March 11, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.
Campus News | February 3, 2021
A collection of news stories from the new year highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.