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Wilfredo Azul La Luz Baez

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Wilfredo Azul La Luz Báez, Ph.D.

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Wilfredo Azul La Luz Baez (who prefers to be called just “Azul”) is a Ph.D. Medical Sociologist who loves helping people to learn whatever they wish to learn. He was born in Puerto Rico and reared there and in New York. He has traveled extensively throughout North, Central, and South America.

Azul is academically most grateful for having earned a GED which he earned after he learned to read at the age of 18 in prison. The GED acted as a launching pad allowing him to travel the extremely long distance from the gutters of Harlem (where he was a teen heroin addict and gang member) to the halls of academia and work with diverse populations. He wrote an inspirational book – “From GED to PhD: You can do it at any age!” – at the request of many of the people in front of whom he had spoken.

Additionally, in working to learn to read, take, and pass a GED, Azul learned two very important lessons that have helped him throughout his life. First, seek and accept help from the right sources. Second, do not live in the past because if you do, you will inevitably, stumble and fall in the present.

He Socratically facilitated classes in Addiction, Group Therapy, Psychology, Race and Ethnic Studies, and Sociology courses. Azul returned from Mohammedia, Morocco, where he was the Program Director teaching Community Participatory Development to master’s level university students and mostly female residents in poor regions.

Azul has researched several mental and physical health issues – addiction, birth weight in Latina childbirth, and Latinas expos facto representation in jails and prisons. He published a book on the social determinants of health in addiction and overdoses.

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