Old and new challenges to Universal Health Care in developing countries
President Alejandro Gaviria is an Associate Professor at Universidad de los Andes. After having served as Dean of the School of Economics at Los Andes for six years, he was nominated by former Colombian President Santos as Colombia’s Minister of Health and Social Protection, a role which he occupied from 2012 until 2018. After his time working in the national government, he returned to the UniAndes campus as Director of the Center for Sustainable Development Goals for Latin America, until he was elected President of Universidad de los Andes for four years in August 2019.
Alejandro Gaviria has had a broad career as a researcher, professor and civil servant. He completed his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the Antioquia School of Engineering (Universidad EIA). He also has a master’s degree in Economics from Universidad de los Andes and a PhD in Economics from the University of California San Diego.
In 2005, he was awarded the Juan Luis Londoño Medal by the Foundation for Research and Technology Promotion for his research’s contributions to creating positive social impact for the Colombian public. In 2009, he won the Simón Bolívar journalism award for the best opinion article, and in 2010, Portafolio named him the best Professor of Economics and Business Administration in the country. In 2018, he was awarded the Order of Boyacá, which is the highest recognition that the Colombian government awards to distinguished citizens for services to the country.
His most recent books include Who Goes Up and Down: Education and Social Mobility in Colombia; At Least We Have the Words; and Today is Still Forever.
|09:20-10:00||Plenary Session: Life course|
Gita Mishra is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Life Course Epidemiology at the School of Public Heath, University of Queensland. She is Director of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’ Health, a major national study running since 1996 that has informed development of policy related to women’s health. Prof Mishra also leads the InterLACE project, a major international consortium on reproductive health and chronic disease.
She is internationally recognised for her contribution to research on life course epidemiology and women’s health. Her specific focus is on the factors that affect reproductive health from menarche to menopause, and the influence of reproductive health across the life course. In 2017, she was presented an honorary membership of Sigma International, a global nursing organization, for her contribution to women’s health and was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (FAHMS).
|Wu Fan, M.D./PhD, chief physician, doctoral supervisor, the national expert with special allowance of the State Council. She is now the deputy dean of Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University; the president of Shanghai Preventive Medicine Association; the Director of WHO Collaborating Center for Healthy City. She also serves as an expert of Shanghai municipal leading group for control and prevention of COVID-19, a member of the committee of Shanghai science and technology research group, and a member of China-WHO Joint Mission on COVID-19.
She has successively served as the founding director of National Center for Non-Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, China CDC; the director-general of Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention(at the time the director-general of Shanghai Institutes of Preventive Medicine); the deputy director-general of Shanghai Municipal Health Commission, etc.
She has led to establish the national network for NCD control and prevention, set up the national NCD surveillance system and injury surveillance system, as well as to refine the surveillance system in Shanghai regarding on infectious disease, NCD AND nutrition. She led the shanghai CDC team to successfully deal with influenza H1N1, avian influenza H7N9 and other public health emergencies, and successfully implement public health security for mass gathering, such as 2010 Shanghai World Expo. She played an important role on consultation of controlling COVID-19 at national and municipal level.
She is also a visiting professor at the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt University, the School of Public Health of the Chinese University of Hong Kong; a doctoral supervisor at School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Meanwhile, she is the chairman of health statistics committee of Chinese Health Information Association.
Improving Global Health: A Life-Course Perspective
Dr. Michael Lu possesses decades of expertise in maternal and child health policy. He is currently dean of the school of public health at the University of California, Berkeley, and previously a senior associate dean at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.
Lu served as director of the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau under the Obama Administration. During his tenure, he transformed key federal programs in maternal and child health, and launched major initiatives to reduce maternal, infant, and child mortality across the nation. He oversaw the launch and expansion of the federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program. For his leadership, he was awarded the prestigious U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Hubert H. Humphrey Service to America Award in 2013.
Prior to his public service, Lu was a professor of obstetrics-gynecology and public health at UCLA, where his research focused on racial-ethnic disparities in birth outcomes from a life-course perspective. He co-directed the residency program in obstetrics and gynecology and a training grant in maternal and child health, and received several prestigious awards for his teaching. As a practicing obstetrician for nearly two decades, he has attended more than 1000 births, and has been voted one of the Best Doctors in America since 2005. Lu has served on three National Academy of Medicine Committees, and co-authored the recently released report Vibrant and Healthy Kids: Aligning Science, Practice, and Policy to Advance Health Equity.
Lu received his bachelor’s degrees in political science and human biology from Stanford University, master’s degrees in health and medical sciences and public health from UC Berkeley, medical degree from UC San Francisco, and residency training in obstetrics and gynecology from UC Irvine.
|10:00-10:55||Panel 2: Migration|
Dr. Hsin-Chieh Chang is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology at Fudan University. Dr. Chang received her PhD from the Department of Community Health Sciences at University of California Los Angeles. She was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Sociology at Academia Sinica from 2014 to 2015, and worked as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Health Behaviors and Community Sciences at Taiwan University from 2015 to 2019. Dr. Chang is a mixed-methods social scientist working with migrants and other minority populations. Her current research interests concern the emerging forms of intra-Asia migration and their patterns, processes, and consequences. In her work, she applies analytical lenses across social and health sciences from gender and intersectionality, social determinants of migrant and minority wellbeing, community building and engagement, and urban change. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Ethnicity and Health, Journal of Family Issues, Chinese Journal of Sociology, and edited volumes on Intra-Asia marriage migration.
The Impact of COVID-19 on Immigrants in Ecuador
Prof Maria Amelia Viteri holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from American University in Washington D.C., with a concentration on Race, Gender and Social Justice, a M.A. in Gender and Development, and a B.A. in Linguistics. Dr. Viteri is an applied, cultural and sociolinguistic anthropologist who critically addresses gendered, racial, ethnic, and sexual identities across borders, as illustrated in her book “Desbordes: Translating Racial, Ethnic, Sexual and Gender Identities across the Americas” (2014, SUNY Press: New York). She’s a research professor at the Department of Anthropology at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, and a Research Associate with the Department of Anthropology at University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Viteri examines the central role ‘race’, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and migrant status play in structural inequality, including displacement, environmental impact, lack of access to health, safe housing, education, and community development. Dr. Viteri has published extensively, in English and Spanish, for academic audiences, the media, as well as to inform public policy, and international development efforts. Her latest research looks at how the pandemic has intensified housing insecurity, and in turn aggravated gender based violence.
Gender and inclusion: Taking migrant workers as example
Lillian (Lih Rong) Wang is currently a full professor in the Department of Social Work, Taiwan University.
- visiting professor in Kyoto University and Chiba University, Japan (2019.09-2020.02)
- visiting professor in Department of Social Welfare, UCLA (2016.02-2016.09)
- visiting professor of Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford (2011.07-2012.07)
She finished her Ph.D from School of Social Welfare, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), with research focusing on gender-justice of workplace, gender-based violence, and migrant workers’ wellbeing.
Professor Wang has published several books such as Women and Social Policy and Risk Society in Asian Counties, and more than 55 papers in the research areas such as gender and social empowerment, family friendly policy, social inclusion and migrant workers, and gender, family and the states. Mostly, those articles were published in SSCI and TSSCI journals. In addition to academic work, she is active in NGOs and in different levels of governmental agencies in Taiwan by advocating gender equality and women's rights. She has been in the forums of UN CSW NGO many years to present her research and what best practices are in women’s issues of Chinese Taipei.
|Angela Guanzon was born and raised in the Philippines. She currently works full time as a Medical Biller and Coder, a survivor leader and a member of the CAST Survivor Leadership Program and HEAL Advisory Council Member.
A 2016 Fellow for the Human Trafficking Leadership Academy, supported by the Office of Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) at the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). She participated in the development of 40 hours Human Trafficking Investigation course with California Commission on Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST), and in OVC TTAC Professional Development for Human Trafficking Survivors pilot training.
She was awarded the CAST Resilience Award and was recognized by US Congressman Royce for her Courage and leadership.
Ms Guanzon is an independent consultant to various local and federal agencies, for which she develops and provides training to health care providers, victim advocates and law enforcement work forces.
|11:05-12:00||Panel 3: Women|
Dr Narimah Awin obtained her MBBS degree from Assam Medical College in India in 1976, and Masters in Public Health (MPH) in University of Philippines in 1982. After serving the government of Malaysia in the Ministry of Health for almost 30 years, she retired as Director of Family Health Development in January 2007. In this position, she was the national programme manager for Maternal and Child Health (MCH) which was expanded to Family Health Development (FHD) which covered women’s health, child health and development, health needs of children with special needs, school health, adolescent health, community mental health, health of elderly. This programme also encompassed Primary Care services and Public Health Nutrition.
After retiring in 2007, Dr Narimah joined the World Health Organisation (WHO), as Regional Adviser for Maternal and Reproductive Health (MRH), first in the Regional office for Western Pacific in Manila, and then in Regional Office for South East Asia in New Delhi where she retired in 2013. The countries she covered in providing technical support for maternal and reproductive health included Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam, China, Mongolia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, some Pacific island countries, Bangladesh, Bhutan, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor Leste.
After retirement from WHO, Dr Narimah serves as international consultant for maternal, reproductive and sexual health in WHO Myanmar, and in child health development in UNICEF
From March 2019 to June 2020 she served as Chairman of the National Population and Family Development Board. In July 2020 recruited by UNFPA Country Office Malaysia as Technical Advisor for Sexual Reproductive Health, to provide technical assistance in sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
In 2011, Dr Narimah published 145 papers that have been presented into a book “Public Health: A Multi-faceted Discipline in Medicine” with six volumes. In October 2014, she was awarded the Kazue Mc Laren award for leadership achievement in Public Health, by the Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (ACAPCH).
Bringing women’s voices into maternity care in the SDG era
Dr Meghan Bohren is a Senior Research Fellow in the Gender and Women’s Health Unit, Centre for Health Equity, University of Melbourne, Australia. She holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award and Dame Kate Campbell Fellowship. Dr Bohren leads primary mixed-methods, implementation research and systematic reviews related to improving women’s experiences with pregnancy and childbirth care, and works primarily with groups who are disadvantaged by systems of power.
Dr Bohren has a particular interest in using innovative qualitative research methods to bring community and health worker voices to the public health guideline development process.
She is an Editor with Cochrane, Section Editor of BMC Reproductive Health, and member of the GRADE-CERQual Steering Committee. Prior to joining University of Melbourne, Dr Bohren worked in the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at the World Health Organization, Geneva and Population Services International (PSI), Washington DC.
Dr Bohren obtained her PhD and MSPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and BA in Psychology and Global Studies (African Studies) from The College of William and Mary, USA.
Quality of care and women's health: lessons from developing countries
Dr. Qian Xu is a professor of the Department of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, School of Public Health, and the founding director of Global Health Institute, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Currently, she also serves as the chair-elect of the Women's Health Care Branch and vice chair of Global Health Branch in Chinese Preventive Medicine Association. Prof. Qian was a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research in the World Health Organization (2012-2017) and WHO Maternal and Perinatal Health Executive Guideline Development Group (2017-2019). Her main research areas cover safe motherhood and program evaluation, adolescent reproductive health and care, evidence-based health care, maternal health policy and system research, etc. As the PI, her research projects have been funded by UNICEF, UNFPA, European Commission, US-NIH Fogarty Center and UK-DFID since 2005.
Prof. Qian was trained in both fields of medicine and public health. She got her bachelor and master degrees of Medicine from Shanghai Medical University and Doctoral degree in Epidemiology from Fudan University, China. She had more than two years’ overseas working experience in the USA from 1990 to 1993. Since 1987, she has worked in the field of maternal, child and reproductive health for more than 30 years. She was the chair of the MCH department from 1998 to 2017. During 2000-2013, she served as a deputy dean of School of Public Health, Fudan University and was responsible for academic and foreign affairs, as well as a chair of FUSPH’s IRB for ethics review.
Let's Talk About Sex: Why Infertility is a Ticking Time Bomb for the Asian Community
Annie Kuo, MSc.IMC (Northwestern University), is director of marketing communications for the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is an ambassador for RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, U.S.A., advancing public awareness and education about infertility as a disease, particularly in her capacity as an Asian American woman to address cultural and social stigmas. Experiences of a pregnancy loss, infertility diagnosis, and fertility treatment led Annie to attend her first of six (and counting) Infertility Advocacy Days in Washington, DC. She later hosted monthly infertility support groups around the Seattle area and co-chaired the legislative training of federal family-building advocates for several years. Though she found resolution with the birth of her daughter in 2011, Annie currently represents the patient community in the Washington State working group fighting to pass legislation for a state insurance mandate to cover fertility treatment.
Annie believes in the power of narrative to create social impact both in the general public and among communities of color. Annie's story has been documented by NBC News, Mochi Magazine, Huffington Post, Pregnantish and Seattle Weekly, the book Failure Pedagogies: Learning and Unlearning What It Means to Fail (Peter Lang, 2020), and the film "Don't Talk About the Baby" (available on Vimeo).
In addition to her work in women's health, Annie also serves on the Men's Health Council at UW Medicine, working with urologists and patients to encourage men to see their doctors regularly and practice self-care. Annie dedicates this talk to her late husband Victor Kuo, who traveled often to Greater China as lead researcher of the Global Chinese Philanthropy Initiative. Victor passed away June 2020 from advanced heart failure at the age of 49.