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The UCLA Blum Center Annual Spring Conference on Poverty and Health in Latin America




The UCLA Blum Center Annual Spring Conference on Poverty and Health in Latin America is designed to advance knowledge on policy and programming solutions aimed at creating more equitable health in Latin America. The UCLA Blum Center hosted its Inaugural Spring Conference on May 1st, 2013 in DeNeve Auditorium on the UCLA campus. The theme of the conference was Informing Responses to Reduce Poverty and Improve Health in Latin America and the event attracted more than 150 researchers, students and medical professionals to participate in a robust program. To learn more about the events of our Inaugural Spring Conference, read the event program


Thank you to all who joined us at our Second Annual UCLA Blum Center Spring Conference: Connecting International Partners to Strengthen Health Systems and Respond to Health Inequities


Thanks to all who participated, we achieved our goals to provide a forum for international stakeholders to exchange information and build networks. We hope that all of the attendees left our conference with strategies, concepts, research, programming ideas, and collaborations that will help build solutions to pressing health challenges in Latin America and beyond.

View a photo album from the 2014 conference here

To view the 2014 conference program view here.


Presentations from the conference can be viewed below

Opening Remarks by Dr. Michael Rodriguez

Keynote Address by Dr. William Vega: International Partnerships for Improving Health and Reducing Poverty: Human Capital and Health Systems Status in Latin America 

Plenary Session 1

Strengthening Health Systems and Workforce Development: The UCLA Blum Center

Health Workforce Training and Management Programs at Work

Health System Reform and Development of Human Capital 

Plenary Session 2 

Advancing a Culture of Health: Multi-Sectoral Collaboration 

Plenary Session 3

Independent Verification of Results in Results-Based Financing

Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation: Innovations in Data Collection for SM2015

How SM2015: Uses Data to Reduce Health Disparities 

Pleanary Session 4 

Using Demand-Side Incentives to Scale-up Maternal Health Care: Examples from the Mesoamerican Region

Using Supply-Side Incentives to Increase Quality of Care: Decentralizing Health Services in Honduras

Scaling Up Coverage and Quality in Argentina: Plan Nacer to Plan Sumar


Thanks to our generous conference supporters and collaborators for making the Second Annual Spring Conference Possible!



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