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

Background 

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

 

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

 

Connecting International Partners

to Strengthen Health Systems and Their Workforces

May 6-7, 2014

De Neve Auditorium, UCLA Campus 

 

Registration is now open! Click here to register.  

 

Keynote Speaker

William Vega, PhD 

International Partnerships for Improving Health and Reducing Poverty: Human Capital and Health Systems in Latin America

An appointed member of the Institute of Medicine, Dr.Vega is provost professor at University of Southern California and executive director of the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging.

To learn more visit here

 

 

 

PROGRAM AGENDA

TUESDAY, MAY 6

 

8:30 - 9:00 AM  Breakfast and Networking / Plaza Rooms A & B

9:00 - 9:30 AM  Welcome & Opening Remarks / De Neve Auditorium

Michael A. Rodriguez, MD, MPH, Director, UCLA Blum Center 

C. Cindy Fan, PhD, Vice Provost for International Studies, UCLA 

9:30 - 10:00 AM Keynote Address / De Neve Auditorium

International Partnerships for Improving Health and Reducing Poverty: Human Capital and Health Systems in Latin America

William Vega, PhD, Executive Director, USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging

10:15 - 11:30AM Plenary Session 1 / De Neve Auditorium 

Strengthening Health Systems and Workforce Development: The UCLA Blum Center

Moderator: Michael A. Rodriguez, MD, MPH, Director, UCLA Blum Center 

Tania, Desgrottes, MD, Director, Dr. Henri Gerard Desgranges Foundation 

Freddy Alberto Meynard Mejía, MD, Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua 

11:40 AM - 12:40 PM Luncheon and Keynote Address / Plaza Rooms A & B

IDB's Bet to Accelerate Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 in the Americas: Reducing Equity Gaps

Ferdinando Regalia, PhD, Chief, Social Protection and Health Division, Inter-American Development Bank

12:45 - 2:25 PM Student Poster Presentations / Plaza Rooms A & B 

2:30 - 3:45 PM Plenary Session 2 / De Neve Auditorium 

Advancing Stakeholder Engagement: Innovative Approaches for Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration to Advance a Culture of Health  

Moderator: Alonzo Plough ,PhD, MPH, Vice President for Research and Evaluation and Chief Science Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  

Gisele Almeida, Phd, MSc, Advisor, Analysis of Health Systems and Services, Pan American Health Organization

Maryam Farzanegan, PhD, UNICEF Program Director, Emeritus

 

3:50 - 5:00 PM Plenary Session 3 / De Neve Auditorium

Using Data to Drive Results: A Closer Look at Innovations for Tackling Health Disparities in Mesoamerica and Beyond 

Diego Rios Zertuche, MPA, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Salud Mesoamerica 2015 Initiative, Panama 

Ali H. Mokdad, PhD, Professor, IHME

Jennifer A. Nelson, MPH, Technical Official, Salud Mesoamerica 2015 Initiative, Panama

5:15 - 6:30 PM Reception and Networking 

Welcome Remarks

Scott L. Waugh, PhD, Executive Chancellor and Provost, UCLA 

Presentation of UCLA Blum Center Summer Scholars

Performances by UCLA Student Performances Groups: Mariachi Uclatlán, Ballet Folklorico and the Latin American Troupe 

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7


8:00 - 8:30 AM Breakfast and Networking / Plaza Rooms A & B 


8:30 - 8:45 AM Introductory Remarks / De Neve Auditorium  
Michael A. Rodriguez, MD, MPH, Director, UCLA Blum Center

8:45 - 9:45 AM Plenary Session / De Neve Auditorium 

Scaling Up Innovations to Decrease Inequities in Poverty and Health: Regional Efforts

Emma Sanchez Monin, MPA, Lead Social Protection Specialist, IDB & Team Leader Nicaragua Operation, Salud Mesoamerica 2015 Initiative  

Sandra Pinel-Godoy, MD, Vice-Minister of Health Networks, Ministry of Health Honduras

Martin Sabignoso, National Coordinator, Programa Sumar, Argentina Ministry of Health  

10:00 AM - Noon Working Session 1 / Plaza Rooms 

Best Practices for Advancing Stakeholder Engagement in Latin America

Three concurrently run workshops focused on three "culture of health" topics from Day 1, Plenary Session 2

Noon - 12:15 PM Closing Remarks / Plaza Rooms 

Michael A. Rodriguez, MD, MPH, Director, UCLA Blum Center

 

CONFERENCE SUPPORTERS

 

Please request inquiries about lodging to Jenny Binstock, UCLA Blum Center Coordinator, at jbinstock@conet.ucla.edu. Alternatively, view our list of local hotels to arrange your own lodgings here

Email us at blumcenter@ucla.edu with inquiries, and check our website regularly for updates.