Training and Research for Health Equity across the Americas

Although the Americas have significantly improved population health, inequalities persist among many groups.

This one-hour HENA webinar will explore ways public health professionals, researchers and civil society leaders can work to advance recommendations of the Just Societies: Health Equity and Dignified Lives report from the PAHO Commission on Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas.

Listen as Dr. Laura Magaña (United States) and Dr. Luiz Galvão (Brazil) demonstrate real-life training and research efforts that can be replicated in various settings and propose other pathways for collaborative work to achieve health equity.

Wednesday November 13, 2019

9:00 AM PT/ 12:00 PM ET


Laura Magaña, PhD

President & CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH).

Dr. Laura Magaña Vallardes joined the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) as President and CEO in August 2017. Prior to joining ASPPH. Dr. Magaña dedicated more than 35 years to successfully leading the transformation and advancements of public and private universities in Mexico; educational organizations in the USA; United Nations programs; and NGO’s in Central America and Europe. She was most recently the dean of the School of Public Health in Mexico at the ASPPH-member National Institute of Public Health (INSP). Her diverse portfolio features more than 60 academic publications, training graduates and workforce, and technological developments in national and foreign Universities, many of which relate to learning environments, the use of technology in education and public health education.


Luiz Galvão, MD, MPH

National School of Public Health of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ)

Dr. Luiz A C Galvao, MD, MPH, DSC, is currently a senior researcher at Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) in Global Health and Sustainable Development. His main contributions refer to Environmental Health, Equity, Climate Change and International Governance. For 25 years he serves at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) occupying different positions in Mexico and in Washington, DC, where since 2003 he was responsible for establishing and directing the areas of sustainable development, environmental health and health equity.



Michael A. Rodríguez, MD, MPH

Professor, UCLA Department of Family Medicine
Founding Director, Health Equity Network of the Americas

Dr. Rodríguez is professor and vice chair in the UCLA Departments of Family Medicine and Community Health Sciences, founding director of the Health Equity Network of the Americas and founding chair of the UCLA Minor in Global Health. His research activities focus on health equity and social determinants of health.  Read more here.