Ethnicity and Health
The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) on May 26 hosted an event announcing the upcoming First World Summit of African Descendants, which will take place on August 18- 21 in La Ceiba, Honduras.
Through the work of researchers such as Sir Michael Marmot, we now understand that good health does not lie solely with medical interventions but also with living conditions and personal choices (4, 5). Determinants of health are lifestyle-based properties affected by broader social, economic, and political forces that influence quality of personal health. These attributes include but are not limited to education level, employment, income level and distribution, housing, childhood development, food security and nutrition, race, gender, and stress. Such factors have been shown to have marked associations with risks for different illnesses, life expectancy, and life-time morbidity. In recent decades, increasing health disparities in developed countries and between developing and developed countries have been associated with these social factors. While public health workers and policymakers seek to reduce this divide, they face challenges in designing and implementing programs that are comprehensive enough to address issues that have complex, long-term, causal relationships with specific disease pathways. However, both the motivation and action to develop effective research and intervention methods continue to grow in this field of public health (1).
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Areas of Work
The below figures demonstrate that improved social conditions and better health status often have a positive, step-wise, incremental gradient association (2). Click on the figure to enlarge:
researcher Francisco Becerra Posada was appointed Assistant Director of the
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of
the World Health Organization (WHO),
effective 26 September 2013.
Dr. Becerra Posada, a national of Mexico, holds a Medical Degree from the Universidad Nacional de Mexico (UNAM), a Masters of Public Health Degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore Maryland, USA and a Doctorate in Public Health from the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico.
Dr. Becerra Posada has served in many important positions in the field of public health and in the area of health research and development over his career that spans more than 30 years. Since November 2008, he has held several senior positions at the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED), Switzerland, namely-Senior Consultant for Latin America, Head of Projects and Programs, and Senior Advisor/Coordinator for regional activities. This later position is based in Mexico City, Mexico. Prior to his tenure with COHRED, he worked in Mexico as Director General for the State of Morelos’ Health Services; the Joint Director General of the General Directorate for Federal Hospitals in the Ministry of Health; and Linkage Director responsible for Coordination for the National Institutes of Health.Dr. Becerra Posada has also worked as a consultant for numerous national and international organization including PAHO, as well as non-governmental organizations throughout the world. He has authored many articles on public health and research, and has contributed to numerous academic publications.
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- Infant and Child Mortality of indigenous and afro populations in Latin America: Structural inequities, diverse patters and evidence on unfulfilled rights 2010-04-30 13:25:01
- Maternal and Infant Health of indigenous and afro poulations in Latin America: Rework from a rights perspective 2010-04-30 13:14:57
- Taller Visibilizar a los pueblos indígenas, a los afrodescendientes y al pueblo Rrom en las fuentes de datos en salud 2009-07-10 10:09:44
- Workshop "Visibility of Indigenous Peoples, Afro-descendants and Roma peoples in health information sources" 2008-12-19 11:43:46
- VI Competition on Best Practices that Integrate Equality and Equity in Gender and Interculturalism in Health 2008-12-05 09:18:08