Michael A. Rodriguez, MD, MPHFounding Director
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. He is a leading researcher and policy expert in the areas of intimate partner violence, social cohesion, quality of health care and health for immigrants and other groups across the age spectrum. He has published widely and consulted for the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Pan American Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Institute of Medicine. He is also a board member for the Blue Shield of California Foundation and Latino Coalition for a Healthy California. Dr. Rodriguez is currently Investigator of a NIH-funded project examining how state-level policies for immigrants impact their health and access to health care. He is also Co-PI for the UCLA University of California Firearm Violence Prevention Center. Dr. Rodríguez completed his undergraduate training at the University of California, Berkeley, attended medical school at UCLA, and completed his residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He obtained his master’s in public health from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the Stanford-UCSF Program. Dr. Rodríguez collaborates with and mentors junior faculty and trainees in the US and Latin America.
Anne M. Dubois, MWC, APR, Fellow PRSASenior Consultant, HENA; Managing Partner, Dubois Betourné& Associates, LLC
Anne serves as a senior consultant on the HENA team, working with staff in the conceptual, planning and implementation phases of this emerging Network.As a founding partner of Dubois Betourné& Associates (DBA), she oversees client activities and, together with the DBA group, offers strategic communications, message development and dissemination strategies, research-driven programming, branding campaigns, publishing services, event management, and production of collateral including print, digital, and mobile materials for the company’s national and international clients. Anne is a certified medical writer (MWC) as granted by the American Medical Writers Association; in 2009, she was elected into the College of Fellows of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Only 2% of the society’s 22,000 members have earned this distinction. She is also the 1999 recipient of the Ursula Laurus Citation from the College of New Rochelle, NY, for distinguished service in the field of communications and education.
Other accomplishments include: author of more than 55 publications; editor for more than 30 monographs, magazines, newsletters, or other publications; program developer for local, regional, and national public education campaigns; market research activities for corporate, federal and state government agencies; public appearances on local, state and national broadcasts; and spokesperson for agency issues. Her client base has comprised local, national and international health and education agencies including several federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Anne’s experience also spans the globe in media relations efforts for clients in the health, education, and environment arenas. From the British Broadcast Company to the major US TV networks to the Wall Street Journal and print and broadcast media in cities around the world, Anne and her company have placed pertinent messages, gaining millions of impressions that have assisted in promoting the agendas for the clients served.
Tanya Honey, MPPSenior Project Manager
Tanya Honey is a global spirited professional who has worked on projects for international organizations such as the World Bank, whose goal was to analyze the effectiveness of a results-based financing (RBF) program for hospitals in Kyrgyzstan and provide policy recommendations because the country continued to suffer from high infant and maternal mortality rates and was not on track to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals compared to its neighboring countries in Central Asia. She has also helped global beauty expert, Shalini Vadhera, to establish her nonprofit “Power Beauty Living Foundation” which seeks to help girls and women in India (and globally) gain financial and professional freedom through skills development, micro-entrpreneurship, livelihood generation, education, and empowerment, and lastly, she worked in New Delhi, India as a Hilton Global Summer Scholar though the UCLA World Policy Analysis Center for an organization called Landesa on a project to reduce gender based violence in rural areas and empower women through land rights. Her experience, passion for global health and gender equality, and strategic perspective will support HENA’s determination to promote knowledge sharing and intersectoral action for health equity and human rights as priority issues in the Americas.
She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from UCLA with a Global Public Affairs certificate in Global Health and Social Services and a Bachelor’s in Linguistics from UC Davis where she also studied abroad at Fudan University in Shanghai, China and Taiwan Normal University. She speaks Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin, and Hindi. Her family is from Mexico City.
Noemi RiveraProject Coordinator
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Rocio Saenz MD MPHExecutive Committee Chair
Maria de Rocio Saenz is a Costa Rican doctor, public health specialist. She was Executive President of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (2014-2017) where she also chaired the Board of Directors of the institution as a State representative. She served as Minister of Health in Costa Rica in the period 2002-2006, as well as Coordinating Minister of the Social Council of Government during 2004-2006.
Ximena Avellaneda, MEsExecutive Committee Member
Ximena Avellaneda is currently the President of the Rosario Castellanos Women's Study Group. She currently directs a Diploma in Leadership and Community Management for indigenous youth with the objective of working on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of the young population in indigenous communities.
Amy Ritterbusch, PhDExecutive Committee Member
Dr. Amy E. Ritterbusch was recently appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Welfare in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Dr. Ritterbusch has led social justice-oriented participatory action research (PAR) initiatives with street-connected communities in Colombia for the last decade and recently in Uganda. Her work involves the documentation of human rights violations and forms of violence exerted against homeless individuals, sex workers, drug users and street-connected children and youth, and subsequent community-driven mobilizations to catalyze social justice outcomes within these communities. Throughout her research and teaching career she has explored different approaches to engaging students and community members through critical and reflexive interaction between classroom and street spaces in Colombia and Uganda through the lens of social justice-oriented PAR. She is committed to exploring the role of community-university partnerships for social justice outcomes and to keeping relationships with historically marginalized communities at the center of our research and teaching practices as part of advancing health equity in the Americas. Her work has been funded by the Open Society Foundations, the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright U.S. Program and other networks promoting global social justice and research outcomes have been published in Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Global Public Health, Child Indicators Research, Child Abuse& Neglect and other peer-reviewed journals.
Luiz Galvao, MD, MPHExecutive Committee Member
Luiz Augusto Cassanha Galvão is currently a Full Researcher at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation - FIOCRUZ. Prior experience includes the Director of the Special Program on Sustainable Development and Health Equity of the Pan American Health Organization, professor and coordinator of the Center for Studies on Occupational Health and Human Ecology - CESTEH, Coordinator of CIAVE-Bahia, and activities in Medicine, with emphasis on Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Toxicology, and Health and Sustainable Development.
Manuel Urbina, MD, MPHExecutive Committee Member
Manuel Urbina is a co-founder of a private consultancy (Health and Demography, Research (INSAD). Is member of the National Academy of Medicine and General Coordinator of the Social Determinants of Health Committee and he was President of the Mexican Public Health Association. Prior responsibilities included Director General of Medical Services at the Social Security Institute for Government Employees, Deputy Ministry of Health.
Arachu Castro, PhD, MPHExecutive Committee Member
Arachu Castro is Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Public Health in Latin America and Director of the Collaborative Group for Health Equity in Latin America at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Before joining Tulane in 2013, she was Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Carlos Caceres, MD, MPH, PhDExecutive Committee Member
Trained as a physician and social epidemiologist, I have spent most of my professional life doing research on sexual health, HIV/AIDS, sexuality/gender, and, more recently, public health policy (from a global health perspective), social determinants of health, bioethics and health rights (in a human rights framework). I am based in Lima, Peru, although my research and collaborations are international to a significant extent.
Pedro Mas, MDExecutive Committee Member
Más Bermejo P. MD, PhD. is a Physician with dual specialties in epidemiology and public health. Emeritus Research Scientist at the Tropical Medicine Institute “Pedro Kourí”, member of the Cuban Academy of Sciences and Full Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the National School of Public Health