Global Health Lecture Series

Dr. Iván Palacios, M.D., MAPAS, has over 30 years of experience in Public/Global Health programs, coordinating initiatives in countries like Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Kenya. Since 2015, he's been an Assistant Professor at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), teaching public health. Appointed Director of Global Health in December 2014, Dr. Palacios focused on internationalizing USFQ’s medical school, expanding partnerships, increasing exchange student numbers, and leading strategic research. USFQ has since formed agreements with various universities. Since August 2015, Dr. Palacios has led the Outreach Program, creating the Primary Health Care internship for third-year students. Recognized by PAHO/WHO, this initiative targets health promotion and prevention, earning accolades from the United Nations Global Compact Ecuador for its contributions to Sustainable Development Goal 3 (in 2021 and 2023).

Lecture Description

Since 2015, USFQ has been spearheading an innovative community engagement program in collaboration with partner universities. This initiative empowers students to actively participate in collaborative activities with local communities, with a focus on health prevention and promotion. Operating in 14 nearby communities, the program primarily aims to address inequities in healthcare access among community members. This lecture will showcase a variety of health projects implemented within this program's framework. These projects serve to educate students, engage the community, and foster collaboration with both public and private sectors. Additionally, several research initiatives have been developed to address community health challenges effectively.

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