3rd Annual Penn in Latin America & the Caribbean Conference

Right, Left, Right:
U-Turns and their Impact in Latin America and the Caribbean
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Perry World House
University of Pennsylvania 
All around the world voters are choosing leaders and policies that promise to break away with the politics of the recent past. From Brexit, to the victory of the No in Colombia’s Peace Accords referendum, to the selection of a political outsider to the U.S. presidency, we are witnessing major shifts in voters’ preferences, which are leading to important changes in legislation and policy-making. In Latin America, after almost two decades of leftist governments and social redistribution policies, right wing governments are back in power in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, and Paraguay, promising to cut down public spending and reversing most of the socio-economic policies of their predecessors. How will Latin American populations, particularly the most vulnerable sectors, be impacted by these political swings? What can we learn from the past? What is likely to happen with the delivery of health services, educational services, urban planning, and protection of the environment in the region? Will drug trafficking and violence recede in Central America, Mexico, Colombia, and Venezuela? What will happen to international trade agreements, such as NAFTA? How will hemispheric migration evolve? These are some of the questions we will reflect upon in the PLAC 3rd Annual Conference, which will bring together colleagues and scholars from multiple disciplines across the University of Pennsylvania. This event will showcase Penn’s outstanding and cutting-edge research on Latin America and the Caribbean.
The PLAC 3rd Annual Conference is being organized and co-sponsored by the Latin American and Latino Studies Program (SAS); the School of Nursing; Penn Global; and the Perry World House, Harnwell College House Latin America Residential Program and International Program.
Program coming soon!

2nd Annual Penn in Latin America & the Caribbean Conference 

Tuesday, Nov. 1st, 2016
1:00 PM - 5:15 PM 
Biomedical Research Building 421 Curie Blvd, Gaulton Auditorium

This year’s PLAC conference coalesced thought leaders from throughout the greater Latin America region with faculty at Penn in discussions around governmental and regional public health responses to emergent threats in Latin America. Recognizing that such threats encompass both communicable and non-communicable disease, the conference was organized with two major sessions – one focused on responses to Zika Virus and the second on the explosive growth of metabolic disease and diabetes.

1:00 – Welcome & Introduction

Glen N. Gaulton, PhD, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Vice Dean, Director of the Center for Global Health, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

1:15 – Keynote Speaker – Ambassador Roman Macaya Hayes, PhD, WG’98, Embassy of Costa Rica

2:00 – Panel 1 – Responses to the growing burden of chronic disease in Latin America and the Caribbean

Manuel Ramírez Zea, MD PhD, Coordinador, Centro de Investigación del INCAP para la revención de las Enfermedades Crónicas – CIIPEC, Instituto de Nutrición de Centro América y Panamá – INCAP, Guatemala City

Christina A. Roberto, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

3:00 – Panel Discussion

3:30 – Break

3:45 -  Panel 2  - Responses to emerging viral diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean

Luiz Carlos Jr Alcantara, PhD, Scientific Researcher, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ ),

Salvador - Bahia – Brazil; Professor at State University of Feira de Santana, Department of Biochemistry, Feira de Santana, Bahia, Brazil

Paul A. Offit, MD, Director of the Vaccine Education Center; Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Professor of Vaccinology,  Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

4:45 -  Panel Discussion

5:15 - Closing and Reception til 6pm

Penn in Latin America & the Caribbean: Inaugural Conference

Health in Latin America & the Caribbean: Equity, Access, and Innovation
September 16, 2015 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Reception & Posters:  5:00 – 6:00 P.M.

Overall purpose of this inaugural PLAC conference was to promote interaction and collaboration across Penn Schools regarding health in the Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) region.

Keynote Speaker: Amanda Glassman, Center for Global Development

Conference Program (with links to presentations)

1:00     Welcome by Dean Villarruel

1:10     Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Zeke Emanuel

1:20     Keynote by Amanda Glassman, MSc

            Vice President for Programs, Director of Global Health Policy, and Senior Fellow

Center for Global Development, Washington DC

Más Allá de los Promedios:
Understanding Why Inequity Persists and What It Means for Health Policy in Latin America (PDF)

Q & A

2:15     PANEL: HEALTH SYSTEMS & HEALTH EQUITY:  15-minute presentations

            Moderator:  Amanda Glassman

1.     The Guatemala Health Initiative: celebrating ten years of relationship based education and community health development in Santiago Atitlán, Sololá, Guatemala (PDF) – Bream, Asst Prof, PSOM

2.     Strengthening Chagas disease control systems in Southern Peru (PDF) – Buttenheim/Levy, SON/PSOM

3.     Quality and Safety in Obstetric Care in Latin America:  A New Way to Reduce Maternal Mortality [LAC Region] (PDF) – Ludmir, Prof, PSOM

4.     Panel Q & A

3:15 BREAK

3:35 PANEL: SOCIAL DETERMINANTS & HEALTH EQUITY: 15-minute presentations

            Moderator: Sandra Andino

1.     Citizen Participation in Public Health in Argentina, 2007-2008 – Falletti, Assoc Prof, SAS

2.     Armed Internal Conflict (AIC) and Fertility in Colombia 2000 – 2010 (PDF) – Castro, PhD Candidate, SAS

3.     Effective Urban Planning, Social Equity, and Health (PDF) – Gouverneur, Assoc Prof, Design

4.     Panel Q & A

4:35 CLOSING REMARKS:  Dean Antonia Villarruel

5:00 RECEPTION & POSTERS (to 6 pm)


Avery, PSOM:   Medical Physics Education (PDF)-Cuba

Billig, PSOM:  Predict Urban Insect Infestations-Peru

Calderon, PSOM: mHealth for childhood illness mgmt-Peru

De la Cruz Gutierrez, Biomed Library:  Building research capacity (PDF)-Guatemala

DelRosso, PSOM: Sleep education efficacy-Dominican Republic

Fausto, SON:  Promoting immigrant health-USA

Garcia, SAS: Diabetes-Guatemala

Getrajdman, SAS: Triage & Limited Resources-Region

Harrington +, SON: Popular education-Guatemala

Kopparam, SEAS: Maternal Health Care Utilization-Guatemala

La Rosa, UPHS: Postpartum F-U Promotoras-USA

Lake, SON: Healthcare Quality & Safety (PDF)-Chile

Lipoff, PSOM: Dermatology resident outreach (PDF)-Guatemala

Rascovsky, PSOM: Young onset dementia-Region

Ravitch & Johanek, GSE: Educational Leadership Network (PDF)-LAC Region

Rieders, Wharton:    Chagas Disease Control Analysis (PDF)-Peru

Samanta, SAS: Health Systems & U.S. Security-Region

Tems, UPHS:  Emergency Medicine (PDF)- Guyana

Zug, SON:  Advanced Practice Nursing Role (PDF)- LAC Region




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