A New Paradigm for Health in the 21st Century Latin America: Challenges and Barriers
September 19, 2012 4:00 PM
A public lecture presented by Dr. Jaime Breilh, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies International Visiting Research Scholar.
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The health situation of 21st Century
Latin America has become more complex with a resurgence of communicable
& chronic diseases alongside the emergence of diseases associated
with intensive chemical contamination of food and
ecosystems. Both trends are being driven by processes of acceleration
and expansion of economic accumulation and social exclusion which boost
social inequity and population vulnerability, counteracting the
potential contribution of health services. Under these
conditions it is crucial to overcome conventional linear and
reductionist public health sciences, to consolidate the potential of the
new paradigm of Latin American critical epidemiology and to expand
professional and community awareness.
Dr. Jaime Breilh is a leading Ecuadorian scientist in the field
of social epidemiology and collective health, as well as a senior member
(and president-elect) of the Ecuadorian Academy of Medicine. He has
fostered a new school of Latin American thought
in public health and the development of critical (social) epidemiology.
He has been invited to UBC as a Peter Wall Institute for Advanced
Studies International Visiting Research Scholar to advance research
collaborations with UBC colleagues in a number of
initiatives. As Dean of the Health Area at the Universidad Andina Simon
Bolivar in Quito, Ecuador, Dr. Breilh leads an innovative PhD program
on Collective Health, Environment and Society and a Regional Health
Observatory for Andean countries in South America,
both established with the support of UBC. He has published widely in
Spanish, Portuguese and English and recently spoke at the WHO’s World
Conference on Social Determinants of Health.
Additional information on Dr. Breilh is available at
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