Patricia Garcia, former Minister of Health of Peru

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Translating Research for Better Policy

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Dr. Patricia García is a Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at the Harvard Chan School during the Fall 1 2018 academic term. In this capacity, she is teaching an 8-session weekly course (GHP 552) titled, “Leadership Development in Global Health: Strategies for Effective Public Health Policy Implementation, the view of a researcher in politics.”

Dr. García is also a Research Professor at the School of Public Health at Cayetano Heredia University (UPCH) in Lima, Peru. She served previously as Minister of Health of Peru (July 2016-September 2017). During her appointment as Minister, she introduced new public health policies in sexual and reproductive health, HPV vaccination, food labelling, cervical cancer, electronic medical records, telemedicine etc. Prior, Dr. García served as Dean of the School of Public Health at UPCH (2011-2016), and as chief of the Peruvian National Institute of Health (2006-2008), where she introduced the first information system for the national network of public health laboratories in Peru (NETLAB).