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Innovation Competition - Candidates selected for Phase II

Innovation Competition - Candidates selected for Phase II

Dra. Betzabeth Slater Villar holds a degree in Nutrition from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Brazil (1986), a Master in Applied Human Nutrition from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (1996) and a doctorate in Public Health from the Universidad de Sao Paulo, Brazil (2001). Currently, she is professor at Universidad de Sao Paulo. Her interest areas include nutritional epidemiology with a focus on quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate nutritional consumption patterns of adolescents and adults, and nutritional advising. Dr. Slater Villar also serves as the Associate Editor of the Revista Brasilena de Epidemiologia and contributes to other scientific journals.

Project submission: Health and Nutrition Monitoring System- student nutrition NUTRISIM: Adaptation of Register 24 for the Northeast region in Brazil.

Dr. Diego Palacio Betancourt was Minister of Social Protection between February 2003 and August 2010 (Colombia). He is a Medical Doctor with a Master in Economics and a specialization in economic law, market management and human resource administration. As a Minister he managed the social security system upon which depended 17 entities and which constituted an annual budget of 30 billion pesos. Under his management, Colombia went from 23 million Colombians having access to healthcare to 43 million in 2010 (96% insured). An important restructuring of both the Social Security Institute and of over 220 public hospitals also took place during his management period.

Project submission: Electronic System for Online Risk Management of Integrated Health Networks.

Dr. Camilo Barrera Valencia is a Medical Doctor from the Universidad de Caldas, Manizales (Colombia), and a Master student in Health Administration at the Universidad CES. Currently, he is director of the Telehealth program at the Universidad de Caldas. He coordinated the implementation of the public telemedicine network in many parts of Colombia and oversaw the establishment of a virtual infrastructure for health professionals at the national level. He currently leads the research project "Telepsiquiatria en carceles." He has also participated in various regional events as a lecturer. 

Project submission: AIEPI "For all."

Professor Dr. Luís Bartolomé Lecha Estela.  He was born in La Esperanza, Villa Clara, Cuba, graduated as a Meteorologist in 1973 and worked for 25 years in Cuba's Meteorological Service. He defended his doctoral thesis in Geography in the old USSR and was elected as Speaker on Climate and Tourism at the WMO (World Meteorological Organization) between 1993 and 2001. From 1998 to 2000, he was the Director of the Agencia de Medio Ambiente de Villa Clara and between 2001 and 2006 he was Director of CESAM in Villa Clara where he worked as a researcher. Currently, he is Professor at the Universidad Central de Las Villas and has been a member of the International Society of Biometeorology since 1996.  

Project submission: Biometeorological forecast regional service to prevent the effects of weather on human health.

Lady Virginia Murrugarra Velarde. She has more than 20 years of experience as the head of national Telehealth strategies, project leader and coordinator, consultant, Information Technology expert and as an author of numerous publications on ICTs. She holds a degree in Telehealth from the Faculty of Medicine at the Universidad Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil) and from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). She also holds a Masters in Biomedical Information and has completed the Health Informatics Research and Training Program sponsored by the University of Washington Fogary Foundation. She has participated in various conferences and events related to health information, public health and technological innovation and completed an Intensive Training on the management and quality control of institutional reference collections for clinical biomedical research in Brussels, Belgium. 

Project submission: e - Learning: Educating in HIV / AIDS and STIs prevention in the Andean region and the Caribbean.

Dr. Nilcema Figueiredo is a Dentist and holds a Master and Doctorate in Dentistry and Public Health (FOP / UPE). Currently, she is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Medicine at the Universidad Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil. She has experience in health management, as the coordinator of dental health policy in Moreno (PE 2000-2002) and Recife (PE 2001-2008), and as a consultant at the Ministry of Health in Brazil. Within her scientific and technical publications in public health, she is interested in the following areas: policy, planning and management with an emphasis on the evaluation of health services, secondary oral health care (Dental Speciality Centres and Emergency Dental Services), and oral health monitoring. 

Project submission: Electronic Portal for Monitoring and Evaluation of the Dental Specialty Centers (CEO): a web tool for secondary care management of oral health in Brazil.

Gustavo Adolfo Campillo Orozco is currently President of the Fundación Red de Apoyo Social de Antioquia, RASA and of the Mesa Nacional de Cáncer (Colombia). In 2006, he participated in the creation of an HIV/AIDS Guide for the Latin American and Caribbean region in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). Between 2008 and 2011 he was involved in the establishment of a National Response Plan against HIV/AIDS in Colombia. He has also been a member of various committees and participated in numerous conferences on public health and HIV/AIDS.

Project submission: An Integrated Platform for Improving Response Capacity of NGOs and CBOs for the Promotion and Protection of Health Rights.

Dr. José Norman Salazar González is a graduate from the Faculty of Medicine at the Universidad de Caldas and the Faculty of Law at the Universidad de Manizales (Colombia). He is currently President of both the Business Group Ethics Tribunal COOMEVA and of the Clinical Research Ethics Committee at the Fundación Cardiomet Eje Cafetero. He also works at the Tribunal de Contenciosos Administrativos in Caldas, is a consultant in medical law and has lectured in various academic institutions. 

Project submission: Right to health, an all-out effort through radio and ICT to disseminate citizens right to health.

Dr. José Suarez is a Medical Doctor (Universidad Central del Ecuador, 1973), holds a Master in Public Health and a Doctorate in Epidemiology (University of Minnesota, 1979 and 1984). Dr. Dolores Lopez has a degree in Anthropology (Universidad Católica del Ecuador, 1980-1987), holds a Bachelor of Arts (The Evergreen State College, 1994), a Master in Social Sciences (Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, 1996), and a Doctorate in Latin American Cultural Studies (Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, 2009). Together, they are the founders of the Fundacion Cimas del Ecuador, they developed accredited academic programs for North American universities, social programs and research projects to support community and local government participatory planning such as the Sistema Georeferenciado de Información Local Comunitario (Georeferencing System of Local Community Information).

Project submission: Local Georeferenced Information System: a tool for targeting priority groups, monitoring and evaluation of interventions, reducing inequities and improving collective health.

Dr. Mone Martins Seixa. She is a Veterinarian (2009) and holds a Master in Tropical Animal Sciences (2013) from the Universidad Federal de Bahia, Brazil. She participated in the design, development and implementation of training courses for Health Education promoters and the improvement of human-animal  interaction for public school teachers in Brazil. She sees superior education as the principal tool to improve equity, sustainable development and the expansion of human consciousness and freedom, specifically in remote areas, under universal health.

Project submission: Interaction between Animals, Environment and Zoonosis: Online Education for Trainers as a tool for the Advancement of Public Health.

Dr. Patricia Jannet García is Dean of the Faculty of Public Health and Health Administration at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima Peru. She was a member of the Consultative Committee of Experts at the Department of Reproductive Health and President of the Committee of International Experts for vaccines against Human Papillomavirus (HPV) at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. In its 80 years of existence, she was the first woman to be Director of the National Institute of Health in Peru (2006 to 2009) and is currently working on research related to Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Global Health, Medical Informatics, and HPV. 

Project submision: WawaRed: Connecting for better maternal and child health in Peru.

Pedro Galván Sosa currently holds a number of roles, including as the National Coordinator of the Sub-Committee on Health Evaluation and Use of Technologies in Health at MERCOSUR, a Biomedical Assessor at the Department of Medical Devices of the MSPBS and a Representative of the German Senior Experten Service (SES) in Paraguay. Pedro has been published with the Pan American Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Salud y la Universidad del Pais Vascos amongst others. He is a Biomedical Engineer in Technological Transfer and Competency by profession and also holds the title of Specialist in Research Methodologies and Health Technology Resource Management. Currently, Pedro is preparing his doctoral thesis at the Universidad del Pais Vasco (Bilbao, Spain) at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. 

Project submission: BONIS System: ICT-based community surveillance system in Paraguay.

Professor Ana Valéria Machado Mendonça 

She is Adjunct Professor at the Department of Public Health at the Universidad de Brasilia (UNB). She holds a Doctorate in Information Sciences from the UNB, a Master in Communication and Culture from the Universidad de Rio de Janeiro with a specialty in Business Communication, Journalism and Public Relations Management. Currently, she coordinates the Technological Centre for Interactive Health Education at the Faculty of Health Sciences (CENTEIAS / FS) and is a researcher at the Centre for Public Health Sciences at UNB (NESP / CEAM / UNB), where she supervises the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Unit. She also leads the ICT in Public Health Research and Study Group (CNPq - Brazil) and has worked as a consultant on projects related to digital inclusion at the Ministry of Communication in Brazil. Her principal areas of research are information and communication sciences in health, digital inclusion, digital literacy, social networks, and distance learning. 

Project submission: Radio Web Project: a health communications strategy for social inclusion.


Ricardo Rodrigues Teixeira is a Specialist in Public Health with a focus on primary care, he has a speciality in communication (Universidad de Sao Paulo, Brasil) and training in visual anthropology (Varan Association, Paris, France). His interest and research areas include medicine, philosophy, anthropology, politics, health, organizational processes in health, technology, health communication and education, virtual work, conversation  networks, and collective intelligence. Currently he is a Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine at the Universidad de Sao Paulo and a consultant on the National Policy of Humanization at the Ministry of Health, where he has been coordinating network policies since its inauguration in 2008. 

Project submission: Red HumanizaSUS: a collaborative network for social access and humanization of care and guarantee of universal and equitable access to the Unique Health System in Brazil.

Lídice Alvarez Miño was born in Bogota, Colombia and is an Occupational Therapist with a Master in Public Health from the Universidad Nacional. For 7 years, she has been working in Santa Marta (Colombia) as a Statistics and Epidemiology Professor at the Universidad of Magdalena in Medicine, Nursing and Psychology programs. 

Project submission: Virtual Object: Climate change and its effect on public health and infectious diseases.

Alexander Salazar Ceballos was born in Medellin and is a Bacteriologist and Laboratory Specialist with a Master in Biology and a Speciality in Human Parasitology from the Universidad de Antioquia. For 6 years he has been working in Santa Marta as a Professor of Microbiology at the Universidad of Magdalena in the Medicine program. 

Project submission: Virtual Object: Climate change and its effect on public health and infectious diseases.