10/10/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Guillermo Mendoza, a regional officer for the Americas of the World Health Organization, part of the Pan American Health Organization in Washington, D.C., will speak at Ashland University on the topic of “Priorities in Public Health in Latin America: Why Languages Matter in the Aspirations for Universal Health Coverage.”
The lecture, which is sponsored by the AU departments of Communication Studies and Foreign Languages, is scheduled for Wed., Oct. 22, from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Schar College of Education on the AU campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Dr. Mendoza was born and raised near the border of U.S. and Mexico and received his medical degree as well as his master’s degree in public health from the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez. From 1983 to 1993, he taught human anatomy at the same university.
Dr. Mendoza practiced family medicine for 17 years in a community characterized by migration, poverty and cultural diversity, including groups with high risk of contracting infectious diseases. He joined the Pan American Health Organization in 1994 as the Food Safety and Zoonosis program officer, having as one of his duties to create or strengthen binational epidemiological surveillance systems oriented to track such type of diseases.
In 1997, Dr. Mendoza was appointed officer for resource mobilization and partnerships for border health, and his duties included the analysis of health situation and needs assessments for the identification of and mobilization of resources (financial and human) for the U.S.-Mexican Border.
Also, from 1996 to 2004, he served as managing editor of the Journal of Border Health, a peer review journal.
In 2007, Dr. Mendoza was appointed Country Program Advisor for the Southern Cone, Bolivia and Cuba. His duties in this position included political and strategic analysis of health policies; health situations; national health programs; national capacity and international cooperation for Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and Cuba. Other functions of this position included program and budget oversight of each of PAHO/WHO country offices of the region.
Since 2010, Dr. Mendoza has been assigned to Central America covering Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Dominican Republic and Cuba.
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