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Lecture: The Governance of Public Health in Mexico - Alberto Diaz-Cayeros (Stanford)

Publication date: Jan 9, 2014 9:48:08 AM

Start: Jan 17, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Jan 17, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN


Around the world, public health interventions have dramatically changed the life chances of millions. Life expectancy has increased, and fewer children die prematurely at an early age. Deaths from infectious diseases have been reduced, as the world moves through the epidemiological transition; and the coverage of health systems has increased, making life saving interventions more accessible. However, health performance is characterized by large inequalities. Patients are often treated with little dignity, particularly when they are poor. And health systems tend to be relatively unaccountable to citizens. In fact, public health tends to be a realm of experts, where citizens have little information regarding the relative performance of their health systems, or the way in which health expenditure is used.

The project “The Governance of Public Health in Mexico” seeks to offer citizens, researchers and policy makers a set of tools that may enable them to evaluate, visualize and interpret the performance of the Mexican health system from a bottom up accountability perspective. The project seeks to empower citizens through the processing of “big data” that is generated by the health providers, vital statistics record keeper and various statistical agencies, transforming it into accessible, comparable and ready to use information. The Atlas of the Governance of Public Health in Mexico offers a Geographic Information System (GIS) to visualize access to health from a territorial perspective, emphasizing the perspective of citizens who live in the most remote and marginalized areas of the country.  A municipal scorecard allows for the measurement of the relative performance of local governments in health. And tools have been developed to visualize the epidemiological profiles of municipalities, based on the methodology of the Global Burden of Disease, in order to understand the social determinants of health and their relationship with poverty, the process of democratic change and specific public health interventions.

Alberto Diaz-Cayeros joined the FSI faculty in 2013 after serving for five years as the director of the Center for US-Mexico studies at the University of California, San Diego. He earned his Ph.D at Duke University in 1997. He was an assistant professor of political science at Stanford from 2001-2008, before which he served as an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Diaz has also served as a researcher at Centro de Investigacion Para el Desarrollo, A.C. from 1997-1999. His work has primarily focused on federalism and economic reform in Latin America, and Mexico in particular. He has published widely in Spanish and English. His forthcoming book is entitled Overawing the States: Federalism, Fiscal Authority and Centralization in Latin America.

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.