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Spring 2015 Health Policy and Law Graduate Rubi Linares-Orozco has a new position:

Spring 2015 Health Policy and Law Graduate Rubi Linares-Orozco has a new position:

“In December 2015, I accepted a job offer with UC San Diego’s Research Compliance Program (RCP) as a Senior Research Compliance Analyst. My primary duties for the RCP will include a variety of monitoring and auditing functions as well as educational and support activities for the UCSD research community.

So how did I get here…?

I spent the last 9 years of my career serving in various capacities for UC San Diego’s Office of Human Research Protections Program, including the role of Analyst. I appreciate the support I received from my Director and colleagues to pursue my MAS degree, and to seek different career avenues in biomedical research and healthcare.

Two years ago I began the MAS Health Policy and Law program in the hopes of expanding my existing knowledge of human research policies and to learn the fundamentals of healthcare administration with a focus on improving patient healthcare experiences.

Obtaining a formal education and training in this field was necessary for me to learn how to make effective policy recommendations at my institution. Learning how to effectively navigate through existing policies and laws that govern over the administration of research and its downstream effects on healthcare is vital to addressing key problems that affect the quality of care and patient experiences.

The Professors and Faculty of the MAS, Health Policy and Law were experienced within this field, and provided comprehensive and practical knowledge to apply to my career. The knowledge I gained from my MAS coursework deepened my understanding of the laws that impact research and healthcare, and gave me confidence in my skill-set.

A few months ago I remember asking myself “Now that you are done with your Masters, how are you going to make a difference? What is your next move?”

— A hard question to answer: How will “I” make a difference?

Very cliché, but I found this quote: “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa

— That’s my next move! I will be that stone! I can be that person that helps researcher’s bridge the gap between research and regulatory compliance.

What I learned from my program is that doctors, physicians, and researchers are not lawyers, but are heavily regulated. They need someone to help them navigate the world of regulation and compliance in order to do their jobs effectively and without fear of repercussions.

My goal is to foster a partnership between Regulatory Compliance and Researchers in order to advance important health research in an ethically responsible manner. Learning the fundamentals of healthcare policy and law along with analysis of current healthcare practices in medicine and research, will allow me to make the changes I want to see in healthcare, whether it be through policy making, training and education, or community engagement.”

Rubi Linares-Orozco holds an MAS in Health Policy and Law; is a Certified IRB Professional; and is in the process of completing her certificate in Clinical Trials Design and Management.

MAS graduate and Director of the Bastyr Center for Health Policy & Leadership Heather Carrie, GHPi Director Prof. Tim Mackey, and UC Extension Global Health Policy Certificate student Sloane Laird, published Indigenous Health Policy: The Case Study of Nicaragua in the International Journal for Equity in Health

MAS graduate and Director of the Bastyr Center for Health Policy & Leadership Heather Carrie, GHPi Director Prof. Tim Mackey, and UC Extension Global Health Policy Certificate student Sloane Laird, published Indigenous Health Policy: The Case Study of Nicaragua in the International Journal for Equity in Health

In the journal International Journal for Equity in Health, MAS graduate and Director of the Bastyr Center for Health Policy & Leadership Heather Carrie, GHPi Director Prof. Tim Mackey, and UC Extension Global Health Policy Certificate student Sloane Laird, co-authored an article exploring the policy interplay between the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Nicaraguan Indigenous Health Policy. The review article focuses on the successes and challenges of policy implementation efforts in the country and advocates for closer monitoring of national legislation aimed at fulfilling international commitments to indigenous health. 

Abstract
Throughout the world, indigenous peoples have advocated for the right to retain their cultural beliefs and traditional medicine practices. In 2007, the more than 370 million people representing 5000 distinct groups throughout the world received global recognition with the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). UNDRIP Article 24 affirms the rights of indigenous peoples to their traditional medicines and health practices, and to all social and health services. Although not a legally binding agreement, UNDRIP encourages nation states to comply and implement measures to support and uphold its provisions. Within the context of indigenous health and human rights, Nicaragua serves as a unique case study for examining implementation of UNDRIP Article 24 provisions due to the changes in the Nicaraguan Constitution that strive for the overarching goal of affirming an equal right to health for all Nicaraguans and supporting the integration of traditional medicine and biomedicine at a national and regional level. To explore this subject further, we conducted a review of the policy impact of UNDRIP on health services accessible to the Miskitu indigenous peoples of the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN). We found that although measures to create therapeutic cooperation are woven into Nicaraguan health plans at the national and regional level, in practice, the delivery of integrated health services has been implemented with varying results. Our review suggests that the method of policy implementation and efforts to foster intercultural collaborative approaches involving respectful community engagement are important factors when attempting to assess the effectiveness of UNDRIP implementation into national health policy and promoting traditional medicine access. In response, more study and close monitoring of legislation that acts to implement or align with UNDRIP Article 24 is necessary to ensure adequate promotion and access to traditional medicines and health services for indigenous populations in Nicaragua and beyond.

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Affiliated Staff and MAS Students Presented at the 143rd American Public Health Association Annual Meeting

Affiliated Staff and MAS Students Presented at the 143rd American Public Health Association Annual Meeting

 

11_2015_students Presting at APHA Annual Meeting

This year at the 143rd American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, GHPi affiliated staff and MAS students presented abstracts in 12 scientific sessions on a variety of topics ranging from e-cigarettes, drug safety, indigenous health policy, trade and health, internally displaced persons, neglected tropical diseases, reproductive health, and global health diplomacy. We want to specifically congratulate MAS Health Policy and Law students and alumni Angela Miner, Allison Anderson, Heather Carrie, Sumaira Akbarzada, and Soulmaz Setayesh for conducting great presentations!

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