- Associate Professor, Global Health
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
2301 5th Ave, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98121
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Bernardo Hernández Prado, DSc, MS, is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. In this role, he works with IHME’s Integrated Surveillance Systems research team in the evaluation of the Salud Mesoamérica 2015 project, in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Division of Social Protection and Health. IHME and IDB designed surveys for households and health facilities to measure coverage of key interventions in nutrition, immunization, and maternal and child health. The research supports efforts to improve health system performance and build capacity in Mesoamerica.
Since 2008, Dr. Hernández Prado has collaborated with IHME on the Population Health Metrics Research Consortium project for the validation of verbal autopsy and chronic disease diagnosis questionnaires, and he analyzed verbal autopsy data collected for the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative #13 (GC-13). He also collaborates with the Verbal Autopsy research team and is involved in the evaluation of PREVENIMSS, a program of preventive actions launched by the Mexican Institute of Social Security. In addition, he serves as the director of the Health Metrics track of the Master of Public Health program at the University of Washington.
Prior to joining IHME, Dr. Hernández Prado had a long and distinguished career on the faculty of the National Institute of Public Health in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He headed the Department of Maternal Health and the Center for Research in Population Health, for which he directed the epidemiology and nutrition programs. Most recently, he served as the institute’s Director of Reproductive Health. His research has focused on maternal health and mortality, the evaluation of social and health programs, and the effect of physical activity and improved nutrition on the health of children and mothers.
From 2002 to 2006, Dr. Hernández Prado coordinated the evaluation of Oportunidades, the principal antipoverty program of the Mexican government. He helped develop the master plan for maternal and neonatal health of the Mesoamerican Initiative in 2010. He is a level 1 National Investigator for the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico.
Dr. Hernández Prado earned a BSc in Social Psychology from the Metropolitan Autonomous University-Mexico City, a Master’s in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics, and a Doctorate in Sciences in Health and Social Behavior from the Harvard School of Public Health. Among the many honors he has received, Dr. Hernández Prado was awarded the 2005 Miguel Bustamante Prize of the National Institute of Public Health.
For more information, visit Dr. Hernández Prado's IHME profile
- DSc (Harvard University)
- MS (London School of Economics (UK))
- BA (Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana)
- Child Mortality
- Family Planning
- Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
- Maternal Mortality
- Metrics and Evaluation
Reproductive and maternal health; the impact of obesity and physical activity; evaluation of population health programs in Latin America; survey design and implementation; impact evaluation; mortality estimation, including verbal autopsy; epidemiology
Hernandez B, Colombara DV, Gagnier MC, Desai SS, Haakenstad A, Johanns C, McNellan CR, Nelson J, Palmisano EB, Ríos-Zertuche D, Zúñiga-Brenes P, Iriarte E, Mokdad AH. Barriers and facilitators for institutional delivery among poor Mesoamerican women: a cross-sectional study. Health Policy and Planning, 32, 2017, 769–780 doi: 10.1093/heapol/czx010
Ide N, Fitzpatrick AL, Flaxman AD, Koju R, Tamrakar D, Hernandez B. Estimation of Causes of Death in Suburban Nepal Using Verbal Autopsy. Kathmandu Univ Med J 2016;54(2):112-9.
Serina P, Riley I, Hernandez B, Flaxman A; Praveen D, Tallo V, Joshi R, Sanvictores D, Stewart A, Mooney M, Murray CJL, Lopez AD. The paradox of verbal autopsy in cause-of-death assignment: symptom question unreliability but predictive accuracy. Population Health Metrics 2016, 14:41, DOI 10.1186/s12963-016-0104-2.
Serina P, Riley I, Hernandez B, Flaxman AD, Praveen D, Tallo V, Joshi R, Sanvictores D, Stewart A, Mooney M, Murray CJL, Lopez AD. What is the optimal recall period for verbal autopsies? Validation study based on repeat interviews in three populations.
Population Health Metrics 2016, 14:40, DOI 10.1186/s12963-016-0105-1.
Dansereau E, McNellan C, Gagnier MC, Desai S, Haakenstad A, Johanns CK, Palmisano E, Ríos-Zertuche D, Schaefer A, Zúñiga-Brenes P, Hernandez B, Iriarte E, Mokdad AH. Coverage and timing of antenatal care among poor women in 6 Mesoamerican countries. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016; 16:234. DOI 10.1186/s12884-016-1018-5