With funding from the John E. Fogarty International Center and National Institutes of Health (NIH FIC), a landscape architect and architect will receive one-year research training scholarships to improve the wellbeing of people living with dementia in Peru. These scholarships will go to one Peruvian and one American built environment designer, who will be mentored by Dr.
Patricia García, Peru's former Minister of Health and an Affiliate Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington, spoke to Publimetro in her home country of Peru about the country's response to the coronavirus pandemic. García received a Masters of Public Health at UW and is also a professor at the School of Public Health at Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru. Her areas of expertise include epidemiology, infectious diseases, and implementation science.
The following interview has been translated from Spanish.
A dangerous killer preyed on dozens of people in a small village in the West African country of Guinea for three months before health officials identified it as the deadly Ebola virus. By that time, in early 2014, the virus was firmly entrenched. Ebola would later become a global health emergency.
The capital of the Peruvian Amazon is only accessible by water or air travel, leaving it inherently isolated from the world. This city, Iquitos, Peru is the largest in the world that cannot be reached by road. Because of its geographic limitations, Iquitos also faces several logistical challenges, something postdoctoral fellow Olaf Recktenwald became very familiar with in his time spent studying the effects of communal meeting spaces on a floating river population’s mental health conditions.
In a new Humanosphere podcast, Dr. Patricia (Patty) Garcia talks about her recent appointment to become Minister of Health in Peru. Garcia is a Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington, was head of the Peruvian National Institute of Health and Dean at the school of public health for Cayetano Heredia University in Lima. As Garcia describes in this interview, she became a doctor because of some personal struggles with illness, her own as a child and her father’s death from cancer.
Patricia García, a faculty member in Global Health and 1998 alumna of the University of Washington School of Public Health, was named Minister of Health for Peru and sworn in on July 28. She is former chair of the Peruvian National Institute of Health.
Garcia trained in internal medicine, infectious disease and public health at the UW. She is actively involved in research and training on STI/HIV, global health, HPV and medical informatics.
Student: Jorge “Coco” Alarcon
Program: Master of Landscape Architecture, Global Health Certificate
Fellowship: Thomas Francis, Jr. Global Health Fellowship
Project Title: Green Spaces and Infectious Diseases, Strategies for Mosquito Control in Spaces
Location: Iquitos, Peru
Getting this support really encourages me to push boundaries of design and science, to create my own path, and to promote health in my field of architecture and landscape architecture.