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Washington, D. C.  Aug 7, 2013. We are pleased to inform that we have selected the winners of PAHO's short-term subsidy program "Strengthening research capacity in the area of health policy and systems". The program aims to strengthen research capacity in health policy and systems in Latin American and the Caribbean, particularly in the areas of financing, governance and human resources. More than 80 applications were received from 18 countries. Four projects were chosen by a panel of eight Health Systems and Policy Advisors based on the scientific quality, feasibility and pertinence of the project.

The winning projects are:

  • What would be the financial reforms that ensure the best provision of equitable services in the context of universal health coverage. Researcher: Heitor Werneck;
  • Governance and decision-making within the Chilean Health System: identifying strategies for its strengthening from health decision-makers. Researcher: Claudio Mendez;
  • Estimación de la oferta y demanda de médicos de familia para el sistema de salud chileno. Researcher: María Paulina Rojas Villar; and
  • Development of a Policy Framework for Universal Health Coverage in Trinidad and Tobago: Identifying Strategies to Overcome Implementation Challenges. Researcher: Edwin Vicente Bolastig.

Human Resources for Health, Bioethics and Research Unit
Department of Health Systems and Services
Pan-American Health Organization

Meet the Research Promotion and Development Interns


Stephanie Sangalang, Summer 2011 Intern


  • Stephanie graduated from the University of California, San Francisco, in June 2011 with a M.S. in Nursing Health Policy. She is originally from the Philippines and now lives in the Bay Area where she has been working as a pediatric nurse since 2005.

 Roles and Responsibilities

  • During her internship, Stephanie helped to develop and test a pilot survey relating to maternal mortality research, prepared a grant application, and wrote an article for the Intern Newsletter about vaccine safety in pregnant women.

Amy Chambliss, Summer 2011 Intern


  • Amy will graduate from Georgetown University in May 2012 with a B.S. in International Health and a certificate in Population Health. She is originally from Boston, Massachusetts.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • During her internship, Amy contributed to a report on identifying and prioritizing knowledge gaps in maternal mortality research, created a series of graphics analyzing trends in research and development in the Americas, and authored a paper on the development of clinical/public health guidelines in the region.

Victoria Higgins, Spring 2011 Intern


  • Victoria graduated from Georgetown University in May 2011 with a B.S. in International Health. She is originally from Los Angeles, California.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • During her internship, Victoria contributed to the analysis of selected systematic reviews to identify key research questions related to maternal mortality and contributed to a report addressing the methods and findings of the analysis done on systematic reviews.


Outils du projet SUPPORT pour l'élaboration des politiques de santé éclairées par les données probantes


Cet article est l'introduction d'une série écrite pour les personnes responsables de prendre des décisions sur les politiques et programmes de santé et pour ceux qui soutiennent ces décideurs.

Savoir comment trouver et utiliser les données de recherche peuvent aider les décideurs et ceux qui les soutiennent pour faire leur travail mieux et plus efficacement. Chaque article de cette série présente un projet d'outil qui peut être utilisé par ceux qui sont impliqués dans la recherche et l'utilisation de données de recherche pour appuyer la politique de santé evidenceinformed.