Education as a Public Health Strategy

Alvaro Quijano, Secretary of Health for Yucatán, México

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Abstract: Health strategies have evolved from emphasis on the individual to group health. Public health has made great achievements; however, developing countries still struggle with infectious disease as a major cause of morbidity.  Chronic degenerative illness is the main cause of mortality. Technology has made incredible advances, but we have yet to overcome the basic problems still affecting underprivileged, marginalized sectors of society. Heath departments around the world have failed to satisfy fundamental needs. Health and preventive medicine must rely on mass education to reach these communities. Education should be at the core of new policies and programs, as the best means to reduce inequities and inequalities in marginalized populations by empowering the underprivileged.  Through education all social strata could accept co-responsibility in promoting better health.

About the Presenter: 

Álvaro Quijano V. received his medical training at the Autonomous University of Yucatán (UADY) in general surgery, microsurgeryquijano and organ transplantation at Hospital O´Horan (UADY). He has served as Chief of the Division of Surgery at Hospital O´Horan and as a professor of Surgery. He was recognized by the World Health Organization for his work on the pandemia of influenza AH1N1. Currently, Dr. Quijano is the Secretary of Health of the State of Yucatán, Mexico.

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April 21, 2011
Symposium 2011
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