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Miguel Gonzalez Block
Assistant Director General , National Institute of Public Health
Mexico City, Mexico
Senior health policy and systems analyst with international expertise in universal coverage, program integration and evidence-based capacity strengthening. Proven leadership, fundraising and publication skills. Currently director of the Center for Health Systems Research of the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico; founding director of WHO's Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research
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Area of Expertise:
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
  • Government/Governance, Reforms
  • Health, Doctors, Nurses, HIV/AIDS
Professional Experience:
2004 TO DATE: DIRECTOR, HEALTH SYSTEMS RESEARCH CENTER (HSRC), NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH (INSP), MEXICO. Strategic planning, fundraising and leadership of the 40 full-time researcher, USD 5 million per year center. Funding: Mexican Institute of Science and Technology, Mexican Government, Welcome Trust, World Health Organization, NIH, European Commission, Global Fund, Health Metrics Network, and Carlos Slim, Ford and McArthur Foundations. Responsible for the PhD, Science Masters, MPH and Specialization programs in HSR.
PI RESEARCH: Local capacity for implementation of Social Protection in Health System (Seguro Popular); Implementation of intercultural health interventions; Assessment of international migrants’ health service access and financing options; Migrants’ willingness to pay for binational health insurance; Development of tools to assess decision-maker’s research utilization; Development of tools for research utilization capacity strengthening; Diagnosis of health information systems.
PI EVALUATIONS: National Health System integration processes; Implementation of the Health Social Protection System (Seguro Popular); implementation of Prevention of maternal mortality and congenital malformations program.
PI, CAPACITY STRENGTHENING: Framework Program for Global Health in the Americas; Mesoamerican Public Health Institute; Multilateral Cooperation Between Europe, Africa and Latin America on Public Health and HSR; Mesoamerican HIV-AIDS Prevention and Policy Development; National Health Promotion Model; HIV-AIDS Stigma and Discrimination Reduction.
WHO TASK FORCES: Coordinator “Implementation Research for the Control of Infectious Diseases of Poverty. Strengthening the Evidence Base for Access and Delivery of New and Improved Tools, Strategies and Interventions”; lead for HSR, “Global Report on Research of Infectious Diseases of Poverty”. Co-Chair, TDR’s HSR Thematic Reference Group; advisory committee, Implementation Research Curriculum Development Program; lead, Latin American HSR Network.
INTERNATIONAL TASK FORCES AND SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEES: Malaria Eradication Research Agenda (MalERA); Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance (MESA); 1st and 2nd Health Systems Research Symposia; Latin American Global Health Alliance.
EDITORIAL RESPONSIBILITES: Co-editor in chief of BMC’s Health Research Policy and Systems; Editor for HSR, BMC’s Public Health (2009-2010); lead author, “Health Policy in Developing Countries”, Oxford Textbook of Public Health; Editor, HSRC’s Executive Summaries Series.
ACHIEVEMENTS 2004-2012. Restructured HSRC to address national and global challenges. Recruited internationally competitive researchers. Led the introduction of: INSP’s Specialization in Health Promotion; Global Health Program; State Health System Development Centers; Mesoamerican Public Health Institute, and Latin American Global Health Alliance. Supported INSP’s Trop-Ed and ASPH accreditation. Published 50 of 136 articles, books and chapters.
I obtained 10 Ordinary Levels and three Advanced Levels in the UK (Biology Special Level, Physics and Chemistry). I graduated from Cambridge University with a Bachelor’s in Arts degree (2.1) in 1977 after reading Part I Natural Sciences and Parts I & II Archeology and Anthropology. I obtained my Masters’ Degree from Cambrige in 1981 and my PhD in Social Sciences with concentration in Sociology from El Colegio de Mexico, arguably Mexico’s finest postgraduate social sciences institution. I am fully fluent in English and Spanish, with a Certificate in English as a foreign language from the United Nations. I have a working knowledge of French.
Affiliations and Achievements:
Fulbright Scholar, O'Gorman Scholar and formerly Visiting Professor of the University of California, San Diego and Berkeley. Member of Mexico's National Academy of Medicine and of Mexico's National Researcher System.
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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, Spanish
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