IJEqH Volume 11
Supplement 1 to ISEqH VI International Conference
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Barbara Starfield





Executive Council 2012/2014

Daniel Maceira
He is Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University, with fields in health economics and industrial organization. Maceira received his bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), and completed his M.A. in Economics at the Di Tella Institute in Argentina.
He develops teaching activities at the B.A. Program and at the Master Program in Economics of the UBA, at the Master in Public Policy Design at FLACSO (Latin American University for Social Sciences), as well as at the Program of Clinical Effectiveness of the Italian Hospital and the UBA’s School of Public Health. Maceira also collaborates in postgraduate programs in several provincial universities in Argentina (Masters in Public Health at the National University of Salta, Health Economics postgraduate program at the National University of the South, the Health Management Program at the University of San Pablo, at Tucumán), and participates in professional actualization programs at the Gutierrez Paediatric Public Hospital and the Sardá Maternal Hospital, both in the City of Buenos Aires.
Maceira was recipient of scholarships from the Ford Foundation, the Government of Japan Scholarship Program, the Rosestein-Rodan Scholarship Program (Boston University) and the Adenauer Foundation.
He is currently Senior Researcher at the Center for the Study of the State and Society (CEDES), and Associate Researcher of the investigative branch of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICET). He is also Member of the Directive Board of the Master Program in Health Care Administration of the Latin American Center for Human Economy (CLAEH) in Uruguay and of the Health Research Forum for Argentina: 10/90 Gap (FISA). Maceira is former Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Health Economics Association (iHEA), as well as former Board Member of the Political Economy Argentine Association (AAEP). Maceira has written several studies for both national and international books and publications. He has conducted numerous research projects and has provided technical assistance to many developing countries, particularly in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. He has been working with a wide range of organizations, including the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the IDRC, USAid, the Inter American Foundation (IAF), UNICEF, and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), among others. He is a grant award winner of the Alliance for Health Policy and System Research at the WHO, the Global Development Network (GDN), and Salud Investiga, the research institute of the Argentine Ministry of Health.

Barbara Krimgold
She serves as director of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's postdoctoral Kellogg Health Scholars Program and of the Multidisciplinary-Disparities track for that program. She also directs the doctoral Kellogg Fellows in Health Policy Research Program. With over $30 million in support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, these programs have trained a diverse group of over one hundred health researchers for careers and leadership positions in U.S. universities, foundations, executive and legislative branches of government, think tanks and health advocacy organizations. This Community of Scholars now serve cutting-edge roles in scholarship, service and activism focused on understanding social and economic determinants of health, reducing health inequalities and inequities, developing partnerships with stakeholders, and translating research to policy and action. Barbara Krimgold has served, in addition, as director of the Diversity Data project and, in partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health, has launched the new Website DiversityData.org and coauthored its first report, "Children Left Behind: How U.S. Metropolitan Areas are Failing America's Children”. She has worked at the Washington, DC-based Center for Advancing, a non-profit dedicated to translating health research to policy and practice, since January 2001. Prior to that, she worked with other non-profit organizations and as a health policy professional within the U.S. Government, serving in senior positions within the Office of Management and Budget — under Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan — and as the lead health policy staffer for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. She graduated from Harvard College and won a National Defense Education Act postgraduate fellowship at Harvard's Graduate Center for Middle Eastern Studies. She has lived and worked in France, Egypt, the Gaza Strip, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Ghana, and is active in international health inequality research communities.

Roy Carr Hill
Educated at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Berkeley California. He is currently Professor in Health and Social Statistics at Centre for Health Economics, University  of York (30%), Professor of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London (30%) and Professor of Health Economics, Finance and Policy at the University of Liverpool (20%). In the UK he is known for introducing the first ‘evidence-based’-resource allocation system for financing health care at the sub-national level in 1993.  Since then he has advised several counties about both the technical possibilities of such a system given in-country data bases, and about the politics and problems of implementing such systems (Canada, Italy, Russia. He has extensive experience in a variety of evaluation, research and training assignments for a variety of organisations - DANIDA, UK Departments of Education, Health, Office of Deputy Prime Minister, UK Overseas Development Agency (now DFID), NORAD, SIDA, UNDP, UNESCO, USAID, World Bank, WHO. - in a wide range of cultural contexts including: Afghanistan, Angola, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Denmark, Egypt, Eire, Eritrea, France, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mali, Marshall Islands, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Southern Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tanzania, Uganda, Vanuatu, Vietnam. In doing so, he has often been asked to evaluate interventions including a component of community participation and, in particular, was asked to work on developing the UK’s National Institute for Clinical and Health Excellence guidance on community engagement to improve health.  In developing countries, he has worked both at the federal/national level to implement resource allocation systems to accompany decentralisation policies and also at the local level to help local officials improve their local practice. He has become increasingly concerned about the use of household surveys as a substitute for censuses because of the likelihood that such surveys will omit the difficult to reach populations that censuses attempt – not necessarily very successfully – to reach.  In particular, surveys and – to a lesser extent –censuses – omit b y design several sub-groups among the very poorest, viz . Nomadic or pastoralist people, Institutionalised persons, Homeless people.  His current estimate is that there are about 300 million missing from the World population all of whom would be in the poorest wealth quintile, which means that the measures of progress towards MDG targets by 2015 are substantial over-estimates and assessment of inequities are substantially underestimated.


Board Members



Alexandra (Lexi) Bambas Nolen
PhD, MPH, serves as the Director of the Center to Eliminate Health Disparities and Director ad interim of the Global Health Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. She is also a Steering Committee Member of the Galveston Global Health Consortium and an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine & Community Health, and Internal Medicine, and Associate Faculty in the Institute for the Medical Humanities. In her capacity as Director of the CEHD, Dr. Nolen has developed program areas on reducing health inequities through the Health System and Social Determinants of Health, and has developed training materials on Leadership Skills for Social Change in Health as well as advanced research and training in Global Health. Dr. Nolen developed UTMB’s first campus-wide course on global health, the Global Health Interprofessional Core Course, which is a partnership with synergy and includes faculty from all four of UTMB’s schools. At the CEHD, Dr. Nolen is also currently overseeing an NIH-funded initiative to address Health in All Policies in Galveston’s local recovery efforts from Hurricane Ike. Dr. Nolen served on the Secretariat of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health from 2005 – 2007, focused on advancing intersectoral action for health to reduce health inequities. Previously she was the Coordinator of the Global Equity Gauge Alliance (2002-2004), a South Africa-based non-governmental organization focused on health equity initiatives in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Under the Division of Health and Human Development at the Pan American Health Organization (1999-2002), she helped to advance research and programming on issues of health equity for the organization. She has experience coordinating community-based research and interventions as well as policy development on issues of health inequities and public health in a number of country contexts. Her work encompasses issues of local approaches to addressing social determinants of health, health systems development in Southern and Eastern Africa, health information systems development, strategies for advancing health equity on the political agenda, the impact of globalization and trade on health in Africa, and development of training materials on health equity and the social determinants of health. She is especially interested in translation of research for policy, and research-to-policy processes. She has undertaken research with the Karolinska Institute as well as Equinet (the Regional Network for Equity in Southern Africa) and has received grant funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Gates Foundation, the Swedish International Development Agency, the Karolinska Institute, and the (USA) National Institutes of Health. She has edited or co-authored 3 books, and been an author on 4 book chapters as well as 16 articles and commissioned manuscripts.




Javier Eslava Schmalbach
Medical doctor, anesthesiologist, MSc in clinical epidemiology, with doctorate in public health. Adjunct Research Fellow (2005) at School of Public Health, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia. Associate Professor, School of Medicine, National University of Colombia. Director of the Clinical Research Institute at the same university. Director of the Equity in Health Group (Colombian Group) Editor of the Colombian Journal of Anesthesiology / Revista Colombiana de Anestesiología.



Timothee Gandaho
A physician, demographer and globally recognized expert in public health, maternal health and family planning, Dr. Gandaho is a national of Benin, with a PhD from the University of London. Since 2006, he has served as Abt Associates’ Senior Associate and Team Leader, Maternal Health and Family Planning on the USAID-funded National Technical Assistance Program in Mali. In professional assignments spanning more than two decades, Dr. Gandaho has worked on clinical and preventive medicine, epidemiology, quantitative and qualitative research, healthcare management and administration, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs and policies in family planning/reproductive health, population and development, health systems and services with an emphasis on community participation and financing as well as assessing quality of services and their coverage. Throughout his impressive career, he has forged strong working relationships with major multilateral and bilateral donors and lenders including USAID, the United Nations, the World Bank, the European Union, the Dutch Government, DFID-UK, (CIDA) and foundations such as Ford, Packard, Hewlett and Gates. His track record for effective collaboration, in West, Central and Eastern Africa and Asia with policy- and decision-makers, program managers, government ministers and other high-ranking officials as well as heads of NGOs, the private sector and at the community level attests to his exceptional diplomatic, advocacy and communication skills paired with his unique ability to appreciate a range of perspectives from donors, to government policy makers and health workers at the grass roots level. Before coming to Abt Associates Dr Gandaho worked for the Ministry of Health of Benin as director of health and research advisor, for the Future's group international as a regional advisor in West Africa, for Population council as its regional director for west and central Africa, for the World Bank as a consultant for Africa region and for Partners in Population and Development a South-South Initiative representing 21 countries (and more than 54% of the world’s population) in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America with the status of Permanent Observer at the UN.



Elizabeth Harris
Elizabeth Harris was the founding Director of the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation at University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and continues to work there as part of the early Childhood, Healthy Public Policy and Disadvantaged Communities Research Streams. She was part of the team that developed the NSW Health and Equity Statement and has recently conducted a review of its implementation. Her major area of research at present is in developing and researching Health Impact Assessment with an equity focus.



Supasit Pannarunothai
He is professor of community medicine and dean of Faculty of Medicine, Naresuan University, Thailand. He was graduated as a medical doctor from the Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University and PhD from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Mdicine. He worked for Buddhachinaraj Hospital and the Ministry of Public Health for twenty years and finally has been head of the Centre for Health Equity Monitoring (CHEM), Naresuan University, Thailand, since he joined the University in 1998. With CHEM, he focuses his research on equity of health finance, delivery and casemix systems, mobilizing research grants from the Health Systems Research Institute, the National Health Security Office, the Ministry of Public Health, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the World Health Organization.



Efrat Shadmi
She is a Lecturer at the Cheryl Spencer Department of Nursing at the University of Haifa, Israel. As a Fulbright grantee, she received her doctoral education from the Department of Health Policy and Management, at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Efrat is the Co-editor in chief of the International Journal for Equity in Health. Her research focuses on evaluating equitable health care delivery and its outcomes, evaluation of organizational mechanisms to reduce inequity in care, and on methods to better understand the distribution of morbidity between population groups. Efrat is the author of dozens of papers covering topics such as – equitable health care resource allocation, minority patients' experience during care transitions, health beliefs in chronically ill minority populations, and evaluation of health care programs aimed at reducing inequity in health and patient care. Efrat is also a senior policy consultant to the department of health planning policy at the largest Israeli non-for-profit health care organization.