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Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment



Gemma Rojas, MD, PHD
Dr. Rojas has a PhD in ethnology and ethno-anthropology from the University of Rome La Sapienza, a master’s degree in Social Policies and Strategic Management for the Sustainable Development of the Territory from University of Bologna, Italy, and a BA in anthropology from University of Chile, Santiago. She has been professor at University of Chile, Bolivarian University, Academy of Christian Humanism University, Alberto Hurtado University, among others, mainly in the areas of anthropology, law, social work, political science, history, psychology and health. Since 2018, she has been a professor at the Autonomous University of Chile, on the city of Temuco. She has participated in interdisciplinary research and extension projects covering subjects linked to Indigenous issues, migrations, intercultural relations and ethnicity, and has published articles in Chile, Mexico, Colombia and Italy. She is a member of the National Directory of the College of Anthropologists from Chile, period 2004-07, and was vice president from 2013-16. She is recognized as a judicial expert for the Illustrious Courts of Appeals of Santiago, San Miguel, Valparaíso and Rancagua, Biennium 2018-2019.

Patricia Huber, MD, MPH
Dr. Huber studied medicine at the University of Concepción and completed postgraduate work in public health at the University of Chile. She holds a master’s degree in epidemiology and occupational health from the University of Chile and a certificate in social management and public policy from the Faculty of Social Sciences in Chile. She is medical director at the Arica center of the TELETON Foundation. Between 2005 and 2008, she led the Health Service of Arica’s Epidemiology Unit and later headed the Department of Information in Health and Production Services for Health.

Claudia Padilla, MD.
Dr. Padilla holds a master’s degree in urban and regional development planning from the Institute of Urban Studies. She is architecture faculty at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. She has more than 28 years of experience in the design, leadership, implementation and evaluation of social programs in health with a focus on human rights, equity, gender, and interculturality, within the scope of the Primary Care Strategy of Health (APS) and the Comprehensive Health Care Model in the Ministry of Health of Chile. She was responsible for the design of the following programs: Equity in Rural Health, Good Practices in Primary Care, Access to Care for Immigrants in PHC. She has extensive experience teaching professionals and technicians of health services, hospitals and primary care establishments.

Ester López, PS, SW, MHR
Ester is head of the Mental Health Unit of the Health Service of Arica, in charge of mental health teams and community psychiatry. She has a degree in social work from the University of Valparaíso and a degree in psychology from the University of Tarapacá. She also holds certification in rationalist mental psychotherapy from the Institute of Mental Therapy of Santiago. She graduated with a certificate in family mediation from the Technological University of Chile, and she holds a master’s degree in human resources management from the University Arturo Prat and the University of Valparaíso.