Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment



Roxana Gálvez, MS
Roxana completed a BA at the University of Tarapacá in midwifery, obstetrics, and neonatology. She also holds a degree in logistical management and has a postgraduate degree in HIV/AIDS education. In 2000, she joined Health Service of Arica, directing HIV/AIDS prevention projects. In 2001, she joined the Dr. Juan Noé Hospital as head midwife in charge of the Center of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (presently UNACESS), a position she holds today. She coordinated the regional working group of HIV/AIDS advisors from 2000 to 2006 and is still an integral member of that committee.

Patricia Huber, MD, MPH
Patricia 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.

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.

Rodrigo Valencia Severino, MPH, MBA
Rodrigo works in the Department for Coordination of Medical Networks in the Arica Municipal Health Services. He has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Valparaíso and a master’s degree in public health with a concentration in public health promotion from the University of Chile’s School of Public Health. He received an MBA from the University del Mar in the management of public health centers and institutions. He also holds a master’s degree in participatory management and healthy communities from the Complutense University of Madrid. He has experience teaching in the primary pedagogy in education and preschool programs at the University of Tarapacá.