Walter G. Flores M.
Director

Walter has worked for over 20 years as a researcher, lecturer, international consultant and project manager in health systems research. He has worked in over 25 countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Walter holds a BA in Psychology from Cal-State University, a Masters in Community Health from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and holds a PhD on Health Systems Development and Evaluation from this school as well.

 

 

 

 

 

Alison Hernandez
Coordinator for the research and learning unit

Alison is an RN, holds an MPH and a PhD in Public Health from Umeå University in northern Sweden. Her doctoral thesis focused on the practice of nursing in rural areas in Guatemala and the role that organizational support and human relationships play. Her main research interests are learning organizations and applying research to promote the fulfillment of the right to health.

 

 

 

Ana Lorena Ruano
Coordinator for the research and learning unit

Ana Lorena holds a BA with double majors in Sociology and Psychology from the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (2004) and a PhD in Public Health from Umeå University (2012) in northern Sweden. Her doctoral studies deal with the role of social participation in municipal-level health systems. She has worked as a researcher in public health since 2003. Dr Ruano is the managing editor for the International Journal for Equity in Health (IJEqH) since 2008 and an associate professor at the Center for International Health at the University of Bergen in Norway.

 

 

Andrea Hernández
Coordinator for the monitoring and evaluation unit

Andrea holds a degree in psychology from the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. Her areas of interest and past work have focused on child sexual abuse, human trafficking and trauma from a psychosocial perspective. She joined CEGSS in April of 2014 and has carried out research that shows the links between the psychosocial dynamics in health and community participation in public health. Currently, she is the coordinator of our monitoring and evaluation unit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carlos Humberto Urrutia
Coordinator of the administrative unit and CPA

Carlos is in charge of all the accounts at CEGSS. He oversees and delivers budget and expenditure reports according to the frameworks for our collaborations with donors and funders. He is also in charge of overseeing the execution of finance projects and of the implementation of finance tools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carlos Oswaldo Quiñonez
Administrative officer

Carlos has a business degree from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala and is specialized in finances. He has received training in how to handle tax accounts for non-for-profit organizations and has over six years experience at CEGSS, where he oversees the administrative coordination of all the projects that we implement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clara Benilda Batzin Churunel
Health citizenry tutor

Benilda has a degree in social work for the University Mariano Galvez in Guatemala and has worked at CEGSS since 2013. Currently, she provides support and accompaniment in the regions of Solola, Quetzaltenando and Huehuetenango, where she supports citizen participation for the right to heath and helps to improve the quality of public health services along with community leaders. Her focus has been on community work and activities related to environmental protection in the Atitlan lake basin, and in the eliminating the use of plastic in the municipality of San Pedro la Laguna, Solola. She promotes the right to health of women, as well as gender equity in order to secure equitable citizen participation. She has previously been a United Nations volunteer.

 

 

 

 

Erick Armando Cu Caal
Health citizenry tutor

Erick es Profesor en Lingüística Aplicada, con estudios en Licenciatura en Administración Educativa,  con más de 16 años de experiencia como facilitador comunitario en distintos ONGs en Guatemala, participando en diversos proyectos de desarrollo comunitario, como agricultura, pecuaria, medio ambiente, genero, juventud y niñez, formación política, profesor en el nivel básico y medio y actualmente mayor participación en la defensa de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas Maya Q’eqchi’, en el departamento de Alta Verapaz. Es fundador del Consejo de Bienestar Social y Promoción de los Derechos humanos en Campur, miembro activo de Colectivo de Organizaciones Comunitarias en el Alta Verapaz.

 

 

 

 

Fernando Jerez
Coordinator for the political strategy unit

Fernando is a political scientist with a degree from the Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala and is a master student in the program for monitoring and evaluation of public policy in the same university. He has worked for over 10 years carrying out research related to inequalities in education and health systems. Currently, he is in charge of the unit for political strategy.

 

 

 

 

Francisco Osmundo Oxlaj
Health citizenry tutor

Osmundo supports community projects and is a human rights activist. He is a high school teacher and has an associate’s degree in school administration by the University of San Carlos of Guatemala. He is a law student at the Mariano Galvez University. He has participated in the planning of education and development interventions and has ample experience in community consultations and as conflict mediator. Currently he is part of the legal commission for K’iche peoples and the Western Council of Peoples, both indigenous organizations.

 

 

 

 

 

Ismael Gómez Sánchez
Technical support in public health and citizen participation

Ismael holds and MD from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala and holds a masters in public health from the Autonomous University in Madrid, Spain. He is specialized public health management and information by the University of San Diego. He has worked as a general practitioner in public health services, where he has been the sub-director for Uspantan district hospital in Huehuetenango. In addition, he has also worked in Food for the Hungy Guatemala and has been a technical assistant and coordinator for the Rural Health Program for the Guatemalan Ministry of Health.

 

 

 

 

Luis Antonio Otzoy
Coordinator for the unit of technology for accountability

Luis Antonio has ample experience in the design, development and implementation of information systems for the social development sector, mainly in public health. He has carried out different consultancies with international cooperation agencies in Guatemala and Panama. He has studied design and technology at the Galileo University in Guatemala and at the Parsons New School in New York, and has also studied different short courses in the use of technological tools for information and databases.

 

 

 

 

Luis Pablo Méndez
Investigador Asociado

Luis Pablo posee conocimientos de Salud Pública y ha trabajado principalmente la temática de  Acceso a Medicamentos y la experiencia adquirida en el CEGSS ha sido clave  para poder colaborar  con otras instituciones en el campo de la investigación como el Centro de Estudios para la Salud de la Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (Unidad de Leishmaniasis)  y la Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala.   Forma parte de Acción Internacional por la Salud Guatemala -AIS- y de la Red Latinoamericana por el Acceso a Medicamentos -RedLAM-, desde allí participa en debates y actividades para mejorar la equidad en el Acceso a Medicamentos.

  

 

Rosaura Medina
Health citizenry tutor

Rosaura has over 10 years experience as a community facilitator, specifically in capacity building with community-based organizations. She has participated in food security interventions, and is active in defending indigenous people’s land rights, citizen empowerment and participation. She is a high school teacher and has studied human rights pedagogy at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silvia Sánchez Díaz
Investigadora Asociada

Silvia está por terminar su maestría en antropología cultural en la Universidad de Kansas. Ha colaborado con los consejos ciudadanos y el CEGSS en investigaciones sobre empoderamiento, participación ciudadana, discriminación y el derecho a la salud. Asimismo, coordinó un equipo de investigación – acción dedicado a enseñar herramientas etnográficas (de investigación cualitativa) a un grupo de investigadores comunitarios interesados en realizar incidencia ciudadana en salud. Su más reciente investigación se enfoca los impactos que la proliferación de intervenciones para el desarrollo ha causado en la región Ch’orti’ en el Oriente de Guatemala.