The AMR Regional Hub is working on the theme ‘Climate Action and Health’ as part of its current Regional Flagship Initiative.
There was little acknowledgement in the 30th Pan-American Sanitary Conference of how climate issues will continue to affect progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Effects of climate on health include heat-related mortality and morbidity, greater frequency of infectious disease epidemics, increased risk and severity of disasters due to natural hazards, population displacement from sea level rise and increased storm activity, and threats to food and nutrition security. Vulnerable communities across the Americas are disproportionately affected by climate sensitive health risks. In 2022-2023, flagship initiatives of the IWG Americas regional team will focus on knowledge generation, knowledge sharing, and advocacy for Health and Climate.
IWG AMR Regional Leadership
Lauren Tejkl | AMR Board Member
Lauren Tejkl is a founding member of IWG and current Board Member. She was the first Regional Director for AMR and continues to support active members. Her interests lie largely in how national policies can adapt to better serve all people, particularly displaced and migrant populations.
Amit Malik | AMR Board Member
Amit is a well-rounded healthcare strategy and clinical operations professional with 15+ years of experience in leading and managing teams to strategically drive growth and profitability for several healthcare and pharmaceutical organizations across the country. Amit is experienced at using a proven data-driven framework to design and implement performance improvement initiatives in areas of labor optimization, non-labor (supply chain) optimization and revenue enhancement in several clinical areas. He is a strong project manager with strategic focus on change management to ensure all projects / OKR’s are completed within time and budget. Amit has also held several Interim Management positions as Head of Clinical Operations and Chief Operating Officer.
Lakshmi Menon | AMR Regional Director
Lakshmi Menon is the Co-Director for the Region of the Americas. She works at Health Canada, and holds a Master of Science in Global Health. Her interests lie at the nexus of health policy, innovation, and business.
Delina Yosief | AMR Regional Director
Delina is the Co-Director for the Region of the Americas. She is a current Master of Public Health student at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Her interests lie in global health, refugee & migrant health, accessibility, community engagement, and media.
Bailey Atkinson | AMR Regional Leader
Bailey is a current ORISE fellow at the CDC where they study arboviruses, how they interact with their vectors (mosquitoes), and vaccine development. Bailey is a recent MPH graduate in Environmental Health from the University of Minnesota. Their interests lie in understanding the intersection of climate change and infectious diseases, along with equitable vaccine distribution at a global scale.
Koye Oyerinde | AMR Regional Leader
Dr. Koye Oyerinde is a pediatrician and health policy expert. His more than 30 years of experience include stints as a medical officer, pediatrician, health policy researcher, and teacher. While on faculty at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, USA, he provided technical assistance to more than 30 national ministries of health in the global south on maternal and child health service delivery. He firmly believes that we must work to guarantee health to all, a viewpoint expressed in his memoir, Who Should We Let Die? How Health For All Failed and How Not to Fail Again, published by Atmosphere Press. Koye was a member of GAVI’s Independent Review Committee for six years. He is the current Policy and Advocacy Chair on the Executive Committee of the Section on Global Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He lives in Akron, Ohio, where he works in a Federally Qualified Health Center.
Chawanangwa Mahebere Chirambo | AMR Regional Leader
Chawanangwa is a practical down to earth person with 14 years of projects and programs initiation, inception, implementation and evaluation. He has strong leadership qualities that has privileged him to serve in various positions within and outside health system.
Marco Antonio Catussi Paschoalotto | AMR Regional Leader
Marco is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in Public Administration and Government at Fundação Getulio Vargas’s Sao Paulo School of Business Administration (FGV EAESP) and Fellow at David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University. He does work and have worked in projects with several organizations including the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and others. Marco has worked as a researcher of GPublic (Center for Contemporary Public Management Studies) and GPEOS (Organizational Studies Research Group), and has worked as visiting scholar at Università degli studi di Roma Tor Vergata (Italy) and Indiana University (USA), also as Lecturer at Business School Unoeste and General Cordinator of the MBAs and specializations at West Paulista University (UNOESTE).
Marina Schor | AMR Regional Leader
Marina is a public health master’s student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the department of International Health – Social and Behavioral Interventions. They were born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, completed their undergraduate degree in Honours Applied Biology and Commerce Minor in Vancouver, Canada, and moved to Baltimore, where they currently reside. Marina’s main research and practice focuses are LGBTQ+ health with a focus on social determinants of health, as well as the impact of climate change on the mental health of youth. They are passionate about promoting health equity with community focus and strive to face each challenge through an intersectional feminist lens.
Aparna Ananthakrishnan | AMR Regional Leader
Aparna is a global health researcher and program manager, with advanced academic trainings in both development planning and public health. She has a strong technical background in health system strengthening and health policy analysis, extensively engaging these skills across Asia and Africa, over the last few years as an ODI Fellow at the Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program (HITAP), housed in Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health. Here, she has been a key part of HITAP’s international work in countries such as Laos PDR, Philippines, Ghana, and has closely collaborated with international academic and non-governmental organisations across several projects. Having grown up in a metropolis of more than 10 million people in India, she is drawn to issues of urban health, with an interest in exploring the confluence of natural spaces and sustainable cities on human health outcomes.
IWG AMR Alumni
Catherine Villaneuva (Co-Founder)
Juliana Aliberti Ortiz
Salma El Marjiya Villarreal