Alejandra Paniagua-Avila, MD MPH

CPHI Adjunct Fellow

Affiliation: School of Medicine, Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala
Email: panmaria@upenn.edu

Public Health Interests:

Global Health, non-communicable diseases, undernutrition, community-oriented primary care, community-based participatory research, implementation science

Current Public-Health Related Activities:

I became interested in community-health and preventive medicine as a medical student in Guatemala. For this reason, I applied and obtained a Fogarty International Training grant, which provided total funding for my MPH studies at the University of Pennsylvania (2015-2016). After returning to Guatemala (2017) I became the Director of the Community Health Program run by Universidad Francisco Marroquin in San Juan Sacatepequez, a rural area of Guatemala. My responsibilities will include designing and implementing a community-oriented primary care, building academic partnerships with Guatemalan and international universities, as well as mentoring medical and other healthcare students, from Guatemala and other countries.

Select Publications:

Paniagua-Avila MA, Messenger E, Branas CC (under review). The Guatemala-Penn Partners: An innovative inter-institutional model for scientific capacity-building, healthcare education, and public health.

Olson D, Lamb M, Lopez MR, Paniagua-Avila MA, Zacarias A, Samayoa-Reyes G, Cordon-Rosales C, Asturias EJ (under review). Rapid Active Sampling (RAS) Surveys as a Tool to Evaluate Factors Associated with Acute Gastroenteritis and Norovirus Infection among Children in Rural Guatemala.

Olson D, Lamb M, Lopez MR, Paniagua-Avila MA, Zacarias A, Samayoa-Reyes G, Cordon-Rosales C, Asturias EJ (under review). A rapid epidemiological tool to measure the burden of norovirus infection and disease in resource-limited settings