UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES MANILA
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES MANILA
College of Medicine
Noel is the SIHI Principal Investigator for UPCM and is a Professor of Epidemiology (Clinical Epidemiology) at the College of Medicine, UP Manila. He started his career as a consultant adviser in the Community Medicine Section of the Department of Family and Community, which conducts the community medicine courses and rotations of the medical students and family medicine residents.
This developed his expertise in working with local communities and ability to work well with local chiefs and the frontline health workers in health care delivery. He served as Chair of the UPCM Department of Clinical Epidemiology from 2004 to 2013. He has also served in various technical advisory and consultancy roles with the Department of Health and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, particularly for their research projects and training needs in epidemiology and programme monitoring and evaluation. He is currently a member of the Committee on Structure, Organization, Monitoring and Evaluation (national level) of the Philippine National Health Research System.
MARY ANN LANSANG
Mary Ann is a retired Professor of Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at the College of Medicine, UP Manila and currently a Consultant at the Section of Infectious Diseases, Dept. of Medicine, at The Medical City, a world-class private healthcare organization in Metro Manila. She currently serves as a member of various technical committees in the Department of Health and as a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Health Science and Technology Policy.
She has more than 25 years of experience in global health, with technical expertise in the epidemiology, prevention, control and management of infectious and tropical diseases; policy development for public health programs including maternal, neonatal and childhood health and nutrition; monitoring and evaluation of public health programs; health policy research and knowledge translation; and health systems strengthening. She has published widely in peer-reviewed international journals on infectious and tropical diseases as well as health policy and systems research. She has served as a member of various international scientific committees and boards, among them, at the WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (WHO/TDR), the Council on Health Research for Development, and the Alliance on Health Policy and Systems Research.
Art is the Social Innovation Coordinator for the Philippines’ Hub. He will work as a team member on a broad set of activities, such as the promotion of the innovation call, to support the local, community-based social innovations in health gain visibility, expand their network and garner support from policy-makers.
Art is a nurse by education and training, and currently serves as a University Research Associate at the University of the Philippines Manila and the program manager of the Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS). CHITS is university-developed electronic medical record system that is implemented to more than 200 government primary health centres in the Philippines. His experience includes leadership in areas of design, development and implementation of health information management systems, mobile health, and eHealth capacity building.
“SIHI is a unique and timely opportunity to advance social innovation in health in the Philippines. It has the potential to incubate, highlight, and promote innovations in health, and encourage academics, students, healthcare providers, and entrepreneurs to seek new ways to solve priority health problems in the Philippines. SIHI will create a shared space for providing snapshots and lessons on what actually works with people in different communities of the country in terms of effective health delivery.”