Global Health Series

The Climate Change and Health Initiative: Perspectives from the Institute of Public Health of Chile

Tune into the Global Health Series on Thursday, March 30, 2023, from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. ET, to hear from Rodrigo Puentes, Biostatistician at the Institute of Public Health of Chile, as he presents on The Climate Change and Health Initiative: Perspectives from the Institute of Public Health of Chile

Learning objectives:  

  • Explain the indirect impact of current and projected climate variability in the context of Climate Change on population health in Chile. 
  • Provide arguments regarding the importance of technical scientific information to the national entities in charge of coordinating, planning, and developing programs and action plans on Climate Change through meteorological/epidemiological surveillance, the anticipation of scenarios for infectious diseases, distribution of vectors in the country, and publication of scientific evidence. 
  • Present the initial stage of a Climate Change and Health dashboard based on Shigella spp. surveillance data consolidated at the Institute of Public Health of Chile. 
  • The Global Health Series is a monthly virtual series that brings together champions in global health science and strategy. The series is hosted by the Department of Global Health at Florida International University.

About Rodrigo Puentes

Rodrigo Puentes is a Biostatistician, who focuses on statistical research with laboratory-based surveillance data at the Institute of Public Health of Chile (ISP). His particular interests are multivariate analysis, statistical modeling and its diagnostics, statistical methods applied to non-Gaussian biological data, and epidemiological statistical trend analyses. Currently, he is working with the biotechnology research team at ISP, on the study of SARS-CoV-2 humoral and cellular immune response in vaccinated adults with different vaccination schemes. Additionally, he is also part of the Climate Change and Health Research Team at ISP, contributing with statistical methods and epidemiological approaches related to the impact of climate change, infectious diseases, and distribution of vector population in Chile.

During the pandemic, Mr. Puentes had an important role as lead statistician at ISP, focusing on COVID-19-related products, such as his participation in a SARS-CoV-2 detection protocol in saliva samples, and monitoring whole-genome sequencing data of SARS-CoV-2 to identify variant epidemiological trends.

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