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Daniel Palazuelos, M.D.

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Daniel Palazuelos, MD, MPH is a global health implementer-educator who holds positions at Harvard Medical School (HMS), the Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), and Partners In Health (PIH). He started his career in global health equity by living and working with community health workers (CHWs) in impoverished communities in Chiapas, Mexico, and these grassroots experiences have deeply influenced his approach to addressing the biggest challenges in global health. Over the last decade, he helped to launch Compañeros En Salud - México (PIH's program in Mexico), the Financing Alliance for Health (which helps governments design and fund ambitious, affordable, and at-scale community health programs), and the Community Health Impact Coalition (a five year quality initiative by some of the field’s most innovative implementers to catalyze the adoption of high-impact community health systems design).

Now as a clinician-educator at BWH in Boston, the Director of Community Health Systems at PIH, a strategist for the PIH project in Mexico, a mentor and course director at HMS, and a residency assistant program director at BWH, his unified goal is to assure that our finest clinicians are trained to understand the community perspective, and our health care system strengthening efforts are aligned to the real needs of people living in the poorest and most difficult circumstances.




Available: 11/01/18, Expires: 12/31/20

At Partners In Health, we obsess about exceptional work. Are you highly detail-orientated, technologically savvy, and consider yourself an expert in creating efficiency? If so, you may be our next Community Health Program Intern. Filling in the massive health worker shortage in post-conflict Liberia, Partners In Health recruits and trains trusted, respected residents in communities to serve as Community Health Volunteers to deliver critical primary care services in hard-to-reach, rural areas. The Community Health Program at Partners in Health Liberia is planning a phased transition from a patient-assignment model to a household model. As the Community Health Program Intern, you'll support the Community Health team to coordinate the smooth transition of the Community Health Program into the new household model in rural Liberia. Essential Job Functions: • Team management: o Lead capacity building efforts for Community Health Program field staff o Lead implementation and staff training on project management software and teamwork tools o Identify professional development opportunities for Community Health Program staff • Program management: o Conduct field visits with CHVs and other field staff to observe current data collection processes and make recommendations for improvements that can be made to existing tools o Support the successful collection of routine programmatic data, and special data collection for program and government reports o Use human-centered design approaches to improve curriculum materials o Support with troubleshooting of field issues • Learning: o Lead internal data review meetings and support with data analyses to identify opportunities for program improvement o Support with document management to enable better knowledge retention within the team QUALIFICATIONS: • Background and interest in public health, anthropology, and/or international development • Excellent written and spoken communications skills • Excellent networking skills • Experience successfully leading a range of projects and priorities in a dynamic setting • Ability to quickly learn and troubleshoot on the job • Data collection and analysis skills • Training or facilitation experience highly valued • Strongly self-motivated • High level of initiative to innovate in resource-limited settings • Experience and comfort living in rural settings • Commitment to health and social justice, and the mission of Partners In Health • Generosity of spirit, sensitivity and diplomacy • Comfort working with a casual but high-performing team REMUNERATION: This is an unpaid internship but offer tremendous opportunity for professional growth while being part of shaping systems and implementing programs for lasting impact. The Intern will be an integral part of the Community Health team and will work closely with our team in Harper in Maryland County to advance our mission of developing and optimizing a sustainable rural health service delivery model to improve patient care and outcomes in Southeast Liberia. APPLICATION: Please submit all of the following materials with your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. • Cover letter, including an expression of interest: In your own words, explain why you want to work with Partners In Health. What is it about the position that interests you? Why are you the right person for the role? • Curriculum Vitae, including three professional references

Dominican Republic Diabetes Project
International, 06/20/18 - 08/16/18
Valuing Diverse Forms of Scholarship in Medicine: Exploring Application and Impact.
Soma Weiss, 08/01/19 - 09/01/20
Forming a Childhood Malnutrition Learning Collaborative in Guatemala: NGO Collaboration
International/Summer, 06/23/13 - 08/16/13
Developing an mHealth Technology for Dosing Medications in Rural Guatemala
Summer, 06/12/14 - 07/31/14
mHealth Application Improves Medication Dosing Accuracy and Efficiency Among Junior Physicians in Guatemala
International, 06/05/14 - 07/31/14
Needs Assessment and Asset map of women in Zwedru, Liberia: A Photovoice Project
International, 06/15/09 - 08/10/09
Evaluating the effectiveness of a community health worker training curriculum in rural Guatemala
International, 06/21/10 - 08/05/10
Constructions of Mental Health in Chiapas, Mexico - summer 2008
International, 06/21/08 - 08/11/08
Investigating the most effective approaches for improving nutrition in indigenous communities in the rural Peruvian Andes
International, 06/12/11 - 08/02/11
Evaluating the effectiveness of a community health worker training curriculum in rural Guatemala
International, 06/21/10 - 08/05/10
Implementation and evaluation of a community health worker training program to address diabetes and hypertension in rural Guatemala
International, 06/15/11 - 08/03/11
“Dia del Mercado Cervical Cancer Prevention Program” an assessment of secondary cervical cancer prevention in the rural Andes of Cusco, Peru
International, 06/12/11 - 08/12/11
Healthcare and Capacity Building at an Urban Primary School in Tanzania
International, 06/20/11 - 08/09/11
Social Consequences of U.S. Deportations and Return Migration for Mexico and Central America - with the University of Texas, Austin
International, 06/15/11 - 08/10/11
Implementation and Evaluation of a Community Health Worker Training Program to Address Diabetes and Hypertension in Rural Guatemala
International, 06/15/11 - 08/03/11
Needs Assessment and Asset Map of Women in Zwedru, Liberia: A Photovoice Project
International, 06/14/09 - 08/09/09
Introduction of a Cell Phone Application to Strengthen Community Health Programs in Chiapas, Mexico
International, 06/15/09 - 08/10/09
Introduction of a Cell Phone Application to Strengthen Community Health Programs in Chiapas, Mexico
International, 06/15/09 - 08/10/09
Evaluation of a single visit approach (SVA) to cervical cancer prevention and treatment in rural Guatemala
International/Summer, 06/18/12 - 08/10/12
Navigating and circumventing a fragmented health system: The patient's pathway in the Sierra Madre region of Chiapas, Mexico
International, 06/18/08 - 08/13/08

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  1. Deitz RL, Hellerstein LH, St George SM, Palazuelos D, Schimek TE. A qualitative study of social connectedness and its relationship to community health programs in rural Chiapas, Mexico. BMC Public Health. 2020 Jun 03; 20(1):852. PMID: 32493280.
  2. Ballard M, Bancroft E, Nesbit J, Johnson A, Holeman I, Foth J, Rogers D, Yang J, Nardella J, Olsen H, Raghavan M, Panjabi R, Alban R, Malaba S, Christiansen M, Rapp S, Schechter J, Aylward P, Rogers A, Sebisaho J, Ako C, Choudhury N, Westgate C, Mbeya J, Schwarz R, Bonds MH, Adamjee R, Bishop J, Yembrick A, Flood D, McLaughlin M, Palazuelos D. Prioritising the role of community health workers in the COVID-19 response. BMJ Glob Health. 2020 06; 5(6). PMID: 32503889.
  3. Worster DT, Franke MF, Bazúa R, Flores H, García Z, Krupp J, Maza J, Palazuelos L, Rodríguez K, Newman PM, Palazuelos D. Observational stepped-wedge analysis of a community health worker-led intervention for diabetes and hypertension in rural Mexico. BMJ Open. 2020 03 08; 10(3):e034749. PMID: 32152172.
  4. Schwarz D, Duong D, Adam C, Awoonor-Williams JK, Back D, Bang A, Bang R, Beebe M, Bhatt S, Campbell J, Conteh M, Dimitrova D, Dimovska D, Dossou JP, Evans T, Gadir M, Islam K, Kasyaba R, Kumar P, Levy C, Oanh TM, Monsef N, Oh J, Otoo N, Palazuelos D, Poh A, Sinha S, Smith C, Stewart B, Thomas C, Tritter B, Varnum P, Weilnau T, Ellner A. Primary Care 2030: Creating an Enabling Ecosystem for Disruptive Primary Care Models to Achieve Universal Health Coverage in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Ann Glob Health. 2020 02 03; 86(1):9. PMID: 32064227.
  5. Kachimanga C, Dunbar EL, Watson S, Cundale K, Makungwa H, Wroe EB, Malindi C, Nazimera L, Palazuelos D, Drake J, Gates T, van den Akker T, Shea J. Increasing utilisation of perinatal services: estimating the impact of community health worker program in Neno, Malawi. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2020 Jan 06; 20(1):22. PMID: 31906939.
  6. Lu C, Palazuelos D, Luan Y, Sachs SE, Mitnick CD, Rhatigan J, Perry HB. Development assistance for community health workers in 114 low- and middle-income countries, 2007-2017. Bull World Health Organ. 2020 Jan 01; 98(1):30-39. PMID: 31902960.
  7. Molina RL, Villar J, Reyes A, Elliott J, Begley M, Johnson M, Palazuelos L, Montaño M, Flores H, Semrau KEA, Palazuelos D. Delivery practices and care experience during implementation of an adapted safe childbirth checklist and respectful care program in Chiapas, Mexico. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2019 Apr; 145(1):101-109. PMID: 30702140.
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  8. Carrasco H, Napier H, Giber D, Kang S, Aguerreberre M, Hing M, Silva VSTM, Montaño M, Perry H, Palazuelos D. Accompanimeter 1.0: creation and initial field testing of a tool to assess the extent to which the principles and building blocks of accompaniment are present in community health worker programs. Glob Health Action. 2019; 12(1):1699348. PMID: 31829114.
  9. Palazuelos D, Dhillon R, Nelson AK, Savage KP, Conover R, Katz JT, Rhatigan JJ. Training Toward a Movement: Career Development Insights From the First 7 Years of a Global Health Equity Residency. J Grad Med Educ. 2018 Oct; 10(5):509-516. PMID: 30386475.
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  10. Amanuel H, Palazuelos D, Reyes A, Montaño M, Flores H, Molina RL. "Morir En Camino": Community Narratives about Childbirth Care in Rural Chiapas. Glob Public Health. 2019 03; 14(3):396-406. PMID: 30146951.
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  11. Patel S, Zambruni JP, Palazuelos D, Legesse H, Ndiaye NF, Detjen A, Aboubaker S. Rethinking the scale up of Integrated Management of Childhood Illness. BMJ. 2018 Jul 30; 362:k2993. PMID: 30061095.
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  12. Duan K, McBain R, Flores H, Rodriguez Garza F, Nigenda G, Palazuelos L, Palazuelos D, Moreno Lázaro E, Enríquez Ríos N, Elliott PF. Implementation and clinical effectiveness of a community-based non-communicable disease treatment programme in rural Mexico: a difference-in-differences analysis. Health Policy Plan. 2018 Jul 01; 33(6):707-714. PMID: 29697772.
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  13. Palazuelos D, Farmer PE, Mukherjee J. Community health and equity of outcomes: the Partners In Health experience. Lancet Glob Health. 2018 05; 6(5):e491-e493. PMID: 29653618.
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  14. Newman PM, Franke MF, Arrieta J, Carrasco H, Elliott P, Flores H, Friedman A, Graham S, Martinez L, Palazuelos L, Savage K, Tymeson H, Palazuelos D. Community health workers improve disease control and medication adherence among patients with diabetes and/or hypertension in Chiapas, Mexico: an observational stepped-wedge study. BMJ Glob Health. 2018; 3(1):e000566. PMID: 29527344.
  15. Im DD, Palazuelos L, Xu L, Molina RL, Palazuelos D, Sullivan MM. A Community-Based Approach to Cervical Cancer Prevention: Lessons Learned in Rural Guatemala. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2018; 12(1):45-54. PMID: 29606692.
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  16. Rogers JH, Jabateh L, Beste J, Wagenaar BH, McBain R, Palazuelos D, Wickett E, Oswald C, Napier HG, Toomey-Garbo J. Impact of community-based adherence support on treatment outcomes for tuberculosis, leprosy and HIV/AIDS-infected individuals in post-Ebola Liberia. Glob Health Action. 2018; 11(1):1522150. PMID: 30270812.
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  17. Arrieta J, Aguerrebere M, Raviola G, Flores H, Elliott P, Espinosa A, Reyes A, Ortiz-Panozo E, Rodriguez-Gutierrez EG, Mukherjee J, Palazuelos D, Franke MF. Validity and Utility of the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)-2 and PHQ-9 for Screening and Diagnosis of Depression in Rural Chiapas, Mexico: A Cross-Sectional Study. J Clin Psychol. 2017 Sep; 73(9):1076-1090. PMID: 28195649.
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  18. Perry HB, Dhillon RS, Liu A, Chitnis K, Panjabi R, Palazuelos D, Koffi AK, Kandeh JN, Camara M, Camara R, Nyenswah T. Community health worker programmes after the 2013-2016 Ebola outbreak. Bull World Health Organ. 2016 Jul 01; 94(7):551-3. PMID: 27429495.
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  19. Palazuelos D, Dhillon R. In Reply to Lukolyo and Haq and to Loh. Acad Med. 2016 Feb; 91(2):162-3. PMID: 26813647.
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  20. Palazuelos D, Dhillon R. Addressing the "Global Health Tax" and "Wild Cards": Practical Challenges to Building Academic Careers in Global Health. Acad Med. 2016 Jan; 91(1):30-5. PMID: 26244256.
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  21. Morris JE, Palazuelos D. The health implications of deportation policy. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2015 May; 26(2):406-9. PMID: 25913338.
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  22. Van Wieren A, Palazuelos L, Elliott PF, Arrieta J, Flores H, Palazuelos D. Service, training, mentorship: first report of an innovative education-support program to revitalize primary care social service in Chiapas, Mexico. Glob Health Action. 2014 Dec; 7(1):25139. PMID: 28672470.
  23. Van Wieren A, Palazuelos L, Elliott PF, Arrieta J, Flores H, Palazuelos D. Service, training, mentorship: first report of an innovative education-support program to revitalize primary care social service in Chiapas, Mexico. Glob Health Action. 2014; 7:25139. PMID: 25371083.
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  24. Flores H, Van Wieren A, Palazuelos L, Elliott P, Palazuelos D. An education-support program that addresses many of the shortcomings of medical social service in Mexico. Salud Publica Mex. 2014 Sep-Oct; 56(5):427-9. PMID: 25604286.
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  25. Molina RL, Palazuelos D. Navigating and circumventing a fragmented health system: the patient's pathway in the Sierra Madre Region of Chiapas, Mexico. Med Anthropol Q. 2014 Mar; 28(1):23-43. PMID: 24599654.
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  26. Palazuelos D, Diallo AB, Palazuelos L, Carlile N, Payne JD, Franke MF. User Perceptions of an mHealth Medicine Dosing Tool for Community Health Workers. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2013 Apr 04; 1(1):e2. PMID: 25100670.
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  27. Palazuelos D, Ellis K, Im DD, Peckarsky M, Schwarz D, Farmer DB, Dhillon R, Johnson A, Orihuela C, Hackett J, Bazile J, Berman L, Ballard M, Panjabi R, Ternier R, Slavin S, Lee S, Selinsky S, Mitnick CD. 5-SPICE: the application of an original framework for community health worker program design, quality improvement and research agenda setting. Glob Health Action. 2013 Apr 03; 6:19658. PMID: 23561023.
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  28. Palazuelos D, Ellis K, DaEun Im D, Peckarsky M, Schwarz D, Bertrand Farmer D, Dhillon R, Johnson A, Orihuela C, Hackett J, Bazile J, Berman L, Ballard M, Panjabi R, Ternier R, Slavin S, Lee S, Selinsky S, Diane Mitnick C. 5-SPICE: the application of an original framework for community health worker program design, quality improvement and research agenda setting. Glob Health Action. 2013 Jan; 6(1):19658. PMID: 28140955.
  29. Palazuelos D. . Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. What inspires action in Global Health?. 2012; 2(2):E6-10.
  30. Palazuelos D, Payne JD, Dalal AK. Test result management in global health settings. Glob Adv Health Med. 2012 Sep; 1(4):42-6. PMID: 24278831.
  31. Macher AD, Palazuelos D, Maviglia SM. Fatty emaciation: a case report of suspected fat overload syndrome in oral refeeding. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2012 Jul; 36(4):481-4. PMID: 22301330.
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  32. Palazuelos D. What inspires action in global health? Narrat Inq Bioeth. 2012; 2(2):E6-E10. PMID: 24406839.
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  33. Palazuelos, D. Encyclopedia of Plague, Pestilence and Pandemic. Overview of Diagnostic Techniques in Epidemics. 2008.
  34. Palazuelos, D. Encyclopedia of Plague, Pestilence and Pandemic. Anatomy Overview. 2008.
  35. Broockman L, and Palazuelos D. Encyclopedia of Plague, Pestilence and Pandemic. Capitalism and Epidemic Disease. 2008.
  36. Palazuelos, D. Encyclopedia of Plague, Pestilence and Pandemic. Cervical Cancer as an Epidemic Disease. 2008.
  37. Palazuelos, D. Encyclopedia of Plague, Pestilence and Pandemic. The Social Construction of Disease in Epidemics. 2008.
  38. Palazuelos D, . Harvard Global Health Review, Volume II, Number I, Winter 2010. “Community Participation: who participates, who decides?”.
  39. Palazuelos D, and Linnea C, . University Press of New England, In Manuscript, going to press 2013. “Mexico and Chiapas,” In: Moody D, and Krasnoff MJ editors. Building Partnerships in the Americas: A Guide for Global Health Workers,.
  40. Palazuelos D, Diallo AB, Palazuelos L, Carlile N, Payne J, Franke M. . Accepted for publication 2013 in Journal of Medical Internet Research’s inaugural mHealth issue 2013. User Perceptions of an mHealth Medicine Dosing Tool for Community Health Workers (CHWs).
  41. Palazuelos D, et al. . Accepted for publication 2013 in Global Health Action. 5-SPICE: the Application of an Original Framework for Community Health Worker Program Design, Quality Improvement and Research Agenda Setting.
  42. Palazuelos D,. Harvard Health Policy Review, 2011. “Pressing Community Health Work”.
  43. Leonard RM, Palazuelos D. . Accepted for publication in Medical Anthropology Quarterly, to be published 2013. Navigating and circumnavigating a fragmented health system: The patient’s pathway in the Sierra Madre Region of Chiapas, Mexico.
  44. Earth Institute. 2011 (technical task force representative for Partners In Health). One Million Community Health Workers: Technical Task Force Report.
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