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Daniel Palazuelos, M.D.

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Brown University, Providence, RIBA5/1999English and American Literature
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RIMD5/2004Medicine
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MAMPH5/2009Public Health - Clinical Effectiveness
Oxford University, Mansfield College, Oxford, UK5/1998Poetry

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). During the COVID-19 pandemic, he served as the Technical Lead for the PIH-US Public Health Accompaniment Unit's work supporting migrant workers in Immokalee, Florida.

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.





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. Ballard M, Olsen HE, Whidden C, Ressler D, Metz L, Millear A, Palazuelos D, Choudhury N, Munyaneza F, Diane R, Lue K, Bobozi PÉ, Raut A, Ramarson A, Andrianomenjanahary M, Finnegan K, Westgate C, Omwanda W, Wang L, Citrin D, Rogers A, Aron MB, Christiansen M, Watsemba A, Adamjee R, Yembrick A. Lessons from an eight-country community health data harmonization collaborative. Glob Health Action. 2022 12 31; 15(1):2015743. PMID: 35114900.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  2. Wroe EB, Nhlema B, Dunbar EL, Kulinkina AV, Kachimanga C, Aron M, Dullie L, Makungwa H, Chabwera B, Phiri B, Nazimera L, Ndarama EPL, Michaelis A, McBain R, Brown C, Palazuelos D, Lilford R, Watson SI. A household-based community health worker programme for non-communicable disease, malnutrition, tuberculosis, HIV and maternal health: a stepped-wedge cluster randomised controlled trial in Neno District, Malawi. BMJ Glob Health. 2021 09; 6(9). PMID: 34526321.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  3. Santos-Guzman J, Gonzalez-Salazar F, Martínez-Ozuna G, Jimenez V, Luviano A, Palazuelos D, Fernandez-Flores RI, Manzano-Camarillo M, Picazzo-Palencia E, Gasca-Sanchez F, Mejia-Velazquez GM. Epidemiologic Impacts in Acute Infectious Disease Associated with Catastrophic Climate Events Related to Global Warming in the Northeast of Mexico. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 04 22; 18(9). PMID: 33921966.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  4. Duan KI, Rodriguez Garza F, Flores H, Palazuelos D, Maza J, Martinez-Juarez LA, Elliott PF, Moreno Lázaro E, Enriquez Rios N, Nigenda G, Palazuelos L, McBain RK. Economic evaluation of a novel community-based diabetes care model in rural Mexico: a cost and cost-effectiveness study. BMJ Open. 2021 04 07; 11(4):e046826. PMID: 33827847.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  5. Palazuelos D, Jabateh LM, Choi M, Jimenez A, Hing M, Iberico MM, Nhlema B, Wroe E. Early Lessons From Launching an Innovative Community Health Household Model Across 3 Country Contexts. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2021 03 15; 9(Suppl 1):S168-S178. PMID: 33727328.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  6. Gichaga A, Masis L, Chandra A, Palazuelos D, Wakaba N. Mind the Global Community Health Funding Gap. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2021 03 15; 9(Suppl 1):S9-S17. PMID: 33727316.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  7. Ballard M, Westgate C, Alban R, Choudhury N, Adamjee R, Schwarz R, Bishop J, McLaughlin M, Flood D, Finnegan K, Rogers A, Olsen H, Johnson A, Palazuelos D, Schechter J. Compensation models for community health workers: Comparison of legal frameworks across five countries. J Glob Health. 2021 Feb 15; 11:04010. PMID: 33692894.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  8. Frank PJ, Schreck KE, Steinmetz A, Carlson ES, Stasieluk C, Borah B, Reiser H, Garcia L, Kafensztok R, Medernach B, Palazuelos D. Transformative Global Health Pedagogy: A Dinner Curriculum for Medical Students and Residents. MedEdPORTAL. 2020 12 03; 16:11044. PMID: 33324750.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. O'Donovan J, Hamala R, Nalubwama M, Ameniko M, Govina G, Gray N, Panjabi R, Palazuelos D, Namanda AS. Roles for mHealth to support Community Health Workers addressing COVID-19. Glob Health Promot. 2021 03; 28(1):60-64. PMID: 33176572.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. 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.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  11. 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.
    Citations: 37     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  12. 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.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. 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.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. 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.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. 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.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. 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.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  17. 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.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  18. 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.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. 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.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. 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.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  21. 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.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  22. 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.
    Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. 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.
    Citations: 23     Fields:    
  24. 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.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. 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.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. 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.
    Citations: 40     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. 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.
    Citations: 36     Fields:    
  28. Palazuelos D, Dhillon R. In Reply to Lukolyo and Haq and to Loh. Acad Med. 2016 Feb; 91(2):162-3. PMID: 26813647.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  29. 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.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  30. Morris JE, Palazuelos D. The health implications of deportation policy. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2015 May; 26(2):406-9. PMID: 25913338.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  33. 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.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  34. 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.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  35. 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.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    
  36. 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.
    Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  37. 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.
  38. Palazuelos D. . Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. What inspires action in Global Health?. 2012; 2(2):E6-10.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  41. Palazuelos D. What inspires action in global health? Narrat Inq Bioeth. 2012; 2(2):E6-E10. PMID: 24406839.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  42. Palazuelos, D. Encyclopedia of Plague, Pestilence and Pandemic. Overview of Diagnostic Techniques in Epidemics. 2008.
  43. Palazuelos, D. Encyclopedia of Plague, Pestilence and Pandemic. Anatomy Overview. 2008.
  44. Broockman L, and Palazuelos D. Encyclopedia of Plague, Pestilence and Pandemic. Capitalism and Epidemic Disease. 2008.
  45. Palazuelos, D. Encyclopedia of Plague, Pestilence and Pandemic. Cervical Cancer as an Epidemic Disease. 2008.
  46. Palazuelos, D. Encyclopedia of Plague, Pestilence and Pandemic. The Social Construction of Disease in Epidemics. 2008.
  47. Palazuelos D, . Harvard Global Health Review, Volume II, Number I, Winter 2010. “Community Participation: who participates, who decides?”.
  48. 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,.
  49. 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).
  50. 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.
  51. Palazuelos D,. Harvard Health Policy Review, 2011. “Pressing Community Health Work”.
  52. 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.
  53. Earth Institute. 2011 (technical task force representative for Partners In Health). One Million Community Health Workers: Technical Task Force Report.
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