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  • E-mailana.lorena.ruano@uib.no
  • Phone+47 988 56 866
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    Årstadveien 21 Overlege Danielssens hus
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    Postboks 7804
    5020 Bergen

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Ana Lorena Ruano is a sociologist with a PhD in Public Health from Umeå University, Sweden. Currently, she is a researcher at the Center for International Health at the University of Bergen, Norway, where she leads the ‘Strengthening Agency & Learning across Health Systems in the Americas’ (SALHSA) project focused on building capacity among early-career academics, civil society and policy and decision-makers from Latin America’s relevant public health bodies. She is also an associated researcher at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health, at Harvard Law School.

 

As a practitioner, she serves as the Research and Learning coordinator at the Center for the Study of Equity and Governance in Health Systems, (CEGSS) Guatemala, where she focuses on how institutional learning can help to better support indigenous human rights defenders in the rural highlands of Guatemala. Dr Ruano’s work uses a human rights-approach to the study of equity in health, indigenous health, maternal health, health system strengthening, participation, and accountability in low and middle-income countries.

She has served as the managing editor for the International Journal for Equity in Health since 2009.

Main collaborating countries:

  • Guatemala
  • Colombia
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Ecuador
  • Mexico
  • Ethiopia
  • Uganda

Main areas of work:

  • Health Systems and Policy Research
  • Social participation
  • Citizen-led social accountability
  • Legal empowerment
  • Indigenous people's health
  • Qualitative methods

 

I teach at the masters and doctoral level and are deeply involved in the development of skills that are equally useful for academics, policy & decision makers, and practitioners. My focus is on teaching qualitative methods, both at CIH at UiB and at Charité Medical University in Berlin, Germany. I also focus on developing skillsets for practitioners in global health through the Center for International Health's internship program.

Through SALHSA, I also train Latin American students in Spanish. Please look at the project website for more information on teaching in Spanish.

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Publications in PubMed

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2020). Global Health in the Age of COVID-19 Responsive Health Systems Through a Right to Health Fund. Health and Human Rights: An International Journal.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Readiness to treat and factors associatedwith survival of newborns with breathingdifficulties in Ethiopia. BMC Health Services Research.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Readiness to treat and factors associated with survival of newborns with breathing difficulties in Ethiopia. BMC Health Services Research.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Pathways to accountability in rural Guatemala: A qualitative comparative analysis of citizen-led initiatives for the right to health of indigenous populations. World Development. 392-401.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Showcasing the contribution of social sciences to health policy and systems research. International Journal for Equity in Health.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Oral medicine acceptance in infants and toddlers: measurement properties of the caregiver-administered Children's acceptance tool (CareCAT). BMC Pediatrics. 1-10.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Engaging with complexity to improve the health of indigenous people: a call for the use of systems thinking to tackle health inequity. International Journal for Equity in Health.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Reflections on the unintended consequences of the promotion of institutional pregnancy and birth care in Burkina Faso. PLOS ONE.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Abuse and discrimination towards indigenous people in public health care facilities: experiences from rural Guatemala. International Journal for Equity in Health.
  • Show author(s) (2015). From knowing our needs to enacting change: Findings from community consultations with indigenous communities in Bangladesh. International Journal for Equity in Health.
  • Show author(s) (2014). ‘Born before arrival’: user and provider perspectives on health facility childbirths in Kapiri Mposhi district, Zambia. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Perceptions and experiences of access to public healthcare by people with disabilities and older people in Uganda. International Journal for Equity in Health.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Perceptions and experiences of access to public healthcare by people with disabilities and older people in Uganda. International Journal for Equity in Health.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Making the post-MDG global health goals relevant for highly inequitable societies: findings from a consultation with marginalized populations in Guatemala. International Journal for Equity in Health.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Health, equity and the post-2015 agenda: raising the voices of marginalized communities. International Journal for Equity in Health.
  • Show author(s) (2014). From knowing our needs to enacting change: findings from community consultations with indigenous communities in Bangladesh. International Journal for Equity in Health.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Community participation in formulating the post-2015 health and development goal agenda: Reflections of a multi-country research collaboration. International Journal for Equity in Health.
  • Show author(s) (2013). The role of social participation in municipal-level health systems: the case of Palencia, Guatemala. Global health action.
  • Show author(s) (2013). The process of social participation in primary health care: the case of Palencia, Guatemala. Health Expectations.
  • Show author(s) (2012). It's the sense of responsibility that keeps you going': stories and experiences of participation from rural community health workers in Guatemala. Archives of Public Health.
  • Show author(s) (2011). If no-one else stands up, you have to: a story of community participation and water in rural Guatemala. Global health action.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Harvard School of Public Health/François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and HumanRightsThe President and Fellows of Harvard CollegeSocial Participation within a Context of Political Violence: Implications for the Promotionand Exercise of the Right to Health in Guatemala. Health and Human Rights: An International Journal.
Academic literature review
  • Show author(s) (2018). Community health workers and accountability: Reflections from an international "think-in". International Journal for Equity in Health.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Engaging with complexity to improve the health of indigenous people: a call for the use of systems thinking to tackle health inequity. International Journal for Equity in Health. 1-6.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Prevalence and factors associated with violence and abuse of older adults in Mexico's 2012 National Health and Nutrition Survey. International Journal for Equity in Health. 1-9.

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