Education MD, Tecnologico de Monterrey (ITESM) MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Hector Carrasco, MD, MPH, is a physician and public health professional with degrees from the Tecnologico de Monterrey (ITESM) and Johns Hopkins, with a strong interest in health systems strengthening through community engagement. After finishing his MD, he went to work as a physician with Partners in Health (PIH) in a mountainous community in the poorest state of México, Chiapas. There, he devoted himself to primary health care interventions in child malnutrition and maternal health. After a year, he transitioned to be the community programs coordinator at PIH México, where — based on the high burden of noncommunicable diseases there — he co-founded and implemented a community health worker program to offer accompaniment and improve clinical outcomes for 500 patients with chronic diseases in rural communities.
Currently, Hector is a DrPH candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is consulting for PAHO to delineate the community health agenda for the institution in the Americas. He believes that to effectively manage the most pressing public health challenges in the 21st century, it is necessary to create synergy and collaboration between experts, public servants, and community members.