Manuel Urbina

Manuel Urbina, board vice chair, has a long and distinguished career in the health arena, having served in many prominent positions including Undersecretary of Health in Mexico. He joined the Pathfinder Board in 1998.

Board Vice Chair Manuel Urbina is a co-founder of Investigacion on Salud y Demografia (Insad), an association that aims to contribute to the effectiveness and impact of governmental and nongovernmental initiatives on the issues of population and public health toward development in Mexico and throughout Latin America. Dr. Urbina is on the Faculty of Medicine at the National University and is president of the Department of Public Health and Social Medicine of the National Academy of Medicine. Prior responsibilities included Director General of Medical Services at the Social Security Institute for Government Employees, Undersecretary of Health in Mexico, General Director of the Health Services in Mexico City in 1995, Secretary General of the Mexican National Population Council in 1990, and coordinator at the national level for family planning in 1984-1989. A noted speaker and accomplished author of several books on family planning and public health, he also contributes to global population efforts as a member of both the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population and the International Committee on the Administration of Population Programs.

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