Dr. Nicole Valentine, Health and Equity Technical Officer, World Health Organization (WHO) Geneva, Switzerland
Dr. Valentine has over 20 years of international experience at WHO across multiple public health topics. Between 2000 and 2007 she led the team developing the global metrics and survey questionnaires for health systems' responsiveness and served in the Secretariat of the global Commission on Social Determinants of Health, where she co-led the work stream with policymakers. She has held the positions of Acting Coordinator/Head of the Equitable Health Systems and Policy unit and of the Equity and Heath Unit. She launched the WHO global Health in All Policies capacity building programme in 2015, which supported workshops in a number of countries in all WHO regions, targeting government civil servants, health policy makers and educators. Most recently, her work on the social determinants of health has focused on developing a learning initiative for countries on addressing the social determinants of health, and evidence gathering on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on health equity through the social determinants. Prior to joining WHO, Dr. Valentine worked at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, where she undertook teaching and led policy and service research projects on national health accounts, out-of-pocket expenditures, health district performance assessments and quality of care for local, provincial and the national government. She holds Bachelors' degrees and a Master of Economics from the University of Cape Town, a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a PhD in Public Health from the Erasmus Medical Centre in The Netherlands.
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