Our newest area of effort, working in the Americas is now a reality for HAF. These programs range from the creation of the Healthy Americas Institute at the University of Southern California to our work with the Mexican government to foster civil society partnerships that promote health.
The Healthy Americas Foundation leadership role in this work provides a vehicle to support effective community based programs throughout the Americas. Our work also support efforts with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO). Building on this and other existing relationships, HAF works to create a future marked by promise and evidenced by renewal. For example, HAF collaborated with Dr. Pedro Orduñez, Advisor, Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Division at PAHO, to foster effective community-based practices in chronic disease prevention and management. This work included a meeting of the Americas in Bogota, Colombia cohosted by PAHO, the Alliance, and HAF to highlight effective work and bring together the governmental and civic sectors in an Americas partnership to advance the U.N Resolution on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases; a meeting in Mexico City to review the role of government with respect to sugar sweetened beverages; and most recently a meeting in Panama City to develop a health promotion and disease prevention program with respect to HPV and cervical cancer.