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Andrés Villaveces

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Dr Andrés Villaveces is a research associate at the Cisalva Institute, University of El Valle, Cali, Colombia where he participates in studies on firearm injury risk factors. He earned a medical degree at the Escuela Colombiana de Medicina in Bogotá, Colombia. He completed a masters degree in public health at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia with a scholarship from the Japan-Inter-American Development Bank Scholarship Program. His work in public health in Colombia led him to the field of injury prevention, specifically to the prevention of homicides due to firearms. He completed doctoral studies in epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Seattle, Washington. His dissertation focused on the effects of alcohol related laws on mortality due to traffic injuries. As a research associate of the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center at the University of Washington, he collaborated on studies of alcohol consumption and traffic injuries and firearm safety storage devices and suicide.

Andrés worked as a medical officer at the Department of Injuries and Violence Prevention at the WHO in Geneva, Switzerland. There, with input from researchers from academic institutions around the world, he developed the TEACH-VIP injury prevention curriculum and coauthored WHO policy documents on violence prevention.

Andrés worked on a road traffic safety project in Uganda as a consultant for the Transport Research Laboratory and the Leeds School of Medicine, UK. He has also consulted on injury prevention projects for the Small Arms Survey of the University of Geneva and the Centre for Humanitarian Action, both in Geneva, Switzerland, the European Office of the WHO, Rome, Italy, and the Pan-American Health Organization, Washington, DC.

In addition he has participated in injury prevention training courses in Colombia, Mexico, Vietnam, and Uganda. Andrés is interested in developing injury prevention training activities and research in low and middle income countries as well as using epidemiologic methods to help understand local problems.


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