Saint Louis University

Guatemala Fulbright scholar
Christian Alvarez Privado, left, and his faculty mentor Sarah Patrick, MPH, Ph.D. Submitted photo

Christian Alvarez Privado, a Fulbright scholar from Guatemala who is earning his master's in public health in epidemiology from the College for Public Health and Social Justice, and faculty mentor, Sarah Patrick, MPH, Ph.D., are providing lectures and hands-on workshops in June at Privado's undergraduate alma mater, San Carlos University, in Guatemala City. Their host, vice chancellor of research, Jorge Luis De Leon Arana, Ph.D., first visited St. Louis in April and participated in the University's annual ATLAS week.

Privado is currently evaluating the cervical cancer surveillance systems in Latin American and Caribbean countries to help guide the Guatemala Ministry of Health in developing an improved system. He will also provide the Pan American Health Organization information requested from the SLU team about the minimal dataset needed to track cervical cancer deaths among women in the region.

Privado's hopes are to obtain his doctoral degree in epidemiology from SLU when his Fulbright is completed and to return to Guatemala to start a comprehensive cancer registry.