Sandra G. Garcia, Sc.D., Sc.M.

Sandra Garcia received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and Radcliffe College, and both her master’s and doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is an experienced social demographer and international public health specialist. Garcia has been with the Population Council in Mexico since 1999, previously serving as Director of Reproductive Health Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining the Council, she was the field coordinator for the Cancer Consortium of El Paso, Texas, where she worked to increase access to screening and treatment of cervical and breast cancers for Latinas. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and is an active member of the World Health Organization’s Regional Advisory Panel for Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2007, she received the Darroch Award for Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research from the Guttmacher Institute.

Research Interests and Projects

Currently Director of the Population Council’s Mexico office, Garcia is responsible for developing and implementing projects in HIV/AIDS, poverty, gender and youth, and reproductive health. Garcia’s other ongoing research projects include: analysis of findings from a recent longitudinal study of the acceptability of female-controlled barrier methods and comprehension of hierarchical STI risk-reduction messages among sex workers in the Dominican Republic; participation in a collaborative study on mainstreaming emergency contraception among vulnerable populations in a US/Mexico border city; a package of public opinion studies in Mexico City regarding the April 2007 reform in abortion legislation; a collaborative study with Guttmacher Institute and the Colegio de México to update national estimates of the incidence of unsafe abortion, including a complementary study on self-use of misoprostol in Mexican pharmacies; and a package of studies on barriers to Mexican physician's uptake of magnesium sulfate for the prevention and treatment of severe pre-eclampsia and eclampsia.

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Wilson, K., Eggleston, E., Diaz-Olavarrieta, C., and Garcia, S.(2010) HIV/STI risk among male Mexican immigrants in Dallas, Texas: findings from a pilot study. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. In press.

García, Sandra G., Becker, Davida, Martínez, Patricia, Paz, Francisco, and Díaz Olavarrieta, Claudia. (2008) Knowledge and opinions of emergency contraceptive pills among female factory workers in Tijuana, Mexico: Insights from a worksite intervention. Studies in Family Plannin, 39(3):199- 210.

Díaz Olavarrieta, Claudia, García, Sandra G., Feldman, Becca Seitchik , Martinez Polis, Alberto, Revollo, Rita, Tinajeros, Freddy, and Grossman, Daniel. (June 2009) Maternal syphilis and domestic violence in Bolivia: A gender-based analysis of implications for partner notification and universal screening. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 34:7. S42-6.

Garcia, Sandra G., Tinajeros, Freddy, Revollo, Rita, Yam, Eileen A., Richmond, Kara, Diaz-Olavarrieta, Claudia, andGrossman, Daniel. (December 13, 2006) Demonstrating Public Health at Work: A Demonstration Project of Congenital Syphilis Prevention Efforts in Bolivia. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Pre-Pub.

Levin, Carol E., Steele, Matthew, Atherly, Deborah, Garcia, Sandra G., Tinajeros, Freddy, Revollo, Rita, Richmond, Kara, Diaz-Olavarrieta, Claudia, Martin, Tom, Floriano, Florencia, Massango, Isabel, and Gloyd, Stephen. (January 10, 2007) Analysis of the Operational Costs of Using Rapid Syphilis Tests for the Detection of Maternal Syphilis in Bolivia and Mozambique.Sexually Transmitted Diseases. NEED CITE

Diaz-Olavarrieta, C., Garcia, S., Richmond, K., Revollo, R., Wilson, K, and Paz, F. (2009) Co-occurrence of intimate partner violence and syphilis among pregnant women in Bolivia, Journal of Women’s Health 18(12):1-10.

Palermo, Tia M., Wilson, Kate S., García, Sandra G., and Díaz Olavarrieta, Claudia. (2010) Abortion and women’s roles in society: Opinions from Tlaxcala, Mexico. Salud Pública de Méxic. 52(1):54