Sonia E. Ruiz, Ph. D.

Sonia Ruiz Chiriboga is Director for Latin America in Global Services with Johns Hopkins Medicine International. She received her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, where she was a predoctoral fellow in the Kellogg Fellows in Health Policy Research program.

Research Interests and Projects

Ruiz is committed to improving the health of vulnerable populations domestically and internationally. She worked on several projects to strengthen Latin American health systems. Ruiz Chiriboga has also been a policy analyst in minority health and HIV/AIDS for the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. There, she developed issue briefs and policy papers, notably a report summarizing racial and ethnic differences in cardiac care. In addition, she worked for the National Council of La Raza, leading the efforts to help Latino communities nationwide enroll their children in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. In 1997, Ruiz Chiriboga was awarded the Hispanic Academic Excellence Senior Award at the University of Maryland. Ruiz Chiriboga’s research interests include ways to strengthen health systems and human resources to improve quality, focused on indicators of performance, patient safety and administration. She is also interested in demographic and health surveys that would measure socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities and in global health architecture and policy development. In her dissertation, Ruiz Chiriboga evaluated the impact of health system reforms on health care use, health outcomes and equity in vulnerable populations, including women and children and racial/ethnic minorities.

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Ruiz Chiriboga, S. (April/June 2009) Incremental Health System Reform: Ecuador’s Law for the Provision of Free Maternity and Child Care. Special Issue on Primary Care in Latin America & Caribbean, Journal of Ambulatory Care Management 32(2):80-90.

Mulreany, S.J., Sapsin, J., Ruiz, S. and Calikoglu, S. (January 2006) Water Privatization & Public Health in Latin America. Rev Panam Salud Publica 19(1):23-32.

Author or contributor to the following:

(October 2003) D.C. Health Survey. Washington D.C.: Kaiser Family Foundation.

(October 2003) Women & HIV/AIDS Key Facts & Fact Sheet. Washington, D.C.: Kaiser Family Foundation

(September 2003) African Americans & HIV/AIDS Key Facts & Fact Sheet. Washington, D.C.: Kaiser Family Foundation.

(July 2003) Latino & HIV/AIDS Key Facts & Fact Sheet. Washington, D.C.: Kaiser Family Foundation.

(January 2003) Compendium of Cultural Competence Initiatives in Health Care. Washington, D.C.: Kaiser Family Foundation.

(November 2002) Southern States AIDS Epidemiology & Sources of Coverage Reports. Washington, D.C.: Kaiser Family Foundation.

(October 2002) Racial/Ethnic Differences in Cardiac Care Report: The Weight of the Evidence. Washington, D.C.: Kaiser Family Foundation.

(June 2001) Funder’s Federal Youth Policy Briefing Baltimore, MD: International Youth Foundation, U.S.

(May 2000) The U.S.–Mexico Border Community-Based Immunization Project Report. Washington, D.C.: National Council of La Raza.

(August 1998) Children’s Health Insurance Program Communications Handbook. Washington, D.C.: Burson-Marstellar/National Council of La Raza

(March 1998) Latino Children’s Health Insurance Initiative Bilingual Training Manual. Washington, D.C. National Council of La Raza.

(June 1998) Latino (documented & undocumented) Accessibility to Social & Health Care Services in Mt. Pleasant, Adams Morgan, & Columbia Heights. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University.