Plenary Speaker

Orielle Solar, Regional Advisor Social Determinants of Health, Pan American Health Organization
Santiago, Chile


Dr. Orielle Solar is Regional Advisor of Social determinants of Health at WHO/PAHO. She holds an MD and master’s degrees in Public health and epidemiology and in Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences, and is a specialist in occupational health. Between 2008 and 2010 she served as Chief Cabinet Secretary for Health at the Ministry of Health in Chile, leading a variety of projects related to the social determinants of health, health inequalities, and health in all policies. Her primary areas of expertise include equity of access, occupational health, health inequities, social determinants of health, intersectoral action and Health in All Policies. Her work experience has focused on public health, health services (1992-2000), and occupational and environmental health as director of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Pollution Public Health Institute (2000-2004). Between 2004 and 2008 Dr. Solar worked at WHO-Geneva in the Department of Equity, Poverty and Social Determinants of Health (EIR), where she was a member of the technical secretariat of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health WHO. Her main contributions to the Commission included the development of its theoretical framework and work as technical coordinator of the knowledge network on employment conditions and inequality in health. Dr. Solar has been part of the working group on inter-sectoral policies and pro equity policy integration promoted by WHO since 2007. She was director of the Health, employment, equity program (TEES) at the Faculty of Latin America of Social Science in Chile, and she is a Professor at the Institute of Public Health at the School of Medicine of the University of Chile. 

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