Boards and committees

General tasks

The AdvB will be the major advisory body and it will also set up strategies to extend MyHealth far beyond the current involved countries. Its member are the collaborating stakeholers.

The tasks of collaborating stakeholders and /or External Experts will be to give scientific advice on project development and to help in solving any potential scientific problem that might occur during the study.  Furthermore, they will be involved in tasks of dissemination. They will meet formally once during the whole project (Month 24), coinciding with the general assembly of MyHealth. They represent our advisory board, and the chair will be elected at the beginning of the project. They will be regularly informed on the advances of the project by the Project Coordinator.



TEYMUR NOORI (man)- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Expert HIV. Sweden. CHAIRMAN.

Teymur Noori works at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). He joined ECDC in 2007 and has been leading the work to monitor the HIV response in Europe through the framework of the Dublin Declaration on HIV/AIDS on Partnership to fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia. His leadership in the area of monitoring and evaluation has resulted in his membership to the UNAIDS Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group whose role it has been to support global efforts to monitor the HIV response. The work around the Dublin Declaration monitoring has resulted in multiple biennial reports on everything from key population report, evidence briefs on issues around financing the HIV response, pre-exposure prophylaxis, HIV testing and HIV treatment. His latest contribution to the understanding of the HIV response is the work he has conducted with colleagues on the continuum of HIV care in the region, including assessing how countries are performing against the global 90-90-90 targets to end AIDS by 2020.. He has initiated and led the work in Europe bringing together the clinical cohorts and public health surveillance leads in efforts to optimise measure on the continuum of care, which has resulted in high quality publications of international importance.

Since 2007, he is also leading ECDCs work on migrant health and infectious diseases. His contribution to the understanding of HIV and migrant health has been particularly important and his contribution to the scientific literature in this field has helped galvanise efforts to improve responses to HIV among key affected migrant populations in Europe. He is currently leading European efforts to develop evidence-based guidance on screening for infectious diseases among newly arrived migrant to the EU/EEA. This is the first time such guidance has been developed on a European level and will help support EU/EEA Member States target efforts to prevent and assess key infectious diseases affecting migrant populations.

MARGARITA ALEGRIA (woman) , PhD Chief of the Disparities Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. United States.

Margarita Alegría, PhD is the Chief of the Disparities Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Alegría is currently the PI of four National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research studies: The International Latino Research Partnership; Effects of Social Context, Culture and Minority Status on Depression and Anxiety; Building Community Capacity for Disability Prevention for Minority Elders; and Mechanisms Underlying Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Mental Disorders. She is also the PI of a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) project: Effectiveness of DECIDE in Patient-Provider Communication, Therapeutic Alliance, and Care Continuation. Dr. Alegría has published over 200 papers, editorials, intervention training manuals, as well as several book chapters on topics such as improvement of health care services, delivery for diverse racial and ethnic populations, conceptual and methodological issues with multicultural populations, and ways to bring the community’s perspective into the design and implementation of health services.

As an acknowledgement of her contributions to her field, Dr. Alegría has been widely recognized and cited. Among her awards are the Mental Health Section Award of the American Public Health Association, 2003; the Health Disparities Innovation Award from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2008; and the Award of Excellence from the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse in 2011. In October 2011, she was elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Alegría was selected as El Planeta’s (Massachusetts’s largest circulating Spanish language newspaper) 2013’s Powermeter 100 most influential people for the Hispanic community in Massachusetts. Most recently, Dr. Alegria received the 2016 Cynthia Lucero Latino Mental Health Award from William James College.


ANDREA LORETO AVARIA SAAVEDRA (woman), Interdisciplinary Program of Migratory Studies, Faculty of Sociology, Alberto Hurtado University, Santiago de Chile, Chile.

Andrea Loreto Avaria Saavedra received her PhD in Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology from the University of Barcelona. Saavedra carried out research related to the body (embodiment-embodiment), health, Chagas disease, and migration within the Ecuadorian and Bolivian migrant population in Barcelona. Additionally, Saavedra received a Master’s in Anthropology and Development from the University of Chile, and studied Social Services at the University of the Border.

Saavedra is part of the PRIEM, Interdisciplinary Program of Migratory Studies, and Faculty of Sociology at the Alberto Hurtado University in Santiago, Chile. As Faculty of Sociology, she has opened the line of Health and Migrations within the program.

Saavedra is currently developing a research project with national funds, FONDECYT. Her research addresses the complexities of motherhood within the domestic and foreign-migrant women population, regarding public health and private health systems. She also teaches undergraduate courses in social research and anthropology along with postgraduate courses in migration and intercultural health issues. With her experience with the implementation of social policies in primary and secondary health care, she has developed training courses in health and intercultural issues.

Her lines of research include the implementation of social policies, health and migrations, and Chagas disease in non-endemic contexts. She is developing lines of research on health care issues including the crisis of care in Chile, and she has published in these lines of research.

Saavedra also has experience in topics including popular education, training, and social organization.  She participates actively in international organizations of people affected by Chagas disease, supporting in the strengthening of these processes. She has skills in planning, project evaluation and qualitative social research.


M LUISA VÁZQUEZ (woman), MD, PhD, MSc. Health Policy and Health Services Research Group. Health Policy Research Unit, Head. Consorci de Salut i Social de Catalunya, Spain.

Dr. Vázquez is a physician, Public health specialist, Master in Health Policy, Planning and Financing (London School of Economics/ London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine University of London) and PhD (University of Heidelberg) with extensive experience in international health at the European level. She started her career as a researcher at the Institute of Tropical Hygiene and Public Health at the University of Heidelberg in 1985. In 1993, she moved to Liverpool where she continued as a lecturer at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (UK) before moving to Spain in 1998. She is currently head of the Health Policy Research Unit of Consortium for Health and Social Care of Catalonia and the coordinator of the Health Policy and Health Services Research Group. During the last 28 years, she has developed widespread experience in health systems and policy research in Latin America and Europe. To conduct this research, she has received funding from different sources including the European Commission’s FP programmes and the Spanish Ministry of Health amongst others. She is also currently the coordinator of an international research project (Equity LA II), funded by the EC FP7, with participation from 8 countries. With this project, she is focussing on the best techniques to improve coordination of care.

Her research experience has been translated in several scientific publications (books and papers) as well as in different resources for health services. She aims to contribute to the strengthening of public health systems and to the universal access to healthcare by providing evidence to inform policy. Her research focuses on integration of healthcare and its implication for access to care and equity of access, care coordination, quality and continuity; particularly for vulnerable populations, and among them, migrants. In the specific field of migrants’ health, she focuses on the provision of care to migrants, analysing the policy responses to the challenge of providing care to a diverse population and ensuring equitable access to quality healthcare—how these policies are implemented in the practice of the health services, the needs for support of the health professionals in providing care to a diverse population; barriers and facilitators of migrants access to health care and changes in the context of the economic crisis in Spain. She intends to extend the analysis of the changes in migrants’ access to care within the economic crisis to other countries in Europe, with different health and welfare systems, to identify most adequate responses for each particular context.


MAWA N’DYAYE (man)- Youth technician in the area participation Catalan Youth Agency of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.

Mawa received his Bachelor of Work Science in 2011 from UOC, graduate direction and management of nonprofit organizations in Barcelona in 2000, a diploma in Social Work, specializing in Organization and Community Development from National School of Social Worker (Dakar approved in 1997) and a diploma elementary in Philosophy level I from Cheikh Anta DIOP University (1990).

He is currently a part of the agent health program in community health UMTIVI (Unit for Tropical Diseases, Vaccinations Imported and International). Shipyards. Prior, from 1999 to 2001, he was involved with the Young Agent health point Old Town, Barcelona. In 2001 to 2003 he was responsible for the Mobilization of community and was issued a project through the UMTIVI).

Previously, he was also the coordinator and Head of health workers training program in community health UMTIVI / ACSAR in Barcelona. Now, he is currently a project Coordinator issued.

Mawa is involved with the Health Immigration and Multiculturalism in the Institute for Health Education (IES) and Red Cross College Terrace. He has a Postgraduate Master ADI Setem in Health Development Cooperation. He is the creator of a Health Agent course for Diversity and Intercultural Communications. He works with immigrant families Sub-Saharan Sergi Foundation and has traditional medical knowledge Course Saharan Africa.  January 2003 until now Youth technician in the area participation Catalan Youth Agency of the Generalitat de Catalunya


CHRIS GREENAWAY (woman) MD, FRCPC, MSc. Associate Professor, McGill University and Attending Physician, Jewish General Hospital. Quebec, Canada.

Dr. Chris Greenaway is an attending physician in the Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Laboratory Medicine at the Jewish General Hospital, staff physician at the JD Maclean Tropical Medicine Centre at McGill, a Research Scientist at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Community Studies at the Jewish General Hospital, and Associate Member of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University. Her research is focused on health issues related to immigrants and refugees, measuring the burden of infectious diseases in this population, and designing interventions to decrease their burden. Since 2007, she has been a Steering Committee Member for the Canadian Collaboration on Immigrant and Refugee Health (CCIRH), a national collaboration that includes specialists, primary care practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and immigrant community leaders dedicated to improving the health of immigrants and refugees. They have developed, and recently published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, "Evidence Based Clinical Care Guidelines for Immigrants and Refugees."  Dr. Greenaway was the first author on sections of the guidelines pertaining to tuberculosis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, childhood vaccine preventable diseases, and varicella, and a co-author on the section on intestinal parasites.  She is supported by a Career Award (Clinician-Scientist Junior 2) from the Fond de la research en santé de Quebec (FRSQ).

Her major research focus has been on measuring the incidence/prevalence, and associated morbidity and mortality, of infectious diseases in immigrants and refugees after arrival, and designing targeted interventions to decrease this burden. Since coming to the JGH in 2011, she has undertaken observational studies (cross-sectional and large linked cohort studies) to determine the susceptibility to childhood vaccine preventable diseases including varicella, and the rates of morbidity and mortality due to viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, and intestinal parasites in the immigrant population.  She is conducting several systematic reviews and meta-analyses on the burden of different infectious disease in the immigrant population and the effectiveness of immigrant tuberculosis screening programs. She has also published a cost-effectiveness analysis to determine the optimal vaccination strategy to decrease the burden varicella has on the immigrant population, and is conducting another on measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR).  She has been involved, with the CCIRH, in developing evidence-based clinical care guidelines for newly arrived immigrants that are targeted at primary care practitioners with an objective of improving the health of the immigrant population.  She will be involved in an extensive knowledge translation plan for dissemination of these guidelines.