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Associate Scientist
Andres Vecino-Ortiz

Departmental Affiliations

Health Systems

Andres Vecino, MD, PhD '16, MSc, uses economics theory and methods to improve health systems in lower and middle-income countries with a focus on Latin America.

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Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Universidad de los Andes
Universidad Javeriana
I am a health economist working on health systems issues with a special focus on the economics of prevention of NCDs and injuries in Latin America.

Moreover, I have worked on a broader portfolio of health systems issues including fiscal policy for health, health financing, emergency care, stress and mental health, m-Health and digital health, health and workplace insurance, and COVID-19.

Given the increasingly important role of multisectoral engagement to prevent NCDs and injuries, I have also become particularly interested in the translation of research for policy-makers. Through this work, I have produced tools to help them to prioritize and take decisions in current health policy issues.

I am also an elected member to the Board of Directors of Health Systems Global for the period 2018-2022.

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Selected publications
  • Vecino-Ortiz AI, Congote JV, Bedoya SZ, Cucunuba ZM. Impact of contact tracing on COVID-19 mortality: An impact evaluation using surveillance data from Colombia. PLOS One. 2021; 16(3): e0246987.
  • Vecino-Ortiz AI, Guzman-Tordecillas DN. Gun-carrying restrictions and gun-related mortality, Colombia: a difference-in-difference design with fixed effects. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2020; 98 (3).
  • Vecino-Ortiz AI, Arroyo-Ariza D. A tax on sugar sweetened beverages in Colombia: Estimating the impact on overweight and obesity prevalence across socioeconomic levels. Social Science and Medicine. 2018; 209: 111-116.
  • Vecino-Ortiz AI, Jafri A, Hyder AA Mortality impacts of interventions for unintentional injuries: prioritizing interventions that work for the poorest billion. The Lancet Global Health. 2018; 6 (5): e523-e534.
  • James E, Saxena A, Franco Restrepo C, Llorente B, Vecino-Ortiz AI, Villar Uribe M, Iunes RF, Verguet S. Distributional health and financial benefits of increased tobacco taxes in Colombia: results from a modelling study. Tobacco Control. 2018; 28 (4): 374-380.
BIGRS - Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety
Validation of C-Score
Future health spending and treatment patterns in Latin America and the Caribbean
Adolescent Violence and Injury Detection (AVID)
Policy Advisory Group COVID-19 for the Ministry of health - Colombia
Digital Applications to Monitor Novel coronavirus Disease and Response in Colombia
Bloomberg Data for Health - Non-Communicable Diseases (D4H-NCD) Surveillance Project