Sergio Meneses-Navarro, MD, MS, PhD

Investigator, Regional Center of Public Health Research, Chiapas, Mexico

National Institute of Public Health


Sergio Meneses-Navarro, MD, MS, PhD, studied medicine at National Autonomous University in Mexico City, obtained his master’s degree in Medical Anthropology at the Center for Research and Higher Education in Social Anthropology, and his doctoral degree in health sciences specializing in health systems, from the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico. Currently he is an investigator at the Regional Center of Public Health Research of the National Institute of Public Health, in Chiapas, southern Mexico. Early in his career, Dr. Meneses developed an interest in how health and healthcare processes affect health outcomes among the indigenous populations of Mexico. He spent four years in clinical and health promotion activities among these populations in Chiapas State, during which time he recognized that indigenous people experience many barriers to accessing primary and preventive healthcare, including socio-cultural issues such as discrimination and racism. This experience inspired him to pursue higher studies in Medical Anthropology and Health Systems. Dr. Meneses currently participates as an associate researcher on two projects targeting indigenous populations; one studying cost-effectiveness and determinants of implementing intercultural maternal health interventions, and another on the implementation of an intercultural model for care targeting the elderly. His primary career goal is to contribute to the improvement of the health system's response to maternal and child care, and non-communicable disease control among the indigenous peoples of Mexico, through public health research and innovation, and with leadership from the health systems.

Project Title: A Culturally Appropriate Guide to Provide Family Planning Counseling for Service Providers in Rural Chiapas, Mexico