Public Health in Cuba

Posted by Physicians for Social Responsibility on June 22, 2015

Doctors to Speak about Public Health in Cuba
Physicians from Philadelphia Share Travel to Cuba’s Health System

Physicians for Social Responsibility – Philadelphia (PSR) invites the public on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Fairmount Waterworks, to hear two medical doctors share their experiences, insights and slideshow on Cuba’s public health system based on their recent trip to the island nation, which was organized by the American Public Health Association. “Cuba: A State of Public Health” will include a reception with Cuban fare (by Garces Catering) and libations and presentations by Walter Tsou, MD, MPH, and Loren Robinson, MD, members of the delegation of health professionals visiting Cuba in Spring 2015.

Time Magazine’s recent article on Cuba says its “health system is among the world’s best.” With a lower infant mortality rate than the US, how does an impoverished island nation keep its citizens healthy? As relations between the US and Cuba warm, are there opportunities for the world’s richest nation to learn how Cuba’s public health model works?

Dr. Tsou will focus his talk on visits he made to a primary care center and polyclinic. Dr. Tsou is a nationally known consultant on public health and health care reform. Currently, he is an adjunct professor in the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania. He was President of the American Public Health Association in 2005. He served as Health Commissioner of Philadelphia from April 2000 to February 2002. Prior to his appointment, he was the founding Deputy Director for Personal Health Services and Medical Director of the Montgomery County (PA) Health Department from 1991-2000. Dr. Robinson, a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, completed the Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics program at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. As both an internist and a pediatrician, she will share highlights of medical school training and the specialized care of subpopulations in Cuba.

Physicians for Social Responsibility-Philadelphia (PSR) is a public health nonprofit organization of socially concerned Physicians, Nurses, and other Health Professionals. We speak out against violence—from the street level to the global level—and whether against humans or against the very biosphere in which we live. PSR, along with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.

This event is $45 with pre-registration or $50 at the door, and includes light Cuban food and drinks. $20 for students, age 21 and over. For more information or to register, visit

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