Sociocultural Epidemiology and Citizen Mobilization

Sociocultural Epidemiology and Citizen Mobilization

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Project Summary
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The mobilization in health through their participation in the explanation of their health and illness phenomena, through discussion at the epidemiology local level, strengthens cultural identity and the relevant use of local resources for autonomy in making decisions about health models that coexist in their territories.

About Project

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Social participation in health and human rights lacks inclusive forms through which the people's own thinking is taken into account to explain the phenomena of health and illness from their own culture and and are complemented with Western biomedical explanations, fostering participative strategic lines with "causes of causes" of imbalances approach in areas including people from multicultural communities as cultural advisers in health teams.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Description of basic territorial epidemiological data to initiate actions Meeting with regional health teams to discuss the "causes of causes" (sociocultural determinants) Workshops on Planning and Local Reality in communities with community leaders and members with whom they seek to explain socio-cultural health-disease-care. Design of local models of care that include culturally relevant activities in promotion, prevention and care.
About You
Servicio Salud Chiloe
About You
First Name

Jaime Ernesto

Last Name

Ibacache Burgos



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Organization Name

Servicio Salud Chiloe

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Organization Address

blanco 324 Castro

Organization Country
Country where this project is creating social impact

, LL

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for less than a year

Tell us about the community that you engage? eg. economic conditions, political structures, norms and values, demographic trends, history, and experience with engagement efforts.

Preferably rural and insular populations, low income, preferably mestizo (Spanish-williche-chon) and in other indigenous places (Chon-williche) organized into neighborhood associations, indigenous associations, sports clubs, health groups, health committees etc. With tendency to aging and a epidemiological profile of chronic diseases, with populations in constant migration, with increased mental health problems and with their own culturally important resources such as family and community strategies specific to the native culture that pose a significant sociocultural and protective matrix but currently weak as a product of biomedical and hegemonic health models.

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

Health physician with experience in sociocultural health through years of work with indigenous Mapuche communities, developing health care and research with a multicultural focus on issues of cultural identity. Ashoka Fellow.
The inspiration comes from looking at how communities and families articulate knowledge in a context of strong cultural identities, it is possible to develop as sustainable society and cultural autonomy.

Social Impact
Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured

From the local epidemiological analysis, with health teams and general community groups regional health groups have been created, who now discuss the sociocultural determinants, are involved with policy advocacy and generate intersectoral land developing projects from cultural identity. It is measured by number of groups formed, topics, projects developed, ongoing initiatives and undertakings: in addition to forms of knowledge articulation.

How many people have been impacted by your project?


How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

More than 10,000

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Know descriptive epidemiology for specific territories
Conduct sociocultural participatory assessments (health, community leaders eq) in the territories;
Create collaborative projects

Task 1

Analysis of epidemiological data bases central morbidity and mortality profile and of local generation at the territorial level

Task 2

Local socio-cultural analysis of health teams with territorial and local community leaders.

Task 3

Pedagogical-action-research of concepts of health, illness and care in relation to the analysis of "the causes of the causes" of local imbalances

Identify your 12-month impact milestone

-Team-trained paramedical in local analysis of imbalances
-Mobilized community-cultural explanatory model.
-Projects addressing "the causes of the causes" with local relevance

Task 1

Local workshops and analysis of descriptive analysis of cases and collective socio-cultural approach

Task 2

Working with local social leaders in their spaces. Offices, schools, homes. To generate mobilization and effective social control

Task 3

Develop and initiate appropriate approaches collectivelyof the "causes of causes" and thus strengthen their local cultural matrix and the validation of local resources for the good life

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

Paramedics and local community leaders allied in the more relevant analysis of the needs of people with a deliberative community and mobilized in social control over public land policies. Community mobilized in their health rights since the discussion and analysis of reality makes sense, through the strengthening of their cultural identity with their local resources, traditional healers and collective approach to local social welfare.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

The main barrier is that public health policies don’t consider "sociocultural epidemiological thought” for their programs. Health teams with a high turnover of professionals and technicians. Traditional wisdom not considered in local development. All this is thought to be solved by generating an inclusive look of the place where the community and its knowledge are considered and that the participation of local teams generate them job satisfaction once they are working better in reality and thus collectively influence territorial public policy.

Tell us about your partnerships

Alames Latin American Social Medicine Association of which I am coordinator in southern Chile. Organization that works the right to health of the population through participation and the Social Determinants of Health.
Ashoka / jibacacheburgos of which I am fellow in Chile.
"Chiloe como Vamos" Ong who is investigating indicators of life for Chiloe and I work with closely.
Committees of several health Rural health posts Chiloe
Community Health Councils
Collective Health Network Chiloe
Universidad Austral de Chile Puerto Montt branch

Explain your selections

Through Ashoka’s stipend and contributions from Chiloe Health Service, which is the government agency where I work at the level region.

How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?

Delivering methodologies for community work of the paramedical and health teams working in rural and island areas and strengthen local coping and family strategies from community sectors of sociocultural epidemiology for citizen mobilization.
Being in charge of the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Service and Chiloe is a tremendous addition to the project

Which barriers to health and well-being does your innovation address?
Please select up to three in order of relevancy to your project.


Limited access to preventative tools or resources


Lack of affordable care


Restrictive cultural norms

Please describe how your innovation specifically tackles the barriers listed above.

Through joint knowledge of both the popular tradition and the Western tradition around epidemiological facts. Which will bring prevention and care services to influence public policies that at the moment are monocultural and move towards a more collective health and multicultural proposal.

How are you growing the impact of your organization or initiative?
Please select up to three potential pathways in order of relevancy to you.


Influenced other organizations and institutions through the spread of best practices


Enhanced existing impact through addition of complementary services


Repurposed your model for other sectors/development needs

Please describe which of your growth activities are current or planned for the immediate future.

Influence Municipal Health Departments Teams to take account of social participation in terms of ancestral knowledge to explain events in the life cycle, which strengthens the joint services and health care models that coexist in a territory (traditional and Western) and encourage other sectors to a more multicultural local development. Articulating knowledge.

Do you collaborate with any of the following: (Check all that apply)

NGOs/Nonprofits, Academia/universities.

If yes, how have these collaborations helped your innovation to succeed?

The SS Chiloe creating the Epidemiology Unit of which I am responsible has helped enormously to innovation.
NGOs who are investigating quality of life indicators for Chiloe are an instance that allows innovation to go further and also feed back the proposal of the NGO
The possibility of giving lectures and teaching at universities helps disseminating the innovation and influence the preparation of undergraduates.