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Two Oceans In Health

Two Oceans In Health (2OiH) is a global health research center, devoted to constructing knowledge that empowers the communities living in the Dominican Republic. Founded and led by recognized public health scientists, incorporating top-level academic background and methodological rigor, with decades of research experience focused on different levels of the Dominican health system, community health and related medical education activities, 2OiH also holds a diverse team of experts that allows for a unique synergy between scientific rigor and social commitment.

Dr. Eddy Pérez-Then

MD, MPH, MSPH, MBA, PhD.

2OiH President

Public health expert and Medical Doctor, with an MBA in International Health Management, at Frankfurt School of Finance and Management (2019), a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies (2009) at the University of Miami, under the auspices of the Fogarty International Center and Research Program, and a Master of Sciences degree in Public Health (2004). He has been setting standards in clinical and public health research in the Dominican Republic over the past 25 years, focusing on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and maternal and child health, among other public health priorities, while providing evidence for strategies aimed to improve health care practices and policies, both in the Dominican Republic and internationally. His experience in innovative medical education, as the founding Director of the O&Med Medical School, and the implementation of an integrated curriculum platform developed in alliance with Harvard Medical International, adds up to more than 25 years of accumulated contributions to top-level public health research, constructing a unique professional profile at the intersection of high-level management skills, academic excellence and research expertise, both in the Dominican Republic and international settings.

Dra. Marija Miric

2OiH Chief Executive Officer

MA, PhD.

Clinical psychologist (2001) with a Master in Research Methodology (2004), and a PhD in Social Psychology (2015). As a social scientist, with more than two decades of experience in public health research and medical education in the Dominican Republic, she has applied innovative qualitative and quantitative methodologies, promoting community-based participatory research to involve and empower local communities and hard-to-reach populations in addressing issues related to maternal and child health, infectious diseases, chronic health conditions, stigma, discrimination and human rights, among other health-related topics. Dr. Miric has also supported the development and implementation of the O&M Medical School integrated curriculum platform, in alliance with Harvard Medical International, establishing the 5-year Community Project longitudinal course, through long-term productive academia-community partnerships with underserved and migrant communities in the Dominican Republic. Her work has been funded by the Dominican Ministry of Health, USAID, UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNFPA, PAHO, World Vision, Family Health International, the Population Council, the French Agency for Research on AIDS (ANRS) and the World Bank, among other local and international agencies.

Virginia Vallejo, M.A.

Program Manager

Quantitative and Qualitative research specialist, with a Master of Arts degree in Computational Statistical Information Processing and with more than a decade of experience in designing quantitative and qualitative research tools; logistic of data collection; data quality control; statistical analysis and data process capability through statistics programs; and elaboration of technical reports to support accountability and making decisions. In addition, Ms. Vallejo holds Statistical software and Monitoring and Evaluation experience in social projects financed by agencies such as: PEPFAR, USAID, and CBSI. Her work has been presented in international conventions, such as the American Psychological Association 116th Annual Convention, and she has numerous research collaborations with the National Research Center for Maternal and Child Health (CENISMI, in spanish), the Dominican Institute of Integral Development, among others.

Wanda Quezada

Communication Manager

As a marketer with a concentration in New Age Marketing and with more than 6 years of experience, she has worked on the design and execution of strategic marketing and communications plans that allow for brand awareness and Top of Mind (TOP) positioning, campaigns with a high-level of notoriety, actions that connect with the target audience, among other strategies, serving as steps to achieve business objectives. She has initiated her career in health-related research with 2OiH, participating in USAID and PEPFAR-funded research projects, including: Assessment of Youth Gang Phenomenon and Situation Analysis of HIV Epidemic in Migrant Populations in the Dominican Republic.

Agusmery Heredia

Office Manager

Accounting Specialist with a Group Leadership & Educational Management Diploma, with more than 13 years of experience in administering and rendering accounting information and managing social and development projects both in the private sector and funded by the international agencies, such as USAID. Ms. Heredia has also worked as a manager of human talent to contribute to the growth of institutions through their talents.

Dr. Eddy Pérez-Then

MD, MPH, MSPH, MBA, PhD

2OiH President

Public health expert and Medical Doctor, with an MBA in International Health Management, at Frankfurt School of Finance and Management (2019), a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies (2009) at the University of Miami, under the auspices of the Fogarty International Center and Research Program, and a Master of Sciences degree in Public Health (2004). He has been setting standards in clinical and public health research in the Dominican Republic over the past 25 years, focusing on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and maternal and child health, among other public health priorities, while providing evidence for strategies aimed to improve health care practices and policies, both in the Dominican Republic and internationally. His experience in innovative medical education, as the founding Director of the O&Med Medical School, and the implementation of an integrated curriculum platform developed in alliance with Harvard Medical International, adds up to more than 25 years of accumulated contributions to top-level public health research, constructing a unique professional profile at the intersection of high-level management skills, academic excellence and research expertise, both in the Dominican Republic and international settings.

Dra. Marija Miric

MA, PhD

2OiH Chief Executive Officer

Clinical psychologist (2001) with a Master in Research Methodology (2004), and a PhD in Social Psychology (2015). As a social scientist, with more than two decades of experience in public health research and medical education in the Dominican Republic, she has applied innovative qualitative and quantitative methodologies, promoting community-based participatory research to involve and empower local communities and hard-to-reach populations in addressing issues related to maternal and child health, infectious diseases, chronic health conditions, stigma, discrimination and human rights, among other health-related topics. Dr. Miric has also supported the development and implementation of the O&M Medical School integrated curriculum platform, in alliance with Harvard Medical International, establishing the 5-year Community Project longitudinal course, through long-term productive academia-community partnerships with underserved and migrant communities in the Dominican Republic. Her work has been funded by the Dominican Ministry of Health, USAID, UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNFPA, PAHO, World Vision, Family Health International, the Population Council, the French Agency for Research on AIDS (ANRS) and the World Bank, among other local and international agencies.

Virginia Vallejo, M.A.

Program Manager

Quantitative and Qualitative research specialist, with a Master of Arts degree in Computational Statistical Information Processing and with more than a decade of experience in designing quantitative and qualitative research tools; logistic of data collection; data quality control; statistical analysis and data process capability through statistics programs; and elaboration of technical reports to support accountability and making decisions. In addition, Ms. Vallejo holds Statistical software and Monitoring and Evaluation experience in social projects financed by agencies such as: PEPFAR, USAID, and CBSI. Her work has been presented in international conventions, such as the American Psychological Association 116th Annual Convention, and she has numerous research collaborations with the National Research Center for Maternal and Child Health (CENISMI, in spanish), the Dominican Institute of Integral Development, among others.

Wanda Quezada

Communication Manager

As a marketer with a concentration in New Age Marketing and with more than 6 years of experience, she has worked on the design and execution of strategic marketing and communications plans that allow for brand awareness and Top of Mind (TOP) positioning, campaigns with a high-level of notoriety, actions that connect with the target audience, among other strategies, serving as steps to achieve business objectives. She has initiated her career in health-related research with 2OiH, participating in USAID and PEPFAR-funded research projects, including: Assessment of Youth Gang Phenomenon and Situation Analysis of HIV Epidemic in Migrant Populations in the Dominican Republic.

Agusmery Heredia

Office Manager

Accounting Specialist with a Group Leadership & Educational Management Diploma, with more than 13 years of experience in administering and rendering accounting information and managing social and development projects both in the private sector and funded by the international agencies, such as USAID. Ms. Heredia has also worked as a manager of human talent to contribute to the growth of institutions through their talents.

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