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Jo Paluzzi

Jo Paluzzi
Medical Anthropologist
Assistant Director of Clinical Education
Western University of Health Science
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Lebanon, Oregon campus

Jo Paluzzi is a medical anthropologist with over twenty years of experience in pediatric and adult critical care nursing prior to returning to school for her doctorate in anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh.

She is currently the Assistant Director of Clinical Education at the Lebanon, Oregon campus of Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific where she also serves Assistant Professor of Social Medicine and Healthcare Leadership and Director of the Global and Community Health Longitudinal Track.

After completing her degree, Dr. Paluzzi worked with the non-governmental organization, Partners In Health (PIH) based in Boston where, in addition to her engagement with the work of PIH, she also served as a Senior Fellow and Administrative Coordinator of the largest task force within the United Nations Millennium Project: the Task Force on HIV, TB, Malaria and Access to Essential Medicines (PIH served as the sub-Secretariat for the task force). She was one of the lead authors on two of the final reports (Tuberculosis and Access to Medicines).

Following the completion of the Millennium Project, Dr. Paluzzi taught cultural and medical anthropology for six years at a university in Greensboro, North Carolina. From 2002 to 2006 she also served as a member of the Advocacy, Communications, and Social Mobilization Working Group within STOP TB, based at World Health Organization in Geneva.

Dr. Paluzzi’s research and publications address related themes of access to health services and medicines, local-to-global health and healthcare disparities, and social justice. Her dissertation research, funded by Fulbright, explored the experience of tuberculosis in southern Chile and its intersections with economic inequalities and the ongoing privatization of the Chilean health system. In addition to her work in Chile, she has done fieldwork in Venezuela that examined the rapid scale-up of their free, public health primary care system and in North Carolina where she examined systems of healthcare recourse for immigrants in the Piedmont Triad. Recent publications have explored the ethical dimensions and relational dynamics that characterize multinational pharmaceutical industry practices.