Ana B. Amaya

Ana B. Amaya

Associate Professor
College of Health Professions
Health Sciences
NYC

Biography

Faculty Bio

Dr. Ana B. Amaya is Associate Professor at Pace University with appointments at the United Nations University (UNU-CRIS), Belgium and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom. A specialist on global health policy and multi-level governance for health, her research has entailed understanding the impact of new global health institutions and issues on the health systems of low- and middle- income countries. Most recently, this has involved examining regional organizations in the Global South and health disparities related to COVID-19. Other areas of expertise include: the politics of global health; health diplomacy; and the sustainability of development aid for health. She also sits on the Executive Board of Health Systems Global, a global membership organization of researchers, decision-makers and implementers dedicated to promoting health policy and systems research (HPSR) and knowledge generation.

Dr. Amaya has worked for several international organizations and universities, among these the UNU-CRIS; Overseas Development Institute (ODI); UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER); Pan American Health Organization (PAHO); LSHTM; and the University of South Florida. In addition, she conducted research for the HIV/AIDS Department at the World Health Organization and Committee for Development Policy (CDP-DESA) at the United Nations Headquarters.

Dr. Amaya completed a Doctor of Public Health in Public Health Policy degree from LSHTM. She also holds Master in Public Health in Global Communicable Diseases and a Certificate in Epidemiology from University of South Florida, as well as a Bachelor in Science summa cum laude in Integrative Biology from the University of Florida.

Awards and Honors

  • Pace University, 2022, Book and Performance Completion Award
  • Pace University, 2021, Kenan Faculty Development Award
  • College of Health Professions, Pace University, 2021, Dean's Award for Outstanding Research/Scholarship
  • Provost Office, Pace University, 2021, COVID-19 Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research Award
  • Pace University, 2019, Kenan Faculty Development Award
  • College of Health Professions, Pace University, 2019, Travel award
  • International Studies Association, 2019, Travel Award
  • College of Health Professions, Pace University, 2019, Travel award
  • Pace University, 2019, Kenan Faculty Development Award
  • College of Health Professions, Pace University, 2019, Travel award
  • World Health Organization, 2018, Conference scholarship
  • College of Health Professions, Pace University, 2018, Travel award
  • Pace University, 2018, Dean's Research Release Time
  • Pace University, 2018, Scholarly Research Award
  • International AIDS Society, 2013, International AIDS Society, International Merit-based Scholarship
  • Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, 2010, Inducted
  • University of South Florida, 2007, Latin American and Caribbean Merit-based Scholarship
  • University of Florida, 2006, Dean’s list
  • University of Florida, 2006, President’s Honour Roll
  • University of Florida, 2006, Summa cum laude
  • Golden Key International Honor Society, 2005, Inducted
  • Tau Sigma National Honour Society, 2005, Inducted
  • The National Dean’s List, 2005,

Education

BS, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
Integrative Biology

DrPH, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
Public Health Policy

MPH, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA
Global Communicable Diseases

Research and Creative Works

Research Interest

Dr. Amaya's main research interests relate to global health governance and diplomacy, regional health policies, global health partnerships, sustainability of aid, and health system strengthening, primarily concerning low and middle income countries.

Publications and Presentations

Publications

Regional international organizations and health: A framework for analysis
Greer, S., Amaya, A. B., Jarman, H., Leguido-Quigley, H. & McKee, M. (2022). Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.

Regional cooperation is essential to combatting health emergencies in the Global South
Amaya, A. & De Lombaerde, P. (2021). Globalization and Health. Vol 17 (Issue 9) https://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12992-021-00659-7

The Spread of COVID-19 among Blacks: How does it impact Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs)?
Gregory, K., Henley, T. J. & Amaya, A. (2020). Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing. Vol 15 (Issue 2)

Multi-level health governance and health diplomacy: Regional dimensions
Amaya, A. & De Lombaerde, P. (2019). Regions & Cohesion.

The role of regional health diplomacy on data sharing: The SADC and UNASUR cases
Amaya, A., Kingah, S. & De Lombaerde, P. (2019). Regions & Cohesion.

Drivers of health system strengthening: learning from implementation of maternal and child health programmes in Mozambique, Nepal and Rwanda
Samuels, F., Amaya, A. B. & Balabanova, D. (2017). Health Policy and Planning. Vol 23 (Issue 7) , pages 1015-1031.

Presentations

Addressing global inequities during COVID-19: Examining the role of collective action through regional organizations in the Global South
Amaya, A. B. (2021, October). American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. American Public Health Association,

The role of Regional Cooperation in combatting health emergencies in the Global South
Amaya, A. B. (2021, April). International Studies Association Virtual Convention. International Studies Association,

The role of health diplomacy in supporting the promotion of health as a human right.
Amaya, A. B. (2020, October 26). American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. American Public Health Association ,

Importancia de la gestión publica en el área de salud
Amaya, A. B. (2020, June 23). Equipo Impulsor de la Reforma a la Funcion Publica Webinar ,

The politics of the health policy process: From global to local
Amaya, A. B. (2020, March 28). International Studies Association Annual Convention. Honolulu, USA.

Health policy-making on Universal Health Coverage: the positions of actors in the Global South
Amaya, A. B. (2020, March 26). International Studies Association Annual Convention. International Studies Association,

States and Diplomacy in Global Health
Amaya, A. B. (2020, March 26). International Studies Association Annual Convention. Honolulu, USA .

Sustaining the rights-based approach in times of change: The UNASUR case
Amaya, A. B. (2019, November 4). American Public Health Association. Philadelphia, USA.

Regional health policy in turmoil: The South American Case
Amaya, A. B. (2019, June 27). International Health Conference. Oxford University .

Health Policy and Global Health Governance: The effect of new actors on health systems
Amaya, A. (2019, April 15). Biology Department Seminar Series. Pace University,

Working with the neighbors: The role of SADC and UNASUR in regional health policy
Amaya, A. B. (2018, October 9). Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. Health Systems Global,

Professional Contributions and Service

Professional Memberships

  • New York State Public Health Association
  • American Public Health Association
  • International Studies Association
  • Health Systems Global
  • Research Network for Health Systems and Infection [Vice-President]

Department Service

  • Public Health Minor Special Task Force [Committee Chair]

College Service

  • Master of Public Health Special Task Force Master of Public Health Special Task Force [Committee Chair]

University Service

  • Curriculum Committee [Committee Member]
  • Faculty Affairs [Committee Member]
  • Scholarly Research Committee [Committee Member]

Professional Service

Public Health Challenges Journal [Editorial Board Member]
American Public Health Association Annual Meeting [Scientific Committee]
Health Systems Global [Board of Directors]
New York Public Health Association, New York City Policy and Advocacy Committee [Member]

Public Service

  • Universal Health Coverage 2030 (UHC 2030) [Committee Member]
  • Think20 Official Engagement Group of the G20 [Task Force Member]

Related News and Stories

In the Media

For starters, said Ana B. Amaya, an expert in global health governance at Pace University in New York, this monkeypox outbreak is just very different from past outbreaks of the disease. The vast majority of the latest cases have been identified among gay and bisexual men, and sexual contact with multiple sexual partners has emerged as an important risk factor. Scientists are now trying to determine if the virus spreads through sexual fluids like semen and vaginal fluid in addition to the ways it’s already known to spread: via skin-to-skin contact and, to a lesser degree, by respiratory transmission.