Dr. Veronica Ramirez’s research on the “Common Health Problems of Women Overseas Filipino Workers” was awarded the first prize of the inaugural APEC “Healthy Women, Healthy Economies” (HWHE) awards during the APEC Women and the Economy Forum in La Serena, Chile last October 1. Dr. Ramirez is the holder of the UA&P CRC Professorial Chair for Migration and Overseas Filipino Work—a research initiative of the Center for Research and Communication (CRC) and funded by the Bank of the Philippine Islands Foundation.

Dr. Veronica Ramirez awarded APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Prize 1

Dr. Ramirez (second from left) with (left to right) 3rd prize winner Dr. Hong Jiang, Chilean Minister of Sports Pauline Kantor, 2nd prize winner Paula Poblete and Merck General Manager Jessica Jirash

APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) is a regional economic forum established in 1989 to leverage the growing interdependence of the Asia-Pacific. Its 21 members aim to create greater prosperity for the region by promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth and by accelerating regional economic integration. The HWHE Research Prize was created to recognize research that enables policy makers, business leaders and others to identify and implement measures to improve women’s health in APEC economies so women can join and rise in the workforce.

Dr. Ramirez presented her study at the La Serena forum on the invitation of the Chilean Ministry of Women and Gender Equity and the Global Health Initiative of the German multinational pharmaceutical, chemical and life sciences company Merck KGaA. As the first prize winner, Dr. Ramirez has been invited to go back to Chile in November to present her study at the 2019 APEC CEO Summit in Santiago.

Read more at the CRC website.

Dr. Veronica Ramirez awarded APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Prize 2

Dr. Ramirez and Chilean Undersecretary for Women and Gender Equity Carolina Cuevas