Ryan Guinaran

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Dr. Guinaran graduated with a BS Biology degree from St. Louis University (as cum laude) and with a Doctor of Medicine degree from University of the Philippines (as Outstanding Student Leader and Community Service awardee). He pursued further studies including Diploma in Training Management and Master in Community Development from the Benguet State University; Diploma in Global Health from the University of Tampere, Finland; Master in Development Management from the Asian Institute of Management; and postgraduate courses on Civic Participation at the Northern Illinois University and Maternal and Child Health Care Management in Aomori, Japan.As an involved indigenous (proud Ibaloy Igorot) Filipino, his advocacies focus on indigenous health and local health systems, education, youth mobilization and history, culture and arts. On health research and local health systems development, he has provided technical assistance to the Department of Health and Local Government Units. He is usually tapped for implementation research and best practices documentation. As Training Coordinator of the Health Leadership Governance Program of the Benguet State University Open University, he is engaged with more than 160 municipal mayors and doctors from North Luzon, Philippines in Bridging Leadership innovations for health system development.He has also been a consultant to local government units, development agencies and institutions in projects covering health care reform, public-private partnership, universal health care, health policy, maternal and child care, health governance, and health promotion.On education, he advocated innovative instruction, research and extension relevant to the local issues in the Cordillera Region. He teaches in at least three universities. With his interest in Culture and Health, he pioneered this new subject as Adjunct Professor and course coordinator of the Master in Community Health Development at the Benguet State University. He was selected to be a Member of the Board of Regents of this university. He is a Field preceptor of the University of the Philippines Regionalization Program coaching indigenous students from the Cordillera Region in community health projects. He is the founding Executive Director of DITENG- Doctors for Indigenous Health and Culturally Competent Training, Education, Networking and Governance in 2008. DITENG Inc. is a non-profit organization that focuses on pioneering work on cultural competence in indigenous health, outreach services, health trainings and projects, educational material development, and research and publication.He was founding Secretary-General of the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges Student Network in 2001. This network is the biggest national alliance of medical students in the country. It conducts socio-civic projects, student formation programs, and contributes to medical education development. He rallied medical students to relevance, conceptualizing and publishing “The Social Accountability of Medical Student Organizations” printed in the International Newsletter of the Network: Towards Unity For Health Volume 23, Number 2, December 2004. On history, culture, and publications, he actively pursued the promotion and preservation of Igorot history, culture and indigenous knowledge, systems and practices through initiation and collaboration in programs and publications. He has written two books, one of which is an inspirational book of anecdotes for health students that won the Jaime Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Award during the 32nd Catholic Mass Media Awards. He co-initiated and co-published the Ibaloy Dictionary (recipient of the Komisyon ng Wikang Pilipino Prize by the National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics Circle during the National Book Awards in 2013) and served as reviewer and editor to local culture publications. He is also an opinion writer in a local newspaper.