Katherine Bliss

Katherine E. Bliss is a senior associate (non-resident) with the Global Health Policy Center. Before joining CSIS, she was a foreign affairs officer at the U.S. Department of State, where she focused on global health and the Western Hemisphere in the Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science and received the Superior Honor Award for her work on environmental health in 2006. From 1996 to 2003, she served on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she was associate professor; she is currently an adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University and teaches courses in the School of Foreign Service’s Center for Latin American Studies. Bliss is the author or coeditor of books, reviews, and numerous articles on public health, gender issues, and reform politics in Latin America, including the 2007 coedited volume of Sexuality Research and Social Policy, “Nuevas direcciones: Sexuality, Politics, and Reproductive Health in Mexico”; Gender, Sexuality and Power in Latin America since Independence (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), coedited with William E. French; and Compromised Positions: Prostitution, Public Health and Gender Politics in Revolutionary Mexico City (Penn State Press, 2001).

Bliss received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and was a David E. Bell Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Center for Population and Development Studies in 2000–2001. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and was a U.S. Department of Education Jacob Javits Fellow. Bliss received her A.B. magna cum laude and her A.M. from Harvard University and also studied at the Colegio de México in Mexico City.

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Day 3 at AIDS 2010: A Look at Latin America

For at least the last few meetings the International AIDS Conference has featured special focus sessions on the state of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in various world areas, allowing participants to assess that state of the epidemic in various settings and to discuss priorities for regional action at the policy, advocacy, and research levels.

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A Cause for Optimism After the MDG Summit

The high-profile focus on the need to reinforce global efforts on sanitation and the launch of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves at the MDG Summit offered a cause for optimism, even as the challenges loom large.

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Not such a Lone Star State

For several days now, news helicopters have flown in great arcs around the East Dallas neighborhood known as Vickery Meadow, which includes the hospital complex as well as a dense, highly diverse neighborhood of Mexican and Central American immigrants, resettled refugees from Southeast Asia and West Africa, and others.

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How Access to Water and Sanitation Helps Women and Girls

Improving access to water and sanitation may seem like an indirect way to fight gender based violence, but studies show it's incredibly effective.

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AIDS 2012 Arrives in Washington, DC July 2012

The AIDS 2012 conference comes at a unique moment in the AIDS response. The global AIDS community understands that research advances have made it possible to envision an end to the epidemic.

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Research’s Role in Extending and Maintaining Sanitation Coverage

While considerable energy is focused on mobilizing state action where sanitation is concerned, the research community also has a significant role.

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Bordering on Unhealthy: Violence and Health on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Mexico’s homicide rate increased dramatically from 8.1 per 100,000, in 2007, to 23.7 per 100,000, in 2011. The violence has taken a particularly brutal toll on young Mexican men, who are the most likely to be recruited into the cartels’ activities, and raises the question of how the United States can collaborate with Mexico in addressing the issue.

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Newsletter: World Water Day

This edition of the Global Health Policy Center newsletter is focused on global water issues because today, March 22, is World Water Day.

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Stepping Up the Pace: IAC 20 heads to Melbourne

The theme for the 2014 International AIDS Conference, “Stepping Up the Pace,” serves as a call to action to hasten progress in scaling up life-saving HIV/AIDS services.

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Sex Workers’ Rights are Human Rights

The theme of this year’s International AIDS Conference is “Human Rights, Right Now.” Speakers have emphasized the importance of protecting human rights as a means of addressing the worldwide HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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Emerging Practices in Global Health Cooperation

On December 6, 2011 the CSIS Global Health Policy Center hosted a half-day seminar focused on the activities, practices, and strategies that characterize the global health outreach of the BRICS.

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H1N1 in the Americas: Transmission patterns, vaccine production plans, and popular responses

CSIS Americas Program Deputy Director and Global Health Policy Center Senior Fellow Katherine Bliss examines the trajectory of the H1N1 influenza pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Gender Based Violence in Latin America

Rates of gender based violence in Latin America are among the highest in the world, with serious health consequences for the region’s women, who are the most frequent victims.

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A Busy Day: Integration, Communication, and Aging

Day One – AIDS 2010 is officially open. It feels a bit like being at the races, and the starting gate has just risen.

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Chikungunya Outbreak in the Caribbean

An outbreak of Chikungunya in the Caribbean raises concerns that virus could become endemic in Americas and spread to United States.

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Important Improvements Towards Water Sanitation

Both at the September MDG Summit - and since then - there have been positive signs that the international community intends to accelerate efforts to improve access to sanitation over the next five years.

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The International AIDS Conference Returns to the United States

This report examines the political history of the international AIDS conferences from 1985 to the present and provides insight into the ways the conferences have contributed to ending the epidemic.

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Taking a Bite out of Vector-Borne Diseases

With more than one billion people globally infected by vector-borne diseases each year, and with one million deaths occurring annually as a result, this year’s World Health Day message is that strengthening prevention activities and protecting the most vulnerable social sectors from vector-borne diseases are essential.

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Follow the Red Clad Delegates

If you weren’t sure how to get to the Messe Wein conference center, where the 18th week-long International AIDS Conference opened yesterday, you just had to follow one of the thousands of people wandering the streets of Vienna wearing a red ribbon pin, carrying a red conference shoulder bag, or clutching a giant red umbrella in hopes of warding off the rain.