Alejandro Gil Salmerón
Alejandro joined the International Foundation for Integrated Care in early 2021 as a researcher to primarily support the work of the Research and Development Directorate. He is an experienced researcher having worked in more than 10 European projects over 4 years, focusing on strengthening person-centred care systems whilst in Polibienestar, a public research institute of the University of Valencia. Alejandro has investigated the health and social care needs and access to services of different groups from a population-based approach in order to reduce inequalities through the design of community-based interventions. He also contributed towards the University’s teaching of welfare policies and services and sustainable community development for future social workers and educators.
Alejandro is a qualified social worker and following the completion of his Masters studies in welfare policies, he was successful in being funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education to undertake a PhD examining the health status and equitable access to healthcare for migrant and refugee populations in Europe through the Mig-HealthCare project funded by the Third Health Programme of the European Commission. Moreover, Alejandro has carried out two academic visits abroad in order to complement his PhD studies; the first one was at the Cross-Cultural Research Centre at the University of Guelph in Canada (2018) and the second one was at the Health Economics Research Centre, Oxford University, UK (2019).
As well as being interested in integrated care generally, he has a particular interest in the social determinants of health, equitable access to health and care services and population empowerment. Whilst in Polibienestar, Alejandro led the proposal writing of the CANCERLESS project which aims to prevent cancer and allow for early diagnosis in the homeless population by delivering person-centred interventions to overcome health inequalities and facilitating timely access to quality cancer prevention and screening services. Following its successful funding under the H2020 Programme, he will now lead IFIC’s involvement as a CANCERLESS project partner when the project is launched in June 2021 as well as contributing to supporting IFIC’s work on other R&D projects, Integrated Care Academy, conferences and events.