Directorship

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Applied Medical Anthropologist

Patricia J. Hammer, Ph.D.

Executive Director,
Patricia J. Hammer, Ph.D.
Applied Medical Anthropologist 

Dr. Patricia Hammer is an Applied Medical Anthropologist with 20 years of work and research experience in Peru and Bolivia primarily among highland Quechua-speaking communities. She is an expert is the development of innovative community participatory investigation methodologies applied to elicit and analyze data often difficult to obtain, such as women's healing knowledge and practices, and Andean traditional medicine therapies.
Working with Ministries of Health and Education in Peru and Bolivia she has developed culturally relevant health curriculum for children, adolescents and adults, among Spanish, Quechua and Aymara speaking populations. The educational instruments and her research strategies incorporate techniques in emancipatory inquiry that successfully influence health behavior and decision-making through consciousness-raising that motivates community actions to respond to recognized needs. Her long term experience with rural and periurban marginalized populations is centered on the formation of adult and youth leaders, midwives, and community level committees that articulate with government and civic entities. She has trained multidisciplinary teams (in government as well as non-government institutions) in the application of appropriate participatory approaches to achieve education, research and community objectives. She performs qualitative data analyses that provide recommendations for the creation of health, education and environmental policies in Latin America.

Ecologist

Flor de María Barreto Tosi

Field Coordinator,
Flor de María Barreto Tosi
Ecologist

Flor de María Barreto Tosi is our Program Field Coordinator; her 6 hectare farm and rustic lodge serve as CSW's rural base for both classroom and field research activities. As a practicing ecologist, she provides students with an orientation to the relationships between humans and the natural environment. Ms. Barreto grew up in Peru's coastal capital, Lima. She travelled extensively as a youth, and in 1979 decided to settle down and establish her own ecological ranch where she has dedicated her life to organic farming, dairy production, and domestic animal raising (including aplacas and guinea pigs). The ranch incorporates alternative energy systems dependent upon solar and wind sources. Ms. Barreto is a self-taught architect who has designed and built the structures on her land using traditional materials of stone, adobe, and wood. Since 1992 she has been hosting guests at her lodge known as, "La Casa De Pocha." She receives national and international groups and individuals interested in ecology and the sociocultural traditions of the region.