Living a Life of Advocacy - An Opportunity to Learn from Our President-Elect

Living a Life of Advocacy – Webinar Announcement

WONCA's Special Interest Group on Policy Advocacy (SIGPA) are excited to announce our next webinar, “Living a Life of Advocacy,” will be held on May 31, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. UTC. Dr. Viviana Martinez Bianchi, one of WONCA’s most influential leaders and President-Elect, will be the keynote speaker.

Event Details

Title: Living a Life of Advocacy – An Opportunity to Learn from Our President-Elect

Date: May 31, 2024

Time: 11:00 a.m. UTC (7:00 a.m. EDT, 12:00 p.m. BST)

Registration Link: Register Here

Translated captions: Translated captions in Spanish and other Zoom supported languages will be available.

About the Speaker

Viviana Martinez Bianchi MD (USA/Argentina) is a family doctor and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She is the Associate Professor and Director for Health Equity at Duke University's Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Dr. Martinez Bianchi was elected President-Elect of WONCA in October 2023 and will serve as President from 2025 to 2027. Her extensive work in advocacy has focused on improving health equity, and she is passionate about educating family doctors and their teams to enhance their roles in health systems worldwide.

Message from Professor Amanda Howe, Chair of SIGPA

Professor Amanda Howe is Emeritus Professor of Primary Care at UEA and Past President of the Royal College of GPs and the World Organization of Family Doctors. Learn more about Amanda Howe.

"Dr. Viviana Martinez Bianchi is one of our most influential WONCA leaders. Vivi has long-standing expertise in advocacy and has used this in her clinical work with underserved communities to strive for policies that improve health equity. She has also been passionate about sharing the skills of advocacy with family doctors and their teams, in order that we can secure and improve our status in all health systems. She will be the keynote speaker in our next webinar, to share her views on how we can work together for better policy advocacy. You, and our panel of regional leads, will be able to ask her questions - to draw on her experience; to learn; and to be inspired!"


Dr Mariano Grenero, Argentina, WONCA Iberoamerica

Dr Marina Guisado, Spain, WONCA Europe

Dr Hina Jawaid, Pakistan, WONCA South Asia

Hosted by

Prof Amanda Howe and Dr Sankha Randenikumara, Co-chairs, WONCA Special Interest Group on Policy Advocacy