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Strategic Health Diplomacy Could Enhance LAC Region’s Health Care Sector, U.S. National Interests

Harvard Kennedy School Review: An Application of Strategic Health Diplomacy in Latin America and the Caribbean: The U.S. Southern Command
Richard Menger, a neurosurgery resident, Hale Champion Public Service fellow, master in public administration candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a lieutenant in the Navy Medical Corps; Anil Nanda, professor and chair of neurosurgery at LSU Health Sciences Center; and Bill Frist, heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. senator from Tennessee, co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Health Project, and founder and chair of Hope Through Healing Hands, discuss the role of strategic health diplomacy (SHD) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) through the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), writing, “By addressing global health in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), the United States can save lives and improve its national strategic interests. … The long-term humanitarian aid of strategic health diplomacy can save lives, begin to reduce inequity, and look to foster regional health care leadership in regions of strategic importance…” (2/3).