Executive Secretary 2020-2021


Cláudia Brandão Gonçalves Silva


Representative of Brazil as a member of the Executive Secretariat of REIP and charged with developing the organizational capacity and structure of REIP. She is also responsible for formalizing the theme of Interprofessional Education in Health and Collaborative Practices in Brazil's national health policy from the year 2016. Manager and researcher about Health Education, Claudia has a valuable contribution to the implementation of EIP and PC in the Region of the Americas. She is one of the founders of REIP and has been supporting the development of the theme in conjunction with PAHO / WHO. She is a Brazilian Network for Education and Interprofessional Work in Health (ReBETIS) member of the Consultative Council of Cadernos do Cuidado journal and researcher of the most recent initiatives for the implementation of the National IPE Plan in Brazil.

Piedad Cecilia Serpa Pérez


Coordinator and professor at the Department of Clinical Management and Patient Safety and the Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Collaborative Practice (CP) strategy at the Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Medicine at the University of Santander, Piedad is a doctor with a master's degree in management of health services, health quality and patient safety, co-founder and member of UNIREDEIP (Academic Network for Interprofessional Education in the Americas), whose mission is to develop actions at university level and collaborative work that favor the advancement of the IPE and CP strategy, to contribute to the transformation of education and human talent in health and achieve the best results in patients, families and communities in the region of the Americas. She is also a member of the IPE Colombia team to advance the actions of IPE and CP in the country.

Francisco Ariza Montoya


Representative of the Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection at REIP, Ariza is a sanitary doctor with 20 years of experience in health education and research processes. He participated in the formulation and management of public health and education policies, as well as in the design and execution of social research projects with a transdisciplinary and intercultural approach. In the Colombian health system, he led the development of models of primary health care. He was a university professor in public health, health policies, interprofessional education, family and community health, ethics and social responsibility in health, among others. He is currently the coordinator of the health education group of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Colombia and a reference for the national group of Interprofessional Education in Health (IPE), an instance of intersectoral coordination that coordinates at national level the process of implementation of the IPE. Ariza is the delegate of the Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection for international IPE meetings and processes.

Mercedes Pérez


Professor at the Faculty of Nursing at the University of the Republic of Uruguay, holding the position of Full Professor of the Maternal and Child Department, Mercedes has been the dean of the Faculty of Nursing since 2013. She has a degree in nursing, specializing in Maternal and Child Nursing and in health service management. Member of the Board of Directors of the Latin American Association of Colleges and Schools of Nursing (UDUAL, from 2013 to today). Member of the Nursing Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Health and of the Advisory Group of the Honorary Presidency of Covid. She participated in technical meetings on interprofessional education (IPE) organized by PAHO / WHO in Bogotá, Brasília and Buenos Aires. She Implemented activities to promote IPE in Uruguay, according to the Plan presented at the First Technical Meeting of IPE in Bogotá (2016), with activities to raise awareness about the theme and initiatives for faculty development. Mercedes also promoted in the health area of the University of the Republic the formulation of interprofessional elective courses and publicized in several events the importance of IPE, as well as the normative conditions of the University of the Republic for its implementation.

She published an editorial for the Journal of the Association of Colleges and Schools of Nursing in Latin America and the Caribbean (UDUAL), with an approach on the value of IPE, also participating in round tables and presentations at various international conferences on the same theme. She is a member of UNIREDEIP.

José Rodrigues Freire Filho

Founding member of REIP. José Rodrigues has a postdoctoral study at the University of Sao Paulo and a representative of the Region of the Americas at the Global Confederation for Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice (Interprofessional.Global).He has a PhD in Sciences with research on Interprofessional Health Education at the University of São Paulo - Brazil, José presents a strategic role in conducting REIP, as well as in monitoring of actions for the implementation of IPE & CP in Latin American and Caribbean countries, including with investigations to evaluate the impact that the approach presents in the area of human resources for health with potential to improve universal access to health. He was Consultant on Human Resources in Health of the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO). Technical Advisor of the Department of Health Education Management of the Brazilian Ministry of Health and Institutional Support of the Board of Directors of Health Education Development of the Ministry of Education of Brazil.


Sílvia Cassiani

Regional Advisor on Nursing and Allied Health Personnel of the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO). Cassiani has a PhD in Nursing from the University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto College of Nursing - Brazil. She was the director of the same institution, with a master's, doctorate and postdoctoral degree. She is one of the protagonists in the implementation of the theme of Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practices in Region of the Americas. She launched the theme as a priority in the area of human resources for health in the year 2016 and has been working intensively ever since, so that the approach can contribute to improving the quality of health care. Member of University Council in Brazil. Ad-hoc Consultant of the Foundation for Research Support of the State of São Paulo (FAPESP), the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) of Brazil and with several experience in the Nursing area, with emphasis on undergraduate Nursing, Cassiani has a strategic role in Education and collaborative inter-professional health practices in the Region of the Americas.