David Contreras-Loya: Education and Health Interventions in low- and middle-income countries
Contreras-Loya with the Innovations for Poverty Action data collection team which coordinates data collection for private health clinics throughout Kenya as part of the African Health Markets for Equity Project.
Contreras-Loya discussing findings from the pilot study in health clinics with Atanus Mutisya, field manager of Innovations for Poverty Action in Kenya.

David Contreras-Loya is a UC MEXUS-CONACYT Doctoral Fellowship recipient who is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Health Policy at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. He studies the causal effects of education and health interventions in both low- and middle-income countries under the mentorship of Professor Paul Gertler, whose impact evaluation research focuses on learning what works in human development. Additionally, Contreras-Loya also collaborates with the Center for Healthcare Innovation Research in Progress (CHIRP) on a National Survey of Healthcare Organizations and Systems (NSHOS) for factors associated with the adoption of biomedical, care delivery, and patient engagement innovations.

Contreras-Loya’s research combines traditional econometric techniques with data-adaptive statistical methods for estimation of causal effects. These include state-of-the-art analytical techniques such as Targeted Learning founded by Professor Mark van der Laan, also at UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

During 2018-2019, Contreras-Loya holds a consultancy appointment for the World Bank, conducting causal inference with the VP, Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions (EFI) Practice Group. He is also the Co-PI (along with Dr. Sandra Sosa-Rubí) to a nationwide impact and economic evaluation of multidisciplinary care for patients with Type-2 Diabetes in Mexico, funded by CONACYT.

Contreras-Loya with Dr. Andrew in Kericho, Kenya after discussing challenges faced by private health providers.

For additional information, Contreras-Loya can be reached by email at davidcon@berkeley.edu.

For more information about Paul Gertler, Mark van der Laan or Targeted Learning please visit the following pages:
Contreras-Loya with Dr. Boniface Ndamiano, the owner of a health clinic that participates in the Tunza network which aims to provide high-quality services for the poor.