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Dr. Katherine Pettus, Spain
Access to Essential Controlled Medicines for Palliative Care in a Pandemic

Dr. Katherine Pettus is the Senior Advocacy and Partnerships Director for the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC). She collaborates with civil society organizations and policymakers to achieve IAHPC’S vision of a world free from health-related suffering. Dr. Pettus represents the IAHPC at meetings of the United Nations organizations to ensure inclusion of language relating to palliative care (PC) and essential PC medicines in relevant technical documents, reports, resolutions, and political declarations, providing national palliative care organizations with information about these provisions of the global health framework. 

She mentors IAHPC members to foster governmental and non-governmental partnerships in their own countries that support effective service delivery for people with palliative care needs. Dr. Pettus holds a doctorate in political theory from Columbia University, a master’s degree in health law and policy from the University of California San Diego, and an arts/law degree from Sydney University. She has an extensive list of publications, including two books, numerous chapters in multi-author collections and journal articles. She trained in California as a hospice volunteer in 2010, joining the leadership development initiative at the Institute for Palliative Medicine in 2011, and the IAHPC in 2014. 


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