CHHRN International Advisory Committee: Charles Godue


 Dr. Charles Godue


Senior Advisor, Human Resources for Health,
Pan American Health Organization

Native to the city of Granby, in the Eastern Township of Québec, Dr. Charles Godue obtained his medical degree from the University of Sherbrooke in 1976. The following year, he pursued an internship in pediatrics at the Montreal Children’s hospital, followed by a year of training in family medicine at the Maisonneuve– Rosemont Hospital in Montreal. In 1978, left Canada to work as a volunteer physician in the rural Maya-Mam community in the highlands of Guatemala, where he worked with a multi-disciplinary team providing primary health care services.

In 1981, Dr. Godue returned to Canada due to deteriorating living conditions and security as a result of civil war that shook
Guatemala. The practical experience of the impact on Indian and peasant communities in Central communities in terms of what is
now referred to as social determinants of health gave Dr. Godue incentive to pursue specialized training in community medicine at
the Montreal General Hospital and a master’s degree in epidemiology and biostatistics at McGill University in Montreal.

In the following years, he maintained active involvement in international health issues including political and social transformation processes in Central America and Haiti which connected him to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization’s regional office for the Americas. In 1991, he joined PAHO’s health human resources unit at the headquarters in Washington DC; a unit responsible for cooperation with countries of the America’s with regards to health human resource policy where he assumed the role of coordinator of the Training Program in International Health, Regional Advisor for Public Health and Medical Education, and, Chief of the Unit of Human Resources Development. He continues to provide expertise in the area of health systems and human resources for health in his current role at PAHO as Coordinator, Human Resources for Health, Area of Health Systems and Services.

CHHRN is pleased to have Dr. Godue as a member of the CHHRN International Advisory Committee which benefits greatly from
this knowledge, expertise and advice.



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