Cristina Garcia, PhD, MHS
Cristina is Director of Economics and Finance at IVAC and an Assistant Scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has several years of experience working on infectious disease epidemiology and vaccine economics in a variety of settings globally. Her current research focuses on evaluating the broader economic impact of vaccines, which includes quantifying the economic burden of vaccine-preventable illness, evaluating the cost of vaccine delivery, and measuring the economic impact of Streptococcus pneumoniae and Salmonella Typhi vaccines. Her research interests are in measuring health system inequities, understanding the impact of out-of-pocket health expenditures on families, and evaluating health systems approaches to financial risk protection and vaccine access. She also has experience in disease burden modeling and vaccine strategic demand forecasting for Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis, and dengue.
Her current projects include Typhoid Vaccine Economics (TyVAC Economics), Indian Network for Streptococcus pneumoniae and PCV Impact Research – Evaluating PCV impact on health economic outcomes (INSPIRE-Econ), and Improving Immunization Coverage in Nigeria through SMS Reminders (IRISS).