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I am a Professor of Management of the University of the Philippines Baguio with a Master in Public Health from UP Manila and PhD from the University of Sydney, NSW, Australia. As a researcher, I sustained research publications in the field of health services and non-profit sector management, including Indigenous Health Knowledge and Practices, Gender Studies, Health Policy Studies, Health Program Assessment and Evaluation Studies, and Community Development Participatory Action Researches. I have been involved in various researches/projects with the Department of Health (both National and Regional) such as an evaluation study on the Health Sector Reform Agenda and the development of a supervisory manual for public health nurses with the Human Resource Development Bureau. I am an active member of the nursing profession, and have served the Philippine Nurses Association (National and local chapter) in various capacities such as Board of Governor; Board Secretary; Chapter President; Chair of the House of Delegates; Chair of the Department of Public Affairs. I am the editor-in-chief of the Philippine Journal of Nursing since 2008. I am also active with various non-government organizations such as President of the Community Health Education, Services and Training in the Cordillera Region Inc.; President, Cordillera Center for Health and Social Concerns Inc.; Chair, Capability Building Committee of the Cordillera Region Health Research and Development Consortium (CHRDC 2008-2017); Regional Coordinator of the CRHRDC (2018-2020); Chair/member, Luke Foundation; and member/officer of various cause-oriented organizations (Alliance of Concerned Teachers; All UP Academic Employees Union). I am the founding president of the Philippine Nursing Research Society (2008-2016). I continue to keep myself grounded through my involvement with people’s organizations and community development work.

About Erlinda Castro-Palaganas

About Me

my Journey

My Personal Journey

Integrated scholarship and significant and sustained level of achievement: The journey. 37 years ago, I took the road least taken: I entered the professional world of public health. Today,  I reflect on my journey as a nurse researcher – a journey that became the springboard of many expectations, achievements and challenges.

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Award 2019


Most Outstanding Alumni, 2015 of the UERMMMCI, July 19, 2015, Award given by the Board of Trustees; first in 58 years of existence of the University Medical Center.

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Recent Conferences


2nd Sigma Asia Region Conference

(Powerpoint Presentation)
August 20-21, 2018 | Dumaguete City, Philippines

Research & Publications


The first multidisciplinary research I conducted with my colleagues in 1997, joined by a historian, sociologist, anthropologist and a philosopher, Mainstreaming Indigenous Health Knowledge and Practices, was difficult but rewarding.

Research  Publications

Extension Service/ Pahinungod

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News and Events

Science And Spirituality Go Hand-In-Hand Among Mountain Tribes

ecpalaganasBased on her 30 years of study on indigenous health and practices of the Igorots, a professor from the University of the Philippines Baguio is invoking the power of spiritual healing over diseases covered by the indigenous and spiritual practices in the Cordillera region. [Read More]

APRU Global Health Program Workshop

apru-201APRU Global Health Program Workshop
October 16-20, 2017
University of The Philippines
Manila, Philippines

2017-2018 APRU Advisory Group


ecpalaganas CMO ASIA AwardDr. Erlinda Castro-Palaganas and Dr. Corazon Abansi were among the many awardees to the CMO Asia’s Excellence Awards held last 5th August, 2016 at Pan Pacific, Singapore. Dr. Palaganas recieved the award for Education Excellence and Academic Excellence for Dr. Abansi. Dr. Palaganas  was also a panel member on the topic: Education for Sustainability Development.


Recently Published Article

The Qualitative Report  TOR

The Qualitative Report (ISSN 1052-0147) is a peer-reviewed, on-line monthly journal devoted to writing and discussion of and about qualitative, critical, action, and collaborative inquiry and research.[Read More]


The APRU 2016 Report

Transcultural Caring Dynamics in Nursing and Health Care

An examination of the causes, consequences, and policy responses to the migration of highly trained health personnel from the Philippines: the high cost of living/leaving—a mixed method study

Dramatic increases in the migration of human resources for health (HRH) from developing countries like the Philippines can have consequences [Read More]