IHME professor Rafael Lozano  chaired the 2012 meeting of the Regional Advisory Committee on Health Statistics, Comité Regional Asesor sobre Estadísticas de Salud (CRAES) , in Havana, Cuba. Dr. Lozano spoke on quality assessment of mortality information, explaining IHME’s work in the identification and redistribution of cause of death codes. This research supports the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors 2010 Study .
CRAES is an advisory body to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)  on the major challenges in the analysis of health data and statistics for the Americas. The group’s recommendations allow PAHO to improve data collection and analysis to support public health decisions.