Talita Rosa, MS, MD

Atlantic Fellow at GBHI
UCSF Memory and Aging Center

Home Country: Brazil
Field of Employment: Global Health
Key Areas: health economics, public health, aging, health systems

Programs aiming at improving care coordination and providing caregiver support have the potential to increase quality of care for dementia while decreasing costs.


Talita Rosa is a family physician and global health scientist. She has worked supporting intervention projects in Brazilian rural communities by involving different representatives to implement interventions to improve care. She is interested in understanding simple, effective, and low cost solutions that can increase access and quality of care for older adults.

Rosa is studying the costs of implementing a personalized model of care management for people suffering from cognitive impairment and their caregivers. Rosa is also studying whether different models of reimbursement can stimulate healthcare professionals to provide a comprehensive, preventive management of care for older adults suffering from dementia.

GBHI is a great opportunity for her to further understand ways to shift the models of care from a reactive to preventive care, potentially increasing the quality and access to services, while decreasing costs. Rosa hopes to study solutions that can push stakeholders to uphold simple, cost-effective measures that can help decrease the gap of healthcare provision for older adults.

Bio: Talita Rosa received her medical school training from the Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, Brazil. Rosa received her master’s degree in global health from the University of California, San Francisco. After completing her master degree, she has joined the Global Health Department at UCSF as a teaching assistant for the Health Economics and Epidemiology courses. In 2017, she joined the fellowship for Equity in Brain Health at GBHI.