Rosemarie Santa

August 25, 2022, 15:30Zoom

Planning of Mobile Clinic Operations

This research focuses on the tactical planning phase of mobile clinics deployments. Mobile clinics are vehicles that are often implemented in humanitarian contexts, as they allow healthcare practitioners to offer their services in underserved areas (i.e., areas that have limited access to healthcare facilities). There is no comprehensive tool or guide that addresses the tactical challenges faced by mobile clinic practitioners when planning their operations. This research studies these challenges and captures them with mathematical models to provide tools and managerial insights for practitioners and researchers. We will discuss in this presentation the existing literature pertinent to mobile clinics and we will focus on their deployment for humanitarian relief in complex emergencies or conflict zones. Additionally, we will present how to model and formulate the deployment of mobile clinics in a deterministic and stochastic humanitarian context. Specifically, we model the deterministic mobile clinics deployment as a multiperiod location routing problem (MLRP) to capture the time dependency nature of mobile clinic deployments for humanitarian relief. Moreover, we model mobile clinics deployment subject to different sources of uncertainty, and formulate the problem as a two-stage stochastic prize collection problem. We also present four different recourse policies and study their impact on the tactical plan.


Rosemarie Santa earned a Bachelor and a Master�s in Industrial Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayag�ez. Her master�s thesis was in sports logistics, titled Reducing Participants� Interferences at the World�s Best 10K. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Quebec in Montr�al. Her thesis is titled: Strategic and Tactical of Planing of Mobile Clinic Deployments and will be defended on August 30th, 2022. Before venturing into her PhD she worked as an engineering consultant, a marketing director, and as a health and safety instructor for the Red Cross. She has served as a lecturer for the introductory course of Operations Management at multiple institutions, teaching in English, French, and Spanish. She is a researcher at the CIRRELT and GERAD research centers in Montr�al, Canada. She is also a plant lover