Weekly Global Health Notices, 2/22-2/26/2010 and beyond

Tuesday, February 23, 2010:  Global Health and Medicine Lecture Series

Lecture:  “Medical students in international settings : problems and possibilities”

Edward R. Feller M.D.

Clinical Professor of Medicine and Community Health

Brown University

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Biomed Center-Eddy Auditorium Room 291

Thursday, February 25, 2010:  Morning Report; also, (New!) Colloquium

Morning Report:  Recent experiences with an organization in Haiti

Carole Lewis, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Clinical)

Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University

Director of the Pediatric Refugee Health Clinic


Sarah Whittle, MD

PGY-1, Pediatrics


Hasbro Children’s Hospital Rm 151

Colloquium:  “Participatory Citizenship and Civic Engagement: Asian Indians in DFW”

Caroline Brettell, Ph.D.

Southern Methodist University

12:00 noon

Seminar Room

Mencoff Hall, 68 Waterman St.

Dr. Brettell received her PhD in anthropology from Brown University in 1978 and joined the faculty at SMU in 1988. Her research interests include migration and immigration, the cross-cultural study of gender, the intersections of anthropology and history, and European enthnography. Dr. Brettell has written extensively on problems of international migration in general, and on aspects of Portuguese emigration in particular. Recent works include Citizenship, Immigration, and Belongings: Immigrants in Europe and the United States (co-edited with Deborah Reed-Danahay) and Twenty-first Century Gateways: Immigrant Incorporation in Suburban America (co-edited with Audrey Singer and Susan W. Hardwick).

March 8, 2010:  Essay Contest Deadline

First Place — $1,000

Second Place — $500

DEADLINE: March 8, 2010

Complete rules and requirements are available online.

KaiserEDU.org announces its Fourth Annual Student Essay Contest. Submit an original essay on the topic below for a chance to win $1,000. Deadline for submission is March 8, 2010.

It is January 2015. What do you see as the major health policy challenges still facing the United States? Please identify the top two priorities and discuss how they should be addressed.


  • Eligibility – Submissions will be accepted from undergraduate and graduate-level students enrolled in a university-based, degree-granting program at the time of submission.
  • Essay length – Essays must not exceed 1,000 words in length and must be original work, prepared by one author only.
  • Essay submission – Entries must be submitted online only. No emails will be accepted.
  • Deadline – All essays must be submitted by March 8, 2010, 5 p.m. ET.
  • Judging – Entries will be judged by a panel of professionals with experience in health policy and politics from inside and outside the Kaiser Family Foundation. Winners will be notified by May 1, 2010.
  • Prizes – Undergraduate and graduate students will be judged separately and first-place winners will be awarded $1,000; second-place winners will receive $500.

For more information and complete rules and requirements, visit kaiseredu.org/essaycontest2010.

March 15, 2010:  Application deadline:  NIH-FIC Research Funding opportunity

ARRA Funding Opportunity Announcement soliciting applications in five areas, one of which is Global Health.  Note, as a Recovery Act solicitation, foreign institutions may NOT apply as the applicant organization.  Application due date:  March 15, 2010.

For more information, see:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-10-005.html

March 17, 2010:  Refugee seminar

Southeast Asian and African Refugees in Rhode Island:

A Call to Action for Collaborative, Culturally Competent Care

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

4:30pm – 7:30pm


Rhode Island College

Donovan Dining Center

Faculty Room, Main Room

600 Mount Pleasant Ave.

Providence, RI 02908

Space is limited!  No registration fee. Dinner will be served.  Free Social Work CEUs (3hrs.) available.

If you are interested in attending, please contact:

Ammala Douangsavanh at (401) 277-3637

or RefugeeSeminar@gmail.com <mailto:RefugeeSeminar@gmail.com>

Sponsored by:  Socio-Economic Development Center for Southeast Asians (SEDC); African Alliance; Neighborhood Health Plan of RI; School of Social Work at Rhode Island College; Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University

April 1, 2010:  Application Deadline

The Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is announcing a Request for Applications for the Spring 2010 Developmental Grant Program.  Applications are due to the CFAR office by April 1, 2010.

We are strongly encouraging applications that include cross-campus (Tufts and Brown) or interdepartmental collaborations and/or utilization of services from more than one core (HIV & Women, Prevention Science, Nutrition Metabolism & GI, and Outcomes & Biostatistics).

Please see the attached flyer for specific details and contact information.

April 13, 2010:  Public Health Research Day

This year’s Brown University Public Health Research Day will be held on April 13 from 1:30 – 6:00 pm in Andrews Dining Hall. Our annual poster session will start at 1:30pm with awards for posters in several categories including:

1) best undergraduate poster

2) best MPH poster

3) best doctoral student or trainee poster.

The Call for Abstracts and Abstract Submission form are attached.

Gillian Paynter
Executive Assistant
Program in Public Health
121 S. Main St, Box G-S121 (2)
Providence  RI  02912
Tel: 401-863-9858
Fax: 401-863-3713

April 17-18, 2010:  Unite for Sight Global Health Conference

GH/Innovate 2010
Global Health & Innovation Conference
Presented by Unite For Sight, 7th Annual Conference
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Saturday, April 17 – Sunday, April 18, 2010

“A Meeting of Minds”–CNN

Registration & Details (Registration rate increases after January 31): http://www.uniteforsight.org/conference

200 speakers, including keynote addresses by Seth Godin, Jacqueline Novogratz, Jeffrey Sachs and Sonia Sachs. Social innovation sessions by CEOs and Directors of Acumen Fund, Partners in Health, Doctors Without Borders, Save The Children, HealthStore Foundation, and many others.  The conference schedule is now online.

The Global Health & Innovation Conference convenes more than 2,200 students and professionals from 55 countries who are interested in global health and international development, public health, medicine, social entrepreneurship, nonprofits, philanthropy, microfinance, human rights, anthropology, health policy, advocacy, public service, environmental health, and education.

Call For Social Enterprise Pitches: Do you have an innovative idea or a new program in development?  Submit your idea for presentation.  Complete details on conference website.

Ongoing:  Conference registration now open

Global Health Council 2010 Conference

Global Health:  Goals and Metrics

June 14-18, 2010

Omni-Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC

Registration Now Open

It’s the global health community’s annual meeting. You need to be here.
Online registration is now available.
For the best value, register by Feb. 26
A comprehensive registration package includes access to all main conference events and sessions.

Special Offer
The Council and Women Deliver are pleased to announce a joint registration discount. Save $100 when you attend both conferences. Two landmark events, one great price! | info.

Attention Students and New Professionals: Forge new friendships and have fun while contributing to the overall success of the conference program.
Limited hours (8-10) and flexible scheduling ensure that you are able to fully participate in sessions and events | info.
Organizational Opportunities
Partner with the Council and connect with the global health community at this premier annual event.

  • Sponsorship | info
  • Exhibition | info – Reminder: 2009 Exhibitors sign up
    by Dec. 31 to guarantee your booth location
  • Advertising | info
  • Auxiliary Events | info

The historic Omni Shoreham Hotel will serve as official conference venue.
Discount rooms sell out in advance. Book now.
Special rate ends May 21 | info

Visit www.globalhealthconference.org to plan your participation.

Ongoing:  Job opportunity available

Maternova Innovation Portal:

Part-time Consultant Position for Mexico Maternal Health Mapping

Maternova is a comprehensive knowledge sharing platform that will help save millions of lives

Beyond Profit

Part-time position details

Maternova is working with the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals to create a web-based, interactive map of maternal health providers in one marginalized state in Mexico (state to be determined).  A part-time consultant is being sought to help to manage the project and provide critical inputs in research, strategy and to interface with Mexican partners.  The requirements for the position include:

  • Fluent in Spanish; native speaker ideal**[1]
  • Background and experience in global public health, preferably maternal or

reproductive health

  • Background in GIS, mapping and IT
  • 2 years relevant work experience at a minimum
  • Ideally, some knowledge of public health and the health system in Mexico
  • Located in or near Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  • Excellent research and writing skills; proven management skills

The position is a part-time position for 12 months.  Compensation is approximately $18/hour

for one full day a week.  Hours are flexible.

Maternova connects frontline providers & innovators

Maternova seeks to become the online media hub connecting millions of people who work on maternal/newborn health around the world.   The innovation portal will facilitate user-generated exchanges on highly practical issues, saving lives by increasing efficiency, making connections and sharing innovations.  The site is pioneering two unprecedented resources:  live, user-generated maps of health clinics around the world and an interactive innovations index.

[1] This is non-negotiable as we must have a Spanish speaker on the team

Please send a CV to mwirth@maternova.net if you have most or all of the characteristics listed above and can commit to a full year of work on this project.

Ongoing:  Global Health Volunteer Opportunity available

Global Impact Corps: Global Health Volunteer Abroad Opportunity


Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps is an immersive global health experience for students and for professionals.  All volunteers participating in Unite For Sight’s international programs are Global Impact Fellows.

What do Global Impact Fellows do? They participate daily with local ophthalmic nurses, local optometrists, and local ophthalmologists to eliminate patient barriers to care and to facilitate comprehensive year-round eye care for patients living in extreme poverty.  They assist with patient education, visual acuity screening, patient intake, distributing the glasses and medication prescribed by the local eye doctors, data compilation and analysis, and other important support tasks. Through hands-on, structured training, volunteers gain a comprehensive understanding about best practices in global health and social entrepreneurship.  Global Impact Fellows gain skills and are nurtured to become new leaders in global health, and they receive a Certificate in Global Health & Program Delivery.  Additionally, Global Impact Fellows may participate in the Global Impact Lab, an optional program for those interested in pursuing global health research.

Who is eligible? Anyone from any country is eligible to apply.  Unite For Sight Global Impact Fellows are 18 years and older, and there is no upper age limit. Global Impact Fellows range from undergraduate students to medical students, public health students and public health professionals, nurses, educators, opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists.

Locations of Year-Round Eye Care Delivery:
(volunteer for 7 days, 15 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, or more)

  • Accra and Kumasi Regions, Ghana
  • Tamale, Ghana
  • Varying Rural Villages, Ghana
  • Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • Bihar, India
  • Chennai, India
  • New Delhi, India
  • Orissa, India

Complete details online at http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad

NEW!! Announcement:  2010 University of Minnesota Global Health Course (Registration information to follow)

Dear Global Health colleagues:

We would like to invite you to attend the 2010 Global Health Course at the University of Minnesota.


Our Global Health Course has been designed for local, national, and international health care providers that serve globally mobile populations such as immigrants, refugees, and/or travelers.

Participants include University of Minnesota and non-University of Minnesota medical students, residents, and fellows as well as local, national, and international practicing and retired physicians, nursing students, registered nurses, licensed nurse practitioners, physician assistants, veterinarians, and active military personnel.


The goal of the Global Health Course is to provide medical education to local, national, and international health care providers so that they may become better able to confidently identify, correctly diagnose, and appropriately treat their patients within the Global Village.


*The Global Health Course strives to help reduce disparities in health care and outcomes for globally mobile populations.

*The Global Health course strives to provide the most current and relevant training and support for those who are committed to “Global Health”.

*The Global Health Course strives inspire students, residents, physicians, and practicing health care providers to provide services in communities that are underserved.


*Health care providers will acquire a basic knowledge of all major diseases throughout the world and how the diseases, proportionally or disproportionally, effect differing populations.

*Health care providers will increase their quality of care for globally mobile populations.

*Health care providers will improve their cultural competence.

*Health care providers will be able to help decrease health disparities.

*Health care providers will achieve core competencies in global health.

*Health care providers will develop leadership skills in global health education and clinical care.

*Health care providers will build connections to national and international health care experts.

*Health care providers will have the opportunity to connect with local, national, and international medical communities.


Along with being an outstanding source for the most current and relevant Tropical and Travel Medicine information, our Global Health Course is a certificate preparation course that is one of 17 courses offered internationally, and the only course that is co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Once participants complete our American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) accredited Global Health Course and complete an international rotation, they are qualified to sit for the biannually-offered exam that leads to a Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers’

Health; CTropMed (r).


*The Global Health Course will be in session starting July 6, 2010 through August 27, 2010.

*The classroom schedule runs Monday through Friday from approximately 8am until 4:30pm.

*The course agenda includes lectures, some of which will be interactive, case presentations, and several hands-on laboratory sessions that focus on Malaria and the use of Ultra Sound technology.

*Since participants may take the course modules in any order and over any amount of time, we strive to offer a similar course layout each year.

*The 2010 agenda will not be announced until shortly before the cou rse begins, however, you may view previous curriculum on our web site at:



*We will send an announcement as soon as registration is open for the 2010 Global Health Course.

*Participants may register up until the course starts and/or prior to the start of individual module that is to be taken.

*All course participants will register through the University of Minnesota’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) office at:


*Exception: University and non-University medical students will register through the University of Minnesota Medical School.

*Please see our web site for information regarding registration and fees at:



*We are in the process of developing an on-line version of the Global Health Course.

*The on-line course will mirror the regular in-person classes but will include enhancements for the distance learner/participant.

*Our mission is to offer Module 1 and Module 8 within 2010.

*We would like to note that for ASTMH accreditation purposes, the modules that contain laboratory components (Malaria and Ultra Sound) must be taken in person.


*Please let us know if you will be in need of housing during your stay as we can reserve a room for you on campus at the University of Minnesota Comstock Hall dormitory.

*The cost for housing in the dormitory is approximately $47 per day.

*Additional logistical information is available on our web site at:


Please contact Debbie Luedtke for additional information at luedt047@umn.edu<mailto:luedt047@umn.edu>

We look forward to seeing you this summer.

Debbie Luedtke

University of Minnesota-Department of Medicine

Global Health Pathway and Global Health Course

“Medical Education in the Global Village”

PWB 14-124, MMC 284

420 Delaware Street SE

Minneapolis, MN 55455




[1] This is non-negotiable as we must have a Spanish speaker on the team

Friday, February 19, 2010: Framing Haiti: A Brown University Teach-In

12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Sidney Frank Hall for Life Sciences

185 Meeting Street


Brown University Haitian Relief Committee Holds Teach-In

“Framing Haiti: A Brown University Teach-In” will be held Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, from noon to 3 p.m. in the Sidney Frank Hall for Life Sciences, 185 Meeting St.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — “Framing Haiti: A Brown University Teach-In” will be held Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, from noon to 3 p.m. in the Sidney Frank Hall for Life Sciences, 185 Meeting St. All events are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Brown University Haitian Relief Committee, the event will address Haiti’s rich legacy of art and literature, its history and culture, as well as January’s catastrophic earthquake and the medical crises it engendered.

“The earthquake in Haiti raised many issues,” said Anthony Bogues, the Harmon Family Professor of Africana Studies at Brown and a teach-in organizer. “What social, historical, and political conditions made a natural disaster into a man-made catastrophe? What has been the historic relationship between the United States and Haiti? How do we all understand Haiti’s history?”

A panel of distinguished speakers will address these and other issues. The event will feature noted Haitian scholars Colin Dayan, professor of English at Vanderbilt University and a leading literary and cultural scholar of Haiti, and the Haitian historical sociologist Alex Dupuy, professor of sociology at Wesleyan University.

Also on the program will be two Brown medical doctors — Sachita Shah, assistant professor of emergency medicine, and Roman Hayda, associate professor of orthopaedics — who worked in Haiti in the weeks following the earthquake, and Haitian poets Danielle Legros Georges of Lesley University and Patrick Sylvain of Brown’s Center for Latin American Studies.

The event will also feature a small exhibition of Haitian art sponsored by the Providence gallery Peaceable Kingdom.

Additionally, Brown and the Rhode Island School of Design will co-sponsor a lecture by Bill Bollendorf, who in 1974 founded Galerie Macondo, a Pittsburgh gallery for Haitian art. Bollendorf will speak on the devastation of Port-au-Prince’s legendary Iron Market and Grande Rue at 3:30 p.m. in the RISD Museum’s Danforth Room.

February 18, 2010: Grad Student Workshop

Grad Student Workshop: “Research Ethics at the IRB and in the Field” Speakers scheduled to present are as follows:

Jessaca Leinaweaver, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Nancy Luke, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Sriniketh Nagavarapu, Assistant Professor of Economics

12:00 noon

Seminar room, Mencoff Hall

68 Waterman St.

Lunch will be served. Please contact Katelyn Clary | Administrative Assistant

with any questions– P: 401-863-2668.