Chads. I am a practicing emergency physician, and I love my job. Each day is filled with new clinical challenges, fascinating people of all ages with stories to tell, and the chance to comfort and heal. I am deeply troubled, however, when I contrast the challenges that I face as a health care provider in the United States on a daily basis with those faced by the sick and their health officials in developing countries. Many decisions that I make are terribly expensive and often make little difference. On the contrary, interventions in developing countries cost pennies and make an enormous difference. If only it were that simple…
My experience in global health, while limited, has given me some experience in both clinical tropical medicine and public health. Perhaps more importantly, I have come to realize that, yes, in fact, the millions that are sick needlessly are suffering. That was an important realization for me (though it may be obvious to many) because needless suffering on the current scale necessitates action.
I have a diploma in clinical tropical medicine, which I earned in Peru. More recently, I have been on the Board of Advisers for a small NGO in Mozambique, Care for Life. I have been there three times and have worked on public health projects in AIDS and malaria. I am currently a Masters of Public Health (MPH) student at Johns Hopkins.
I am a believing, practicing Mormon. My upbringing as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has had a profound impact on the way that I view the world and other people.
I like to make cookies with my daughters, go on hikes in the mountains, read history (biographies) and philosophy (Kierkegaard and Buber), camp in the winter, play volleyball (beach doubles), eat at Thai and Indian restaurants with my wife, eat dairy products (Breyer’s Vanilla), take long bike rides, travel, sit outside when there are long shadows, and play hide and go seek.
Ben Crookston works as a research associate at the University of Utah in the Public Health Program. He holds degrees in public health and zoology from Brigham Young University, where he also works as part-time faculty instructing classes in research methods and international health. His research interests largely focus on child survival epidemiology in the developing world. He has carried out research in Ghana, Cambodia, India, and South Africa. Benjamin is presently completing coursework for a doctoral degree in public health at the University of Utah and anticipates graduating in the spring of 2009.
Kirk Dearden: For the past 17 years, Dr. Dearden has provided technical assistance to not-for-profit institutions to help them evaluate and improve upon the delivery of health services. For the first 12 years of his career, Dr. Dearden worked as senior research and evaluation specialist at the Academy for Educational Development, Johns Hopkins University, Save the Children, and the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh. More recently, he spent 5 years as a faculty member at Brigham Young University. Dr. Dearden continues to consult on applied research with the Academy for Educational Development, Save the Children/US, Freedom from Hunger, USAID and the World Health Organization among others. He has worked short- and long-term on development projects in Africa (Benin, Ethiopia, Kenya and Mali), Asia (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Georgia, India, Jordan, Moldova, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam and West Bank/Gaza) and Latin America (Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico and Nicaragua). Dr. Dearden’s research interests include the use of epidemiology and qualitative methods, program strategies designed to improve health and well-being, maternal and neo-natal health, malaria, acute respiratory infections, malnutrition in children less than 5 years of age and adolescent health.
Ryan and Kristen Lindsay – Ryan recently graduated from Brigham Young University getting his Masters in Public Health degree. He starts a PhD program in Global Health in San Diego in 2009. Concerning global health, his interests are primarily in infectious disease epidemiology and environmental health. Ryan has served an LDS mission in Recife, Brazil. He has also volunteered for six weeks in Maputo, Mozambique with the Humana – ADPP alliance. In Mozambique he worked at the community level on the nation’s HIV/AIDS prevention initiative. His graduate project researched risky health behaviors among street children in the Philippines. Ryan is married to Kristen, a fellow global health enthusiast. Kristen currently works in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.
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