Utah Valley Global Health Group

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Archive for February, 2008

Global Health Council: 5 Year Plan

Posted by chads on February 23, 2008

The Global Health Council, the world’s largest membership alliance dedicated to saving lives by improving health throughout the world, just posted its 5-year strategic plan on-line. It’s worth (at least a quick) a look for several reasons. Most importantly, perhaps, it gives a quick overview of what some of the most involved and informed global health players think will be the major issues and challenges facing their organization (and the global health community in general) over the next 5 years. It also provides a model for other, perhaps smaller organizations, to complete their future strategic plan.


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March 4 RESULTS Meeting

Posted by chads on February 21, 2008

Tuesday, March 4th, 7 p.m., in Provo, Utah. We will have a short movie, Everyday Heroes. Ken Patterson, National Director of Global Campaigns, will conduct the program after that. This will be a great outreach program for you to bring friends who don’t know much about Results and also for all of us to learn more as well. It will be a really wonderful evening to be together with like minded people. Please try to come and bring a few friends. Please RSVP to me at claralynhill@comcast.net. Thanks and we’ll see you there!

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BYU’s Mother, Newborn, and Child Health Conference

Posted by chads on February 20, 2008

Looks like a great conference! I hope to see many participants. Details can be found at the above link; here is a summary:

April 4, 2008
BYU Conference Center

The purpose of the Mother, Newborn, and Child Health Conference at BYU is to provide students, faculty, professionals, and volunteers with an outstanding opportunity to understand successful evidence-based interventions for improving global health. This year the conference will specifically focus on family-based solutions to health challenges, and feature key officials from the Pan American Health Organization.

Conference Theme: Addressing Global Mother, Newborn, and Child Health Issues through a Family Perspective: Looking at Evidence-Based Solutions

Tenative Schedule

Morning Session
8:30 – 8:35 a.m. Welcome
8:36 – 8:44 a.m. Symposium Introduction
8:45 – 9:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Gina Tambini, M.D.: How Can Family-Focused, Evidence-Based Solutions to Mother, Newborn, and Child Health Issues Be Translated in International Settings? Challenges and Opportunities
Area Manager, Family and Community Health
Pan American Health Organization
World Health Organization
9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Christopher Drasbek, MPH: Why a Family Perspective to Global Health Issues? Research, Program, Policy, and Practical Implications
Regional IMCI Advisor
Child and Adolescent Health
Family and Community Health
Pan American Health Organization
World Health Organization
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Padmini Murthy, M.D., MPH, MS: Women’s Rights and Health Issues: Barriers, Solutions, Progress
Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health
International/Global Health Program Director
New York Medical College–School of Public Health
11:15 a.m. – noon Panel Discussion
* Presenters are subject to change.
Afternoon Session
Best Practices and Methods: Lessons from the Field and Mother, Newborn, and Child Health Studies
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. What women know, believe, and practice: impact of culture and lifestyle on health outcomes Untapped partnerships in international mother, newborn, and child health promotion: family, public, and private sectors Topic: Family health and the family health history as a prevention tool
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Millennial development goals and improving mother, newborn, and child health by 2015: research findings and lessons from the field Mother, newborn, and child health and the ongoing challenge of AIDS and infectious diseases Addressing mother, newborn, and child health gaps in research, policy, and implementation for adolescent health
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Thirty years after the Alma-Ata Declaration: what is the impact of primary health care on women, newborns, and children? Improving health outcomes in resource-challenged settings: teaching newborn resuscitation Family health history implications for global communities: research findings and lessons from the field
4:30 p.m. Adjourn

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Osteopathic Medicine and Global Health

Posted by chads on February 16, 2008

I was asked the following questions by a student recently:

1. Is there a limitation to what I can do in international medicine with an Osteopathic degree? That depends on what you want to do. If you are interested in clinical medicine, then there may be a problem in some countries. If I remember correctly, for example, in England, osteopaths do not have the same practice scope as they do in the United States. It seems to me that most developing countries don’t have a specific policy regarding osteopathic practitioners, and it would depend more on the organization that you are working with than anything else. If you are interested in public health, on the other hand, there shouldn’t be a problem. Having said all of that, my own personal bias is that there is not much of a role for clinicians volunteering or working short-term in developing countries, and that they can usually do much more good in other capacities (public health, advocacy, public awareness, health systems development, etc.).

2. In your experience, is it realistic for me to plan to spend most of my time abroad (outside of the US) practicing medicine? Again, it depends what you want to do. It probably isn’t realistic if you have a family or live a typical American life style.  1-2 years might be more realistic.

3. What would you recommend as the best route to getting involved with quality organizations abroad (residency selection, specialty choice, etc.)? It seems to me that the best way to answer all of these questions is to try to imagine where you picture yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 30 years? Do you want to become proficient at practicing medicine in developing countries? Do you want to help people who need a doctor? Do you want to see different cultures and exotic places? Do you want to make an impact on the global health situation? Different answers to these questions will, in my opinion, likely take you down VERY different paths. (Realistically, I realize that most have motives that are a combination of these!) In any case, if you are interested in a long-term academic career tropical medicine, I’d recommend a fellowship in infectious diseases. On the other hand, if you’re interested in fulfilling a personal need or desire to help people, I’d follow your heart (or your Spiritual or moral compass).

Finally, if you are interested in making a significant dent in the global health situation, I’m not sure I can help you much, but I’ll try. I would recommend a long-term, consistent, evidence-based approach (along with following your Spiritual or moral compass!) I would also specialize in something OUTSIDE of clinical medicine (epidemiology? community advocacy and change? health systems? journalism? economics? anthropology? behavior change?). Then I’d recommend meeting and collaborating with people in that same field that have much more experience than you. I think you’ll find that much (even most!) of the effective work you’ll do will be INSIDE the United States through communication, research, evaluation, awareness campaigns, fund raising, teaching/mentoring, etc. I am also convinced that the third path (making a significant dent in the global health situation) would be the most challenging (and worthwhile), and the one I definitely recommend…

4. Have you had any experience of repaying med school loans through serving in underserved/rural areas? I don’t have any personal experience, but I know that there are programs out there. Maybe someone else can chime in?

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Posted by chads on February 12, 2008

This looks like a good resource for University groups interested in global health.

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