January 14, 2016
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The VUSM Global Health Organization Presents: World Health Week 2016 | Feb 8 - 12

Please join us for these World Health Week lectures. Undergraduates, graduate students, medical students, faculty, and students from other schools are all welcome. Sponsored by the VUSM Global Health Organization. Lunch provided on a first come, first serve basis.

Please RSVP for each event (links are bolded below).

TUESDAY, February 9 | 12 - 1 p.m. (Light Hall 407)
"Social Enterprise Solutions to Chronic Childhood Malnutrition: Maní+ in Guatemala" Edward F Fischer is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt. He is also the founder of Maní+, a social enterprise in Guatemala that develops and produces locally sourced complementary foods to fight malnutrition. His recent work focuses on health, development, and wellbeing, and his latest book is The Good Life: Aspiration, Dignity, and the Anthropology of Wellbeing. RSVP here.

WEDNESDAY, February 10 | 12 - 1 p.m. (Light Hall 202)
“Creating a system of collaboration between traditional practitioners and clinicians to improve health outcomes in rural Mozambique” by Dr. Carolyn Audet Dr. Audet is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy, the Institute for Global Health and the Center for Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University.  She received her Ph.D. at Vanderbilt, at which time she began working in Uganda and Kenya overseeing several service learning programs with a focus on HIV, health care delivery, and poverty.  In 2008 she joined the Institute for Global Health at Vanderbilt University as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and began research on barriers to HIV testing and treatment uptake in rural Mozambique. In 2013, she completed her M.Sc. in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  She has received a career development award from Vanderbilt University to increase traditional healer referrals of HIV-infected patients (2012-2015) and from the National Institutes of Health to assess feasibility of engaging traditional healers as HIV treatment partners (2015-2019). Her research has led to changes in national health policy in Mozambique. Undergraduates, graduate students, medical students, faculty, and students from other schools are all welcome. This is the third speaker event in World Health Week, sponsored by the VUSM Global Health Organization. Lunch provided on a first come, first served basis. RSVP here.

THURSDAY, February 11 | 12 - 1 p.m. (Light Hall 415)
“Keep It Simple, Stupid: Development of Low Resource Diagnostics” by Dr. David Wright David Wright attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana where he received a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in Classics.  He pursued his graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA under the supervision of Prof. William. H. Orme-Johnson, focused on understanding the structure and function of the FeMo-cofactor of the enzyme nitrogenase.  After beginning his academic career at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, David joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University in 2001.  His research focus spans areas ranging from heme detoxification in hemophagous parasitic infectious diseases to developing tools and diagnostics for low-resource settings to understanding the biomineralization of novel materials in biological systems. RSVP here.

FRIDAY, February 12 | 12 - 1 p.m. (Light Hall 208)
Panel discussion with leaders from the World Health Organization, Partners in Health, Center for Disease Control, and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Panelists include:

  • Isabelle Wachsmuth, MSc, MPH, Project Manager for Emerging Issues, Quality Universal Health Coverage-Service Delivery and Safety, World Health Organization
  • Shelia Davis, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN, Chief Nursing Officer at Partners in Health.
  • Dr. Rachel Idowu, MD, MPH, Vanderbilt Medical Epidemiologist and Fogarty Fellow in the Center for Disease Control
  • Dr. Tim Jones, MD, Deputy State Epidemiologist, Director, FoodNet, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Preventative Medicine Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

RSVP here Undergraduates, graduate students, medical students, faculty, and students from other schools are all welcome. Sponsored by the VUSM Global Health Organization and Vanderbilt Global Health Case Competition. Brown bag lunch.