Faculty Spotlight: Penn Medicine's Mike Rubenstein is Recognized by the American Academy of Neurology for his Global Work!
"Michael Rubenstein, MD, found himself working in global neurology almost by accident. With a background of residency training at the University of Virginia, he was already well established as a private practice general neurologist in the Philadelphia area and adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania when his adventurous spirit led him and his children on a safari and volunteering trip to Tanzania in 2009. While there, he asked to see a local medical facility and found himself doing neurologic consultations with two local physicians, Dr. Frank Artress and Dr. Fredrick Mshana, both working at a clinic run by the Foundation for African Medicine & Education (FAME) in Karatu, Tanzania. Rubenstein was immediately drawn to the dedication of these physicians and the importance of the work they were doing. He returned the following year as a volunteer medical provider.He remains a volunteer to this day and considers the FAME clinic his 'second home.'"
Ebola virus most recently appeared in Nigeria on July 20, 2014 when the Liberian-American lawyer and diplomat, Mr. Patrick Sawyer landed at the Lagos Airport, ostensibly en route to a business meeting. Mr. Sawyer had cared for a sibling who ultimately died from EVD in Liberia. Mr. Sawyer was critically ill on his arrival and was immediately transported to First Consultants Hospital in Lagos, where a medical care team, led by Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, directed his care. Tragically, Mr. Sawyer died on July 25 after exposing multiple individuals to the virus: there were ultimately 20 laboratory-confirmed EVD cases in Nigera all traced to Mr. Sawyer, with 8 deaths including Dr. Adadevoh and 3 other staff at First Consultants Hospital.
DRASA Trust, established in memory of Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, provides education and training for outbreak preparedness and prevention, develops and distributes infection control resources, and advocates for strong public health policies. DRASA Trust engaged the Penn Center for Global Health to assist in developing an infection control program in Nigeria targeted to EVD so that events like those in 2014 would be either preventable or more rapidly and effectively controlled. As health care workers provide a front line of defense in this effort, the early discussion surrounding this plan focused on the goals and means of infection control training, as well as the implementation sites and potential larger scale roll-out of such a plan. Recognizing that the development of this plan required knowledge of both the current health care preparedness status of Nigeria and the related procedures and facilities integration, the first phase of Penn's engagement involved a status assessment in July 2017. The Penn team including faculty and staff from PSOM and colleagues from Partners in Health, visited hospitals and universities to engage with key stakeholders in the health sector to collaborate, gather information, and collectively design a training program targeted to prevent future ebola outbreaks.
MS3/4s interested in the Botswana-UPenn medicine elective must attend one of the information sessions occurring Friday, October 6th or Friday, October 13th from 5-6 PM in the Wood Room (2nd Floor) in the John Morgan Building. The information session will provide a thorough overview of the elective and outline the application, interview, and selection process.
The Botswana Clinical Elective, an enriching experience providing exposure to multiple levels of healthcare in a low-resource setting. The 7-week general medicine elective allows students to experience:
- Understanding the importance of context when working in different settings
- Diagnosis and management skills in a resource-limited area, including end-of-life care
- Impact of culture on patient presentation, doctor-patient and team relationships, and the provision of medical care
- Exchange of knowledge with other students, health professionals, and trainees
- Spend time with dynamic, smart, resourceful University of Botswana and Penn faculty committed to working in resource-limited settings
Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust pledges support to increase reach of Peek Vision and Penn in Botswana
The Perelman School of Medicine Center for Global Health, through the Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP) serves as an implementation partner to Peek Vision, a UK-based social impact organization developing eye health programs utilizing smartphone-based technology. BUP has been instrumental in Peek Botswana’s* success deploying Peek Acuity vision testing to large numbers of Batswana children, by identifying those with a need for basic vision correction and referring them to the optometrist triage team and/or hospital.
As of June 14th, Sir John Major, former Prime Minister of the UK, and the board of Trustees at the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust committed to fully support Peek Vision in ensuring every child in Botswana in need of vision correction is identified and ultimately receives appropriate care. The Trust plans to raise awareness throughout the Commonwealth about the important work being accomplished by Peek Botswana.
*Peek Botswana is a group of organizations including Seeing is Believing (Standard Chartered Bank Botswana), Peek Vision, Botswana Ministry of Health and Wellness (MoHW), Botswana Ministry of Basic Education (MoBE), Botswana Optometrists Association (BOA), and BotswanaUPenn Partnership (BUP).
The University of Pennsylvania (Penn), together with Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC) has received a grant award for the proposal: Understanding health determinants of diabetes in ethnic minority communities: a student exchange experience using a mixed methods research approach. Penn and USAC will expand the Guatemala Health Initiative for students to participate in researching the growing epidemic of diabetes in the United States and Guatemala. The program is an innovative and balanced bilateral exchange of students to learn public health community-based research skills in interdisciplinary teams with a focus on mixed methods approaches. Students will attend a number of workshops in Philadelphia and Guatemala and receive field-based training in communities in both countries to further their knowledge of the epidemic of diabetes in ethnic minority communities in Guatemala and in local communities in West Philadelphia. The Dr. Bernett L Johnson Sayre Health Center and the Hospitalito Atitlán will serve as host community organizations.
Penn and USAC will contribute to the goal of 100,000 Strong in the Americas to increase the annual number of U.S. students studying in other countries of the Hemisphere to 100,000, and bring 100,000 students to the United States by 2020. Innovation Fund grants fuel partnerships among universities and colleges in the U.S. and the rest of Western Hemisphere to implement new student exchange and training programs.
The Understanding Health Determinants of Diabetes project will focus on the diabetes epidemics in the Highland Maya communities of Guatemala and the West Philadelphia African American communities. Working with the hosting community organizations, students will explore the patient knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes to begin to improve self management of diabetes. They will also provide A1C screening to community members to help people learn about their diabetes.
The grant is sponsored by NAFSA: Association of International Educators and CAF Development Bank of Latin America. After the grant year, with support of the Rector of the University of San Carlos Office of International Collaboration and the Center for Global Health at Penn, the program will continue for an additional year and seek to grow the diabetes program.
Spotlight Photo: Peek Screenings at the Goodhope Senior Secondary School multi-purpose hall.
The Center for Global Health, through the Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP), partners with Peek Vision, a UK-based social impact organization developing eye health programs utilizing smartphone-based technology. A team of ophthalmologists, developers, and engineers have created a mobile app and clip-on adapter that transforms a low-cost Android smartphone into an eye examination suite, capable of running a range of tests, including taking images of the back of the eye. It is easy to use, affordable and portable.
Peek Botswana* integrates with the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ successful School Health EPI Campaign that administers measles, rubella, and HPV vaccinations to children at schools. The EPI teams utilized the Peek Acuity vision test to reach more children who needlessly live without basic vision correction. When a child is identified with visual impairment the system auto-generates a referral to the optometrist triage team and/or hospital and sends a personalized SMS to the parent and a list of children in that school to the head teacher or key contact for the school.
*Peek Botswana is a group of organizations including Seeing is Believing (Standard Chartered Bank Botswana), Peek Vision, Botswana Ministry of Health and Wellness (MoHW), Botswana Ministry of Basic Education (MoBE), Botswana Optometrists Association (BOA), and Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP).
All photos by Ryan Littman-Quinn
The Penn Center for Global Health and the Center for Global Cancer Medicine co-hosted an exciting lunchtime talk by Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, a Rwandan pediatrician who served as the Minister of Health of Rwanda from May 2011 to July 2016. After practicing as a pediatrician for over 15 years, Dr. Binagwaho led the National AIDS Control Commission between 2002 and 2008. She then served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health from 2008 until 2011. Dr. Binagwaho serves on many academic boards. Her engagements include research on health equity, HIV/AIDS, information and communication technologies in e-health, and pediatric care delivery systems.
In her talk, Dr. Binagwaho discussed how Rwanda created a more equitable health system, using science, evidence, tradition, participation and accountability.
On April 26, 2017, Penn Medicine hosted a senior delegation from the China Taiping Insurance Group Ltd. at the Perelman School of Medicine campus to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that will guide collaboration between the organizations. The collaboration will encompass establishing a referral mechanism for Taiping Investment's insurance clients to Penn Medicine, the development of an executive training program for Chinese healthcare executives, and technical assistance and consultation on administrative and clinical management systems for hospitals managed by Taiping Investment.
Dr. Tori Williams, Director of Dermatology at Princess Marina Hospital, gave a fantastic talk on May 16th on using technology to diagnose and teach in Botswana.
Missed the talk? View Dr. Williams' slide deck here!
October 6-7, 2017 | Ruth and Tristram Colket Jr. Translational Research Building, 3501 Civic Center Blvd
International Migration and Child Health: Progress and Priorities in Immigrant/Refugee Health
This conference, sponsored by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) will explore the state of immigrant and refugee health from a global, national and local perspective. Attendees will gain clinical, advocacy, public health and research tools to better serve these populations. Cases, discussions and stories will help us better understand the context of those who leave their homes seeking a better life. For more information or to register, please visit the following website.
Congratulations to the Winners of our 2nd annual photo contest!
TODAY is World Health Day! To celebrate, we are announcing the results of our 2nd Annual Global Health Photo Contest. Please find more information about World Health Day below.
Thank you to all who participated in the 2nd Annual Center for Global Health Photo Contest!
Perelman School of Medicine students (MS, MPH, PhD) and trainees and (residents, fellows) submitted photos from domestic or global health experiences and we were incredibly impressed with the submissions.
In addition to being featured here, winning photos will be displayed in the CGH office, as well as on the plasma screens across the PSOM campus. Be sure to take a look!
Christopher Magoon, PSOM Student, MS3
Yunnan, China | 2013
China now has a higher prevalence of diabetes than the United States. Processed foods, motorized transportation, and sedentary jobs have been cited as major reasons for the rise in diabetes in the country. Though not immune, rural areas have been spared the worse of the diabetes epidemic. While striving urbanites are quick to describe rural farmers as “backwards” or “primitive,” their active lifestyle and access to unprocessed foods—such as the bamboo pictured here—have spared them from the worst of the diseases of modernity. Of course, the barriers to health in these are areas are manifold: from poor educational opportunities, to environmental degradation, to lack of insurance. For now at least, many in China’s rural areas consume a balanced, fresh, and largely plant-based diet.
Christopher Liu, Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellow
Kumasi, Ghana | 2017
In order to participate in a hearing screen, a child has to learn to raise his or her hand whenever a tone is played. This is known as conditioning. Those who fail conditioning are referred for formal testing. As evidenced by the perplexed look on this child's face, despite help from his older brother, he failed to condition and was referred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.
Subject matter can include portraits, landscapes, or any subject that depicts a global health issue
Jaclyn Mauch, PSOM Student, MS1
Havana, Cuba | 2017
This photo depicts the outdoor gym where Cubans exercise. Similar structures are throughout the city and serve to provide a place of exercise for the community.
Honorable Mention 1
Christopher Magoon, PSOM Student, MS3
Yunnan, China | 2013
When I visited this town, the schools were closed. It was not a holiday—rather there was a severe drought, and the workers’ families had left. Only the few wealthy farmers who could afford to hire engineers to dig wells remained. Climate change and other environmental degradations have made it difficult for many who live off the land in China. Combined with a shrinking social safety net, this poses a real challenge to the health and livelihood of a large cohort of Chinese society.
Honorable mention 2
Jonathan Zember, CHOP radiology fellow
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | 2017
This is a photo of Dr. Kassa Darge, the chairman of CHOP radiology, and his trainee, pediatric radiology fellow Jonathan Zember, who were on a CHOP-sponsored radiology outreach program to the Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa, including a CME conference and graduation ceremony for the first ever pediatric radiologists in Ethiopia. They are outside the Ethiopia National Museum. The photo captures an intimate moment of Dr. Darge giving advice to his trainee about the complexities of medical outreach, in particular radiology.
Honorable Mention 3
Morgan Congdon, Pedatric Resident at CHOP
Tonle Sap Lake (outside of Siem Reap), Cambodia | 2016
This photo was taken during a clinical elective that I did in Cambodia. I spent time with a non-profit organization that provided healthcare to people with limited access to resources. As a volunteer I took a boat with a team of local healthcare workers to reach the floating villages on the Tonle Sap Lake via several key-located floating clinics. Healthcare for these particular Cambodians is dependent on water levels in the lake and various inlets and it gave me great perspective into the ways in which the environment can impact one’s health and that of a community.
Honorable Mention 4
Sila Bal, MD-MPH Student
Kikajjo, Uganda | 2014
The last decade has seen significant advancement towards easily accessible drinking water worldwide. However, regions in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa still have a ways to go. In Kikajjo, young girls walk to the nearest water source after school to retrieve safe drinking water for their families. The communities rely on the girls as this water is used for everything from cooking to personal hygiene, making it essential for maintaining a healthy environment. The girls make the best of their daily chore, singing and laughing along the way. In this photograph, they are very close to home and nearing the end of their busy day.
Honorable Mention 5
Yoonhee Ha, MD-PhD student
Juba, South Sudan | 2011
On July 9, 2011, South Sudan became a new nation. After decades of war, the country had some of the poorest health indicators worldwide, and NGOs and humanitarian organizations provided ~80% of the country’s healthcare.
I took this photograph during the South Sudanese soccer team’s inaugural match. In a stadium with no scoreboard, people piled into stands and stood atop walls to catch a glimpse of the game. A man standing on top of one of those walls proudly swept a large banner across the evening sky, and a tangible sense of hope could be felt throughout the stadium.
This same sense of hope was already being harnessed to tackle health problems such as maternal mortality. The preceding year, the Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery enrolled its first students to address the country’s devastating shortage of skilled attendants. Similarly, the National Nurses and Midwives Association was established to raise standards of practice.
World Health Day 2017
TODAY is World Health Day! Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlights a different topic in global health to bring awareness and inspire action on the subject: this year’s focus is depression, the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. According to the latest estimates from WHO, more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives.
To learn more about WHO’s year-long campaign “Depression: let’s talk”, please visit: www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2017/en
New course offering, beginning in Fall 2017 | AFST 490-687 | Meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 5-7:30pm.
This course serves as an introduction to verbal and written communication in Manding, a language commonly referred to as Bambara, Jula or Malinké, which is spoken by upwards of 30 million people across much of Mali, Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso as well as the region more broadly. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for a talk on Malaria Research in Botswana, presented by Giacomo Paganotti, PhD, Research Associate, Botswana-UPenn Partnership. The seminar will be held Tuesday, April 25th from 12:00-1:00PM in 209 Johnson.
All Penn students and employees traveling on Penn-affiliated trips are members of International SOS (ISOS). ISOS membership includes 24/7 medical and security consultation, hospital referrals, travel medical insurance, and emergency evacuation assistance.
In order to receive notification of ISOS membership, a summary of benefits and a link to download your ISOS member card, please register your roundtrip flight itinerary in Penn's Global Activities Registry.
You are encouraged to review destination guides and travel advisories by visiting the International SOS Penn Portal. Feel free to contact the International SOS Assistance Center at any time if you need assistance before departure or while abroad.
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Join us and meet current global health professional and learn how to have a successful career in this exciting field!
Global health is less about geography and more of a lens through which one approaches health care delivery and outcomes in the larger global context. The career paths in this field are as vast as the topic itself. Come learn about the career trajectories and work lives of our featured speakers regarding local and global public health research and practice.
Larry Shulman, MD
Director, Center for Global Cancer Medicine
Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania
Senior Oncology Advisor to Partners In Health (PIH)
Sharon Rudy, PhD
Director, Global Health Fellows Program II
Public Health Institute, USAID
Dave Issadore, PhD
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania
Charnita Zeigler-Johnson, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology
Thomas Jefferson University
African-Caribbean Cancer Consortium Member
Sean Blaufuss, MPH
Program Officer, VectorWorks
Johns Hopkins Center for Communications Program
Monday, April 10, 2017 | 12-1pm | Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk
Join us for an exciting talk by Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, a Rwandan pediatrician who served as the Minister of Health of Rwanda from May 2011 to July 2016. After practicing as a pediatrician for over 15 years, she led the National AIDS Control Commission between 2002 and 2008. She then served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health from 2008 until 2011. Dr. Binagwaho serves on many academic boards. Her engagements include research on health equity, HIV/AIDS, information and communication technologies (ICT) in e-health, and pediatric care delivery systems. Dr. Binagwaho will be discussing how Rwanda created a more equitable health system, using science, evidence, tradition, participation and accountability.
RSVP at www.binagwaho2017.eventbrite.com
We are pleased to honor Ernest Madu, MD, chairman and CEO of the Heart Institute of the Caribbean with the first annual Global Health Champion Award. Dr. Madu was presented with the award on September 15, 2016, as part of a celebration for the newly launched Center for Global Health. Dr. Madu is an internationally recognized authority in cardiovascular medicine and innovative healthcare solutions. He has led multiple transformational health care projects that bridge gaps in access to quality health care delivery in Africa and the Caribbean.
CGH Director, Glen Gaulton, PhD had this to say about Dr. Madu:
We are thrilled to bestow Dr. Madu with our inaugural Global Health Champion award. Dr. Madu's commitment to health care quality and access is truly remarkable. His tremendous achievements in global health serve as an inspiration to our students and faculty as we continue to build upon our mission to advance worldwide health equity through enhanced awareness and access to care.
Dr. Madu founded the Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC) in Kingston, Jamaica in 2004. The revolutionary health clinic serves as the center of excellence for cardiovascular diseases, occupational health, diabetes care, and general internal medicine in the West Indies. Prior to HIC’s inception, the only option for patients in need of these services was to travel at huge expense to the United States or other countries with more developed health care infrastructure. To date, HIC has provided more than $1 million in free or reduced cost care to patients, a significant contribution in an area where 56 percent of hospital deaths are caused by cardiovascular disease.
"This award is a true honor and signifies the increased efforts from the global health community to prioritize non-communicable diseases," Dr. Madu said. "Today, cardiovascular disease is second only to HIV/AIDS as the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa. I look forward to a continued partnership with the Penn Center for Global Health to combat this growing epidemic and help improve the health and lives of people in need around the world." In addition to his role as Chairman and CEO of HIC, Dr. Madu has published more than 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed medical journals and his work has been profiled in leading journals and magazines. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology and the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, and was most recently awarded the fellowship of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences. Dr. Madu is also the Managing Partner of IHS Group, Nashville, Tennessee.
Friday, December 2, 2016 | 4:30pm | Law Auditorium, JMEC | Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, 5th Floor
Featured Speaker: Mark G. Shrime, MD PhD MPH FACS
Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology, Global Health, and Social Medicine Research Director, Program in Global Surgery and Social Change Harvard Medical School.
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Thursday, Nov 5, 2016 | 6:00 pm | University of Pennsylvania | Williams Hall Room 723 (36th & Spruce Streets) | Refreshments Provided
Michael Edison Hayden, an American journalist based out of Mumbai, and Sami Siva, a Canadian photographer of Indian origin, present their Pulitzer Center-supported reporting project on India's health care crisis as seen through the eyes of doctors, government officials, and activists from Mumbai, Delhi, and beyond. Together, with the support of the Pulitzer Center, the journalists have also reported on transgender women living on the fringes of society and battling an epidemic of HIV/AIDS, and on the communities along the India-Pakistan border affected by a heroin epidemic.
The Campus Consortium partnership between the Middle East Center, South Asia Center and the Pulitzer Center features programming on campus with journalists to foster broader discussions and nuanced analysis of concerns that span disciplines and international student reporting fellowships. Last year's fellows, Priya Ramchandra and Farzana Shah will give an update on their summer reporting projects from India and Iran.View Flyer
Wednesday, Nov 2, 2016 | 5:00 pm | University of Pennsylvania | Fitts Auditorium
Kenyan Ambassador to the United Nations
Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on El Niño and Climate
One year after the UN adopted the momentous Development Agenda. Ambassador Kamau will speak of the historic process leading to the adoption of the goals and the threats facing the achievement of the goals.
Ambassador Kamau served as the Co-Chair of the General Assembly Working Group on the Sustainable Development (SDGs) and was the co-facilitator of the 2030 Development Agenda.
In May 2016, United Nations Secretary-General Ki-moon appointed Ambassador Kamau and President Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, as Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on El Niño and ClimateView Flyer