Mini Medical School: A Focus on Global Health

A Focus on Global Health

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Mondays (5:30-7:00 pm CT)

Oct. 5, 2020 Global Health and Social Responsibility: Reexamining Medical Missions

Oct. 12, 2020 Global Health is Local Health: Connecting Global Health to the Health of Minnesota

Oct. 19, 2020 Global Health Research: The Importance of Global Collaboration to Battle Global Threats

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Session 1: Global Health and Social Responsibility - Reexamining Medical Missions

Monday, October 5, 2020

Judith Lasker

Judith Lasker, Professor Emerita of Sociology and Health Medicine and Society, Lehigh University

Dr. Judith Lasker is Professor Emerita of Sociology and Health Medicine and Society at Lehigh University in Bethlehem PA, USA and author of Hoping to Help; The Promises and Pitfalls of Global Health Volunteering (Cornell U. Press, 2016). Her book and several related articles examine the impact on host communities and on volunteers of short-term international programs and offer research-based recommendations for making programs more effective. Dr. Lasker has spoken about her research to audiences around the U.S. and in several other countries. Her previous books addressed pregnancy loss, infertility, and time banking. She earned her B.A. at Brandeis and her MA and Ph.D. at Harvard. In 2014, Judith was awarded the Centennial Medal by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard for "contributions to society as they have emerged from one's graduate education at Harvard."

Myron Aldrink

Myron J. Aldrink, Chairman, Medical and Surgical Skill Institute

Myron Aldrink has 15 years of experience with healthcare NGOs including; International Aid, Medical Teams International and International Medical Equipment Collaborative.  Myron has been a consultant with Johnson & Johnson since 2005  and chairman of the Medical and Surgical Skills Institute (MSSI) in Ghana West Africa.  He also has conducted research studies in Africa in conjunction with Johnson & Johnson and the University of Michigan Medical School  regarding improving emergency obstetric by training non-physician health workers (Task shifting).  

Myron served as Chairman of PQMD (Partnership of Quality Medical Donations) and is currently involved with a coalition – Advocacy for Global Health Partnerships – promoting appropriate short-term engagements.

Bruce Compton

Bruce Compton, Senior Director of Global Health, Catholic Health Association of the United States

Bruce Compton is senior director of global health for the Catholic Health Association of the United States. He is based in the association's St. Louis office. Mr. Compton is responsible for assisting and supporting CHA-member organizations in their outreach activities in the developing world. His duties include facilitating collaboration among CHA-member organizations and others, seeking to enhance the impact of international ministries. Additionally, he is responsible for education regarding international outreach issues and encouraging CHA members' participation in various activities of international ministry.

Mr. Compton lived in Haiti from 2000 to 2002, and he continued to work in support of health missions in the developing world after he returned to the U.S. He did so in his capacity as founding president and chief executive of Springfield, Ill.–based Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, a ministry organization bringing surplus medical supplies from Midwest hospitals to medical missions in the developing world.

Content Lead and Moderator:

Shailey Prasad

Shailey Prasad MD MPH, is executive director of the University of Minnesota Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility and Vice-Chair for Education at the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

He is actively involved with undergraduate, medical student, and residency education. He has extensive experience working in underserved areas around the world, from forest tribes in southern India to rural Mississippi, advocating that health is critical to the overall development of an area. He has also been part of research teams in health services research and rural health and is actively involved in developing primary care in various parts of the world.

Session 2: Global Health is Local Health - Connecting Global Health to the Health of Minnesota

Date and Time:
Monday, October 12, 2020

Session 3: Global Health Research -The Importance of Global Collaboration to Battle Global Threats

Date and Time:
Monday, October 19, 2020

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