Newsletter - October 2013



Department of Global Health and Social Medicine

October 2013 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxVolume 2, Number 5

Announcements Recent Publications
Awards & Committee Appointments Seminars, Lectures, Workshops, & Abstracts

ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

Safe Motherhood, Safe Childhood | Equitable Access to Health Care

Join the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine for the Programs in Global Health and Social Change symposium on October 23-24, 2013 at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA. We will be joined by clinical experts, community activists, and senior policy and administrative leaders as we discuss recent efforts to improve the quality of care delivered to vulnerable populations of women and children. Advanced registration is required. To view the agenda online, please see our website.


 

Epidemic Proportion: The fight against infectious diseases increasingly links discovery with care

According to a 2012 report from the World Health Organization, there were an estimated 8.7 million new cases of tuberculosis and 1.4 million deaths worldwide from the disease in 2011. Epidemic Proportion, the HMS article on this topic, incorporates the work and observations of Paul Farmer, Salmaan Keshavjee, Stephen Calderwood, Ed Nardell, and Mercedes Becerra in the necessity to approach TB and other infectious diseases in a holistic manner. Becerra summarizes the article by saying, “To beat these diseases, somebody has to understand the immune system and the bugs at different levels, while others have to work on understanding the impact on patients and families. That’s why it’s so important to work together from multiple angles, linking discovery with care delivery—and then turn around to look for new discoveries.” To view the full article written by Jake Miller, please visit the website.


 

Randomized Clinical Trial to Improve TB Treatment

Carole Mitnick, ScD, announces that enrollment began this month in Lima, Peru, in the first-ever, collaborative Partners In Health/Socio En Salud/Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women's Hospital randomized clinical trial to improve tuberculosis (TB) treatment. This Phase II study will examine higher doses of a standard anti-TB drug, rifampin, to shorten the duration of TB therapy. The findings of the high-dose rifampin trial (known as HIRIF) are critical to the nine million people in the world who develop TB each year, nearly two million of whom die. Click here to read the full article.


 

Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery - Accepting Applications for Cohort 3

We are now accepting applications for the Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery (MMSc-GHD) program. The application period runs from September–December, 2013 for the cohort beginning in July 2014. Please visit our website for more information on the program and the application process.




Office of Global Surgery and Health - Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Under the direction of Dr. Mack Cheney, the Office of Global Surgery and Health (OGSH) at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary opened in January 2013 with the goal of improving access to life-altering and life-saving ophthalmic and otolaryngologic care for those in need in underserved regions. The OGSH partners with centers of medical education to augment in-country postgraduate training programs and encourage local faculty development. Merging onsite surgical instruction modules with the local curriculum and providing telemedicine support and online educational resources, the OGSH looks to augment sustainable local ophthalmology and otolaryngology programs that generate highly-trained surgeons and provide opportunities for continuing academic development.

The OGSH is working with other global health programs and institutions within the Harvard system to contribute to ENT and Ophthalmic program development. Dr. Cheney is Professor of Otology & Laryngology, Harvard Medical School; Surgeon in Otolaryngology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary; and Affiliate Surgeon and Clinical Associate, Massachusetts General Hospital. For more information regarding the OGSH, please contact Wendy Williams.




Last Mile Health and Raj Panjabi

Raj Panjabi, instructor in medicine, Harvard Medical School, associate physician, Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and co-founder of Last Mile Health was recently recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and the Global Poverty Project for his commitment to saving the lives of women and children in the remote villages of Liberia. Dr. Panjabi has been invited by the CGI to serve as the 2014 Commitments Track Advisor for the Global Health Track. He will advise CGI on its global health programming and work to enhance year-round member engagement. Dr. Panjabi looks forward to contributing to the organization that has provided so many opportunities to Last Mile Health over the last two years.

Dr. Panjabi has also been awarded the Global Citizen Award by the Global Poverty Project. In its second year, the award recognizes outstanding leaders, activists, and innovators for their achievements to alleviate poverty and eradicate disease, for their spirit of community and their commitment to justice. The award was presented during the Global Citizens Festival, an outdoor concert held in Central Park, which seeks to engage audience members to act to eradicate extreme poverty within the next generation.

Last Mile Health trains former patients and other non-medical community members called Frontline Health Workers (FHWs) to be health advocates. By recruiting, hiring, equipping, and integrating these FHWs into the existing public health system, Last Mile Health is pioneering a system to bring health care directly into hard-to-reach, last mile villages. The selection of Last Mile Health by the Global Poverty Project, highlighted the organization's new flagship site in the Konobo District and its partnership with the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. To learn more about the work Last Mile Health does in Liberia please visit Last Mile Health.

 



AWARDS and APPOINTMENTS

Norma Ware, medical anthropologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, was recently awarded an NIH R01 grant to evaluate a “bridging strategy” of delivering antiretrovirals for prevention of HIV/AIDS to HIV-1 serodiscordant couples in Kampala, Uganda. The work takes place in conjunction with the Partners Demonstration Project, a multi-national collaborative study to evaluate implementation of anti-retroviral therapy (ART) and use of and antiretrovirals as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for serodiscordant couples. The “bridging strategy” makes PrEP available to HIV-uninfected partners as a “bridge” ART initiation for HIV-infected partners. In carrying out the work, Dr. Ware will collaborate with the Infectious Diseases Institute of Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, and the International Clinical Research Center of the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA. ~ Congratulations Norma!

Ann Miller, Research Associate in Social Medicine in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School has received the Harvard Medical School Certificate of Excellence in Tutoring for her work in the Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health course. ~ Congratulations Ann!

HMS Foundation Funds | Several foundations invite HMS faculty and postdocs to apply for fellowships and grants, which serve as critical funding at the early stages of a research career. Interested investigators must first apply for the HMS nomination through the HMS Foundation Funds, and a committee will select the final candidates to submit applications to the foundations. Application is submitted online no later than October 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm. Please visit the HMS Foundation Funds website for a listing of awards.


2013-2014 Excellence in Mentoring Award Nominations | extended deadline: Friday, October 11, 2013. The Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School is requesting nominations for the 2013-2014 Excellence in Mentoring Awards. HMS established the Awards to recognize the value of quality mentoring relationships and the impact they have on professional development and career advancement in basic/clinical medicine, research, teaching, and administration. Please consider nominating an HMS or HSDM faculty member who has provided exceptional mentorship, encouragement, and support and has had an important impact on your or another's career or personal development.

All nominations must be submitted online. Click here for more information, or copy the following URL into your browser: http://www.mfdp.med.harvard.edu/awards/mentoring/index.html. For further information, please contact Brian Anderson at (617) 432-1083 or dcp_mentoringaward@hms.harvard.edu.

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS
  • Edited by Eyal N, Hurst SA, Norhein OD, and Wikler D. Inequalities in Health: Concepts, Measures, and Ethics. This book is the first is an Oxford UP series that Eyal Nir co-edits on "Population-Level Bioethics."
  • Fischer, Michael M.J. The BAC Consultation on Neuroscience and Ethics. An Anthropologist's Perspective, Innovation Vol. 11 No. 2, 2013. http://www.innovationmagazine.com/innovation/volumes/v12n1/contents.shtml.
  • Bradford LS, Goodman A. Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention in Low resource Settings. Clinical Obstet Gynecol 2013; 56(1): 76-87.
  • Goodman A. The Challenge of Gynecologic Cancer Prevention, Detection, and Treatment in Bangladesh. Chapter 8, pp 117-126 in "Traveling the Globe for Women's Health: A Case-Based Review" Ed. Taraneh Shirazian and Erin Gertz, Springer New York Heidelberg Dordrecht London 2013; ISBN 978-1-4419-8257-5
  • Goodman A, Clark RC, Bradford LS. Caring for women with gynecologic cancers around the world: the need for global health training in gynecologic oncology fellowship programs. Am J Clin Oncol. 2012; 35(6):511-3. doi: 10.1097/COC.0b013e318271b18a.

 


SEMINARS, LECTURES, WORKSHOPS, and ABSTRACTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Save the Date! Bioethical Reflections in Honor of Dan Brock

Please plan to join us as we honor Dan Brock, PhD, Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Medical Ethics in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. Dan served as director of the Division of Medical Ethics at the Harvard Medical School and director of the Harvard University Program in Ethics and Health from 2004 to 2012. The event will be on Friday, November 22, 2013, at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, 8:30 am-6:00 pm. Please watch your "inbox" for more details.


RECENT EVENTS

Book Launch | A Symposium Marking the Release of "Reimagining Global Health"
The Harvard Global Health Institute held a public symposium on October 2 to mark and celebrate the book, "Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction," co-edited by Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, Arthur Kleinman, and Matthew Basilico. Speakers included: Sue J. Goldie, Matt Basilico, Paul Farmer, Anne Becker, and Salmaan Keshavjee. "Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction," may be purchased through the University of California Press' website or on Amazon.com.


Ann Miller | Early Childhood Development Research in the Global Health Partnership
On Sept 6, Ann Miller, PhD, MPH and Sara Stulac, MD, MPH, facilitated a workshop on Early Childhood Development (ECD) Research in the Global Health Partnership, organized by the Global Health Research Core and co- sponsored by the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and the Global Pediatrics Program of Boston Children’s Hospital. Participants in this day-long workshop shared information about ECD-related research and activities at the Partnership’s field sites, discussed common priorities, shared opportunities for ECD research and implementation across the Partnership, and committed to developing a working group on ECD to cultivate collaboration and advocate for common priorities. Participants included representatives from PIH Rwanda, Mexico, Peru and Malawi sites, as well as early child development and global child development experts from the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Sparks Center at Boston University, the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, Boston Children’s Hospital, the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard, Harvard School of Public Health, and the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights.


Nancy Oriol | On the (Virtual) Road with Mobile Clinics and Population Health
On September 12, Dr. Oriol and colleagues of Mobile Health Map, participated in a talk show at WIHI. WIHI is part of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), an independent not-for-profit organization based in Cambridge and a leading innovator in health and health care improvement worldwide. Dr. Oriol and colleagues discussed the latest on mobile clinics and how Mobile Health Map is taking a critical look at what is already available, what's working or helping, and then determining how to strengthen the mobile clinic role in communities. Dr. Oriol is dean of students, associate professor of anaesthesia, and lecturer on global health and social medicine, Harvard Medical School; co-principal investigator, Mobile Health Map; and co-founder, Family Van, Boston, MA.