Department Newsletter - September 2014


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Members of the Department weigh in on the Ebola Outbreak

Paul Farmer on Democracy NOW!

  • Dr. Paul Farmer on African Ebola Outbreak: Growing Inequality in Global Healthcare at Root of Crisis - Democracy NOW!
  • Mohamed Bailor Barrie, Fulbright Fellow and student in the Master of Medical Sciences - Global Health Delivery program, speaks about challenges related to Ebola in Sierra Leone in a recent issue of the Harvard Gazette.
  • Dr. Paul Farmer highlights the need for health systems strengthening in a radio interview with Public Radio International's The World.
  • Dr. Scott Podolsky was quoted in Medical News Today that the inspiration for the drug is rooted in the pioneering research of the late 19th century.


Power of Ideas: Vanessa Kerry, Founder of SEED Global Health

Vanessa Kerry, Founder of SEED Global Health

Vanessa Kerry, MD, MPH, Instructor in Global Health and Social Medicine and Director of the Program in Global Health and Social Change, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Assistant Professor of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital; and co-founder and CEO of SEED Global Health is profiled in the Power of Ideas section of Boston Magazine.

Vanessa is featured for her grassroots effort leading to the establishment of SEED Global Health Service Corps in the spring of 2012. SEED Global Health develops powerful partnerships to strengthen health systems globally. SEED works with the Peace Corps as the Global Health Service Partnership, a public-private collaboration investing in local capacity and human capital for better health in resource-limited countries.

Extending a warm welcome to the MMSc-GHD students for the fall semester

The Department of Global Health and Social Medicine is pleased to welcome the MMSc-GHD class of 2106.  Cohort 3 will be taking courses this fall - many of them at 641 Huntington Avenue. Please join us in welcoming them!

Phenide Beaussejour, MDPhenide Beaussejour, MD

Dr. Beaussejour is currently the Senior Health Officer at International Organization for Migration, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She is interested in researching primary care as an avenue to health access for all. Phenide hopes to understand how to ensure equity in good quality health care by enhancing the first level of health systems. She also aims to see how to engage the community as the core stakeholder of this approach.


Aneel BrarAneel Brar

Mr. Brar works as chief operating officer of Mata Jai Kaur Maternal and Child Health Centre, Rajasthan, India. His research will focus on how to recruit and train community health workers to promote behavioral and normative changes around two issues that greatly impact maternal and neonatal health: 1) care seeking during and after pregnancy and 2) family planning in Rajasthan. Aneel has been awarded a Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship through Harvard University for his MMSc-GHD program.


David Brown, JDDavid Brown, JD

Mr. Brown is the Dean of Zapata County Technical and Advanced Education Center, Texas. His MMSc-GHD project will seek to enhance the training of Navajo Community Health Representatives through a capital building campaign with other stake holders in the Navajo community.



Reginald Fils Aime, MDReginald Fils Aime, MD

Dr. Reginald Fils Aime works with Zanmi Lasante in Haiti as a team member and clinical supervisor for the Grand Challenges Canada-funded project, "Integrated Innovations" in Global Mental Health. Through his research, Reginald plans to develop a qualitative study of social reintegration for persons suffering from severe mental disorders in central Haiti.



Zarni Htun, MDZarni Htun, MD

Dr. Htun is medical coordinator for Première Urgence - Aide Médicale Internationale, Myanmar. His MMSc-GHD project will focus on the role of community health finances in health system strengthening. He will conduct on-site projects, study policy frameworks, pre-conditions, and settings for developing a community health financing scheme in the context of resource-poor communities


Dmitri Suffrin, MDDmitri Suffrin, MD

Dr. Suffrin is the TB-HIV program manager for Zanmi Lasante in St. Marc, Haiti. His MMSc-GHD research will seek ways to reduce mother-to-child HIV transmission in Haiti.




Social Medicine Seminar Series, Fall 2014


Jeremy A. Greene, MD, PhD,September 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm | 641 Huntington Avenue | first floor

Generic: The Unbranding of Modern Medicine

Presented by: Jeremy A. Greene, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine and the History of Medicine and Elizabeth Triede and A. McGehee Harvey Chair in the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine



Arthur Kleinman, MD, October 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm | 641 Huntington Avenue | first floor

title to be announced

Presented by: Arthur Kleinman, MD, Professor of Medical Anthropology; Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology.


Salmaan Keshavjee, MD, PhD, ScMNovember 5, 2014 at 4:00 pm | 641 Huntington Avenue | first floor

Blind Spot: How Neoliberalism Infiltrated Global Health

Presented by: Salmaan Keshavjee, MD, PhD, ScM, Director, Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change, Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School



Scott Podolsky, MDDecember 10, 2014 at noon | 641 Huntington Avenue | first floor

The Antibiotic Era: Reform, Resistance, and the Pursuit of Rational Therapeutics

Presented by: Scott Podolsky, MD, Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director, Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Medical Library.


Rethinking the Global Response to Tuberculosis - a symposiumRethinking the Global Response to Tuberculosis - a symposium

Friday, September 12, 2014

Registration for this event is closed.

Hosted by: Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and Paul Stoffels, MD, Chief Scientific Officer, Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson

Opening Remarks by: Jeffrey Flier, MD, Dean of Harvard Medical School

This event is sponsored by Janssen Global Public Health (Janssen GPH). The Janssen GPH group complements the groundbreaking science of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson with innovative strategies that improve access to medicines, foster collaborations, and support public health solutions to sustainability advance health care worldwide. Current focus includes multi-drug resistant technologies (MDR-TB); human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); elephantiasis and river blindness; intestinal worms, and use of mobile technologies (mHealth) to improve health outcomes. For more information, please contact Sara Hepburn (617) 432-2049


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