The Global Health Fellows have been awfully busy this year! We apologize for the lack of an update, but please enjoy below a brief overview of the 2013-2014 academic year thus far, written by Wyatt Miller and Brian Peccie, both GHF Class of 2016:
At the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year, the Global Health Fellows, Class of 2016, gathered to discuss and evaluate each other’s data collected in Haiti that summer. Our hard work and dedication that we showed during our Fellows’ Symposium last year continued into the summer, as we each were able to gather data to enrich and grow our individual projects. We then organized this data, looked for main issues, and analyzed and tried to explain these problems. To augment our research, we also all read books on certain global health issues and shared our reflections about the book and our research findings with the group. During this initial meeting, we all agreed that what we wanted to look further into as a group was the Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs.
The Global Health Fellows, Class of 2017, paired up with one of the Global Health Fellows ‘16s based on the MDG they chose to investigate:
MDG 1 (Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger): Brian Peccie and Helen Shaves
MDG 2 (Achieve Universal Primary Education): Bridget Dickinson and Graham Barbour
MDG 3 (Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women): Stuart Luter and Nathalie Danso
MDG 5 (Improve Maternal Health): Elizabeth Lilly
MDG 6 (Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and other diseases): Wyatt Miller and Justine Kaskel
MDG 7 (Ensure environmental sustainability): Aneesh Dhawan and Ryan Fulmer
Helen Shaves and Brian Peccie speak to the group about MDG 1.
In September 2013, the Global Health Fellows hosted Dr. Mohammed Ali Jawad, internationally renowned plastic surgeon and Academy Award-winning documentarian, on campus to speak about his experience working with acid attack victims in Pakistan. The greater Norfolk Academy community was invited to hear Dr. Jawad speak and to enjoy a screening of his documentary “Saving Face.”
The Global Health Fellows with Dr. Jawad.
In October 2013, sophomore Austin Haycox brought a presentation to campus by Guypson Catalis (farmer from Haiti), John Wilson (owner of New Earth Farm in Pungo), and Kevin Jamison (president of Community Development International). The trio spoke of a smoke-less bio-efficient stove that he is hoping to introduce in Haiti. A win for the environment and for public health! The Global Health Fellows enjoyed engaging with these innovators and witnessing another potential positive intervention to improve health in Haiti.
Gupyson Catalis, Austin Haycox, Farmer John Wilson
Stuart Luter (GHF ’16) is designing a M&E (Monitoring and Evaluation) system to assess efficacy of her women’s health and empowerment curriculum that has been in place in Clory, Haiti since May 2013. Her curriculum was supplemented by a lesson, written by Elizabeth Lilly (GHF ’16), on breast cancer self-screening techniques.
Wyatt Miller (GHF ’16) helped Drs. Lisbet Hanson and John Kenerson with their training and lecture materials for a workshop on hypertension in Haiti in October. Their educational module is being embraced by the international global health community as a best practice to be replicated elsewhere across the globe. Very exciting!
In early January 2013, Mr. Corey Ciochetti, Professor of Ethics at the Daniels School of Business at the University of Denver and notorious public speaker, addressed all the CCGL Fellows at an evening event. Mr. Ciochetti, an incredibly engaging speaker, challenged us to prioritize and focus on our daily lives rather than letting the stress of our futures overwhelm us. All the Fellows emerged from his talk inspired and ready to start off the New Year on a strong note.
Professor Corey Ciocchetti speaks to all the CCGL Fellows.
In early January 2013, all of the CCGL Fellows from the Class of 2016 hopped on a bus and headed up to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville to visit the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. We were led through specially designed seminar discussions by Batten Administrators (Howard Hoege and Dean Jill Rockwell) and enjoyed a panel discussion with current MPP students who are currently attending the Batten School. It was so interesting to hear about the experiences of these MPP students, which varied from life in Panama through the Peace Corps to strenuous work in the CIA. They had thoughtful responses to each of our questions and they all provided us with leadership advice as we move further into our Fellows programs, college, and life beyond. We also engaged in a SWOT analysis as a cohort discuss our take-aways from the program after a year and a half. We also visited the Jefferson Scholars Foundation and learned more about this leadership development program.
Howard Hoege of the Batten School at UVa speaking with the CCGL Fellows, Class of 2016.
MPP Students from the Batten School speaking to the CCGL Fellows, Class of 2016.
In February 2014, EVMS Professor and Norfolk Academy parent, Ana Vazquez-Morina organized for a NA Alumni Medical School Panel. The Global Health Fellows interested in pursuing medicine in the future enjoyed engaging with current medical school students at EVMS, who helped to demystify the admissions process and med school experience.
NA Alumni EVMS Medical School Panel
January-March 2014, the Global Health Fellows ‘17s selected case studies to research, analyze, and present for discussion amongst their cohort. Every week, we enjoyed stimulating conversations on these various topics:
Ms. Massey – Case 2: Preventing HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Thailand
Graham Barbour – Case 5: Eliminating Polio in Latin America and the Caribbean
Ryan Fulmer – Case 3: Controlling Tuberculosis in China
Justine Kaskel – Case 9: Improving the Health of the Poor in Mexico
Helen Shaves – Case 16: Preventing Neural-Tube Defects in Chile
Nathalie Danso – Case 10: Controlling Trachoma in Morocco
The GHF ‘16s – Case 19: Treating Cataracts in India
Ryan Fulmer, GHF ’17, presenting about TB to his cohort.
In early April 2014, the GHF ‘17s visited Virginia Eye Consultants to observe cataract surgery first-hand. They even got to see Dr. Stephen Scoper, parent of a NA alum, use the LensX laser on a patient in pre-op.
The GHF ’17s with Dr. Scoper at Virginia Eye Consultants
The Global Health Fellows are looking forward to a jam-packed final few months of the academic year. On May 11, they will host a Mother’s Day Brunch and Speaker Event to raise awareness about maternal health issues worldwide and to raise funds to support Midwives for Haiti. On May 21, we will host the second annual CCGL Symposium, where all Fellows look forward to sharing their current research and engaging with our greater community. More details on both events to come soon!