Global Health Week 2013 recap

Dec. 09, 2013 College News - Thank you for all those who participated in the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Global Health Week 2013. This third annual week presented 35 activities that took place here at the MCW, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital , the VA, and Carroll University. 

Special to the week was a visit by Martin Cetron, MD, Director of Global Migration and Quarantine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Captain of the U.S. Public Health Service.  His visit included a special Global Health Pathway Core Session on Emerging Infectious Diseases and the viewing of the documentary film American Heart, which documents the lives of refugees as they try to navigate the health care system. Dr. Cetron met with members of the Milwaukee Area Refugee Consortium and gave a Pediatrics Grand Rounds talk on Migration and Health in a Globalized World.

In addition, the entire campus community was invited to take part in several special activities. On Tuesday, Dec. 3, the Office of Faculty Affairs and Diversity co-sponsored a Global Health Quiz Bowl, where teams of 1-5 people competed simultaneously to answer global health-themed questions. This year’s winning team included: Carrie Vanden Wymelenberg, Terry Brandenburg, Matt Dellinger and Kirsten Beyer, PhD, all from the Institute for Health & Society.

Also, the Global Photography Exhibition was on display all week and featured faculty, staff, and students’ own photos of global landscape, healthcare, and portrait. The winners of the Exhibition were:
Landscape: Dr. Laurie Good, “Fisherman’s Boat”
Healthcare: Dr. Monica Thakar, “Practicing subspecialty care in an underdeveloped country”
Portrait: Bryan Johnston, M2, “Untitled”

“This year we had an extraordinary diversity of local, regional, and international speakers from disciplines within and out of medicine who presented a wonderful mosaic of topics that spanned global equities and progress,” said Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Global Health and Global Health Pathway Director. Dr. Hargarten also is Chairman and Professor of Emergency Medicine.

Faculty were able to increase awareness of their local and global efforts that crossed all four MCW missions: education, research, patient care, and community engagement. 

Just over 1,000 students, staff, residents, faculty, health care professionals, and community partners – actively participated in the week of events.  All of the events were co-sponsored by 30 different MCW departments, offices, centers and community academic partners. We hope that this week will continue to catalyze the important conversations, ideas, and initiatives that impact neighborhoods in Milwaukee, Croatia, Kenya, India, and beyond. 

Please consider joining us next year for the fourth annual Global Health Week: December 1-5, 2014. If you are interested in planning a Global Health Week activity, please contact Global Health Program Manager, Tifany Frazer.


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