2015 Health Colloquium Speakers

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Global Learning in Education for the Health Professions

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Selected Presenters

Andrew GrosovskyAndrew Grosovsky
University of Massachusetts Boston

Andrew Grosovsky, PhD, was appointed dean of the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) at the University of Massachusetts-Boston (UMass Boston) in August 2007. Since his arrival to UMass Boston, Grosovsky has maintained a strong commitment to improving the success of CSM students and faculty members. In 2008, he led the establishment of the CSM Student Success Center (SSC), which serves as an innovation clearinghouse, working closely with partners within CSM and elsewhere in the university and beyond, to deliver student success programs and services geared to STEM students. Grosovsky was instrumental in advancing the partnership between UMass Boston and the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, which resulted in the creation of the Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy (CPCT). CPCT’s mission is to develop highly specific, accurate, and affordable cancer tests, and to do so at a cost that make them feasible for use by physicians in the community. Grosovsky also facilitated the establishment of the School for the Environment and the Department of Engineering. Prior to joining UMass Boston, Grosovsky served as the vice provost for undergraduate education at the University of California, Riverside, from 2004 to 2007. In this role he led many initiatives to improve retention and graduation rates among one of the nation’s most diverse undergraduate student populations. Grosovsky’s own research focuses on the mechanisms of environmental carcinogenesis, with an emphasis on studies of mutagenesis, recombination, and genomic instability in human cells. He earned his BA in biology from Boston University, and his MS and ScD in physiology (cancer biology) from Harvard University.

Gifty AddaeGifty Addae
University of Massachusetts Boston

Gifty Addae is a pre-med candidate for Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and for Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine and research with an emphasis on global health. Her passion for healthcare and global health issues stems from having lived in several countries in Africa and Europe. Addae enjoys tutoring fellow students in STEM, travelling, cooking, writing, and blogging about social issues.

Emad S. Attalah-WasifEmad S. Attallah-Wasif
Harvard Medical School

Emad S. Attallah-Wasif, MD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist at the Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He subspecialized in the management of pediatric acute and chronic pain through his fellowship with Charles Berde at Boston’s Children’s Hospital. Currently he tutors anesthesiology residents at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in regional anesthesia and acute pain management. He also served as a member of a multispecialty medical team that traveled to Cairo, Egypt to work closely with the health care providers at the Children's Cancer Hospital of Egypt 57357 (CCHE 57357). He worked closely with the Egyptian colleagues in enhancing their pain management protocols for pediatric cancer patients. He was awarded the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine Award in Porto, Portugal in 2004 for his innovative model of gene therapy for degenerative disc disease. He has authored multiple articles in pain and spine research.

Rosanna DeMarcoRosanna DeMarco
University of Massachusetts Boston

Rosanna DeMarco, PhD, PHCNS-BC, APHN-BC, FAAN, is chair and professor of nursing at UMass Boston, College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She is recognized internationally, nationally, and locally for her outstanding interdisciplinary scholarship and community service. Her program of research includes the use of community-engaged and community-based participatory action studies to identify culturally relevant and gender sensitive prevention interventions. The aim of her work is to decrease HIV transmission and maximize screening and care engagement of African American women at risk and living with HIV infection. This research has been undertaken using a model that includes student experiences in Nicaragua and Vietnam. Significant outcomes of this work include: 1) a peer-driven prevention program in Boston for underserved women that is in its 10th year called Sistah Powah, 2) coproduction of the film Women’s Voices Women’s Lives© featuring four African American women delivering candid messages about HIV/AIDS prevention (translated into Spanish and Vietnamese), 3) a peer-led intervention program called the Sistah Powah Intervention using this film as a key component in a structured writing intervention, and 4) testing of the validity of this approach in Nicaragua and Vietnam. She received her BS from Northeastern University (summa cum laude), her MS from Boston College, and her PhD from Wayne State University. DeMarco has been the chair of the Emerging and Infectious Disease Panel of the American Academy of Nursing for the last five years and is the current president elect of the Eastern Nursing Research Society.

Jessica Evert
Child Family Health International

Jessica Evert, MD, straddles the international education and medical fields. She is executive director of Child Family Health International, a global health education NGO providing immersion in low and middle–income countries for more than 20 years with an asset-based community engagement approach. Evert is faculty in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she instructs in global health and community-based underserved clinical care, and helped develop, as well as completed, the Global Health Clinical Scholars residency track. Evert is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine and is a longtime advocate for health-related international education quality and ethical standards. She is the author and editor of multiple chapters, articles, and books on global health with a focus on education, ethics, and asset-based engagement including the seminal texts, Developing Global Health Programs: A Guidebook for Medical and Professional Schools, Second Edition and Global Health Training in Graduate Medical Education: A Guidebook, 2nd Edition. She helped develop the Forum on Education Abroad's Standards for Health-Related Undergraduate Programs. Evert was a recipient of Global Health Education Consortium's prestigious Christopher Krogh Award for her dedication to underserved populations at home and abroad. Evert's research and advocacy areas of focus are the ethics of global educational engagement, competency-based international education, health disparities, and asset-based programmatics and reflection.

Lisa Kennedy SheldonLisa Kennedy Sheldon
University of Massachusetts Boston

Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD, APRN, is an assistant professor, oncology nurse practitioner, and author working to improve international cancer care through education, practice, and research. As a faculty member at UMass Boston, Sheldon teaches in the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in nursing. In 2010, she developed a new service learning opportunity, the CNHS Honduras Initiative, to incorporate international service work with educational programming in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at UMass Boston. As the cofounder of the Global Nursing Caucus, she seeks opportunities for nurses to collaborate around the world and advocates for the role of nursing in improving global health outcomes. As an oncology nurse practitioner, she practices in an outpatient cancer center and develops research and quality improvement projects that impact cancer care delivery and psychosocial outcomes. The author of three books and numerous chapters and articles, Sheldon is the editor-elect of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. She serves on the Nursing Education Steering Council of Health Volunteers Overseas, and is an invited member of the International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare at The Hong Kong Polytechnic Institute.

ira a. jacksonIra A. Jackson
University of Massachusetts Boston

Ira A. Jackson is dean of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston. Until recently, he served as a distinguished scholar at the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT, and as the dean of the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. Previously, he was the president and CEO of the Arizona State University Foundation. He has been a senior fellow at the Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership and has also served as the first president of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation in Atlanta, as director of the Kennedy School’s Center for Business and Government and as the Kennedy School’s associate dean. In addition, Jackson was Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue and a top policy advisor to Boston mayor Kevin White and Newark mayor Kenneth Gibson. He is the author, with Jane Nelson, of Profits with Principles: Seven Strategies for Delivering Value with Values

schuyler korbanSchuyler Korban
University of Massachusetts Boston

Schuyler S. Korban, PhD, serves as Vice Provost for Global Programs and Professor of Molecular Genetics & Biotechnology. He leads all international engagements, partnerships, and programs undertaken at UMass Boston. His office is in charge of study abroad and exchange programs, international students and scholar services, as well as international education and scholarly programs. Dr. Korban has been leading Fulbright training programs, supporting international research, education, and outreach efforts, and promoting global initiatives. Prior to joining UMass Boston, Dr. Korban served as Director of International Programs and Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his long career at Illinois, he established a distinguished track record in promoting international graduate education opportunities and in developing international research and outreach training programs. His research is in the areas of plant functional genomics, molecular biology, and biotechnology. Among his research interests is the introduction and expression of antigenic proteins of viral and bacterial pathogens in plant tissues for the development of plant-based vaccines against diseases, such as RSV, HIV, and DPT, among others. He has been involved in international consortia that sequenced plant genomes, and his research has been supported by NSF, USDA, DOE, and Biotech consortia. He has received numerous awards such as a Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American College of Nutrition, among many others.

Anahid KulwickiAnahid Kulwicki
University of Massachusetts Boston

Anahid Kulwicki, PhD, RN, FAAN, is currently the Dean and Professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences at University of Massachusetts Boston. She also is Interim Director of the Go Fitness and Wellness Research Institute at the college. The College of Nursing is the 9th largest in the United States. Prior to becoming the Dean of CNHS at UMASS Boston, Kulwicki was the Associate Dean for Research and the Director of PhD in Nursing Program at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida International University. Kulwicki served as Health Officer and Director of Wayne County Health Department. She was later promoted to Deputy Director, Wayne County of Wayne County Health and Human Services, the eleventh largest county in the nation and the most diverse county in Michigan. Kulwicki served as a Fulbright scholar in Jordan. She collaborated with nursing and medical faculty conducting research and publishing on honor crimes, HIV/AIDs and cardio-vascular risk factors. Because of her contributions to pioneering activities in community empowerment, she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2000. Her program of research focuses on the health of immigrant, refugee and minority populations in the areas of domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, infant mortality, teen health, maternal child health, smoking and cancer prevention. A hallmark of her work has been creative collaboration between public and private institutions across multiple disciplines. She established the first health research department for the Middle Eastern community in the US to promote health research and to serve as a conduit for other researchers. Kulwicki earned her BSN at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon and MSN and doctoral degrees from Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis.

Lisa LehmannLeslie Lehmann
Harvard Medical School
Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Center Center

Leslie Lehmann, MD, attended Harvard College and received her MD from Duke University Medical School, where, after finishing a pediatric residency, she spent a year as chief resident. She completed a pediatric hematology-oncology fellowship at the Dana Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center in 1996 and subsequently joined the faculty. In 1998, she became medical director of the Pediatric Transplant Unit at Children's Hospital and, in 2007, was appointed clinical director of the Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Program. In 2009, Lehmann began working on global health initiatives primarily in the Middle East and became part of the core global health faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital. Projects have included partnering with CCHE 57357 to develop a joint fellowship training program in pediatric oncology and stem cell transplantation, and working with the pediatric oncology team and Ministry of Health in Baghdad on the creation of a Stem Cell Transplant program at the University Hospital. In 2011, she began a collaboration with Partners in Health supported by Paul Farmer. Partners in Health works with the government in impoverished areas around the world to improve healthcare. Lehmann has dedicated most of her efforts to developing and supporting a pediatric oncology program in Rwanda, as well as being part of the delivery of a national training program in oncology for all Rwandan physicians. Similar efforts are beginning in Haiti as well. She has published extensively on the Rwandan initiative and has provided specialty training for many fellows from resource-poor areas.

Shan Mohammed
Northeastern University

Shan Mohammed, MD, MPH, FAAFP is a Clinical Associate Professor and serves as the Director of the Master of Public Health Program in Urban Health at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. In this capacity Dr. Mohammed leads the program in areas of educational policy development, curricular design, public health workforce development and recruitment/outreach to public health professionals. He has taught courses on Health and Human Rights, Principles and History of Urban Health and Health Policy/Health Management. Prior to joining the faculty at Northeastern University, Dr. Mohammed served as a faculty member at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio where he received numerous teaching awards and directed the Global Health Track in the MPH Program. Dr. Mohammed is a board-certified family medicine physician who has been involved in competency-based curricular design, implementation and evaluation for the past 11 years. He was selected as one of 40 national fellows in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “Developing Leadership in Reducing Substance Abuse” Fellowship Program. He has worked with Laotian and Burmese refuges on the Thai-Laotion border and the Thai-Burmese border as a physician and as a Peace Corps Volunteer. His work with refugees and rural Thai villagers has focused on the provision medical care as well as designing, implementing and evaluating public health interventions to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS and Iodine Deficiency Disorders.

Joyce A. Sackey
Tufts University

Joyce Sackey, MD, is dean for multicultural affairs and global health and associate professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM). Prior to joining TUSM, she was assistant professor of medicine and associate master for Oliver Wendell Holmes Society at Harvard Medical School, and attending physician in medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. As dean for multicultural affairs at TUSM, she oversees the school’s key diversity initiatives, including underrepresented minority (URM) faculty and student recruitment, retention and development. She oversees the medical school’s Office for Multicultural Affairs and its pipeline programs targeting URM students at the high school, college, and post-graduate levels, programs whose overall goal is to increase the number of URM students entering the biomedical careers, and, ultimately, increase workforce diversity. As dean for global health, Sackey provides oversight for the medical school’s global health programs and chairs the school-wide Global Health Faculty Council. Her office provides opportunities and resources for students to gain exposure to global public health and health care delivery in international settings. Sackey serves as TUSM’s representative to the university-wide Global Health Council, and coordinates the exchange of information and knowledge in global health more broadly within the TUSM and Tufts University. She is cofounder of the Foundation for African Relief (FAR), a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization. The program has made significant contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS through the education and training African physicians in the forefront of providing clinical care to people living with HIV/AIDS. FAR has also helped to expand access to care and early detection of HIV through its Mobile Clinic Initiative in Ghana. Sackey completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She was a Senior Rabkin Fellow in the Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School where she completed advanced fellowship training in medical education.

Courtenay SpragueCourtenay Sprague
University of Massachusetts Boston

Courtenay Sprague, PhD, is an associate professor in global health at UMass Boston where she leads the global health track of the PhD program in global governance and human security. Her research harnesses biomedical and applied social health science approaches to understand fundamental inequities in health outcomes and healthcare for marginalized groups. She has focused on high HIV prevalence and associated mortality in southern African women as a problem of health and social justice. Her research, primarily based in clinical settings, has informed policy changes concerning HIV treatment guidelines for women (South Africa), international policy on safe infant feeding practices for women with HIV, and the need for robust data management systems in lower-resource settings. She held previous research and program appointments at Harvard University and Carnegie Corporation. Sprague has conducted research in Brazil, Mozambique, South Africa, and Uganda, and has implemented grant-funded programs in Botswana, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, and Tanzania. She has produced research on the Millennium Development Goals, human rights approaches to healthcare and HIV management for the World Health Organization, UNDP, USAID, and UNAIDS. She has a double master’s degree from Boston University and a PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand, where she was a faculty member for seven years and retains a joint appointment. Her forthcoming book, Gender, HIV & Social Justice in South Africa: A New Vision for Women’s Health, will be published in 2016.

Eileen StuartEileen Stuart-Shor
University of Massachusetts Boston

Eileen Stuart-Shor, PhD, ANP, FAHA, FAAN, currently holds appointments as an associate professor at UMass Boston, and a cardiology nurse practitioner at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Her clinical work, teaching, and program of research is focused on health disparities and improving cardiovascular outcomes for underserved populations including racial/ethnic minorities and individuals with low socioeconomic status. Stuart-Shor developed the innovative Heart and Sole program, a nurse-led multiple cardiovascular risk reduction model emanating from a social-ecological framework to remedy disparities. Her work has extended from underserved minority communities in Boston to Kenya, where she is collaborating on an initiative to address the emerging cardiovascular/metabolic crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is a longtime advocate for service based learning and at UMass Boston she developed the global health course and the Kenya Heart and Sole program which provides a transnational experience for undergraduate and graduate students. Stuart-Shor is the author of many scientific publications and a best-selling book, The Wellness Book. She has received international, national, and local recognition for her contributions. Her work establishing a nurse-led model for homeless individuals was recognized with a Schweitzer Fellowship and Humanitarian Award from the City of Boston; for her work with Black Americans in Boston she received the Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Prevention Award for Innovative Programs for the Under-served from the American Heart Association; and her work in Kenya was honored with the Jamhuriwood Humanitarian Award and a Fulbright Africa Region Scholar Award.

K. "Vish" Viswanath
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

K. “Vish” Viswanath, PhD, is a professor of Health Communication in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and in the McGraw-Patterson Center for Population Sciences at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). He is also the Faculty Director of the Health Communication Core of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC). Dr. Viswanath is also the Leader of the Cancer Risk and Disparities (CaRD) Program of the DF/HCC. He is the founding Director of DF/HCC’s Enhancing Communications for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Laboratory. He chairs the Steering Committee for the Health Communication Concentration (HCC) at HSPH and teaches health communication courses within this concentration. Viswanath received several awards including, Joseph W. Cullen Memorial Award For Excellence in Tobacco Research, American Society for Preventive Oncology (2014), the Dale Brashers Distinguished Mentorship Award, National Communication Association (2013), Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award (2010) jointly given out by the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association and the Mayhew Derryberry Award from the American Public Health Association (APHA) for his contribution to health education research and theory (2009). He was elected Fellow of the International Communication Association (2011), the Society for Behavioral Medicine (2008) and the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (2006). He is a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) of the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services and Chairs its Working Group on Vaccine Acceptance, and a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Public Health Preparedness, CDC. His research is supported by funding from private and public agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

aaron yagodaAaron Yagoda
Northeastern University

Aaron Yagoda is a rising senior at Northeastern University from Rochester, New York. Aaron is a candidate for a combined Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science, with minors in Psychology and Biology, and a Master of Public Health degree, concentrating in Urban Health. Aaron is currently working at his final co-operative experience as a nursing assistant in the Pediatric Inpatient unit at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Aaron has studied abroad in South Africa on Northeastern’s signature Dialogue of Civilizations program, focusing on international healthcare delivery and South African culture. During his time at Northeastern, Aaron has worked with the Child, Adolescent, and Family Health Bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission, Kennedy Brothers Sports Medicine Clinic, and as a patient advocate with Health Leads at Massachusetts General Hospital. Aaron currently runs the Northeastern chapter of Peer Health Exchange, a national non-profit which trains college students to teach health workshops in public high schools who lack health education. In his spare time, Aaron acts as a Community and Public Health teaching assistant, first-year resident assistant, and competes on the Northeastern University Triathlon Team.