Presenters for Colloquium on Internationalizing Education for the Health Professions

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2019 Proposals

A series of lectures, sessions, and discussions will present best practices in internationalized medical education programs, explore key issues, and develop strategies for building and enhancing internationalization. Lunch and refreshments are included.

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Selected Presenters

Timothy Brewer is the vice-Provost, Interdisciplinary and Cross Campus Affairs at UCLA. He works with faculty and senior administrators to facilitate collaborations that bridge departments and schools to address society’s most pressing challenges. A physician and epidemiologist, Dr. Brewer has published extensively on population-based infectious diseases control and has served on panels for the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention among others. He has had a leading role in improving global health education including guiding efforts to define core competency and pre-departure training standards in US/Canadian medical schools.

Dr. Jessica Evert straddles international education and the medical field. She is Executive Director of Child Family Health International, a global health education NGO providing immersion in LMIC for over 20 years with an asset-based community engagement approach. Dr. 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. Dr. 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 author and editor of multiple chapters, articles and books in 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, 2nd Ed" and “Global Health Education: A Guidebook, 2nd Ed". She helped develop the Forum on Education Abroad's Standards for Health-Related Undergraduate Programs. Dr. Evert is a recipient of Global Health Education Consortium's prestigious Christopher Krogh Award for her dedication to underserved populations at home and abroad. Dr. Evert's research and advocacy areas of focus are the ethics of global educational engagement, competency-based international education, health disparities, asset-based programmatics and reflection.

Jody OlsenJody Olsen, PhD, MSW, is Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland-Baltimore School of Social Work and Executive Director of the UMB Center for Global Education Initiatives. She is a member of the Council on Global Learning, Research and Practice of CSWE and on the Boards for Kalamazoo College and Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO). She is a former NAFSA Board member and recipient of the Marita Houlihan award.

Before joining the faculty, she was Acting Director and Deputy Director of U.S. Peace Corps, 2001 - 2009. She began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia, and returned to Peace Corp three other times before becoming Deputy Director: country director in Togo, regional director for North Africa, the Near East, Asia, and the Pacific, and agency chief of staff. Between her Peace Corps work she was senior vice president of AED, a large international development organization, executive director of for CIES, the organization managing the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program, and Vice President at YFU, a student exchange organization. Jody Olsen has traveled to over 90 countries for work and has given over 1,000 speeches nationally and internationally. She received both her MSW and PhD from the University of Maryland and has an honorary doctorate from Michigan Technological University.

Dr. Donna Petersen, ScD, MHS, CPH, is the interim Senior Vice President for USF Health and Dean of the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. She earned her masters and doctoral degrees in maternal and child health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She has held faculty and senior leadership positions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health, at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health and served as Director of the Division of Family Health at the Minnesota Department of Health. She is the author of numerous publications, book chapters and a textbook on needs assessment in public health. She is a frequent lecturer on topics related to maternal and child health, health care reform, and systems change and leadership, and has provided extensive technical assistance and training to over 25 state health departments in the areas of needs assessment, data system development, systems level accountability and the development of population-based indicators. She has served on numerous boards, commissions and task forces and is the immediate past Editor-in-Chief of the Maternal and Child Health Journal, immediate Past-President of the National Board of Public Health Examiners and Chair of the Education Committee for the Association of Schools of Public Health. She is also a member of the national advisory committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Systems and Services Research Initiative, is leading the task force on the future of education in public health for ASPH and serves on the Council on Education for Public Health. Locally she is a member of the Tampa Bay Partnership’s OneBay Healthy Communities Executive Committee, the Hillsborough County Health Care Advisory Board and the Athena Professional Woman’s Society and was recently named to the Tampa Preparatory School’s Board of Trustees. She has been honored for her work by the American Public Health Association, the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health, the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, the Delta Omega National Public Health Honor Society, and the National Coalition for Excellence in MCH Epidemiology. In August of 2011 she was presented a Distinguished Alumna Award by The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Petersen received her Certification in Public Health in November 2013.

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