Plans Underway for Global Health Seminar for Community Colleges, April 9-11, 2015, Northern Virginia Community College (Registration Deadline: 3/18/15)

By David J. Smith, February 20, 2015

Northern Virginia Community College’s Institute for Public Service will host “Global Health Crises, Pandemics, and Policy Challenges: Approaches to Teaching in Community Colleges” April 9-11, 2015.  The event will be held at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, VA.   The program is for both liberal arts and health sciences faculty, and is designed to build capacity for teaching global public health issues.   During the seminar, participants will learn about current global health issues and how they can be introduced in community colleges.   Attendees will leave  the seminar with concrete ideas on how to integrate topics into their courses and programs.   The agenda is now finalized, and will include:

  • A site visit to the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization to learn about the organization’s work and how community colleges can use various WHO/PAHO resources.
  • A site visit to the U.S. Institute of Peace to learn about the connection between violent conflict/peacebuilding and global health.
  • A talk by Kathryn Jacobsen, PhD, from George Mason University, the author of Introduction to Global Health, focusing on the major global public health issues of the day.
  • A talk by Ansley Howe, MPH, MSN, CNM, a volunteer with Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres about her work overseas.
  • All day training on Friday, 4/10/15, by the Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center based at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University facilitated by Daniel Barnett, MD, MPH.
  • A talk by Richard Skolnik, MPA, from Yale University, the author of Global Health 101, focusing on approaches to teaching global health.
  • A presentation by Lila Fleming, MS, CHES, from Montgomery College, examining how to teach global health issues in the community college classroom.
  • A presentation by Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Zubair Meenai, PhD, about his work on public health issues in India.

The cost for the 2 and 1/2 day program is $200.  For registration and hotel information, go here.   The last day to register is March 18, 2015.

Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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