By: David J. Smith, April 13, 2015
During April 9-11, 2015 U.S. and Canadian community college faculty from a range of disciplines including nursing, political science, sociology, biology, Spanish, and public health met to consider approaches that can be implemented to advance global public health education. They were joined by Humphrey Scholars from Rwanda and Cameroon, and a Fulbrighter-in-Residence from India currently teaching at George Mason University. A complete list of those attending (participants) the seminar is found below.
The program, Global Health Crises, Pandemics, and Policy Challenges: Approaches to Teaching in Community Colleges, was sponsored by the Institute for Public Service (IPS) at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, VA. The program was part of the Institute’s efforts to develop professional development programs in the Washington, DC area that provide community colleges with access to national and international organizations and experts.
The program featured presentations by global public health experts from George Mason University (Kathryn Jacobsen, PhD), George Washington University (Richard Riegelman, MD, PhD), and Yale University (Richard Skolnik, MPA). In addition, public health practitioners from Doctors Without Borders (Ansley Howe, MPH, MSN) and Johns Hopkins University (Dan Barnett, MD) provided insights and training as to best practices in public health. Two site visits were held during the program: to the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization (Marcos A. Espinal, MD) and the U.S. Institute of Peace (Jeff Helsing, PhD). The seminar had a strong curriculum development focus and included insights from colleges teaching public health, including Montgomery College (Lila Fleming, MS). For a complete rundown on the program, see the agenda found below.
The next faculty professional development seminar sponsored by the Institute for Public Service will be the 3rd Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar scheduled for October 23-26, 2015. If you have questions about this seminar or the IPS, contact Linda Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org.