Trainee finds community, mentorship, and success in the Global Health Center Mentoring Program

Written by Christine O’Brien, PhD, instructor in the Washington University Department of Radiology After joining the WashU Department of Radiology as a postdoc in the spring of 2018, I quickly found ways to engage with the global health community. My first introduction to the Global Health Center was through attendance at one of their Global […]

Something is in the air: The confluence of climate change, environmental racism, & Covid-19

Written by Kaelan Smyser, undergraduate student and member of the Global Health Center Student Advisory Committee at the Institute for Public Health Students, faculty and staff gathered at the 2021 Global Health Week at Washington University in St. Louis, to attend an interdisciplinary panel on the intersection of climate change, environmental racism and Covid-19. The […]

The hidden hero: Meet a Guatemalan physician fighting for his patients

Written by Hiram Gay, MD, professor of Radiation Oncology at Washington University in St. Louis I have known Dr. Edgar Ruiz since 2015. He is the current Radiation Oncology Department Chair at LIGA Nacional contra el Cáncer/ Instituto de Cancerología (LIGA/INCAN) in Guatemala. He is a remarkable physician who along with a team of radiation […]

Summer research on a two-month timeline

Written by Lindsey Kaufman, BA candidate in Anthropology: Global Health & Environment at Washington University in St. Louis and participant in the 2021 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program The past two months have been an absolute whirlwind for starting and finishing research with a new team and project. However, with the Institute for […]

Global cardiovascular disease

This blogpost by Summer Research Program student, Sabir Khan, concerns the global burden of cardiovascular disease.

Vaccinations: The path back to normal?

This blogpost by Summer Research Program student Sabir Khan, concerns the current state of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.

WashU & LIGA/INCAN present at national radiology meeting

Global Health Center Manager, Jacaranda van Rheenen, gives an overview of a recent presentation at a national conference concerning the center’s project to serve cancer patients in Guatemala.

The opportunity of a lifetime

In this blogpost, written by Summer Research Program student, Marley Vogel, she discusses her work with the Lyons Lab at WashU.

2020 Global Health Week: An amazing virtual success

Written by Global Health Student Advisory Committee Members, Rama Balasubramaniam, McKelvey School of Engineering; Blake Sells, School of Medicine; and Hailey Spaeth, Arts & Sciences The Global Health Center, its Global Health Student Advisory Committee (GHSAC), the Women in Global Health- Midwest Chapter and all seven WashU schools — Arts & Sciences, Brown School, McKelvey […]

Celebrating global health mentors and mentees

Written by Jeanie Bryant, coordinator for the Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health The Global Health Mentoring Program has successfully expanded networks and increased opportunities to learn about global health this past year. The fall meeting on October 15, 2020, was no exception. The keynote was presented by Carlos-Andres Gallegos-Riofrío, PhD, a […]

Planting roots and expanding horizons

Forging a Path in the Field of Global Health Written by Raveena Mata, MA candidate in medical anthropology; participant in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program– Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track This summer I had the invaluable opportunity to participate in WashU’s Summer Research Program in the Public and Global Health […]

Antibiotics: The good, the bad and the ugly

Written by Lauren Jennings, B.S. candidate at the University of Kansas & SPRITE Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program  The topic of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance has become a key buzzword in science, politics, policy and public health. Think back to the last time you had typical cold-like symptoms, an annoying […]

The power of Zoom

Written by Maya Terry, BA candidate at Washington University in St. Louis & participant in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program In the face of COVID-19, the world has gone virtual. People are working and going to school from their homes. Internships and programs have been canceled or moved online.  The Institute […]

Addressing sexual health in St. Louis

Written by Maya Terry, BA, Washington University in St. Louis; Gold Family Summer Research Scholar for the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track On July 16, 2020, as part of the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track, we […]

A contrasting response to COVID-19: Ireland and the United States

Written by Farhana Nabi, MD candidate at the University College Dublin & University College Dublin Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program The week of March 15th, I packed and unpacked my bags several times as I considered moving back home to Brooklyn. I had just gotten back from a road […]

HIV prevention: Advances and disparities

Written by Raveena Mata, MA candidate in Medical Anthropology at Wayne State University& the Colonel Carroll A. Ockert Award Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program As COVID-19 and racial tensions continue to bring health disparities to the forefront in America, it is crucial to take a deeper look at other […]

Trust and working with communities

Written by John McGinley, undergraduate student at Elon University; SPRIGHT Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track One idea that has come up over and over during the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program seminars is the idea of developing trust with communities and listening to communities […]

Finding refuge: Sexual violence in forced displacement & COVID-19 implications

Globally, approximately 79.5 million people are currently forcibly displaced and have fled their homes to escape violence, conflict, or persecution. In a recent seminar, Kim Seelinger, JD, Director, Center for Human Rights, Gender and Migration discussed the roles of the health-sector in supporting survivors of SGBV. Sexual and gender-based violence is a broad term that […]

Global cardiovascular disease

Written by Gavi Forman, BA in political science at Amherst College; participant in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track Cardiovascular disease (CVD) affects many people in the world every day. A shocking 17.8 million deaths around the globe were attributed to CVD in 2017, demonstrating […]

COVID-19 and war in Bosnia

Written by Adisa Kalkan, MA, project administrator in the Clinical Research Training Center at Washington University in St. Louis I was recently asked by a friend how am I doing with the current COVID-19 situation. My first instinct was to think back to my war experience. I was a teenager when the war in Bosnia […]

Bringing global health home

Often when you hear of global health, you think about medicine and research going on across the world, in remote parts of South America, Asia, and Africa. Rarely do you think about the pressing challenges that your own community faces. But that is exactly what global health is. It is ensuring the well-being and safety […]

Physical activity in Latin America

Last week, we had the pleasure of speaking with Deborah Salvo, PhD, an Assistant Professor and Researcher at Washington University’s Brown School as part of the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track seminar series. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt lives across the world, many of us may […]

Climate and global mental health

by John McGinley, undergraduate student at Elon University; SPRIGHT Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track Parul Bakhshi, PhD, Assistant Professor/Instructor, Program in Occupational Therapy and Brown School, and Clement Bayetti, PhD, Adjunct Instructor, Brown School, spoke about the discourses of climate change and global […]

Trust: A rising public health concern?

Written by Farhana Nabi, MD candidate at the University College Dublin; University College Dublin Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track Trust. It is the essence of formative relationships between people, institutions and societies. In a conversation with Kurt Dirks, PhD, vice chancellor for […]

Down the Road or Across the Pond: Ensuring Successful Work in Communities

Written by Samantha Grounds, BSPH Nutrition candidate at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and SPRIGHT Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program Tawnya Brown, MSW, Sonia Deal, RN, LNHA, Ericka Hayes, MD, George Kyei, MBChB, PhD, and Krista Milich, PhD, shared their knowledge and experiences surrounding working in communities—both […]

COVID-19: Navigating Sheltering in Place

Navigating “Sheltering in Place” as an International Student By Yasser Omar Abdellatif Master of Public Health in Global Health, Brown School of Social Work Mentee, Global Health Center Mentoring Program, Institute for Public Health Making it through the unprecedented circumstances of COVID-19 is challenging. There is a lot of uncertainty around the situation. No one, […]

Interdisciplinary Collaboration Expedites PPE Innovation

By Kyle Nicholson B.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2020 McKelvey School of Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis Global Health Student Advisory Committee Co-Chair, Global Health Center Recently, Jacaranda van Rheenen, PhD, manager of the Global Health Center connected me with Hiram Gay, MD, a radiation oncologist interested in developing emergency protective equipment for his team of […]

COVID-19: The “Panic” in the Pandemic

By Ishmael Dzigbordi Aziati, PhD Postdoc Research Associate, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases Global Health Mentoring Program, Global Health Center The year 2019 was a near perfect one for me. I graduated in September with a PhD in virology having lived in Tokyo for years. It is the same year I got my […]

COVID-19: Voices from WashU at Home

The Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health is featuring a series of blogs written by students who are isolating at home during the Coronavirus pandemic. These are a few of their stories: Reyan CoskunMedical Student Before medical school started, I had dedicated my last free summer to reading as many books as I […]

Global Health Center Launches Mentoring Program

Written by Sandra Lee, RD, MPH candidate at Brown School of Social Work and research assistant for the Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health The Global Health Center has launched its Global Health Mentoring Program, with the goal of building and fostering a global health community. The format of this program includes […]

Summary: Solve climate by 2030 – Climate Solutions for Missouri webinar

Written by Sandra Lee, RD, MPH candidate, Brown School and research assistant for the Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health Washington University in St. Louis and University of Missouri-St. Louis recently hosted the webinar, Solve Climate by 2030 – Climate Solutions for Missouri. This was part of a nationwide digital teach-in series, […]

Haiti’s public health students rise to support COVID-19 response

Written by Melissa Chapnick, RD, MS, MPH, research manager for the E3 Nutrition Lab & Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program alumna Haiti is among the most recent countries hit by COVID-19. The Haitian government moved swiftly to respond to the emerging pandemic, closing the border with the Dominican Republic and halting all incoming […]