Global Perspective Lecture Series

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - Alfonso Rodriguez-Lainz PhD

Alfonso Rodriguez-Lainz PhD
Epidemiologist/Migrant Health Specialist, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  

Venue: Medical Teaching Facility, room 168
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

"Migration: a Critical Link Between US and Global Health"

About Dr. Alfonso Rodriguez-Lainz:
 
Dr. Alfonso Rodriguez-Lainz is an epidemiologist with the U.S.-Mexico Unit, CDC's Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, based in San Diego, California.  Dr. Rodriguez-Lainz main responsibilities include acting as a liaison, coordinator, planner and project lead for surveillance and health communication activities with Latin American migrants living in the United States. Prior to joining the CDC, Dr. Rodriguez-Lainz worked for the Public Health Institute (California) as the lead evaluator for a multinational project in Latin America.  Other positions he has held include epidemiologist for the California Office of Binational Border Health, California Department of Public Health. Dr. Rodriguez-Lainz has a PhD in Epidemiology and Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine from the University of California at Davis and a Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Cordoba, Spain. He also completed one year postdoctoral epidemiology training with the through California Department of Public Health's Epidemic Intelligence Service program. He has coauthored many peer-reviewed publications, reports and a book on border and migrant health issues. He is also a lecturer on migrant health, global surveillance and international epidemiology at University of California campuses and San Diego State Graduate School or Public Health.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016 - John Spengler, PhD

John Spengler, PhD
Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Venue: MET Upper Auditorium (2nd floor)
Time: 11:30-12:30 PM

Our Common Future” Depends on what we do now! Buildings, Cities and Health: Research of Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment"

It has been 30 years since the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development’s Brundtland Report commenced the global discussion on sustainable development. Thousands of companies are now reporting environmental and social activities; sustainability programs have been established in universities and colleges across the world; numerous NGOs have developed rating systems and watch corporate behavior; and many local and national governments have made commitments to reduce carbon emissions. Yet as the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) approaches, we are still searching for signals that these collective actions are making a difference.

It has been 30 years since the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development’s Brundtland Report commenced the global discussion on sustainable development. Thousands of companies are now reporting environmental and social activities; sustainability programs have been established in universities and colleges across the world; numerous NGOs have developed rating systems and watch corporate behavior; and many local and national governments have made commitments to reduce carbon emissions. Yet as the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) approaches, we are still searching for signals that these collective actions are making a difference.


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Monday, May. 11, 2015 - James L. Griffith, MD

James L. Griffith, MD
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Venue: School of Medicine MTF 168
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

"Global Mental Health: Targeting Mental Illnesses Effectively In Low-Income Countries and Post-Conflict Settings"

The world burden from mental illnesses makes compelling the case for a global mental health movement as an international priority. However, global mental health programs face unique challenges that global health programs for physical diseases have seldom faced. Country by country, far fewer resources, stigma against mental illnesses, and reliance on subjective reports of symptoms exists universally in every society. Funding for global mental health programs is only a small fraction of that available for global health programs for physical diseases. To illustrate, this presentation examines a successful mental health program in Kosovo, Europe’s poorest and psychiatrically least resourced country.

About The Speaker: Dr. Griffith provides psychiatric treatment for immigrants, refugees, and survivors of political torture at Northern Virginia Family Services in Falls Church, VA. Dr. Griffith has published extensively on family-centered treatment of psychosomatic disorders and chronic medical illnesses, including the books, The Body Speaks: Therapeutic Dialogues for Mind-Body Problems; Encountering the Sacred in Psychotherapy, articulated methods for engaging the spiritual and religious resources that people bring to clinical settings, and Religion that Heals, Religion that Harms, and received the 2011 Creative Scholarship Award from the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture. He has received numerous awards including the Human Rights Community Award from the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area and the Margaret B. and Cyril A. Schulman Distinguished Service Award from the George Washington University Medical Center, the Distinguished Teacher Award from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He has been selected by the Washington Psychiatric Society as its 2003 Psychiatrist of the Year and for its 2014 Distinguished Service Award. Most recently, he was selected by Washingtonian Magazine as a 2014 “Top Doctor in Washington.”


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Tobacco
Shu-Hong Zhu leads the California smoking quit line and has become an international authority in this area. He has consulted with other nations such as Taiwan and China on the implementation of comparable programs. Wael Al-Delaimy is an international authority on tobacco biomarkers and pioneered the toenail nicotine biomarker. He is well published in the association of tobacco use and chronic diseases and is involved with colleagues at the Jordan University for Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan to evaluate tobacco use (with a special focus on hookah use) as a growing public health problem.


Tom Novotny is a well recognized authority in tobacco control and policy and served as assistant Surgeon General as well as with the WHO. He currently leads a project in Brazil on the association between TB diagnosis and smoking, susceptibility to smoking initiation among rural to urban migrant women in China, and banning cigarette butt waste.