Robin Canada, MD

Robin Canada trained at Penn in the Internal Medicine Primary Care Residency Program. She is devoted to the care of vulnerable populations, and works to inspire and mentor students and residents in this field. She worked with Steve Larson at Project Salud serving Latino migrant farm workers during her residency, and continued her commitment to working in resource poor settings after residency when she took a job with the Indian Health Service. She now precepts residents at the Penn Center for Primary Care, as well as a free public health clinic (Health Center #4) in West Philadelphia. She is also the Director of Residency Education at Puentes de Salud.

Joseph Garland, MD

Dr Garland is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in Infectious Diseases at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently on staff at the Jonathan Lax Center where he provides outpatient HIV specialty care, and also serves as the Co-Director of the Global Health Track of the Internal Medicine Residency program at the University of Pennsylvania. He has a strong interest in health care of immigrants and refugees. Dr Garland has worked for four years as a clinician at Puentes de Salud, where he serves as the Director of Medical Education. In 2010, through his work in the Global Health Track and in partnership with the Center for Public Health Initiatives and HIAS Pennsylvania, he co-founded a refugee clinic at the Penn Center for Primary Care, which has now screened over 100 refugees.

Olivia Haesloop, MD Candidate

Olivia Haesloop is a 4th year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania, and this summer will begin an Emergency Medicine residency. Olivia has worked abroad in Chile, Germany and Turkey, experiences that contributed to her interest in global health, as well as with Puentes de Salud in Philadelphia, which has given her a framework for understanding global health locally. Olivia has been involved with Puentes in various capacities since beginning medical school: as a clinical volunteer, coordinating education and community outreach programs, and expanding the clinic’s diabetic programs. Olivia counts Puentes as pivotal in her development through medical school and hopes to apply what she has learned to her future endeavors in global and community health.

Austin Kilaru, MD Candidate

Austin Kilaru is a third-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania.  During medical school, he has conducted medical anthropology research in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala.  He has also been involved with the Puentes de Salud organization in Philadelphia.

Steve Larson, MD

LarsonDr. Steven Larson is the Assistant Dean for Global Health Programs and an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his BA in Fine Arts from Haverford College and his MD from the University of Pennsylvania.  Since 1992 he has served as a faculty member in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  Over the past 20 years, Dr. Larson has developed an extensive working knowledge of the health care issues facing immigrant populations in the United States, as well as underserved populations globally.

Since 1988 Dr. Larson has immersed himself in the history of Central America and examined the impact of politics, geography, economics and religion on health care. He visits frequently and has many personal and professional contacts throughout Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and El Salvador.  In 1993, Dr. Larson established Frontline Medicine at Penn to help students and residents explore the complex issues facing underserved populations. In 1999, with the goal of collaborating with other medical educators nationwide committed to global health, Dr. Larson joined IHMEC, the International Health Medical Education Consortium (now GHEC). In 2000, he was elected to its Governing Council. Through this relationship, over the past 10 years Dr Larson has been able to identify an expanded range of clinical and research opportunities for Penn medical students. Dr. Larson also serves as the faculty advisor for the student-run Global Health Interest Group.

From 1993-2006, Dr Larson served as the volunteer medical consultant for Project Salud, a nurse-managed migrant health clinic located in rural, southern Chester County providing health care to the predominantly Mexican labor force employed in the local agricultural industry. In 1994, Dr Larson created an elective course on immigrant health for medical and nursing students. In 2002, recognizing the rapid growth of an urbanized, undocumented Latino population, Dr Larson founded Puentes de Salud, a community partnership dedicated to the health and wellness of this immigrant population through direct service and action focused on social determinants of health. To date, Puentes de Salud has drawn more than 225 student and faculty volunteers broadly from across the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as Jefferson Medical College, Drexel Medical School, and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Puentes de Salud has formed strategic partnerships with the University of Pennsylvania, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Women and Children's Health Services, the city of Philadelphia, the Mexican Consulate, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It serves as a community-based platform for partnership with concerned local groups and stakeholders as well as a "training ground" for the next generation of health care providers and educators.

Nora Litz

Nora Hiriart Litz is a printmaker and painter born in Mexico City. In Chiapas, a community afflicted with dysentery and blindness in the decades prior to 1973, Nora taught basic hygiene skills to children, which kindled an awareness of health conditions and brought physicians to the community. Nora subsequently attended the Arts Students League in New York and then moved to Philadelphia where she received her BFA at Moore College of Art and Design. Nora was awarded two grants from the Leeway Foundation (2009, 2011) to support “El Viaje De Los Niños,” an ongoing arts projectto address the complex struggles of the immigrant Mexican community in South Philadelphia. In 2010, she was co-recipient of a grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) to bring this Project to Mexico. Nora currently works in several major cities and countries, focusing her career in the arts, education, and organized activism for human rights.

Katie Maeve Murphy, MEd, PhD/MPH Candidate

Katie Maeve Murphy is a second-year PhD/MPH student at University of Pennsylvania in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development and is interested in ways to improve developmental, educational, and health outcomes for children in low-income and marginalized settings. Katie has a M.Ed. in International Education Policy from Harvard and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and over 10 years experience working in International Development and Education, with the Peace Corps, International Rescue Committee and the Earth Institute at Columbia University.     Currently, Katie serves as the Education Advisor for Puentes Hacia el Futuro, providing mentorship and tutoring services to children in the immigrant Latino community of South Philadelphia.

Neal Nathanson, MD

NathansonDr. Neal Nathanson is the Associate Dean for Global Health Programs, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  Among his special interests are the epidemiology and eradication of poliomyelitis, the control of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the development of an AIDS vaccine.  He currently serves on a number of national and international panels that guide research and policies in these areas.  Also, he is active in national organizations that guide education and training in global health.

Shortly before agreeing to head the Global Health Programs office in late 2003, Dr. Nathanson had retired as Vice Provost for Research at the University of Pennsylvania where he served from December, 2000 and was responsible for oversight of the whole research enterprise of the entire University.  From July, 1998 to September, 2000, Dr. Nathanson served as Director of the Office of AIDS Research (OAR) at the National Institutes of Health responsible for coordinating the scientific, budgetary, legislative, and policy components of the NIH AIDS research programs, as well as for promoting collaborative research activities in domestic and international settings.

Dr. Nathanson was educated at Harvard University where he received both a BS and an MD degree, followed by clinical training in internal medicine at the University of Chicago and postdoctoral training in virology at the Johns Hopkins University. Early in his career, Dr. Nathanson spent two years at the Centers for Disease Control, where he headed the Poliomyelitis Surveillance Unit. Later he joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health, where he became Professor and head of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Epidemiology. He then moved to the University of Pennsylvania where he chaired the Department of Microbiology for 15 years, finally serving for two years as Vice Dean for Research and Research Training. Dr. Nathanson is particularly known for his contributions to the field of viral pathogenesis, having edited the definitive text on this subject. He has also made significant contributions to the epidemiology of viral diseases

Matt O’Brien, MD

Dr. O’Brien is a co-founder of Puentes de Salud and is currently the clinic’s Medical Director. He is a general internist who completed medical school at Brown University in 2004, residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 2007, and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program in 2010.  Dr. O’Brien is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Temple University. Dr. O’Brien’s research focuses on community-based models for reducing health disparities in Latinos, including community health workers or promotoras. This work has focused on cervical cancer prevention, obesity, nutrition, and diabetes. Much of his research is conducted at Puentes de Salud and in the South Philadelphia Latino community.

Daphne Owen, MD Candidate

Originally from the San Francisco bay area, Daphne graduated from UC Berkeley in 2009 with a degree in Sociology and is currently pursuing an MD at the University of Pennsylvania.  Working in the restaurant industry for many years, she took an interest in the vulnerabilities of the immigrant populations whom she worked alongside.  Daphne is interested in the social factors that influence the health of urban underserved populations, and has lived and worked in such communities both domestically and internationally.  She has experience working in under-resourced areas of California, Pennsylvania, Mexico, Peru, Uganda, and Rwanda.  Daphne has been a volunteer with Puentes since 2009, and founded the Puentes Hacia el Futuro program in 2010.  She was the recipient of the 2011 Robert Jackson Leadership Award given by the North American Educational Initiatives Foundation.

Carla Paredes, BSN, RN

Carla Paredes, RN, BSN became involved with Puentes de Salud as a clinical volunteer during her undergraduate years as a nursing student at the University of Pennsylvania. She has since participated within Puentes' student leadership program as a clinic coordinator responsible for managing day-to-day clinic volunteer staffing and communications. At Puentes' elementary tutoring and mentoring program, Puentes Hacia al Futuro, she serves as a regular tutor, assisting in its development of pediatric public health education. She currently works as a clinical nurse in the Pediatric ICU at Saint Peter's University Children's Hospital.

Sara Shuman, MPH, PhD Candidate in Public Health

Sara Shuman completed her MPH at the University of Arizona in 2008, with a focus on the relationship between immigration and health. While living in Arizona, Sara worked in Sonora, Mexico with immigrants who were preparing to cross the US-Mexico border. She has also worked in Costa Rica, Brazil, and Chile. Sara’s general area of interest is
in international health, with a focus on violence against women and children in Latin America. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Public Health at Temple University. Her research is focused on understanding the prevalence of intimate partner violence in Peru and the socio-cultural and historical factors that influence violence against women. She
also has been involved in investigating how health care reform (PPACA) will impact undocumented and recent immigrants in the United States. Sara has been volunteering with Puentes de Salud for over a year and currently has an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to work with the organization.

Lauren Stone Lindner, MPH

Lauren Stone Lindner graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 2005. From 2005 to 2007, Lauren served as Editor of the National Strategy Forum Review, a quarterly journal focusing on global affairs issues. In 2007, she began working in community relations for the NIH-funded Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos at Northwestern University. She also joined a team of Biomedical Engineering and Global Health professors at Northwestern and members of Rotary International to start up a non-profit social venture, the World Health Imaging, Telemedicine, and Informatics Alliance (WHITIA), which focuses on providing underserved communities with access to X-ray and tools to improve health, monitor diseases, and enable collaborative care. In 2011, Lauren received her Master of Public Health (MPH) from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Since September, she has been working with Puentes de Salud as Coordinator of the Puentes Hacia el Futuro after-school tutoring and mentoring program. Lauren will be beginning a BSN/MSN program in May 2012.

Adriane Tuttle, MSN, CRNP in Family Medicine

Adriane currently manages the Chronic Care Initiative program at Project Salud, a nurse-managed clinic in Kennett Square, PA that serves the Latino immigrant community.  She completed the BSN/MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Pennsylvania and received a BA in Biology and Spanish from Claremont McKenna College.  As a Fulbright Scholar in Colombia, Adriane studied women’s health issues within the internally displaced population, collaborating with a mobile health team that worked in impoverished neighborhoods on the outskirts of Bogotá.  She continued to develop her interest in community health promotion while working at the PACT Project, Partners in Health’s Boston-based program that uses health promoters to improve the clinical outcomes of persons living with HIV/AIDS.  Before beginning her graduate studies, Adriane ran a health education program in a public high school in Brooklyn, NY.  In March, she will begin a family practice residency at Puentes de Salud and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s Emergency Department.  

Last updated: February 22, 2012

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