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Global Distinguished Lecture with Patricia Henwood, MD: "International Response to Global Epidemics"

The University of Pennsylvania is pleased to present the Global Distinguished Lecture, featuring Patricia Henwood, MD. Dr. Henwood will speak on "International Response to Global Epidemics." Dr. Patricia Henwood, through the lens of working with Ebola in Liberia, will address emergent epidemics, and the global response to diseases in our inter-connected world. Dr. Henwood is the Director of Global Health Initiatives in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and Co-Founder & President of PURE (Point-of-care Ultrasound in Resource-limited Environments).

Global Distinguished Lecture with Patricia Henwood, MD

"International Response to Global Epidemics"

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:00-7:30 PM w/ Q&A (reception to follow)

International House Philadelphia (3701 Chestnut Street)

South America Room

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow, and all are welcome to attend.

Sponsored by: Penn’s Center for East Asian Studies, Africa Center, South Asia Center, Middle East Center, Perelman School of Medicine’s Global Health Programs, School of Nursing, and Perry World House.


Please join us to Kick-Off National Public Health Week for:

A screening of the documentary ‘A DOCTOR OF MY OWN: The First Medical Students of Namibia’ directed by Trisha Pasricha.

Director Trisha Pasricha’s documentary film, A DOCTOR OF MY OWN, examines a sustainable solution to the healthcare worker shortage sweeping across Sub-Saharan Africa: medical education. The film explores the emerging stories of Namibia's inaugural medical students as they trek from the classroom to the countryside and encounter patients who have never before met a doctor from their own country.

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the film maker, Dr. Kassa Darge (CHOP and Penn Med), and Harriet Okatch (Penn MPH student).

WHEN: Mon April 6, 2015

TIME: 5-6:30pm

WHERE: John Morgan Bldg, Hamilton Walk

ROOM: Reunion Hall

Refreshments will be provided

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Google map link . To get to the Reunion Auditorium in the John Morgan Building without a black key (you have this only if you work / study in a Perelman School of Medicine building), please see security in the Johnson Pavilion. They will buzz you in to the ground level of the John Morgan Building. Follow the corridor half way down until you see another hallway on your left. Pass by wooden lockers and arrive at lecture hall.

New Grant Opportunities from the Gates Foundation and its Partners - Deadline May 13, 2015

The Gates foundation and its Grand Challenges partners are now accepting applications for the following grant programs, for more information please visit the grant opportunities page at

Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, is now accepting grant proposals for its latest application round.  Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies.

  • Proposals are being accepted online until May 13, 2015 on the following topics:
  • Addressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health Through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome Engineering
  • Explore New Ways to Measure Delivery and Use of Digital Financial Services Data
  • Surveillance Tools, Diagnostics and an Artificial Diet to Support New Approaches to Vector Control
  • New Approaches for Addressing Outdoor/Residual Malaria Transmission
  • Reducing Pneumonia Fatalities Through Innovations that Improve Pneumonia Diagnosis & Referral of Malnourished Children
  • Enable Merchant Acceptance of Mobile Money Payments

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at


Call for Article Submissions: Family & Community Health, Issue on Immigrant Health ** deadline for submissions one month away, April 1, 2015**

The movement of persons between national boundaries has profound consequences for the health of the migrants, as well as others in the communities of origin, transit, and destination. We are seeking manuscripts on the health status, health care, and determinants of health for immigrants to the U.S. and other countries. Empirical analyses are preferred, although insightful theoretical and systematic literature reviews will be accepted. Submissions should be made before April 1, 2015. Please see the instructions for authors at (direct the submission to Volume 39, Issue 1).

Family & Community Health (FCH) is an inter-professional journal that provides a forum to discuss family and community health care, health promotion, and maintenance, innovations, and evidence based approaches in health care. A particular emphasis is given to how individuals, groups, and populations can effectively promote and maintain health. Some of the quarterly issues of FCH focus on a specific topic while others are open to a more general discussion of creative, innovative approaches. Issues contain articles from health care educators, researchers, and practitioners. Each issue is suitable for use as a text or supplement in educational programs such as nursing, social work, health education, medicine, nutrition, and public health.

Family & Community Health is indexed in the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL); Current contents/social and behavioral sciences; research alert; social scisearch; Family Studies Database; Health Promotion and Education Database; Cancer Prevention and Control Database; Nursing Abstracts; Psychological Abstracts; PsychINFO; PsysLIT; Journals@ovid; Sociological Abstracts; Social Planning/Policy and Development Abstracts; MEDLINE; MEDLARS; and Index Medicus.

Issue editors for the immigrant health topic are Michael Rodriguez, MD, MPH, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Family Medicine, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, and Steven P. Wallace, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Community Health Sciences & UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health



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About Global Health Programs

Global Health Programs coordinates global activities of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and supports the international aspects of our research, educational, and service programs. Our activities include: (i) placement of Penn medical students in global health experiences and hosting of international medical students at Penn; (ii) recruitment of postdoctoral fellows who come from international institutions; (iii) facilitation of international research initiatives and sponsored programs undertaken by faculty of the Perelman School of Medicine; (iv) coordination of global activities with other schools of the University, and the Office of the Provost; (v) provision of information for faculty, students, and administration; and (vi) representation of the School of Medicine in interactions with international institutions.