IHP Health and Community: Globalization, Culture, and Care (Fall)
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The faculty/staff team shown on this page is a sample of the individuals who may lead your specific program. Faculty and coordinators are subject to change to accommodate each program’s unique schedule and locations.
|Program Director & Program Manager|
|Jen Jones||SherriLynn Colby-Bottel|
|Country Coordinators & Facilitators|
|Abid Siraj||Vu Cong Nguyen|
|Moriah McSharry McGrath||Megan Wainwright|
Program Director, Health and Community
Jen Jones has worked with IHP for over seven years in various capacities — as a program director, faculty member, country coordinator, and alumni liaison. After leading the Beyond Globalization program for the past two years, Jen brings her perspective on social activism and grassroots solutions as well as her academic background in political and social ecology to the Health and Community program. She has more than 12 years of experience managing study abroad programs around the world and has taught, traveled, and conducted research in 30 countries. She is currently a visiting associate professor at the Center for Global Leadership at Virginia Tech and was previously a visiting assistant professor at Williams College. Dr. Jones received her PhD from the University of Pretoria. She resides in Knoxville, Tennessee.
SherriLynn Colby-Bottel has coordinated the Health and Community launches, as well as Cities in the 21st Century from New Orleans, Louisiana, since 2011. For seven years in New Orleans, SherriLynn conducted anthropological research on disaster recovery, globalization, race and health disparities, and how environment, structural inequity, and local policy act as determinants of community well-being. Dr. Colby-Bottel holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Virginia, as well as a master’s degree in music from California State University, Fresno. She has been both a faculty member and academic manager within higher education, having taught and managed academic programs at the California State University at Fresno, the University of New Orleans, and the University of Virginia. She is currently faculty in the anthropology department at California State University, Fresno.
Country Coordinator, India
Abid has been working with SIT Study Abroad as an academic coordinator for the India: Health and Human Rights program since January 2011. He holds a master's degree in social work, with a specialization in reproductive and child health. Abid has over 12 years of experience in the public health field in India. Previously, he worked for a USAID-funded project on the role of local self-government in the promotion of reproductive and child health. He also served as project coordinator of the USAID-funded Community-Based Distribution Project of Family Planning Methods. He was part of a pioneering team that implemented a flagship public health program for the government of India's National Rural Health Mission in Rajasthan. Abid was also involved with one of UNICEF's largest communication and social mobilization initiatives, the intensive immunization of pulse polio in Uttar Pradesh. He was a visiting faculty for SIT Study Abroad before joining SIT full-time in India.
Vu Cong Nguyen MD, MPH
Country Coordinator, Vietnam
Nguyen is the deputy director of the Institute of Population Health and Development. He was previously a director of Family Health Research Center, a lecturer at Hanoi Medical School, a program officer with the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, and a program officer with Family Health International. Currently, Nguyen is leading several HIV/AIDS research and intervention projects in Vietnam that target most-at-risk populations. He and his staff are also implementing an HIV prevention project targeting young Vietnamese soldiers who are completing mandatory military service. Dr. Nguyen obtained his medical doctorate from Hanoi Medical School in 1993 and a master’s of public health at Brown University in 2005. His expertise includes health systems management, epidemiology, and biostatistics and their applications in public health research, with a special interest in HIV/AIDS. He is also a founder of the Vietnamese Society for HIV/AIDS Medicine and a member of the Vietnamese Public Health Association and American Public Health Association.
Country Coordinator, South Africa
Rose Blake is currently writing a PhD dissertation in social anthropology. The research for her PhD was conducted in the township of Zwelethemba and focuses on the tensions leading to intergenerational conflict between close female kin (grandmothers, mothers, and granddaughters) around care and domesticity. It focuses in particular on the impacts of HIV/AIDS, the social grant system, and widespread unemployment on these relationships. Rose holds a master’s degree in medical anthropology from the University of Edinburgh and in the past has conducted research into the experiences of children receiving in-patient chemotherapy at a large provincial children’s hospital in South Africa. She has been involved in coordinating the Cape Town portion of spring and fall Health and Community programs since 2010, and she served as program manager for the IHP Health and Community program in 2012–13.
Moriah McSharry McGrath
Moriah researches and teaches about cities, health, and social justice. Most recently, she has worked as a research analyst at the Multnomah County Health Department in Portland, Oregon. In this role, she has expanded the department’s work on healthy built environments and helped develop the US practice of health impact assessment. Her dissertation research focused on community conflict and occupational health in the local sex industry. Other areas of expertise include gender, substance use, infectious disease, and housing. Moriah's first international health experience was serving as a health communications advisor for the Peace Corps in Madagascar. Since then, she has had the opportunity to work and learn in Brazil, Guatemala, Ghana, and Uganda. Dr. McGrath holds a PhD in urban studies from Portland State University and master’s degrees in public health (sociomedical sciences) and urban planning from Columbia University. She completed her undergraduate work in feminist and gender studies, with a concentration in gender and science, at Haverford College.
Megan is a medical anthropologist from Quebec, Canada, with a special interest in chronic illness, ethnography, qualitative methods, and creative knowledge translation. She studied anthropology and social studies of medicine for her BA at McGill University, Canada, and received her MSc and PhD in medical anthropology from Durham University, UK, where she was the Van Mildert College Research Scholar from 2009 to 2012. Her PhD research was an ethnography of how COPD is lived with and cared for in Uruguay. By approaching fieldwork as a creative and dynamic endeavor, she investigated the phenomenological experience of health and illness within households and in the political economy of illness and care. Megan was a teaching assistant at Durham University in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Health and has presented her work in seminars and conferences in Canada, the UK, Spain, Brazil, and Uruguay. She has joined World Learning as traveling faculty from a postdoctoral research position in the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University.
Katie Temes has been working in international development since graduating from Skidmore College in 2010. Katie most recently worked at Partners in Health in Boston, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening public healthcare systems globally. Prior to working at Partners in Health, Katie lived in Gujarat, India, where she worked with an organization that supports locally elected government leaders to advocate for land and water rights. Katie is most passionate about global women's health and is preparing to apply to nurse-midwifery school. As a student on IHP's Rethinking Globalization program, Katie became committed to the model of experiential learning and has been enriched by this approach to learning every day since. Katie looks forward to the intersection of her interests in global health and global learning while supporting the students of this fall's Health and Community program.
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