IHP Health and Community: Globalization, Culture, and Care (Spring 1)

Faculty and Staff

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Program Director
SherriLynn Colby-Bottel
Country Coordinators & Facilitators
Abid Siraj Rose Blake
Glenda de la Fuente
Traveling Faculty
Donald Allison Maya Shapiro
Trustees Fellow
Kempie Blythe

SherriLynn Colby-Bottel

SherriLynn Colby-Bottel, PhD
Program Director
SherriLynn Colby-Bottel received her doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Virginia in 2012. She also completed a BA in anthropology (1998) and an MA in music (2001), with distinction. From 2005 to 2012, SherriLynn conducted ethnographic research in New Orleans, Louisiana, on disaster recovery, nonprofits, urban traditions, and community-based social activities. Her extensive research drew together issues of globalization and race and health disparities. She also examined how environment, structural inequity, and local policy act as determinants of community well-being. Her research was supported by the National Science Foundation and the University of Virginia Faculty Senate Fellowship award for scholarly achievement and excellence in teaching. SherriLynn is passionate about learning, as well as teaching. Her intellectual interests rest at the nexus of holistic community well-being, ethnography, and ethical considerations of representation. She is currently drafting her research into a book.
 
SherriLynn has been with SIT since 2011; she has coordinated programs for both the Health and the Cities programs. She has worked in higher education for more than a dozen years as both teacher and administrator at California State University, Fresno; the University of New Orleans; and the University of Virginia.

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Abid Siraj

Abid Siraj
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.

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Rose Blake

Rose Blake
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.

Jan G. Vermeulen

Jan G. Vermeulen, MComm
Country Coordinator, South Africa
Jan commenced his career as a human resources practitioner in the private sector and became a business consultant focusing on executive development, change management, mentorship, performance management, and productivity. Since the early nineties he has worked toward poverty alleviation. He relocated to Bushbuckridge in 1993 where he assisted with the set-up of Pfunanane Co-operative and Credit Union. He established the Bushbuckridge Local Business Service Centre in Acornhoek and Central Business Service Centre (now LIBSA). Recently, he has been consulting as a development practitioner and has been involved with research in natural resource business opportunities, income generation for households headed by children because of AIDS, community leadership development, monitoring and evaluation of the transformation program at Wits University, and tourism-based LED at Greater Tzaneen and Letaba municipalities. Jan obtained an MComm at North-West University. He is registered as a practicing industrial psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

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Donald Allison

Donald Allison
Traveling Faculty
Donald, a native of Montana, has a master’s degree in physician assistant studies and will complete his PhD dissertation in culture, literacy, and language in December 2013. His dissertation is a qualitative study evaluating the perceptions and experiences of male Mexican migrant and seasonal farmworkers concerning HIV/AIDS. Specifically, Donald is evaluating the social constructs of gender and culture bound by language use around HIV/AIDS. He believes there exists a link between gender-specific discourse regarding illness and health disparity. Areas of research interest include linguistic landscape, health literacy, discourse, gender studies, cultural issues in health care, and health disparity.

Beginning his career as a physician assistant in Colorado, Donald has worked for over 20 years in various clinical settings including migrant community health clinics and the emergency room. He had the privilege of participating in a two-year pilot project introducing the physician assistant profession to the United Kingdom (now called the medical care practitioner in England). Additionally, Donald has enjoyed travel throughout Europe, India, China, Peru, and Mexico.

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Maya Shapiro

Maya Shapiro
Traveling Faculty
Maya holds a PhD in anthropology from York University, where she currently teaches courses on the anthropology of reproduction and the anthropology of illicit networks. Her doctoral research took her to Tel Aviv, where she investigated undocumented migrant women's access to prenatal and postnatal healthcare as well as the engagement of these women and their children in anti-deportation activism. Maya has lived and worked in Canada, Israel, Ecuador, and Laos where she has taught English and Spanish, worked as a newspaper editor, been a reproductive health and abortion counselor, and participated in advocacy and activism for agricultural, domestic, and care workers. While Maya's research and employment has been most engaged with issues of migration, labour, women's health, and urban life, she can be found reading up on just about anything interesting, fact or fiction, that comes across her desk. Maya balances out all that reading with regular yoga practice and a passion for cooking and eating good food. She lives in Toronto, Ontario

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Kempie Blythe

Kempie Blythe
Trustees Fellow
Kempie is an alumna of the IHP Indigenous Perspectives program, and she completed the Conflict Transformation Across Cultures Summer Peacebuilding Program at SIT Graduate Institute in 2010. Kempie brings a rich study abroad experience that also includes an intensive study of Arabic, anthropology, sociology, political science, and religion in Morocco. She has also taught English as a Second Language in East Java, Indonesia, with support from Fulbright. From teaching to working with community-based organizations in Uganda, Kempie has spent a majority of her life learning experientially from her host communities. Kempie continues to be inspired by students’ willingness to expand their emotional intelligence and intellectual awareness to connect more deeply with their host cultures as well as themselves. An avid sun worshiper, Kempie loves hiking in the outdoors and swimming in the ocean. She also enjoys yoga, West African and Arabic dance, impromptu music performances, driving cross-country, and the art of bargaining.

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Credits: 16

Duration: Spring, 16 weeks

Program Sites:
United States, India, South Africa, Brazil

Prerequisites: None. Coursework in public health, anthropology, biology, or related field recommended.

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