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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.
|Country Coordinators & Facilitators|
|Glenda de la Fuente||Vu Cong Nguyen|
|E. Lee Rosenthal||Arielle Ann Smith|
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.
Glenda de la Fuente, MA
Country Coordinator, Brazil
Glenda de la Fuente holds a bachelor’s degree in translation and a postgraduate degree from King’s College, University of London, in applied linguistics and English language teaching. She was a professor for and coordinator of the extracurricular English program at the University of Buenos Aires, where she was in charge of teacher training courses. Since 1987, she has been a member of the Humanist Movement, an international volunteer organization engaged in the promotion of equity and human rights worldwide; through this work, she has served as a lecturer and promoter of grassroots groups committed to the principles of nonviolence and nondiscrimination in Argentina, Paraguay, Spain, and Brazil. Born in Argentina, for the last nine years she has lived in São Paulo, where she currently works as a freelance conference interpreter and translator. She also promotes humanist education programs with community-based groups. She has been the country coordinator of the SIT Study Abroad/IHP Cities program since 2008, and since 2010 she has also coordinated the SIT Study Abroad/IHP Health and Community program in São Paulo.
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.
E. Lee Rosenthal, PhD, MS, MPH
Lee is a public health researcher and advocate based in the US Southwest at the US-Mexico border, where she works on regional, national, and bi-national public health issues. Her work primarily focuses on advancing the role of community health workers in advancing access to information, services, and health equity. Among her most notable accomplishments is leading the National Community Health Advisor Study funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a study that has been widely cited for its foundational work in examining the role and development of the US community health worker workforce. In addition to her teaching with SIT, Lee is a research affiliate with the Project on Community Health Worker Policy and Practice at the University of Texas School of Public Health’s Institute for Health Policy. Dr. Rosenthal holds an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley. Her MS and PhD are from the Public Policy Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Arielle Ann Smith, DPhil (PhD)
Arielle is a medical anthropologist and member of Missoula, Montana’s vibrant art and electronic music community. Her induction to the field of medical anthropology began at UC Berkeley, where she completed a senior honors thesis on social aspects of human genetics and a research apprenticeship with a faculty member working on sexual education and health. These experiences established an enduring concern for how patients and healthcare practitioners negotiate public health policy and education, standardized medical practices/knowledge, heritage and “tradition,” and sociopolitical change. Dr. Smith further developed these interests, more broadly situated within a political economy of health framework, through doctoral study and teaching at the University of Oxford. Her doctoral dissertation examined the contemporary practice, use, promotion, and legislation of Chinese medicine within Singapore’s exclusively biomedical healthcare system, and was based on two years of fieldwork and travel in Southeast Asia. She has taught anthropology, medical anthropology, and Chinese language in the United Kingdom at the University of Oxford and the College of Traditional Acupuncture (Warwick) as well as at the University of Montana. She is currently revising her doctoral dissertation for publication as a book.
Ellen is an IHP Health and Community alumna who has previously worked as an environmental organizer and urban educator. Following her IHP experience, Ellen co-coordinated a grassroots energy saving initiative in Corvallis, Oregon. In 2011, Ellen joined Teach for America in Denver as part of the inaugural teaching staff at a start-up school that was previously failing. During her summers, Ellen volunteered at Planned Parenthood health clinics and worked at an urban agriculture CSA. Ellen has a double degree in environmental studies and public health and completed her honors research on perceptions of food security in the Somali immigrant community. In her free time, Ellen has travelled through Mexico and Guatemala, and enjoys trail running, camping, and hiking in Colorado.
Duration: Spring, 16 weeks
United States, Vietnam, South Africa, Brazil
Prerequisites: None. Coursework in public health, anthropology, biology, or related field recommended. Learn More...
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