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Yale Public Health Bulletin – April 5th

Yale Public Health Bulletin April 5

PH lunch this week: There is currently no lunch planned for this week. Join us April 17 with Greg Gonsalves, world-renowned AIDS activist and board member of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition!

Spotlight(s) of the week:
1) This week is National Public Health Week! There are film screenings and panels throughout the week, a dodgeball tournament on Friday (benefiting AIDS Walk and Relay for Life) and a concert on Friday.
Pre-register for dodgeball here!
2) In conjunction with NPHW, this week is the April Blood Drive. Help out and sign up to donate blood!
3) Public Health at Yale now has a blog! Check it out (and come to the release party tomorrow)! http://whypublichealth.blogspot.com/




1. Thought(s) of the Week

“Despite our best efforts, Americans are not as healthy as they should be. Although we spend more on health care than any other country, the health system is failing and our nation is falling behind in many important measures of what it means to be healthy. We have reached a point where we must examine our health system and the foundation upon which it stands.

We have the potential to greatly improve our population’s health in the future. By recommitting ourselves to support our nation’s public health system, we can build on the successes of the past and establish the solid foundation needed for a healthy nation.

Join us in celebrating National Public Health Week 2009 and supporting public health efforts aimed at ‘Building the Foundation for a Healthy America.'” -National Public Health Week (www.nphw.org)
2. Articles of the Week

Sack, Kevin. A Lesson on Health Care from Massachusetts. The New York Times. 28 March 2009.

Pear, Robert. Democrats Agree on a Health Plan; Now Comes the Hard Part. The New York Times. 31 March 2009.

Connelly, Julie. Doctors Are Opting Out of Medicare. The New York Times. 1 April 2009.
3. Events Around Campus

National Public Health Week is this week (April 6-12)!

Events include:

  • Film screenings (all 8:00 pm on Old Campus):

Shrek– Tuesday April 7
28 Days Later– Wednesday April 8
Outbreak– Thursday April 9

  • Panels:

Panel Discussion on National Public Health Week
Monday April 6; 3:30 PM
Rm. 101, LEPH (Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health), 60 College St.
Panelists include Ellen Andrews, CT Health Policy Project; Connie Malave-Branyan, American Cancer Society; Edith Pestana, Environmental Justice Program; and Eric Triffin, West Haven Health Department. Dean Paul D. Cleary will moderate.
**If you need a ride to the panel, contact samantha.diamond@yale.edu ASAP!

A Conservation about Public Health Implications of Changing our Food Environment
Wednesday April 8; 4:00-5:00 pm, WLH 207
Join Melina Shannon-DiPietro, Director of the Yale Sustainable Food Project and Diana Richter, Executive Director of the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen and member of the New Haven Food Policy Council, for a conversation about the Public Health Implications of Changing our Food Environment. This will be an interactive conversation discussing the intersections between sustainable agriculture, food policy, obesity, and hunger in New Haven and elsewhere.

  • Dodgeball tournament! (Fundraising benefit for AIDS Walk New Haven and Relay for Life)

Friday, April 10; Old Campus; 1:00 PM
Food will be served.
Prizes awarded to the top three teams!
Registration: $20/team, 5-7 players/team
To pre-register, go here.
If you have any questions, email yphc@yalestation.org

Engineers Without Borders will also be demonstrating the innovative water system they are building in Cameroon.

  • Concert Against Cancer Presents: Performers of Yale

    This concert is the first annual Relay for Life Benefit Concert featuring 9 of Yale’s top performance groups. It’s Yale’s only concert to boast performing groups representing a wide array of genres: dance, improv comedy, spoken word, bands, and, of course, a cappella. Come and support the fight against cancer while watching some of the most talented people in all of Yale perform at one venue, in one big night.

    Where: SSS 114
    When: 8:00 pm, Friday, April 10th

    Admission is free, but recommended donation is $5 toward the American Cancer Society Relay For Life at Yale.
    Concert is sponsored by the Davenport College Sudler Fund and Colleges Against Cancer

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American Red Cross April Blood Drive:

The American Red Cross at Yale will be hosting the April Blood Drive from Tuesday, April 7th through Thursday, April 9th, from 1:00 pm until 6:30 pm each day at Payne Whitney Gym. Connecticut needs 650 pints of blood every day and only gets about 550. One pint of blood can save three lives. Please come out and support the cause! Sign up for an appointment online at www.yale.edu/redcross/signup To volunteer, please email one of your blood drive coordinators – Monica Liu, Tina Su, or Margaret Yim – with the times you are available (preferably at least one hour-long shift).

What: April Blood Drive
When: April 7-9, 1-6:30 pm every day
Where: Payne Whitney Gym
How: To donate, sign up online at www.yale.edu/redcross/signup
To volunteer, email monica.liu@yale.edu, tina.su@yale.edu, or margaret.yim@yale.edu

Thank you, and we hope to see you at the drive!


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Food Quality and Sustainability: At Home and Abroad
Monday, April 6, 2009; 6:30 PM
HGS B-05

Join the conversation at the SEA Science Policy Discussion Group and learn about:
*Sustainable Gardening and Farming
*The US Government’s role on your Food Consumption
*Why the White House Vegetable Garden is on the news

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Yale Public Health Blog launch party!
Monday, April 7
8:00 pm, Rosenfeld Hall Common Room

Come by for ice cream and to celebrate the launching of the YPH blog.
Check out the blog at http://whypublichealth.blogspot.com/

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The MacMillan Report
The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale have launched an Internet show called The MacMillan Report – www.yale.edu/macmillanreport.

The MacMillan Report is done in a one-on-one interview format and features Yale faculty in international and area studies and their research. Hosted by Marilyn Wilkes, Public Affairs Director at the MacMillan Center, the show will air on Wednesdays at noon during the academic year and each one will be between 15 and 20 minutes long. The last episode of the MacMillan Report (March 25) featured Professor Francesca Trivellato, professor of History at Yale. Professor Trivellato specializes in the social and economic history of Italy, continental Europe and the Mediterranean in the early modern period. She is the author of a book on Venetian glass manufacturing and she has also published several essays on craft guilds, women’s work, and merchant networks. We talk with her about her newest book The Familiarity of Strangers: The Sephardic Diaspora, Livorno, and Cross-Cultural Trade in the Early Modern Period.

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International Development Dinner
Wednesday, April 8; 5:15 p.m.
Timothy Dwight Dining Hall

Want to learn more about international development and public health at Yale? College Council for CARE is sponsoring a 3-part dinner series, with each dinner featuring a prominent Yale professor. The third dinner will be hosted by Naomi Rogers, Associate Professor of History of Medicine and adviser to the History of Science, History of Medicine major. Her professional interests range across the history of disease, public health, gender and medicine, nursing and alternative medicine.

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Pancakes for Poverty!
Hosted by Nourish International

Come 11-1 every Wednesday night for $1 pancakes! Funds will go towards building a school for women in a rural village in Kenya, a project identified by a local Young Women’s Group as their top priority for development.

Nourish International is also co-sponsoring weekly Thursday night Yale Nights at Caffe Bottega, with free admission with Yale ID and open bar 9-11pm every Thursday night. In return for bringing out lots of Yalies, the nice people at Caffe Bottega are giving Nourish 10% of the bar tab on Thursdays. So come out, have fun and support a good cause!

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Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Faculty Research Symposium
Thursday, April 9, 2009; 6:00 PM
Engineering Student Centre, Dunham Lab (10 Hillhouse Avenue)

Want to know more about cutting-edge Biomedical Engineering research at Yale and how you could get involved?
Even freshmen and sophomores can start doing research!
Pizza and drinks will be served

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Bringing New Faces to Healthcare: Taking Charge of Our Future Panel
Saturday, April 11, 1-3 pm
Dwight Hall Chapel

Minorities in Medicine Movement, Synergy Science Outreach, MAPS, MAS Familias, and the Yale Black Men’s Union would like to invite you to our upcoming event. This panel will discuss the medical school admissions process and address the lack of ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic diversity in healthcare professionals. Panelists will include Dr. Forrester Lee, Assistant Dean at the Medical School, incumbent Ward 2 alderwoman and EPH graduate Gina Calder, residents, a licensed nurse, and MD and MD/PHD students. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

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Bioethics Center events this week:

Tuesday, April 7, 5:30 PM
End of Life Issues Study Group
Location: 77 Prospect St., room A002
Speaker: LaVera Crawley, Stanford University School of Medicine; Lead author of the California Health Foundation Report on End-of-Life Care
Topic: Justice as Agency and Capability: Stories of Dying Poor and Black

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Speakers and talks:

Monday, April 6

Sustainable Food Project Lecture
Time: 12 PM
Location: Kroon Hall, Rm. 321
Speaker: Gaby Chavarria, Director, Science Center Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
Topic: Saving the Bees: The Science, Policy and Law of Protecting Nature’s Tiny Workforce

Economic History Workshop
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: 28 Hillhouse Aveune, B1
Speaker: Gillian Hamilton, University of Toronto
Topic: Economic Status and Reproductive Success in New France

F&ES Lecture
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Kroon Hall, Burke Auditorium, 195 Prospect St
Speaker: Gerd Leipold, International Executive Director, Greenpeace
Topic: The Changing Face of Environmental Campaigning: Greenpeace and Business

The Eero Saarinen Lecture
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Hastings Hall, Paul Rudolph Hall, 180 York St.
Speaker: Cameron Sinclair
Topic: When Sustainability Is a Matter of Survival

Tuesday, April 7

American Studies/History of Science and Medicine Lecture
Time: 4 PM
Location: Hall of Graduate Studies, room 119
Speaker: David Rosner, Ronald H. Lauterstein Prof. of Sociomedical Science & History, Columbia University; Co-Director, Center for the History of Public Ethics & Health
Topic: Trials and Tribulations: What Happens When Historians Enter the Courtroom

Arthur M. Okun Public Policy Lecture
Time: 4 PM
Location: Levinson Auditorium, 127 Wall Street
Speaker: Robert E. Rubin, ’64 LLB, Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations and Former U.S. Treasury Secretary
Topic: The Global Crisis and Decision Making

Workplace Theory and Policy Seminar
Time: 4:10 PM
Location: Room 124, Yale Law School
Speaker: Richard T. Ford, George E. Osborne Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
Topic: Rights Gone Wrong: How Legal Entitlements Can Undermine Social Justice

Overseas Ministries Study Center Lecture
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Overseas Ministries Study Center, 409 Prospect St.
Speaker: Dr. Kevin Ward, Senior Lecturer, African religious studies, University of Leeds, UK
Topic: Christianity, Revival, and the Rwandan Genocide

Wednesday, April 8

Middle East Studies Lecture
Time: 12 PM
Location: Room A001, 77 Prospect St.
Speaker: Marcia Inhorn of Yale University
Topic: Globalization and Gametes: Reproductive Tourism, Islamic Bioethics, and Middle East Modernity

Rudd Center Seminar
Time: 2 PM
Location: 309 Edwards St. conference room
Speaker: Jason M. Fletcher, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Health Policy and Administration, School of Public Health, Yale University
Topic: Can State Level Policies Influence Children’s Weight? Evidence Using Soft Drink Taxes and Vending Machine Bans

Thursday, April 9

Yale Forest Forum Lunch
Time: 12 PM
Location: Marsh rotunda, 360 Prospect St.
Speaker: Gina Wimp, Assistant Professor of Biology, Georgetown University
Topic: Plant Genetic Drivers of Arthropod Community Structure: the Predictability of a Community Genetics Approach to Conservation

Time: 12 PM
Location: Location: CIRA, Ste # 200, Rm. 202, 135 College Street, New Haven, CT
Speaker: Atheendar S. Venkataramani, Ph.D. Candidate, Yale School of Public Health
Topic: Social Grants & the Incentive to Trade-Off Health for Income among Individuals on HAART in South Africa
RSVP: Please RSVP to Michelle Gardin (203-764-4347) by April 7

Genocide Studies Program Lecture
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: 77 Prospect St, room B012
Speaker: T.D. Allman, author, Rogue State
Topic: Two genocides in Florida – Spanish and American

African Studies Lecture
Time: 4:15 PM
Location: Luce 203, 34 Hillhouse Ave
Speaker: Lundy Braun, Public Health, Brown University
Topic: Race, Populations, and Genomics: The Legacy of Systematizing Projects in Africa and the U.S.

F&ES Lecture
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: Kroon Hall – Burke Auditorium, 195 Prospect Street
Speaker: Rodger Schlickeisen, President of the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund
Topic: How non-profits are influencing the outcomes of Presidential and Congressional elections

Friday, April 10

Agrarian Studies Colloquium
Time: 11 AM
Location: 77 Prospect St., room B012
Speaker: Keely Maxwell, Earth and Environment, Franklin & Marshall College
Topic: Making Machu Picchu: Embedding History and Embodying Nature in the Peruvian Andes

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The Connecticut Mission of Mercy and 94.3 WYBC RADIO (Yale Broadcasting) will be having a promotion focusing on dental health on April 17-18 in New Haven.The clinic is open to all Connecticut residents beginning 5 a.m. on Friday, April 17 at the City Field House in New Haven (at Hillhouse High School) and beginning 5 a.m. as well on Saturday, April 18. More than 105 dentists are donating their time to serve any and all community members seeking dental care. People will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis, and CTMOM hopes to see and treat more than 2,000 people this year. Work will include cleanings, fillings, digital e-rays, oral exams, general health screenings, root canals, and interim partial dentures.

Please call Raymond Hong at 203-671-0078 or at his office at 203-932-5818 if you are interested in volunteering. Tell him that you were referred by WYBC.

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Register Online for Unite for Sight’s 6th Annual Global Health Conference: “Achieving Global Goals Through Innovation”
Saturday, April 18 – Sunday, April 19, 2009
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Registration rate increases monthly.

The Unite For Sight Conference is what CNN calls “A Meeting of Minds”
200 Speakers, Including Keynote Addresses by Dr. Susan Blumenthal, Nicholas Kristof, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Dr. Sonia Sachs, Dr. Al Sommer, and Dr. Harold Varmus. Plus social innovation sessions by CEOs and Directors of Save The Children, Partners in Health, HealthStore Foundation, mothers2mothers, and many others.

What? Join 2,500 people from all 50 states and from more than 60 countries for an innovative, high-impact idea incubator.
Who should attend? Students, professionals, educators, doctors, scientists, lawyers, universities, corporations, nonprofits, and others. Anyone interested in international health and development, public health, eye care, medicine, social entrepreneurship, nonprofits, philanthropy, microfinance, human rights, anthropology, health policy, advocacy, public service, environmental health, and education.

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Help host students during the weekend of the Unite for Sight Conference!

As many of you know, the annual Unite For Sight conference, bringing in hundreds of renowned speakers on public health, medicine, and international development, will be taking place at Yale on April 18th and 19th. Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as speakers, are flying in from across the country and all of the hotels are full. Elizabeth Marshman, who is coordinating housing this year, has already received many requests from students interested in being hosted by Yale students in either dorms or apartments. Volunteers are needed to host one or two students comfortably. If you volunteer, Elizabeth will provide you with the name, type of student (mostly med and public health students), university, and contact info of the student who will be staying with you. Your responsibilities will include making arrangements to meet them when they arrive on campus on Friday afternoon/night, give them housing Friday and Saturday night, and point them in the right direction for the conference location and any necessary spots (i.e. good places to eat, different places on campus) during the conference on Saturday and Sunday. Most of them will leave on Sunday afternoon. The students coming in look to be really interesting and passionate, so it should be fun to host them! Many PHC members became good friends with the students they hosted last year.

**Please contact Elizabeth Marshman (TD ’10, member of PHC) ASAP if you are interested in hosting anyone, or if you have any other questions.

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Yale Symposium on Human Reproductive Ecology

Friday, April 17, 2009
Yale University
Department of Anthropology, 10 Sachem Street, Room 105

CHaPRE is a YIBS sponsored research center focusing on the interaction between ecology, environment, and reproductive
biology. This colloquium attempts to explore future research and theoretical directions of CHaPRE as well as reproductive ecology as a whole. Topics to be discussed include population variation in reproductive biology, behavior, demography, and evolutionary medicine, just to name a few.

Speakers include: Richard Bribiescas (Yale University), Meredith Reiches (Harvard University), Angélica Torres (Yale University), Melanie Beuerlein (Yale University), Patricia Brennan (Yale University), David Watts (Yale University), Marcia Inhorn (Yale University), Peter Gray (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), Stephanie Anestis (Yale University), Stephen Stearns (Yale University)

For more information contact: Richard Bribiescas, ph: 203-432-3671, email: richard.bribiescas@yale.edu

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Relay for Life (April 17-18) and AIDS Walk New Haven (April 26) are coming up!
Register at http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=team&fr_id=16260&team_id=404029 (Relay) and
www.aidswalknewhaven.org (AIDS Walk)

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4. Internship/job opportunities

Internship with the Batey Relief Alliance:
The Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) is a humanitarian aid organization committed to empowering families that are severely affected by poverty, disease and hunger in the Caribbean, principally the Dominican Republic and Haiti. BRA operates comprehensive health care facilities, delivers attention and treatment in HIV and AIDS, provides preventative health education and runs programs in agricultural development. For more information, visit BRA’s website at www.bateyrelief.org.

Position & Assignment
: The Batey Relief Alliance seeks to recruit two (2) highly motivated, disciplined and creative interns to work as International Executive Liaisons
Duration: One (1) year (although shorter or longer terms of work can be arranged). Start dates are flexible.
Location: Haitian-Dominican Border (Pedernales, Dominican Republic and Anse-à-Pitres, Haiti) AND BRA’s Offices & Medical Center (Santo Domingo and Monte Plata, Dominican Republic)
Responsibilities: 1) coordinating with local groups to design and develop programs, 2) serving as a regional representative to local authorities, 3) performing on-the-ground research, 4) writing project reports, grant proposals, and press releases, 5) participating in meetings and conferences, 6) assisting with short-term medical missions, and 7) serving as a liaison between the CEO and local staff.

Interns are strongly encouraged to shape the internship according to their own interests and strengths.
Directors are very flexible and willing to work together with interns to define their positions.

Qualifications and skills

  • College degree
  • Background and interest in global health, international development, and community-based work
  • High level of proficiency in Spanish and English (Haitian Kreyòl and/or French a plus)
  • Excellent speaking, writing and computer skills
  • Experience writing grant proposals for non-profit/NGO organizations (highly recommended)
  • Experience working abroad, particularly in a developing country (highly recommended)
  • Creativity and ability to work independently

Application process: Interested candidates should submit: 1) a resume, 2) two letters of recommendation, and 3) a two-page personal statement describing the candidate’s interest in the position and relevant experience. Applications will be reviewed and responded to as they are received. The final deadline for the application in 15 May, 2009.
Compensation: Interns will receive airfare, in-country health insurance, and a living stipend.
Contact: Please send questions and completed applications to BRA’s current intern, Sam Slavin (Yale Class of 2008, samslavin@gmail.com)

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Science Progress Internship Program at the Center for American Progress

We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2009.

Interns working with Science Progress have the opportunity to contribute to a dynamic magazine that is recognized by science policymakers around the country. Our mission is to promote science and technology policy in pursuit of the common good. We focus on the life sciences and public health, innovation and economic mobility, energy and environmental policy, science that supports sustainable security, and science communication and education. Our advisers and contributors include prominent researchers, policy professionals, and seasoned journalists.

Primary intern responsibilities include writing about policy-related issues regularly for the Science Progress blog, assisting with web production and outreach, and research to support our wide array of content. Excellent written communication skills are a must. A science or engineering background is not necessary; applicants from all academic disciplines are welcome.

To apply, use the application materials available at the CAP internship homepage: http://www.americanprogress.org/aboutus/intern
Science Progress is a project of the Center for American Progress: http://www.americanprogress.org/

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The Health Effects Institute Summer Internship

The Health Effects Institute (HEI, http://www.healtheffects.org/) is looking for an intern during the summer of 2009. HEI is a Boston-based non-profit organization that sponsors research into the effects of air pollutants derived from mobile sources. The role of HEI-funded research is to provide scientific information relevant to regulatory decisions about standards for levels of air pollutants. Currently HEI is funding studies in Asia, Latin America and Europe as well as North America.

The intern’s main duties will include working with HEI scientific staff to research the areas of currently funded studies and to assist in writing reports about these studies and other reviews of key literature in air pollution health effects.

Qualifications: A strong background in the relevant sciences (epidemiology and/or toxicology, assessment of exposure to pollutants); interest in air pollution and health issues in Asia helpful.

Compensation: $12/hour

Dr. Geoffrey Sunshine
Summer 2009

To Apply:
Please contact Dr. Sunshine for further information. Formal application (including letters of reference and writing sample) will be required by early April.

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Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI) Internships

  • Love traveling and experiencing new cultures?…
  • Are you interested in taking part in public health or education work abroad?…
  • Want a real, firsthand experience in working with a community-based grassroots NGO in Africa?…


GHEI is offering five positions in the following three Summer Serve & Learn project sessions:
Session I: Girls’ Empowerment, July 1 – July 18
Session II: Prevention of Childhood Diseases through Handwashing, July 19 – August 5
Session III: Treatment and Prevention of Child Worms, August 6 – August 23

To learn more about each project and our organization, please visit our website, http://www.ghei.org

Applications can be downloaded from our website ( http://www.ghei.org), under the “Short-term Opportunity” link on the “Volunteer” page. Please send all applications to: volunteer@ghei.org under the subject line: “SSL09 APP, (your name)”

The application process is on a rolling basis, so please apply early as spots fill quickly!!!

GHEI is a grassroots non-governmental organization located in a rural village of 4,000 people in western Ghana. The village is approximately 3 hours from the nearest city of Kumasi. The organization was founded by professional students at the University of Maryland in 2001, with project work beginning in 2003. It focuses on maintaining sustainable health and education programs. The organization is managed in Ghana by a Ghanaian team headed by Mr. Clement Donkor, GHEI’s Program Director, with help from several Ghanaian employees and two western long term coordinators. GHEI offers short term volunteer programs to enable those interested in international development and social justice the opportunity to experience grassroots work without a long-term commitment. We also hope that by participating, short term volunteers will gain a deeper understanding of sustainable development and social justice through GHEI’s projects.

Please direct all questions to Brittany at volunteer@ghei.org

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AIESEC Summer Internships:

Would you ever consider…
— spending a summer working with street children in Ecuador or Kenya?
— taking a year after graduation to assist with the creation of a healthcare information management system for East Africa?
— taking 8 weeks to do marketing and other strategic work for Mumbai’s first ambulance service?

All this — and more — are available to you through AIESEC, the world’s largest student organization, which constitutes a large network of students and internship opportunities all over the world. There are over 25 summer and/or year-long opportunities with eleven organizations in India, Kenya, and Ecuador. Check out www.aiesec.org for more information or email rasesh.mohan@yale.edu or michele.trickey@yale.edu with questions.

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Become A New Leader in Global Health
Unite For Sight: High Impact Volunteer Abroad Opportunities

Volunteer in Ghana, Honduras, or India; Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter Opportunities

Unite For Sight has been featured weekly on CNN International and in The New York Times

Unite For Sight supports eye clinics by investing human and financial resources in their social ventures to eliminate patient barriers to eye care. Volunteers work with local ophthalmic nurses, optometrists, and ophthalmologists to support and assist the clinic in outreach programs that reduce barriers to health care, including financial, transportation, and education barriers. With the assistance of volunteers like you, Unite For Sight has restored sight to 19,549 patients and provided eye care to 600,000.

Why Is Eye Care Important? 80% of all blindness is preventable or curable. Blindness impacts quality of life, ability to work, and leads to increased mortality in the developing world. More details and citations: http://www.uniteforsight.org/community-eye-health-course/module1

Why Become A Unite For Sight Volunteer?

  • Experience the thrill of contributing to change on the highest level
  • Be part of global problem solving
  • Receive hands-on training in community-based program delivery
  • Be immersed in effective global health and eye care programs
  • Be inspired to become a leader in global health
  • Join a movement of social innovators committed to global health and sustainable development
  • Be engaged in ethical, high quality and high impact volunteerism
  • Volunteers are encouraged to pursue entrepreneurial projects and research studies

Locations (volunteer for 10 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, or more)

Accra Region, Ghana
Rural Villages, Ghana
Tamale, Ghana
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Bihar, India
Chennai, India
New Delhi, India
Orissa, India
Contact: volunteers@uniteforsight.org, http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad

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Global Health Leadership Summer Internship (unpaid):

The Global Health Leadership Internship provides outstanding undergraduate, public health, medical, or graduate students with an opportunity to engage in high impact front-line global service programs. You will work from Unite for Sight’s New Haven office that overlooks the Yale campus. This internship has a minimum of an 8-week commitment. In this position, the Intern will work closely with Unite For Sight’s CEO on public health programming.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Apply organizational and writing skills to the development and implementation of global health initiatives
  • Develop advocacy and educational resources
  • Assist with training programs
  • Contribute to cutting-edge programs in development

Qualifications and requirements include:

  • Flexible approach, ability to work independently
  • Detail-oriented work style
  • Proficient in multi-tasking
  • International experience is a plus
  • Strong skills in statistical analysis is a plus

How to Apply: Unite For Sight accepts resumes on a rolling basis. Please submit a resume and cover letter, referencing the position title in the subject line. The highest quality candidates will be invited to submit two letters of recommendation on a Unite For Sight online recommendation form. After review of the letters of recommendation, select candidates will be invited for an interview beginning in January 2009. Those offered the position will begin in May or June 2009 for a full-time unpaid position. This internship opportunity has a minimum of an 8-week commitment.

Interested applicants should send a resume to the attention of Jennifer Staple, at JStaple@uniteforsight.org Please clearly indicate that you are applying for the Global Health Leadership Internship position and include your available dates during Summer 2009.

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Ninth Annual KNH Study Abroad Program in International Health May 29 -July 13, 2009
Held each summer since 2001, graduate and undergraduate students in this program from throughout the United States are part of a living learning community that cares passionately about international health. Each year students participate in this selective program that only accepts 18 students. Students live and study in the Burgundy region of France and attend seminars in Paris and Geneva.

For more information on this program please visit the KNH website:

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5. Additional Opportunities

A blind and diabetic Postdoc in the medical center needs your help this summer:

My name is Matthew Weed (SM’93, GRD ’04), and I am a blind and diabetic Postdoc completing science policy and medical education research in the Yale medical center. I need help from people this summer with a very simple blood glucose monitoring and insulin measurement routine that is difficult for me to carry out independently as a result of my combined disabilities.

I must carry out this routine every day at lunch (noon), at 7:30 AM and at 5:30 PM. I will greatly appreciate your help in accomplishing this essential task. Previous medical training is not needed and many non-science majors have enjoyed helping me.

Along with doing the ten-minute medical routine, I will ask you to help me maneuver through the dining hall/hospital cafeteria/local restaurants.
Your total time commitment need be no more than an hour a week, and your help will make it possible for me to be healthy and able to focus on doing my work.

Traditionally, volunteers commit to help me at one meal time per week.
This is done to ensure that people know when to be available and to protect their time. A pool of reserve people provides back-up should short term conflicts arise. Should you feel that this role is best for you, I will greatly appreciate your willingness to help in this way.

If you are interested, please contact my volunteer coordinator kenneth.ike at yale.edu so that a training session (duration 15-30 minutes) can be organized so that you can watch an experienced volunteer perform the routine and decide whether you feel comfortable giving me this essential help. Please also feel free to contact me (matthew.weed@yale.edu) or call me on (203) 436-2271 if you would like to talk with me about this.

If you would like, you can get an undergraduate perspective on helping me from jennifer.k.lin (SM’09) nan.guo SY’09 or christine.nguyen MC’09.

Thanks in advance for your willingness to give me this essential help.

Matthew Weed

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Help Gardens for Health win $60,000

Gardens for Health is a nonprofit founded in 2006 by Emily Morell (TC ’09) that supports Rwandans living with HIV/AIDS to establish cooperative gardens and other agricultural intitiatives throughout the country. The organization was founded on the belief that a comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment plan requires access to adequate, nutritious food.

Last year, Gardens for Health International (www.gardensforhealth.org) was the winner of JPMorgan’s Good Venture Case Competition:

The $25k grand prize was our biggest donation yet, but our win also entered us in JPMorgan’s Give-It-Away Competition where online voting determines which non-profit will receive $60,000!

We have less than 30 days. Please vote here:

Vote today, tomorrow, and every day until MAY 1st! Tell your friends, clubs, teams, etc. This donation would have a HUGE impact.

We cannot thank you enough for your support. Please feel free to email us with any questions about the organization or the competition:

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Innovation in the quest for better health: Patient-driven transformations in research, technology and treatments

The Donaghue Foundation 2009 Conference

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
8:00am – 2:00pm
Reception follows

Hartford Marriott Farmington
Farmington, Connecticut


The web continues to change the way we connect and communicate. In the health arena, patients and health care consumers are developing technology-enabled tools for better, faster access to information and driving change in medical research, treatments and cures.

The conference will highlight the work of innovators who are forging these new models and already reshaping doctor-patient relationships, research paradigms and health care policy and delivery. Anyone interested in using interactive, web-based exchanges to create change is invited to attend.

Health care practitioners and systems leaders, public policy-makers, payers and funders, health care advocates and researchers should all find the speakers and panel discussion provocative and timely.

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“CATCH ON” – Global Health Online Video Contest

Just learned about a cool technology that may change a few lives, a dozen communities, or the entire world?

Make a change, upload your videos, and help more people make a change!
Make your own video clip. Show us how technology, new or old, complicated or simple, can potentially improve international public health. The technology does not have to be your own invention. Many of us want to learn what’s out there and how it works! What you are already familiar with may be something new and useful to others. Plus, you have a chance to win a $50 gift card and full scholarship to attend CCIH Annual Conference! [Christian Connections for International Health, www.ccih.org]

Need inspiration? Here are some ideas:
-software that brings people together and makes it easy to learn and share method of providing clean drinking water
-small gadget that prevents injury
-demo tool that improves communication between health provider and clients
-electronic product that works well in harsh field condition
-Another whole group of ideas is adaptations and modifications in technology made to meet the needs of diverse communities around the

How the contest works
Make your own video clip showing the application of technology in improving international public health
Upload the video clip to www.youtube.com/group/ccih

To participate in the contest, one must be a current full-time or part-time high school, undergraduate or graduate student; OR have graduated from high school, undergraduate or graduate school within the past 3 years.

-Video clip should be no longer than 5 minutes
-Video clip must be uploaded to www.youtube.com/group/ccih
-Content of video clip must demonstrate how technology may be used to improve international public health
-Participants must also follow the YouTube Community Guidelines (www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines

Video clips must be submitted before April 20, 2009. Winners will be announced by the end of April. Video clips submitted after the deadline will be accepted but will not be considered for this year’s awards.

Three winners will be selected by a review committee for three awards: Greatest Potential, Most Creative, and Best Producer.

Full scholarship* to attend the CCIH Annual Conference ( Frederick, Maryland; May 23-25, 2009) – a great opportunity to meet like-minded professionals and students
$50 gift card from iTune or Amazon.com
* Full scholarship covers conference registration, dormitory accommodation, and meals during the conference.
For more information, visit: http://www.ccih.org/students/index.htm

Questions? Comments? Email: evelyngarland@gmail.com

The mission of Christian Connections for International Health is to promote international health and wholeness from a Christian perspective. CCIH provides field-oriented information resources and a forum for discussion, networking, and fellowship to the spectrum of Christian organizations and individuals working in international health.

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Grants for Student Activists – The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community. Check out the Fund’s website for more info.

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Volunteer This Summer with REMEDY at Yale-New Haven Hospital – Great Opportunity to Complement Research, Classes or Internships! Only 1 Hour/Wk

REMEDY is an undergraduate organization that recovers exposed-but-unused medical supplies from operating rooms and intensive care units at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Our mission is to provide international medical relief while reducing solid medical waste from US hospitals. REMEDY saves the hospital over $2500 annually and has delivered 30 tons of medical supplies to developing clinics, saving countless lives.

The REMEDY staff at Yale-New Haven Hospital is entirely undergraduates. Volunteers are asked to spend about 1 hour each week sorting medical supplies at Yale-New Haven Hospital. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in medicine or public health to learn about medical devices and international medical relief. We need dedicated volunteers who will be in New Haven over the summer to ensure supplies are not wasted.

Please visit the REMEDY website for more information: http://www.remedyinc.org/Content/REMEDY_at_Yale.asp, and contact Maddy Coquillette (madeline.coquillette@yale.edu) to get involved.

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Yale’s Public Health Coalition (PHC) aims to be a catalyst for public health action in New Haven and around the world. We sponsor speakers, organize events and serve as a coordinating center for public health related groups on campus. We also have a liaison team to keep in contact with all of our groups- if you are leading one of these groups, please update your liaison on what you’re doing and use him/her as a resource. We are here to build collaborations and to help YOU!
As the Newsletter Chair, I send out a bulletin every Sunday night containing events on campus related to public health and other relevant opportunities. Whenever you have any interesting public health events/internships/relevant articles/images that you would like to be included in the newsletter, email them to me at kathleen.dantzler@yale.edu


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