Maasai patients, Tanzania
The Dana Medical Library has refreshed its Global Health exhibit! Continuing its exploration of the theme of global health at UVM, the exhibit takes a closer look at the programs that have developed in affiliation with UVM departments and colleges. With input from enthusiastic physicians, nurses, professors and students, the library has created a display that highlights the mission of global health initiatives on a broad scale as well as looks at the focus of each program. From physical therapy study abroad programs, global medical research projects, and missions to improve women’s health globally, this exhibit shows the breadth of what participants experience, the work that they strive to accomplish and the principles behind each mission.
Each of the four panels of the new exhibit highlight a different aspect of global health at UVM, beginning with its definition.
What is Global Health?
In the simplest terms, Global Health refers to the health and well-being of people and communities on a global level. It is the idea that the health of individuals and communities has a direct effect on the health of the world as a whole.
Global Health Anthropology
Professor Jeanne Shea in the Anthropology Department has conducted research in China that combines anthropology and global health. Her work explores issues that are intergenerational touching on topics about gender, health and healing, development and aging, and the lifecycle.
Women’s Health around the World
Dr. Anne Dougherty has established connections in Uganda and Tanzania working to “raise the standard of women’s healthcare globally through education, research and capacity building” and “develop(ing) skilled, culturally compassionate women’s health care providers here and abroad” (Dougherty).
Physical Therapy down under
PT students in Australia
Professors Karen Westervelt and Sonya Worth have created a study abroad program that encourages the exchange of quality resources and education by partnering with Universities in Australia and New Zealand in the field of Physical Therapy.
Collaboration is at the root of these programs in global health. It is one that encourages the exchange of information. Physicians, nurses, students and professors, when they travel to other countries, collaborate with local hospitals, organizations, universities and health care professionals to determine what is needed to improve the health of their community or to encourage and broaden education globally.
Global Health Resources at Dana
Did you know that the library has a global health database available? Learn more about it in the exhibit.
The exhibit will remain up until the end of April. Enjoy!
Questions? Please contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.