Indiana University Center for Global Health

IU Global Health activities now in existence


Indiana University is the founding U.S. partner and leader of the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH), a globally-praised, large-scale community-based program that is dramatically improving health in western Kenya through research, training, and health services delivery. AMPATH serves nearly two million persons and includes programs that promote the health of individuals and communities; prevent disease; enhance research, human capacity development, medical care and service delivery; foster economic well-being; increase food security; and mitigate the social consequences of illness and disease.

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IU-Honduras Partnership

The Department of Family Medicine has a well-established program in Honduras which includes an Immersion in language and culture experience, Global health elective and the Family Medicine clerkship as well as the alternative spring break and a relationship with the town of Taulabe and its surrounding villages in Honduras. Each year, medical students, residents, and MPH candidates travel to Honduras for a short term experience in providing care for this rural population, engaging in community needs assessments, and conducting public health improvement projects. A permanent health clinic is set to open in Taulabe in early 2012. Plans for a more consistent IUSM faculty presence there will foster an even greater sense of collaboration and allow for longer in-country experiences for students and residents.

Honduras Global Health Elective

IU-Mexico Partnership

The Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo (UAEH) in Hidalgo, Mexico is a valuable partner of IUSM, particularly for residents and faculty in the Department of Pediatrics. This relationship has developed over the past 10 years to include not only the medical school, but also IU's schools of Nursing and Dentistry. UAEH is also a designated strategic partner of IUPUI through the Office of International Affairs, and the state of Indiana and the state of Hidalgo have developed a close connection through Juana Watson, Gov. Daniel's senior advisor for Latino affairs. Collaboration in clinical research continues to develop between IUSM and UAEH, as well as bilateral medical resident exchange.

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IU School of Public Health-Bloomington

The IU School of Public Health-Bloomington is proud to partner with institutions locally and worldwide to facilitate advances in the public health status of communities around the world. Our partnerships serve community and global constituencies by promoting student engagement, workforce development, continuing education, community service and collaborative and community-based research.

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IU School of Optometry - Ramkhamhaeng University Partnership

The Indiana University School of Optometry assisted Ramkhamhaeng University with the development of the first and only optometry training program in Thailand. Faculty from the IU School of Optometry routinely travel to Ramkhamhaeng to teach courses, facilitate faculty development, and help address both curricular and clinical issues.

IU School of Education - I-CARE Project

I-CARE is a multidisciplinary project involving counseling faculty and students on three IU campuses, which are Bloomington, IUPUI and IU Ft. Wayne, as well as faculty/students from the School of Public Health and the Kelley School of Business on the Bloomington campus. The project centers on training, research and service relating to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. I-CARE is headquartered in the IU School of Education in the Counseling Psychology program. Under the auspices of IU, I-CARE has entered into a collaborative research and training agreement with Botswana's Institute of Development Management (IDM).

In addition to having conducted a number of counselor training workshops, currently I-CARE is conducting a country-wide study on patient satisfaction with HIV/AIDS counseling in Botswana as a follow-up to a previous I-CARE study focused on HIV/AIDS counselor perceptions of training, supervision, and effectiveness in Botswana. Due to the success of the I-CARE program, IDM requested additional collaboration with two other schools, in addition to the School of Education. Public health training has been provided by faculty from the School of Public Health, and entrepreneurial attitudes and skills have been taught by Kelley School of Business faculty and MBA students.

IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Dr. Roy Shin, a recent visiting professor at the UNEP-Tongji Institute of Sustainable Development and Environment and the UNEP Environmental Leadership Program, and Dean Merget visited Tongji University (China) on behalf of SPEA to discussed institutional partnership. A MOU was signed with the School of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, and the School of Economics and Management.

IU Office of International Development
The US Agency for International Development/Liberia and Higher Education for Development have awarded Indiana University $2.7 million to establish a Center for Excellence in Health and Life Sciences (CEHLS) at the University of Liberia (UL) and its sister public institution, the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts, to address a national shortage of health care workers. Primary activities of the partnership include: development of new and updated programs in undergraduate life sciences, public health, midwifery, and enhanced pre-clinical science training in medicine and pharmacy; faculty training through fellowships and on-site mentoring; and acquisition of classroom and laboratory equipment, supplemental instructional supplies, and course textbooks.

Office of International Development
IU Center for Global Change - Global Learning in Jamaica
Recognizing a need for more attention to early childhood education, youth development, and environmental issues, faculty from the IU Center for Global Change developed the Global Learning in Jamaica course. Each year, students travel to Bluefields, Jamaica, where they develop and deliver a summer camp programs for community children that focus on themes such as working for and as part of a community, taking responsibility for the community and its environment, and connecting local concerns with global issues.

Hilary Kahn
IUSM-Local Global Health Commitments
Local global health education opportunities emphasizing the care of medically underserved populations in medically under-resourced settings abound. In addition to Wishard Hospital and its community health care clinics, many of which serve Spanish-speaking patients and immigrant populations, other local global health education venues include the Riley International Adoption clinic, Wheeler Mission for the homeless, Gennesaret Free Clinic, the Julian Center for victims of family violence, El Puente program to increase Latino graduation rates, and the Exodus Immigration and Refugee program. IU Global Health education initiatives will fully integrate these experiences into a more cohesive component of a global health curriculum for medical professional trainees.

Program Components
IUSM-Global Health Electives
Senior elective 93ZH790, Health Care in a Third World Country, has been in existence for more than two decades. Each year, ten to twenty senior IU medical students take this elective. Dr. Edward Liechty, the elective course directors, helps students with selection and placement in a best-fit international health care education sites from over 50 world-wide locations. The IUSM Department of Public Health also offers a global public health elective. Over the last eight years, students have worked on public health projects in Kenya, Mexico, Honduras, Nigeria, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Syria, and Uganda.

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