The Indiana University Center for Global Health convenes Global Health Scholars Day each spring to showcase the excellent work being done by the IU community to improve the care of patients worldwide, research the complexities of global health, and educate learners about the care of local and global populations.
Global Health Scholars Day features poster presentations and the opportunity for those interested in global health throughout the university to network and share information.
4th Annual Global Health Scholars Day
May 5, 2022
Projects aimed at improving health for mothers and babies in a variety of global communities took top poster honors during the 4th annual Global Health Scholars Day hosted by the Indiana University Center for Global Health.
• Low- and lower-middle-income (LLMIC) countries host 48% of the world’s population but only 19% of the world’s surgeons • There is an urgent need to expand access to quality surgical care across the surgical cascade, including screening, linkage to operative management, and post-operative follow-up care • Role of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in surgical cascade in surgery is under-explored and mostly focused on screening • We conducted a scoping review for literature on role of CHWs in linkage to operative management and post-operative follow up
Mentors: Daniel Guiles, MD, Shaina Hecht, MD, Megan McHenry, MD
Indianapolis is home to a vibrant immigrant and refugee population. With increasing globalization, resident physicians need to be prepared to care for immigrant/refugee populations within the US. Past literature has shown that participation in domestic international health electives has a positive effect on clinical diagnostic skills, knowledge, communication, and attitude toward care for immigrant populations, as well as improvement in physician allocation of resources. However, few programs have a specific curriculum to teach all residents immigrant/refugee health at the domestic level. The aim of this curriculum is to provide instruction that helps learners develop skills critical to providing culturally effective medical care to immigrant and refugee patients domestically.
Mental illness represents a significant disease burden worldwide and a leading cause of disability. In Kenya, mental illness affects one in four people in their lifetime.1 Yet, a significant gap exists between the need, understanding of and access to mental health services in Kenya. In fact, fewer than 100 psychiatrists and even fewer child psychiatrists serve the entire country.2
The Mental Health Department at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital cares for children and adults in and around Eldoret, Kenya, from inpatient to clinic to home visits. Their innumerable child and family encounters have identified a need for broader access to education to address this stigma and mental healthcare gap. To address this, we developed a culturally-minded Mental Health Handbook for parents and caregivers in Kenya, an educational resource describing common childhood mental illnesses. This has been translated and distributed in both English and Swahili.