The University of Iowa

Past Events - 2014

Fall 2014 UI Global Health Workshop: Engaging in Global Health

December 4-6, 2014

GHS:4100:0002 (Please note: enrollment for this class is closed)
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Engaging in Global do you start, how can you become a participant in promoting health throughout the world? The United Nations Millennium Declaration, signed in 2000, commits world leaders to promote global health through combating poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation, and discrimination against women.

Are you planning on becoming an educator, an engineer or lawyer? Or perhaps a dietician, political scientist or social activist? How can these professions participate in promoting global health? There are many ways to get involved in the cause of global health, and this course will show you how. What can you do while you are still in school?  What career opportunities are available in global health? 

During this workshop, students will hear from both student peers and global health professionals, as they share their experiences in global health. Students will gain an understanding of how professionals and volunteers work in a broad variety of settings. Discussions will include experiences of working with government-based programs, international organizations like UNICEF or World Vision, health care agencies, faith-based organizations, industry, and academic institutions. At the conclusion of this course, students will know a variety of ways to become engaged, to get involved in global health!

Evaluation and grades will be based on attendance, participation, and on a short essay due ten days after the end of the workshop.

More information:


UI Peace Corps website
Peace Corps HIV-AIDS infographic
Peace Corps Health Flyer

Presenter Biographies

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Jeff Murray
Principal Investigator and Laboratory Director at Murray Laboratory, University of Iowa

Dr. Murray is board certified in Pediatrics and Clinical Genetics and a human moleculadevelopmental geneticist with a longstanding interest in genenvironment interactions involved in human complex traits. He played a substantial role in the development of human genetic linkage maps as part of the Human Genome Project and was Director of P50 Cooperative Human Linkage Center for NHGRI, the first P50 to include a formal ELSI (ethicalegasocial) component. He has played a major leadership role in discovering the genetic and environmental contributors to cleft lip (for which he received the Curt Stem Award) and for preterm birth and its complications. He is co-author on 395 peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Murray holds a current R37 (MERIT award from NIH) and in his career has been the PI on R01 grants from NIGMS, NHGRI, NEI, NIEHS, NICHD, NIDCR, as well as grants from the March of Dimes, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Burroughs-Welcome Foundation. He has chaired two NIH study sections, was a member of the Scientific Council for the NHGRI and served on the Advisory Committee to the Director of the NIH until December 2012. He is the current president of the American Society of Human Genetics, chairs the Blue Ribbon Panel reviewing the intramural program at NICHD and is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine. His current research work is interdisciplinary and international using genomics and population based approaches to identify complex trait causes for birth defects and preterm birth. He has current projects in Argentina, Brazil, the Philippines, Thailand, India, Denmark, Norway, and Japan including overseeing two clinical trials. He directed the Genetics PhD program at the University of Iowa and was twice named Mentor of the Year. He is a practicing clinician and active classroom and ward teacher.

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Alan Brody

Alan Brody is a former UNICEF officer in Swaziland, China, Afghanistan, Turkey and Nigeria. Brody retired in 2007 from his 22-year career with the United Nations as head of UNICEF for Swaziland, returning to Iowa to work as a full-time writer, lecturer and consultant. He has an undergraduate degree from Yale University, where he majored in English with a focus on fiction writing. He received his doctoral degree from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in 1984. After graduation from Yale, Brody joined the Peace Corps and worked in Ghana as a volunteer for nearly eight years. While on UNICEF assignments in Swaziland, China, Afghanistan, Turkey and Nigeria, Brody worked on major issues, including HIV and AIDS, poverty and women's development, child and maternal health, basic education, disaster response and children's rights. Brody uses storytelling to provide in-depth information about the AIDS epidemic, and one of the stories he wrote was translated and developed into the first-ever feature-length film done in the siSwati, an official language spoken Swaziland.

Christine Brunner Luse
Adjunct Faculty Member, Global Health Studies Program, University of Iowa

Christine received her B.S. in Nursing and her M.A. in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University. As an Illinois native, she started her nursing career doing home health nursing visits in the high risk areas of Rockford, IL, while working as a “jail nurse” at the Winnebago County (Illinois) jail. After the completion of her M.A, she supervised a home health agency in Elgin, IL, followed by working as the Director of Nursing for the McHenry County Health Department in Woodstock, IL. In 1995, she started her own management consulting agency, specializing in non-profits, local government institutions, and local and state health departments. She has held several board positions in the past, including chairperson of the McHenry County Hispanic Liaison Committee; and the March of Dimes, Chicago Chapter, Public Affairs Committee. During her time as a consultant, she has had a variety of clients, including the City of West Chicago, numerous county health departments, the Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators, and McHenry County Domestic Violence Board. She was instrumental in developing and implementing the start-up of a low-income clinic in Elgin, IL. Christine is interested in many local and global public health issues, including human trafficking, preventable communicable diseases, and the effects of conflict on children and mothers.

Christopher Squier
Director of Graduate Studies & Professor of Oral Pathology, College of Dentistry, University of Iowa
Director, Global Health Studies Program, University of Iowa.

Dr. Christopher Squier is Director of Graduate Studies and a Professor of Oral Pathology in the College of Dentistry at the University of Iowa. He also directs the Global Health Studies Program at the University of Iowa. Dr. Squier received his education at the University of Cambridge and the London Hospital Medical College; he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (London). Dr Squier is actively involved at the national and international level in tobacco control and oral cancer prevention. He has worked on tobacco control in Iowa for over 25 years, during which time he served three terms on the State Commission for Tobacco Control. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Midwest Division of the American Cancer Society. Dr. Squier’s research is concerned with the mechanisms by which tobacco causes oral cancer and with the role of oral health professionals in assisting their patients with tobacco cessation. He has published over 200 books, chapters and peer-reviewed articles.

Maureen McCue
Professor, College of Public Health & College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Iowa
Coordinator, Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility

Dr. Maureen McCue is a founding member, faculty, and former director of the University of Iowa Global Health Studies Program as well as a founding board member for the UI Center for Human Rights. As Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Colleges of Public Health and of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Dr. McCue has been teaching Health and Human Rights courses since 1997. Before coming to Iowa, she worked as a primary care provider with marginalized communities and has worked for a local women’s clinic for the last 16 years. She has coordinated the Iowa Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility for the last 10 years. Endeavors in each arena have focused broadly on the human right to health within a life supporting sustainable planet. Specific interests have focused on health impacts of militarism, energy/climate change, food policy, women’s and disability rights. Dr. McCue has traveled, consulted, and worked extensively as a peace maker, researcher, and physician.

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David Boan
Humanitarian Disaster Institute, Wheaton College, Illinois

Dr. David Boan began his career in clinical practice in Sacramento, CA, and soon found himself engaged in working with community programs and services. This began a long transition from developing church-based counseling programs, developing community services for the developmentally disabled and deaf, to working with healthcare facilities in the US and internationally to improve the quality of care.

In 1996 Dr. Boan completed the transition to community and organizational services by becoming the VP of Research for the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care in Maryland. In this role he designed and led programs on the role of culture in organizational performance, designing information services for community action, and using behavior management to improve the delivery of care. He was part of the team that developed the first public hospital report card in the United States. He participated in programs using financial incentives to change healthcare, defining leadership attributes that lead to excellence in performance, and creating high performing teams. From there, Dr. Boan went on to become the Executive Director for Innovation and New Products for Joint Commission Resources and Joint Commission International where he led development of change models that lead to sustainable change, defined standards for quality healthcare in developing countries, created tools for building capacity for improvement in international healthcare settings, and the measurement and improvement of healthcare culture. Dr. Boan began consulting on the Humanitarian Disaster Institute in 2010 and joined the staff and faculty of Wheaton College full time in 2011. His current work focuses on such topics as knowledge transfer, community and organizational capacity building, community resilience and faith-based organizations, and public health and disasters.

Greg White

Greg White
Immigrant/Refugee Coordinator, Catherine McAuley Center, Cedar Rapids

Greg White graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, lowa, where he majored in Writing & Rhetoric and Spanish. While in college, Greg practiced his fluency in Spanish during weeklong service trips to Nicaragua and Mexico and a semester in Seville, Spain. In May 2010 Greg married his wife, Hannah, and in May 2011 moved to Cedar Rapids where he began working as Catherine McAuley Center's Immigrant/Refugee Coordinator.  

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Nancy Kinyanzwa Jepkoech
Project Management Specialist, Compassion International

Born and raised in Kenya, Nancy Kinyanzwa Jepkoech currently lives in Colorado Springs, where she is participating in Compassion International’s Alumni Fellowship. As part of this one-year work internship, she serves as a Project Management Specialist at Compassion’s Global Ministry Center. She is also pursuing her master’s degree in project planning and management at the University of Nairobi.

Prior to being an Alumni Fellow, Nancy was the Lead Data Analyst for a consulting firm in Kenya, providing consultancy and research for organizations focused on health, nutrition, water and capacity development. Gifted in project planning and public relations, she looks forward to leading her own long-term social enterprise projects in the future.

Born out of wedlock, with five siblings and an alcoholic stepfather, Nancy grew up intimately knowing the challenges of living in an impoverished community. When she began attending Compassion’s child development program at a local church, she also became intimately acquainted with God’s love. The support, training and hope she received there helped to shape the entire course of her life. She attributes her study and career choices to the education, healthcare and spiritual guidance she was provided through her sponsorship.

Passionate about the life-changing work of Compassion and advocating for the voiceless, Nancy loves speaking about community development, the crucial role of education and holistic child development. She is grateful for the opportunity to share her personal story and offer hope to others who may find themselves in challenging circumstances.

Tiffany Aquino

Tiffany Aquino
Associate Director, Unite For Sight

As Unite for Sight’s Associate Director, Tiffany Aquino manages and implements initiatives in each of Unite For Sight’s program divisions. As the manager of Unite For Sight's Global Health & Innovation Conference and Global Health University, she directs Unite For Sight's initiatives to advance education about global health. Additionally, she works with and trains Unite For Sight's Global Impact Fellows, who are the next generation of leaders in global health. Tiffany also manages Unite For Sight's research division, which yields public health publications in peer-reviewed journals.

With a passion for global health and social entrepreneurship, Tiffany has over nine years of experience working with varying underserved populations in the US, East Africa and Latin America on health and social justice issues. Prior to joining Unite For Sight, Tiffany was awarded a Global Health Corps Fellowship, working with Partners in Health (Inshuti Mu Buzima) in Rwanda for one year as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. There, she was instrumental in building an organization-wide structure for effective data sharing to increase data use, cross-program collaboration and quality improvement initiatives, and she contributed to the design and implementation of a Research Seminar for Partners In Health and Ministry of Health staff.

Tiffany also spent extensive time in Nicaragua, where she volunteered with Acción Medica Cristiana, a local community health NGO in Nicaragua, and she worked alongside the community health workers in the Matagalpa region. In Nicaragua for her MPH thesis research, she also studied cultural appropriateness of health and development interventions in the communities she served. Her MPH thesis focused on the cultural implications that are often overlooked in “appropriate technology” interventions. Prior to her work in global health, Tiffany coordinated Psychiatric research studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and she co-authored several peer-reviewed publications on relapse prevention and pharmacogenomics for anxiety and depression. She holds an MPH from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Psychology summa cum laude from Drexel University.

Jamie Butler-Dawson

Jaime Butler-Dawson
Ph.D. candidate, Boston University

I am currently pursuing my PhD in Environmental Health and have my MPH in Environmental Health from Boston University. I've spent the last few years concentrating on global HIV/AIDS with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and before that as a health volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, focusing on health promotion and income generating projects. My research interests include studying adverse health effects due to climate change and air pollution, indoor air quality and also improved cooking technologies in developing countries. I grew up in Boise, Idaho and am an outdoor enthusiast.