In this special CBD Student group, we’ll screen the film, Bending the Arc, and discuss. The film describes the experience of Jim Yong Kim, Paul Farmer, Ophelia Dahl, who worked to bring resources to build health clinics to Haiti, and eventually, Peru and Rwanda.
Idealistic but very inexperienced, they suffered early failures that made them question the way they were delivering health care. This led them to develop, in partnership with the patients themselves and guided by medical anthropology, a revolutionary and controversial model: training their friends and neighbors—Haitian villagers—as health care workers.
Despite resistance from the outside world, they treated diseases that experts had determined could not or should not be treated in the poor because of expense and difficulty. The work they began in Haiti—creating a model of how to deliver the high-quality care in under-resourced areas—would eventually grow to have global effects.
Please Save the Date for the campus launch of the Center for Community Health Equity Research in the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences. We are delighted to welcome back to UMass Dr. David Williams, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, whose keynote address will present his research on "Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Health: Present realities and future directions.”
Please join us on Thursday, April 26, 9:30am-12:30pm, Campus Center, Amherst Room (10th floor). The talk will be followed by brief remarks from a panel of faculty in Health Promotion and Policy and Political Science. Light refreshments will be served.
David R. Williams, PhD, MPH, is the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University. Previously, he taught at Yale University and the University of Michigan. His internationally recognized scholarship examines the complex ways in which socioeconomic status, stress and racism affect health. The Everyday Discrimination Scale he developed is among the most widely used measures of discrimination in health studies around the world. Elected to the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has been ranked as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. He holds an MPH from Loma Linda University and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan.
The SPHHS Center for Community Health Equity Research promotes multidisciplinary research investigating the social production of health disparities and the relationships among individual, social, and environmental structures that impact quality of life and population health. We seek to address the gap between academic research and practice by leveraging rigorous studies to drive public health policies. The Center will build collective resilience by forging partnerships both locally and globally through participatory research with clinical and community-based organizations. For more information about Center activities or to get involved, please contact Susan Shaw, firstname.lastname@example.org.