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Read more about the 2015 RUSH Global Health Week here.

Feb. 9 (12-1 p.m., Armour Academic Center, Room 539)

  • Janet Lin, MD, MPH, from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Medicine, will deliver the keynote address on “Thinking Beyond 2015.”

Feb. 10 (12-1 p.m., Armour Academic Center, Room 976)

  • “Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Global Health Implications and Evidenced Based Prevention Strategies” by Maura Waldron, Generalist Entry Master’s Program, Rush College of Nursing
  • “Radiology-Readiness: Implementing Radiology in Resource-Limited Regions” by Maria Kotarska, third-year medical student, Rush Medical College 
  • “Collaboration Between Guanzhou and Chicago to Establish an Autism Program in China” by Cesar Ochoa-Lubinoff, MD, assistant professor, behavioral pediatrics, Rush University Medical Center 
  • “Collaboration With Colleagues in China since 2009: Our Experience” by Emily Wang, PhD, associate professor, communication disorders and sciences, Rush College of Health Science

Feb. 11 (12-1 p.m., Armour Academic Center, Room 539)

  •  “If Not Now, When? Pursuing Global Justice to Mend Our Broken World” by Ruth W. Messinger, president, American Jewish World Service

Feb. 12 (12-1 p.m., Armour Academic Center, Room 976)

  • “Smart Card, Smart Health: What We Can Learn from Taiwan’s Approach to Universal Coverage” by Anuhya Caipa, MS, first-year medical student, Rush Medical College 
  • “Patterns of Birth Dose Hepatitis B Immunization Practices In India” by Sandeep Nayak, Clinical Research Program, Rush Graduate College 
  • “We Made the House and it Made Us: Our RUBIE 2014 Journey” by Meenakshi Jolly, MD, MS, associate professor, Rheumatology, Rush University Medical Center 
  • “Creating A Sustainable Model of Global Health Experiences for Graduating Nursing” by Ingrid Forsberg, MSN APN-C, Rush College of Nursing; and Janice Odiaga, DNP, CPNP, Rush College of Nursing

Feb. 12 (3-6 p.m., Armour Academic Center, Room 994)

  • Poster session and award reception


The Rush University Belize Immersion Experience program, also known as RUBIE, is an interdisciplinary, international immersion experience offered to students enrolled at Rush. An initiative of the Student Nursing Association, the first Belize service project was organized in 1999. In 2004 a partnership began with Hand in Hand Ministries, an international organization that transforms lives by sharing life’s essentials with the poor. During the fall annual trip, Rush faculty, staff and students build a home for a family in Belize and provide preventive health care seminars to the community. The RUBIE interdisciplinary team includes ten Rush students and up to four faculty advisors. 

Dominican Republic and Haiti 
In 2005 a group of volunteers in various clinical specialties formed a partnership between the community of Peralta, Dominican Republic.  In 2010, a similar partnership was formed in several communities in urban and suburban Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The stated mission is to provide man-power, supplies, medications, training and encouragement to communities with the goal of assisting these communities to become empowered and positioned to offer independent and sustainable care.
Currently ther are eight to 10 trips a year, providing services in primary care, general surgery, urology, urogynecology and ENT/plastics. Teams are comprised of attending staff, residents, medical students, pharmacists, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, PAs, psychotherapists, RNs and support staff. In addition to clinical work, Rush volunteers have also been involved in development of water purification and distribution in Peralta, revenue from which supports operations in our partner clinic.
While all efforts have historically been provided on a strictly volunteer basis, the program has grown sizably over the past eight years, to currently include over 100 participants on an annual basis. It has been governed by a volunteer board, and funded primarily through outside philanthropic support, including an annual art benefit, The Art For Haiti event. In 2013, the Department of Medicine appointed a Section of Global Health, through which this program will continue to be administered and developed, with formal institutional support and structure. The section will also be offering global health fellowships, and a global health internal medicine residency track. 
The relationship between the Rush volunteers and the local communities is supported by the Del Camino/Endeavor organization. This organization fundamentally believes in the work, and provides valuable insight into the cultural aspects/relationship development that is critical to the success of the program.

Email for more information about eligibility, application process and travel information.
Global health travel awards may be available for Haiti, Dominican Republic and Belize opportunities on a first come, first served basis. Students participating in these trips and/or those enrolled in the M4 curricular course are eligible, contingent on the availability of funds.

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