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Elder Friendly Futures Conference

Visitors from Chongqing, China

Visitors from Chongqing: This partnership was established as a result of the Global Innovation Fund grant with Dr. Nancy Hooyman in School of Social Work as Principal Investigator and Drs. Belza and Cochrane as Co-Investigators, working together with Scott Heinlein, President of the Seattle-Chongqing Sister City Association.

Drs. Hooyman and Cochrane recently returned to Chongqing to present at an annual conference held at Qinggang Senior Care Center’s Academic Exchange Center and organized by The First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University and Embassy of Denmark in China.

Changsha International Nursing Conference of Mental Health Care: Dr. Pam Kohler & Dr. Jane Simoni from Psychology recently traveled to Changsha, China for the 2016 Changsha International Nursing Conference of Mental Health Care, where Dr. Kohler was a keynote speaker. The conference was a result of the Global Innovation Fund China-UW Nursing and Psychology Partnership, which both Dr. Simoni and Dr. Kohler were a part of. The conference was jointly sponsored by Xiangya School of Nursing of Central South University and Hunan Nursing Association.

Latest Achievements in Research & Innovation

Sue Spieker Innovation Conference

Global Parent-Child Mental Health Project

Global Parent-Child Mental Health Project: Dr. Susan Spieker will be taking over leadership of the Global Parent-Child Mental Health Project, supported by the UW Global Innovation Fund. The Project recently launched online modules, facilitating learning and collaboration among primary health care providers in China, Chile, Kenya and Peru tailored to their language and culture.

Each country’s module include seven video lectures with an overview of parent-child mental health in each country, and basic infant mental health competencies that all primary health care providers can acquire to better support health parent-child daily interactions in their workplace. Dr. Spieker originated this work alongside Dr. Cecilia Breinbauer, Director of Child & Adolescent Health Programs for the Center for Healthy Development.

STI Study part of South African “Ideal Clinic Initiative”: Dr. Pam Kohler was a part of the research team in the recently published study, Systems Mapping of Sexually Transmitted Infection Services at Three Clinical Sentinel Surveillance Sites in South Africa: Opportunities for Integrated Care. The investigators worked with the South African government to conduct flor mapping of their STD services. The government is using the findings as a part of a national strategic “Ideal Clinic Initiative,” which will improve the quality of care in public health clinics across the country.

Student News

2016 Exploration Seminars: Eight students spent part of their summer at the Naivasha Sub-County Hospital in Kenya developing and working on various projects and research, including implementing and participating in an all-day mass casualty training with the Accident & Emergency Staff. Many of the students there were participating in our Exploration Seminar: Health Systems Strengthening: Nursing Education and Community Health in East Africa, led by Dr. Kristen Hosey.

Dr. Ardith Doorenbos, along with Heather Coats & Dr. Donald Downing of Pharmacy led a group of 28 students to Vellore and Chennai, India as part of our Exploration Seminar: Health in the Context of Culture.

The seminar included a field component in which students were placed in a health care facility or community agency (private, public, non-governmental and/or charitable organizations) based on their personal learning goals for their field experiences in India, their expertise, as well as the availability of sites.

One of the field placements was with the College of Nursing, Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, which is one of the top 10 colleges of nursing in the world. The college of nursing is also extremely active in community health and development and has been working with volunteers for many years.

Students had opportunities to observe the College of Nursing Community Health (CONCH) programs that provide maternal and child health, the Community Health and Development (CHAD) programs (Urban units, leprosy program, Tuberculosis awareness camps and  DOTS program, tribal health program, health education, day care centers for the elderly, adolescent health program), the Rural Unit For Health and Social Affairs (RUHSA) that is located about 30 km from Vellore and the Low Cost Effective Care Unit that provides medical care for the underprivileged in the urban slums of Vellore.

Student exploration seminars

Student exploration seminars in Thailand

SON faculty, Dr. Gail Johnson & Jan Rungruangkonkit lead a group of students from multiple health related disciplines to study in Thailand for 4 weeks. While there, the students explored health issues in the context of the Thai health care system and culture. This year, the group had the opportunity to visit all levels of the health care system in Thailand, including primary care units, district hospitals, provincial hospitals and regional hospitals. Site visits also included many examples of effective community development programs in health promotion and disease prevention.

Student Scholarship Reception: On December 7th the Center for Global Health Nursing hosted a reception for our 2016 Hegyvary Citizens of the World Scholars and

R. Hunter Simpson Fellows. The recipients presented posters to School of Nursing donors, faculty, students, staff, along with various friends and family members. A complete list of the HCTOW Scholars & Simpson Fellows, and where they traveled to, are listed below:

Hegyvary Citizens of the World Scholars

Student scholarship reception

Student Scholarship Reception

Lisa Boeger, DNP – Kenya

Chelsea Miller, DNP – India & China

Faith Purvis, DNP – India

Sam Rorick, DNP – India

Jina Taub, DNP – India

R. Hunter Simpson Fellows

Esther Kihuga, BSN – Kenya

Minhui Liu, PhD – China

Grace Martin, DNP – Kenya


Global Health Nursing (GHNING) Student Group

The Global Health Nursing Student Group is a student run organization for those interested in working in and learning more about Global Health Nursing. They typically meet once a month and will be hosting a panel discussion on “How to be a Global Health Nurse” on Wednesday, February 15th from 4:00-5:00 in HSE E-216. Their next meeting will be Wednesday, February 22nd from 4:30-5:30 in T-332 (Located in the T-301 School of Nursing Office). All are invited to attend


Upcoming Events

  • CGHN Global Health Research Brownbags:
    • Knowledge, attitudes and practices related to reproductive health of adolescents in rural Chota, Cajamarca Peru, Gabriella Boyle MPH
      Tuesday, February 21st 12:30-1:30 T-404 
    • Family planning use among women and adolescents in resource-limited settings, Rubee Dev PhDc
      Tuesday, March 7th 12:30-1:30 T-332 
  • Global Health Nursing Interest Group (GHNING) Panel “How to be a Global Health Nurse”
    Wednesday, February 15th 4:00-5:00 in HSE E-216


  • GHNING Meeting
    Wednesday, February 22nd 4:30-5:30 T-332