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Post date: Mon, 08/16/2010 - 16:00

This lecture will feature LaDonna Redmond, a community food security activist working on Chicago’s west side. She is the President and CEO of The Institute for Community Resource Development (ICRD), which converts Chicago’s vacant lots into grow sites, creates farmers’ markets, and works to influence food policy.  ICRD also works on other issues that relate to sustainability, which include encouraging the use of local land to grow food, assisting community residents to develop farmer’s markets, food buying clubs and Co-ops that are linked with family owned organic produce and meet farms in the region.

Ms. Redmond has presented locally, nationally, and internationally to food industry leaders, policy makers and heads of state concerning community safety and food access.  Her work has been featured in the local news and print media, including ABC, NBC, WTTW, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Conscious Choice, and Chicago Parent.  Ms. Redmond was the 2003 and 2006 recipient of the Chicago Tribune’s Good Food Award.  TIME magazine has recognized her as a “food innovator” and Essence magazine as a “woman shaping the world.”

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Post date: Fri, 07/23/2010 - 14:35

Presenter: Meredith Minkler, DrPH MPH, Professor, School of Public Health, University of California- Berkeley. 

Professor Minkler has over 30 years of experience teaching, conducting research, and working with underserved groups on community-identified issues through community building and organizing, and community-based participatory research (CBPR). She is co-author of the book, Community Based Participatory Research For Health. (2008) 2nd Edition, San Francisco CA: Jossey-Bass.

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Post date: Fri, 07/23/2010 - 10:19

The Feinberg School of Medicine’s Center for Global Health offers medical students opportunities to engage in medical education programs and clinical rotations at affiliated universities and health clinics around the world.  Feinberg medical students may complete clinical rotations at teaching hospitals, work with distinguished researchers at partner universities, and learn about public health issues in a global context.  Multiple funding opportunities are available.

For more information visit the Center for Global Health's website or contact Daniel Young, Associate Director Global Health Education at For a country list of clinical rotations, click here.

One Book One Northwestern: Free copies will be distributed of Mountains beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

Post date: Mon, 06/28/2010 - 11:29

Presenter: Kara Palamountain, Executive Director of the school’s Global Health Initiative (GHI)

In 2006, NU received a four-year, $4.9 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to research and develop affordable diagnostic devices for infectious diseases plaguing UN-defined “least developed countries.”  One of the project’s participants, Kara Palamountain, will give an update on the exciting progress being made on this initiative and the projected impact on global health.   Kara will also highlight the unique set of collaborators from the McCormick School of Engineering, the Kellogg School of Management, the Feinberg School of Medicine, as well as other academic and private sector participants.

Kara Palamountain is a Research Assistant Professor at the Kellogg School of Management and the Executive Director of the school’s Global Health Initiative (GHI).  The GHI is currently working in partnership with NU’s Center for Innovation in Global Health Technologies (CIGHT) to develop and produce affordable HIV diagnostics for resource limited settings. Ms. Palamountain has played a crucial role in identifying the more strategic aspects of introducing diagnostics developed by CIGHT.  She has managed over 50 Kellogg field research teams conducting market entry analysis in Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, China, India, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia. 

Ms. Palamountain is a co-investigator on a cost-effectiveness project at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda funded by the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health. Ms. Palamountain has also served as an external reviewer for various projects under consideration by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  She also recently authored University Leadership for Innovation in Global Health and HIV/AIDS Diagnostics recently published in Global Public Health -- an International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice.

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Post date: Mon, 06/07/2010 - 10:32

The Myron L. & Muriel S. Bender Distinguished Summer Lectures in Organic Chemistry:

Professor Paul A. Wender, Stanford University

on: "The Chemistry-Medicine Continuum: Chemistry And Design Driven First-In-Class Approaches To Alzheimer's Disease And Hiv/Aids Eradication"

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Post date: Mon, 06/07/2010 - 10:16
Post date: Wed, 06/02/2010 - 10:37

Bicultural Identity and Health Behaviors: Effects of Identity Integration and Cultural Congruence

Prior research has examined the effects of health messages tailored to different cultural groups.  However, little is known about how bicultural individuals who relate to two cultures, like Asian Americans, respond to health messages.  The present study examined responses to health messages structured as narratives, set in gain or loss frames, and paired with images of either an Asian or White narrator, representing the participant’s Asian and American cultures.  Studies have shown that while some Asian Americans experience their cultural identities as integrated, others experience them as separate and distinct.  Distance between identities was thus predicted to moderate effects, with participants who experience their identities as separate demonstrating cultural frame switching in response to narrator and frame cues.  Additionally, because biculturals identify with two cultures, the cultural congruence of the behavior could affect responses.  Based on preliminary data, the present study examined two health behaviors: seeking mental health treatment, which is stigmatized in Asian culture, and following a nutritious diet, which is not stigmatized in either Asian or American cultures.  Results indicate that message perception depends largely on how biculturals perceive their cultural identities, as integrated or distinct, and their perceptions of their groups’ views toward the specific behavior, as stigmatized or non-stigmatized.

This week's speaker is PRIYA KAMAT, a graduate student in the Social Psychology program.  Her talk will take place from 11 am to noon in 414 Swift Hall.

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Post date: Wed, 06/02/2010 - 10:20

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Women Faculty Organization (WFO) invites faculty, staff and students to attend the Annual Children’s Memorial Lecture. This year’s lecture, “Boundary Spanning: Whitewater rafting in academe,” will be given by Katherine Kaufer Christoffel, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics and preventive medicine. Dr. Kaufer Christoffel is also director of the Center on Obesity Management and Prevention at Children’s Memorial Research Center and director of the NUCATS Institute, Community-Engaged Research Center.

Event will be held in the Wolfson Auditorium, Children’s Memorial Research Center OR via live broadcast in the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center – Hughes Auditorium.

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Post date: Wed, 05/26/2010 - 10:08

Source: - Karen Resha

On June 3, 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through our National Prevention Information Network (CDCNPIN) will host its first Twitter Town Hall in preparation for the 2010 National HIV Testing Day (NHTD). We are inviting you to attend this exciting event, but first let me answer what may be your first and basic question: “What is a Twitter Town Hall”?

As a Lead Health Communication Specialist at the CDC, I have heard of Twitter. I even have an account. But have I used it? Not really. I must admit that I am a novice. What I do know is that a Twitter Town Hall is not simply tweeting (sending short messages), but tweeting with a focus, for a set period of time, on the same topic, with other people and organizations on Twitter. Twitter has an impressive reach of more than 100 million users worldwide — so these Town Halls have the capability of reaching an unheard of number of people and being perhaps the largest Town Hall ever held. Both President Obama and the First Lady have hosted town halls and/or discussions via Twitter.

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Post date: Fri, 05/21/2010 - 14:49

With the increasing professionalization of Clinical Ethics and a call for standards and accreditation processes, bioethicists are coming forward with guidelines and recommendations for practice. As a clinical psychologist who has been working in clinical ethics for almost a decade, Debjani will apply the concept of cultural boundaries to the two fields with which she is most familiar. She will use a case example to illustrate how the practice of clinical ethics plays out in a hospital setting. Do the two fields complement or compete with each other?

Debjani Mukherjee, PhD, is Director of the Donnelley Family Disability Ethics Program at RIC, as well as Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and of Medical Humanities & Bioethics at NU's Feinberg School of Medicine.

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