March 15, 2012

World Health Week events set

by Bill Snyder

Experiences of Nashville's refugees, medical “ethnomusicology,” and health and social justice in post-earthquake Haiti will be discussed during World Health Week at Vanderbilt, March 19-24.

The series of discussions and gatherings is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH) and by several student-run organizations including the Global Health Committee, the VIGH Student Advisory Committee, Vanderbilt International Connections, the Vanderbilt chapter of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and the Health Justice Council.

The events are listed below by date. Lunches will be provided at the noon lectures but registration is encouraged. To register, click on https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/calendar/.

• Monday, March 19 — “Medical/Legal Dimensions of Post-Conflict Transitions,” noon lecture by Michael Newton, J.D., professor of the Practice of Law, Vanderbilt Law School, in 208 Light Hall;

• Tuesday, March 20 — Interdisciplinary mixer and potluck, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Centennial Perk conference room on the 8th floor of the 2525 West End Ave. building;

• Wednesday, March 21 — “Experiences of Nashville’s Refugees,” noon lecture by Amy Richardson, MPH, program manager, VIGH Community Health Initiatives, in 208 Light Hall;

• Thursday, March 22 — “Cancer Prevention in Central America,” noon lecture by Douglas Morgan, M.D., MPH, associate professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt, in 208 Light Hall;

• Friday, March 23 — “Medical Ethnomusicology as Collaborative Practice,” noon lecture by Gregory Barz, Ph.D., associate professor of Ethnomusicology at Vanderbilt, in 208 Light Hall; and

• Friday, March 23 — “Health, Social Justice and Haiti after the Earthquake,” 4:30 p.m. lecture by Harvard physician Joia Mukherjee, M.D., MPH, medical director of Partners in Health, in 208 Light Hall. A reception will follow in the Light Hall north lobby.

On Saturday, March 24, the Paragon Mills Health Fair, which serves Nashville’s refugee population, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Paragon Mills Elementary School, 260 Paragon Mills Road in Nashville.

For more information about these events, contact Vanderbilt medical student Carmen Rodriguez, member of the Global Health Committee, at carmen.i.rodriguez@vanderbilt.edu.