IHP Health and Community: Globalization, Culture, and Care (Spring 2)
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Spring Option 2 Program Sites
New Orleans, LA, USA
For much of its early history, New Orleans was the second-largest port city in the US. People arrived in New Orleans in radically different capacities. The city's particular history has strongly shaped the kinds of access that various sectors of society have to different types of resources and the accumulation of financial and social power. The legacies of disparity along the lines of race, class, language, and nationality have resulted in structural inequities that play out in all facets of daily life and wellbeing—from issues of health and education, to city design and employment trends. Faced with poverty, racial inequities, and a formidable natural environment, New Orleanians have long banded together in civic association to take care of their own medical and social needs, resulting in a strong nonprofit and grassroots activist community. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, this activist community has grown to include a range of outside organizations and volunteers, who now play a role in shaping the city's future. During the program period in New Orleans, students will hear from a broad array of individuals, including public government officials and on-the-ground activists. They will witness the intersections of community, health, activism, and art in action by exploring New Orleans with local anthropologists, community organizers, and representatives from Tulane University’s School of Public Health.
Coordinated by Vu Cong Nguyen
One of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant and rapidly developing nations, Vietnam has succeeded in dramatically reducing poverty, yet considerable challenges remain. The most vexing health-related issues include an HIV/AIDS epidemic that threatens to become widespread; the enormous demands placed on health systems from rising rural-to-urban migration; widening inequalities; and worsening environmental conditions. The whirring of motorbikes, the calls of fresh fruit vendors, and the clang of new building projects are sounds that fill the air in Hanoi, where students will be hosted by the Family Health Research and Development Center of CIHP. This dynamic NGO, formed by experienced public health experts, implements a range of health research and development programs, such as an online HIV/AIDS and sexuality counseling service for teens. The Hanoi School of Public Health, Vietnam’s premier public health institution -- known for its applied teaching approach utilizing an array of urban and rural field sites -- will serve as co-hosts. This combination will provide a rare opportunity to study with Vietnam’s finest public health professionals and observe, first-hand, creative efforts to resolve some of the country’s most vexing problems through visits to project and field sites. The program will include homestays in Hanoi, as well as excursions to surrounding rural areas.
Bushbuckridge, South Africa
Coordinated by Jan G. Vermeulen
Begin with a brief stay in cosmopolitan Johannesburg, where you’ll learn about South Africa’s multicultural history and the impact of apartheid, as well as recent reform. From the bustling city, venture to the Bushbuckridge region, a collection of rural communities bordered on the east by Kruger National Park, one of the best-known game parks in the world. Sought after by ecotourism enterprises and the government for its natural beauty and resources, the area has been at the center of contentious land struggles, land-use policies, and conservation efforts, which have deeply impacted the health of the indigenous population. Engage in dialogue with people on various sides of the land-use issue. HIV/AIDS, lack of access to land and water, unemployment, and alcoholism are also central themes for consideration. What efforts are underway at the local and national levels to address these challenges and improve conditions in the region? What role can education play in improving health? Diverse homestays provide an opportunity to gain personal perspective and grapple with divergent viewpoints.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Coordinated by Carolina Rovetta
Buenos Aires, capital city of Argentina, is a European style, friendly, and bustling city of 14,000,000 inhabitants. Shaped by massive waves of immigration, both past and present, this cosmopolitan city stands out because of the delicate equilibrium between tradition and modernity that characterizes it. Immersed in a context of rapid growth and globalized development since mid 2000, Argentina plays a fundamental role in a region characterized by extreme inequalities in vast sectors of the population. In the Argentine scenario, one of the key and most interesting fields to study is the health sector, which in Argentina looks beyond the traditional polarization between public and private, incorporating a third highly powerful sector represented by the labor unions. A complete free public health system that covers every person residing in the country coexists with two others, a private sector and a semi-private, labor union sector, both powerful and competitive. Buenos Aires, the most important and influential city in Argentina, both politically and economically, is the perfect place to experience and study the complexities of living and surviving in a globalized city immersed in a Latin American context.
Duration: Spring, 16 weeks
USA, Argentina, South Africa, Vietnam
Prerequisites: None. Coursework in public health, anthropology, biology, or related field recommended. Learn More...
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