Dr. Elaine Kohler Summer Academy of Global Health Research

Dr. Elaine Kohler, a MCW alumnus (Pediatrics Fellowship 1968) and former Associate Professor of Pediatrics (1968-1981) is remembered by her medical colleagues and within the community she served with deep respect for her advocacy in the fields of diabetes, obesity, heavy metal toxicity and mental health. This scholarship fund is for the summer global health research program for medical students who seek to recognize Dr. Kohler’s legacy long after her untimely death in 1981. The fund pays tribute to her life’s local and global health work by providing support for those projects and individuals who carry on her selfless commitment to helping others.

The Dr. Elaine Kohler Summer Academy of Global Health Research encourages talented rising M2's to enter the research field during a 10-week hands-on experience. Students spend 5-weeks addressing global health disparities locally in Milwaukee and then 5-weeks internationally. This experience allows students the opportunity to collaborate with faculty to address global health issues such as water, injury prevention, and human molecular genetics. Students will be paired with a faculty member and their global and local partners.

Summer 2015

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   Angeline David

Angeline DavidAngeline David
Local Organization: Medical College of Wisconsin
International Organization: Rzeszow University, Poland
Faculty: Grzegorz Telega, MD, Associate Professor Pediatrics, Program Director Liver Transplant Hepatology
Study: Newborn Blood Spot Screening: Assessing the level of knowledge of genetic testing among mothers in Rzeszow, Poland (PDF)
Purpose: The aims of this study are to assess the knowledge gap regarding newborn blood spot screenings in an urban community in Poland with a questionnaire. This will help to identify what measures can be put into place to meet the needs of patients regarding knowledge about newborn screenings.

   Meredith Buck

Meredith BuckMeredith Buck
Local Organization: Medical College of Wisconsin
International Organization: FUNDA SALVA, El Salvador
Faculty: Julia Dickson-Gomez, PhD, Professor Psychiatry, Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR)        
Study: Newborn Blood Spot Screening: Combination HIV prevention strategy implementation in El Salvador: perceived barriers and adaptations reported by outreach educators and supervisors (PDF)
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to analyze the implementation of El Salvador’s combination HIV prevention plan midway through its second year. This project specifically examines barriers that educators face in implementing the peer education as designed, how these differ among the subpopulations, and adaptations made as a result.

  Joshua Rehberg

Joshua RehbergJoshua Rehberg
Local Organization: Medical College of Wisconsin
International Organization: Centre for Global Health, Medical School, University of Split, Croatia
Faculty: Zeljko Bosnjak, PhD, Professor Anesthesiology and Ozren Polasek, MD, PhD, Professor of Public Health and Medicine, University of Split, Croatia
Study: Mortality analysis of Croatia’s southern Dalmatian islands (PDF)
Purpose: Specifically, this study aimed to create morality profiles for the Dalmatian islands of Brač, Hvar, Korčula, Lastovo, Mljet, Šolta, and Vis, and the peninsula of Pelješac, which effectively serves as an island given its isolated geography. The profiles served as the basis for the comparison with the mainland, and evaluation within the islands.

  Jaron Smith

Jaron SmithJaron Smith
Local Organization: Medical College of Wisconsin
International Organization: Botkin Hospital, Russia
Faculty: Yuri Amirkhanian, PhD, Professor, and Jeffrey A. Kelly, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Study: Drugs, Docs, and Delays: A qualitative analysis on barriers and facilitators to medical care engagement amongst People Living with HIV in St. Petersburg, Russia (PDF)
Purpose: We recruited PLH in and out of care and explored multiple aspects of their lives through such interviews. Our aim was to identify common factors that assisted them in engaging in medical care and following their ART medication regimens, as well as obstacles that prevented them from doing so in the past and currently.

  Ashley Jacobson

Ashley JacobsonAshley Jacobson
Local Organization: Medical College of Wisconsin
International Organization: Rzeszow University, Poland
Faculty: Amy L. Drendel, DO, MS, Associate Professor of Pediatrics; Emergency Medicine, Grzegorz Telega, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Program Director of Liver Transplant Hepatology
Study: An observational study of anxiety experienced by children and their parents in a local hospital in Rzeszów, Poland (PDF)
Purpose: The aims of this study were to: 1) describe the state anxiety of children and their parents in the pediatric Emergency (ED), General Pediatric, and Orthopedic Departments; 2) evaluate characteristics associated with high state anxiety; and 3) assess the relationship between anxiety and pain.

  Jesa Landis

Jesa LandisJesa Landis
Local Organization: Medical College of Wisconsin
International Organization: Patan Hospital, Nepal
Faculty: Ted MacKinney, MD, MPH, FACP, Associate Professor Medicine
Study: Physical Rehabilitation of Victims from the Nepal 2015 Earthquake (PDF)
Purpose: To summarize the extent of rehabilitation services that were offered in Nepal following the earthquake, and to qualitatively describe the general care of earthquake victims including: patient characteristics, innovations to rehabilitation care, family involvement in rehabilitation, barriers to care, and impact on providers.

Summer 2014

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  Allison Bock and Kathan Chinatamaneni

Kathan Chintamaneni and Allison BockAllison Bock

Local Organization: Medical College of Wisconsin
International Organization: Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Nepal
Faculty: Dr. Theodore MacKinney
Study: Improving pneumococcal vaccination of medical inpatients using quality improvement measures at Patan Hospital, Nepal (PDF)
Purpose: The purpose of the study is to measure the baseline pneumococcal vaccination rate of qualifying adult patients discharged from the medical wards and assess reasons for non-vaccination.

 

Kathan Chintamaneni

Local Organization: Medical College of Wisconsin
International Organization: Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Nepal
Faculty: Dr. Theodore MacKinney
Study: A Trial of Quality Improvement Processes in Outpatient Diabetes Care at Patan Hospital, Nepal (PDF)
Purpose: The purpose of the QI study is to increase compliance with current quantitative proteinuria testing guidelines set forth by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

  Brianna McSorley

Brianna McSorleyBrianna McSorley

Local Organization: Medical College of Wisconsin
International Organization: Hospice Africa Uganda, Uganda
Faculty: Dr. Lauren Wiebe 
Study: A Pilot Study Tracking Spiritual Well-Being of Patients at Hospice Africa Uganda (PDF)
Purpose: The purpose of the study is to assess the feasibility of using the Spirit 3 for tracking spiritual well-being over time spent in hospice care, assess if participation in hospice care would improve patients’ average state of spiritual well-being and to understand how the clinical staff at Hospice Africa Uganda valued the use of the Spirit 3 in clinical practice.

  Katie Dobberpuhl

Katie DobberpuhlKatie Dobberpuhl

Local Organization: Medical College of Wisconsin
International Organization: University of Split, Croatia
Faculty: Dr. Zeljko Bosnjak
Study: Host Susceptibility of Infants to Cytomegalovirus Infections: A literature review (PDF)
Purpose: The purpose of the study was to conduct a systematic review aiming to identify genetic polymorphisms that may be responsible for increased susceptibility of cytomegalovirus to newborns and fetuses.

  Niketa Kataria

Niketa KatariaNiketa Kataria

Local Organization: Medical College of Wisconsin
International Organization: University of Rzeszow, Poland
Faculty: Dr. Grzegorz Telega
Study: Evaluation of Health Literary Regarding Pediatric Burn Prevention in Rzeszow, Poland (PDF)
Purpose: The purpose of the study is to measure health literacy regarding pediatric burns, a standardized questionnaire is applied to assess understanding of prevention (childproofing), to estimate prevalence of burns in the referral area, and to determine if measures of health literacy correlate with severity and outcomes of burns.

  Phoebe Jensen

Phoebe JensenPhoebe Jensen

Local Organization: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
International Organization: Malawi Health Department
Faculty: Dr. Stephen Hargarten and Dr. Harvey Bootsma, Associate Professor, School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Study: Assessing the potential to improve the health of Lake Malawi riparian residents through alternative water collection methods (PDF)
Purpose: The purpose of the study is to identify practical, low-cost changes in daily methods of water collection that would lead to cleaner water and to be able to provide recommendations to residents and water resource managers about how to collect water in order to reduce the risk of illness due to waterborne pathogens.

  Rosalia Mahr

Rosalia MahrRosalia Mahr

Local Organization: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
International Organization: Malawi Health Department
Faculty: Dr. Stephen Hargarten and Dr. Harvey Bootsma, Associate Professor, School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Study: Generation of qPCR for Schistosomiasis at both a genus and species level: A Literature Review (PDF)    
Purpose: The purpose of the study is to identify the DNA sequences that can be used to run qPCR assays on samples to amplify present Schistosoma DNA. Those three species are Schistosoma mansoni, Schistosoma haematobium, and Schistosoma japonicum. Both broad-spectrum sequences that are conserved throughout the genus and the more specific sequences that narrow down to the species level will be investigated.

Summer 2013

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  Kali Johnson

Kali Johnson

Kali Johnson

Local Organization: Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR)
International Organization: FundaSalva (Government agency for drug prevention and control), El Salvador
Faculty: Dr. Julia Dickson-Gomez
Study: High risk crack use and HIV in El Salvador: A process evaluation of a community-based, multi-level HIV prevention intervention (PDF)
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to implement and evaluate a community-based, multi-level HIV prevention intervention for crack users in San Salvador

  Melanie Bobbs

Melanie Bobbs

Melanie Bobbs

Local Organization: Medical College of Wisconsin
International Organization: Hillside Healthcare International, Belize
Faculty: Dr. Jacquelyn Kuzminski
Study: Validating a Need for a Teledermatology Partnership in the Toledo District of Belize (PDF)
Purpose: To characterize and quantify dermatologic disease presentation, patient characteristics, and disease management by HHCI providers through a retrospective chart review. To better characterize vague or difficult diagnoses and understand where specialty care can be considered and used. To assess the need for a teledermatology partnership between the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and HHCI.

  Holly Haberman and Susan Good

Holly haberman and Susan Good

Holly Haberman & Susan Good

Local Organization: Medical College of Wisconsin
International Organization: Yantalo Peru Foundation, Peru
Faculty: Drs. Paula North & Sue Kehl
Study: Intervention Development: A Review of Medicinal Plants and Common Pesticides Used in the Alto Mayo Region of Peru (PDF)
Purpose: The goal of this intervention development is to identify commonly used medicinal plants in order to sample them for potential contamination, and to identify commonly used pesticides in the region.

  Bryan Johnston

Bryan Johnston

Bryan Johnston

Local Organization: Medical College of Wisconsin
International Organization: Hospice Africa Uganda, Uganda
Faculty: Dr. Lauren Wiebe
Study: Reliability and acceptability of the Jerrycan Pain Scale for patients at Hospice Africa Uganda (PDF)
Purpose: The purpose was to validate the novel Jerrycan Pain Scale (JPS) against two more commonly used and validated scales, a numerical hand scale (NHS) and the Wong-Baker FACESTM (WBF) scale. Patient preference for pain scales was also investigated.

  Kristen Cercone

Kristen Cercone

Kristen Cercone

Local Organization: Medical College of Wisconsin
International Organization: Hospice Africa Uganda, Uganda
Faculty: Dr. Lauren Wiebe
Study: A pilot student tracking spiritual well-being of patients at Hospice Africa Uganda (PDF)
Purpose: The purpose was to provide evidence that the Spirit 8 is a feasible tool for longitudinal, quantitative monitoring of the spiritual well-being of patients cared for within HAU and to correlate spiritual well-being as demonstrated by Spirit 8 scores, with time spent on hospice care.

  Andrew Mueller and Amy Otuonye

Andrew  Mueller and Amy Otuonye

Andrew Mueller and Amy Otuonye

Local Organization: Medical College of Wisconsin
International Organization: Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Nepal
Faculty: Dr. Theodore MacKinney
Study: Factors Affecting Treatment Outcomes and Control of Diabetes Mellitus: A Review of Quality Improvement Measures at Patan Hospital in Patan, Nepal (PDF)
Purpose: The primary purpose is to assess the current treatment outcomes and control of diabetes mellitus in patients seen at Patan Hospital. Outcomes include regular check-ups, tests, and exams. The secondary purpose is the introduction of the concept of QI to the faculty, residents, interns, and medical students of Patan Hospital and Patan Academy of Health Science (PAHS).

Summer 2012

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  Giang (Natalie) Nguyen

Natalie Nguyen

Giang (Natalie) Nguyen

Local Organization: Injury Research Center
International Organization: Asian Injury Prevention
Foundation, Vietnam
Faculty: Dr. Peter Layde
Study: Intervention Development: A Qualitative Assessment on Road Safety Beliefs, Attitude and Behaviors of Children, Parents, and Families That Are Affected by Road Traffic Injury (RTI) (PDF)
Purpose: The purpose of this intervention development project is to capture stories of Southern Vietnamese children, parents and family members that were recently affected by road traffic injury (RTI).

  Dustin Hansen and Ketan Nadkarni

Ketan Nadkarni and Dustin Hansen (bottom right) with FundaSalva medical staff in El Salvador.

Dustin Hansen and Ketan Nadkarni

Local Organization: Center for AIDS Intervention
Research (CAIR)
International Organization: FundaSalva (Government agency for drug prevention and control), El Salvador
Faculty: Drs. Julia Dickson-Gomez and Andy Petroll
Study: High Risk Crack Use Settings in El Salvador: A community-based, multi-level HIV prevention intervention (PDF)
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to gather preliminary data regarding patients who have entered HIV treatment to determine what factors are associated with poor adherence or failure to remain in medical care for HIV.

  Jeff Lurie and Ben Carron

Jeff Lurie and Ben Carron

Jeff Lurie and Ben Carron

Local Organization: UW-Milwaukee School of Fresh Water Sciences and the WATER Institute International Organization: Water Authority of the Netherlands, Netherlands
Faculty: Drs. Michael Carvan and David Garman
Study: Examining the benefits and risks of two different drinking water disinfectant systems in Milwaukee and in the Netherlands (PDF)
Purpose: The purpose of this multidisciplinary study is to examine the advantages and disadvantages of each system as a guide for implementing long-term water purification systems in the developing world.

  Kathleen Hannan

Kathleen Hannan

Kathleen Hannan

Local Organization: Medical College of Wisconsin
International Organization: Hospice Africa Uganda, Uganda
Faculty: Dr. Lauren Wiebe
Study: An analysis of the jerrycan pain scale for patients at Hospice Africa Uganda (PDF)
Purpose: The purpose was to validate the novel jerrycan pain scale against the two more commonly used scales: the Wong-Baker FACESTM and a Likert numerical hand scale, in addition the clinician’s observation. The team also sought to determine patient preference among the various pain scales.

Summer 2011

2011 Summer Research Summary (PDF)

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  Van Nguyen

Van Nguyen

Van Nguyen

Local Organization: Injury Research Center
International Organization: Asian Injury Prevention Foundation Vietnam (AIP)
Faculty: Dr. Peter Layde
Study: An Assessment of the “Helmets for Kids” Program in Vietnam

  Laura Miller

Laura Miller

Laura Miller

Local Organizations: Sixteenth Street Community Health Center Environmental Health Division; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Great Lakes Water Institute
Faculty: Dr. Stephen Hargarten
Study: Stormwater Runoff, Contamination of Recreational Waters, and the Risk of Waterborne Illness in Milwaukee

  Sebastian Price

Dr. Hargarten with summer students

Sebastian Price

Local Organization: International Learning Center of Neighborhood House of Milwaukee
International Organization: Zhejiang University School of Public Health Hangzhou, China
Faculty: Dr. Stephen Hargarten
Study: Relationship between the age of menarche and later adult body composition & metabolic risk factors

Contact Us

Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH
Associate Dean for Global Health
Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine
Director of the Injury Research Center
at the Medical College of Wisconsin
hargart@mcw.edu
(414) 805-6454

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Program Manager
tfrazer@mcw.edu
(414) 955-4763

Office Email
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