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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 2013

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
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.

 

Summer 2013

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
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
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 and Amy

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 

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

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
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
Laura's research on water was highlighted in Alumni News Summer 2012 Read feature (PDF)

 

 

 

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

 

 

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