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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
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

Kali Johnson
  Kali Johnson presenting her poster at MCW
   

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.

Melanie Bobbs
  Melanie Bobbs presenting her poster at MCW
   

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.

Summer 2013
  2013 Summer Students
(back: left to right) Bryan Johnston, Amy Otuonye, Melanie Bobbs, Holly Haberman, Andrew Petroll and (top: left to right) Kristen Cercone, Susan Good and Kali Johnson
   

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.

Bryan Johnston
  Bryan Johnston presenting his poster at MCW
   

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.

Kristen Cercone
  Kristen Cercone presenting her poster at MCW
   

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).

Andrew and Amy
  Andrew Mueller & Amy Otuonye presenting their poster at MCW

Summer 2012

 

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).

natalie nguyen
  Natalie Nguyen presenting her poster at MCW
   

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.

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

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.

  Ben and Jeff presenting their poster at MCW
   

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.

Kathleen working with a child in Uganda.
  Kathleen working with a child in Uganda
   

Summer 2011

 
2011 Summer Research Summary  
   

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

  Van with AIP staff (third person from right)
   

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)

Laura participating in her summer research
  Laura collects water sample from the Lake
   

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

Dr. Hargarten with summer students
  Dr. Stephen Hargarten with (left-right) Sebastian Price, Laura Miller and Van Nguyen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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