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Free Nutrition eLecture Resources By Dana Johnson



Dana Johnson
has recorded two information-packed eLecture resources for the non-profit Adoption Learning Partners. Dr. Johnson's eLectures, "The First Doctor's Visit" and "Why Internationally Adopted Children are At Risk for Malnutrition", are part of a 3-part series of "Bite-sized Tips", and include downloadable PDF resources as well as the lecture recordings.

You can get all three eLectures free with registration at the Adoption Learning Partners website.

Cusick Serves On Tropical and Travel Medicine Panel

L to R: Drs. Dominic Travis, Claudia Munoz-Zanzi, Sarah Cusick, and Amy Kircher

Panelists Global Pediatrics core faculty, Sarah Cusick, Ph.D., was a presenter and panelist for the Department of Internal Medicine Global Health program's Tropical and Travel Medicine Seminar. The focus of the panel was "The Power of One Health", and the theme of the event was surrounding One Health success stories. Panelists presented examples from non- communicable disease, nutrition and zoonosis. 

Dr. Cusick presented her research focused on iron deficiency and malaria in Uganda.

You can subscribe to the podcast for the monthly Tropical and Travel Medicine Seminar series via iTunes University or download them from this Global Health Medicine webpage.

Somali Cultural Competency For Pediatricians Launched

Global Pediatrics announces a new online training module for Minnesota pediatricians. The module as authored by Matthew Jones, M.D., during his fourth year of residency at University of Minnesota, with the assistance of Dr. Mohamed A. Hagi Aden (Regions Hospital). Click the image to view, or click here.

Somali Culture Module Screenshot

Kroupina Launches Early Adversity Training

Maria Kroupina, child psychologist for the International Adoption Clinic, traveled to Russia for in February 2012 to lead a four-day professional training program for social workers, families and clinicians. The training, which focuses on helping children who have experienced early trauma, was developed with support of a Zero To Three fellowship (2008-2011) and will soon be offered in the United States. Contact us if you are interested in bringing Dr. Kroupina to your area.





Andrews Lectures At Health Occupations Seminar


Nurse care coordinator and educator, Beth Andrews MS RN, spoke to a group of 40 undergraduate students about her path into a health career in the International Adoption Clinic.  The talk took place Feb 27 at University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.

U of M Faculty to Lecture at Child Welfare Symposium

The 36th Annual Child Welfare Symposium, sponsored by Joint Council on International Children's Services, will be held in New York City, April 16 - 18, 2012, and will include lectures by internationally recognized child development and adoption medicine experts Dana Johnson, MD, PhD, Michael K. Georgieff, MD, and John Himes, PhD, MPH, all from the University of Minnesota.


Screen grab courtesy Joint Council on International Children's Services

Every year the Symposium brings together professionals in the fields of child welfare, adoption and orphan care for three days of information gathering, idea sharing and networking. All those with an interest in ensuring that children live, grow and flourish in a permanent, safe and loving family are invited to attend. Four topic-focused tracks: Medical and Nutritional Institute; U.S. Foster Care and Domestic Adoption Curriculum; Intercountry Adoption Curriculum; and Orphan Care Curriculum. 

Neonatology Fellow Travels to Port Au Prince, Haiti

U of M neonatology fellow, Megan Linn, M.D., traveled with our global pediatrics faculty, Tina Slusher, M.D., to Port Au Prince, Haiti, in July 2011. The purpose of the trip was to teach pediatric residents at Hospital de l'Universite d'Etat d'Haiti (HUEH; the largest hospital in Haiti), and to provide education--alongside Haitian faculty--on neonatology topics requested by neonatal nurses and doctors at St Damien Pediatric Hospital.

Megan Linn, pictured here with a child in the Abandoned Child Ward of St. Damien Pediatric Hospital, is the first fellow to travel abroad on international elective with the U of M Pediatric Global Health Track.

Orphanage Outreach in coastal China

In June 2011, Dr. Judy Eckerle traveled with a medical team to do physical and developmental assessments for 170 kids currently living in a coastal orphanage who had never seen a doctor.


Outreach in Addis Ababa


Beth Andrews, a nurse care coordinator in the International Adoption Clinic, traveled in April 2011 to Addis Ababa and Hossana, Ethiopia, to meet and work with the nurses and caregivers at care centers operated by Children's Home Society and Family Services, to provide support as they continue to take excellent care of orphaned and abandoned children, in a time of diminishing resources.  

In this photo, Beth helps the care center staff to create their own system for accurate preparation of special formula (F100) to feed malnourished children.