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Global Child Health Educators Poster at APPD 2013

L to R: Chuck Schubert (Cincinnati Children's Hospital), Nicole St. Clair (Medical College of Wisconsin), Cindy Howard (University of Minnesota), Jacquelyn Kuzminski (MCW), Sabrina Butteris (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Laura Houser (UW-Madison)

In April 2013, Cindy Howard and colleagues presented a poster: Global Child Health Educators: Local Collaboration To Optimize Global Education at the 2013 annual meeting of Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD).

The poster described the planning, organization and scholarly products that have resulted from our collaborative efforts as part of the Midwest Consortium of Global Health Educators. Formed in 2009, the Consortium brought together global health education programs with residency tracks from:

  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital
  • May Clinic College of Medicine
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Northwestern University
  • Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
Our institutions share competencies, knowledge assessments and curriculum resources as part of an innovative way to achieve effective global health education across pediatric residency programs.

U of M Predeparture Health and Safety Video


Through a team effort of the departments of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine Global Health programs, along with the U of M Global Programs and Strategy Alliance and School of Public Health, we are pleased to announce a new resource for University of Minnesota faculty, staff and students traveling abroad for work or study: Safe Travel Abroad, a predeparture health and safety video. 

The video-ready version is also available as an LMS-ready, SCORM-compliant learning module. U of M units that wish to further customize the content for their unit can email (fandrey at for a link to download the project files.

Cusick On Iron Deficiency and Malaria at Pediatric Grand Rounds


Sarah Cusick, Ph.D., presented, "Iron Deficiency and Malaria: A Dangerous Coexistence" at Pediatric Grand Rounds on January 30, 2013. Dr. Cusick is an expert in global nutrition and, specifically, the intersection of micronutrient deficiencies and infectious disease. Her research focuses on iron deficiency, and she recently returned from a six-week trip to Uganda to set up her current study.

Sophie Gladding Joins Core Faculty In Global Pediatrics

Sophia Gladding, Ph.D.

From Global Pediatrics director, Chandy John M.D., M.S.:

It's my pleasure to announce Sophia Gladding as the newest core faculty member in Global Pediatrics. Her work in medical education has included important work with us in global health resident education. Her academic focus has always been on global health education, so we are pleased to able to have her academic affiliation reflect the area of her primary work.

Welcome, Sophie!

Senait Adebo Receives Research Award

We extend a hearty congratulations to Senait Adebo, who was awarded Best Abstract Presented by a Pediatric Resident at the 2012 Pediatric Research, Education and Scholarship Symposium (PRESS) Friday, April 20, 2012. 

Senait Adebo, M.D.

Dr. Adebo's abstract was titled, "Prevalence of Infectious Dsieases Among Adopted Children from Ethiopia". Faculty sponsors were Cindy Howard and Chandy John. Dr. Adebo has been an active member of the Pediatric Global Health Track since the start of her residency in 2009.

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

Trafficking In Persons Talks by Katherine Welch, MD

Global Pediatrics hosted two presentations by child trafficking expert, Katherine Welch, MD. Dr. Welch gave a pediatric noon conference titled "Child Trafficking: The Global Situation" as well as co-facilitating a journal club with 2nd-year medicine-pediatrics resident, Hope Pogemiller, MD.

Residents learned about the significance of the problem of child trafficking, definitions, key features, and prevention strategies, including when to suspect a clinic patient may be a victim of human trafficking.

Katherine Welch and Cindy Howard pose in the Global Pediatrics offices in Minneapolis, MN

2nd Annual Midwest Global Health Education Consortium

The 2nd Annual Midwest Global Health Education Consortium meeting was held in Minneapolis, MN, Oct 6-7, 2011. The Consortium is comprised of pediatrics and family medicine global health residency program directors from Medical College of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Minnesota, Mayo Medical School, and Northwestern University, and meets annually to discuss collaborations and sharing of resources across programs.

Pictured L to R: Chandy John, Mike Pitt, Nikki St. Clair, Jackie Nohl, Ndidi Musa, Cindy Howard, Tina Slusher, Sophie Gladding, Sabrina Wagner

Fluid Bolus Journal Club

Global Pediatrics residents and faculty gathered Monday evening, September 19, at the home of Dr. Chandy John for some global health camaraderie, and to discuss  "Mortality after Fluid Bolus in African Children with Severe Infection", which was published June 30, 2011, in New England Journal of Medicine. Among the co-authors were Drs. Bob Opoka and Sarah Kiguli, who are our colleagues at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.
Pictured: senior Medicine-Pediatrics resident Andrew Keenan, M.D., leads the journal club discussion.

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.