Global Health Fall/Winter 2015


Cuba: Family Doctor Clinics and Polyclinics Form the Backbone of National Public Health System 
Arachu Castro, Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Public Health in Latin America, has decades of experience working in Cuba. Three years ago she relaunched the school’s Public Health in Cuba course, with about a dozen students participating each summer since. The course, taught in Cuba at the National School of Public Health (NSPH) and at sites around the country, examines the Cuban health system within its economic and political context, and shows how the island country has approached universal health coverage.

GHnewsFW15_galley2-6Interfaith Prayer Room Dispels Stereotypes
Fulbright Scholar Faraz Khalid had a difficult choice to make. He was offered scholarships to pursue doctoral studies at two of the top public health schools in the world, Tulane University in New Orleans and the London School in the United Kingdom. He had great Skype conversations with Tulane’s Dr. David Hotchkiss and felt the school was a good fit, but colleagues warned him that he might not find the American South welcoming to a Muslim from Pakistan in a post-9/11 world.

chen2Dr. Ted Chen Retires
Ted Chen, professor of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, officially retired from Tulane University as of the end of the academic year. Chen taught at Tulane for 24 years following a career that took him from Taiwan to the U.S., and from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to the Tulane School

MockSPHTM Alumni are Everywhere, Doing Great Work
When Dr. Nancy Mock, associate professor in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, arrived this past summer in Nairobi, Kenya, to work on a project with World Vision International she was pleased and surprised to find she would be working with two public health alumni, François Batalingaya (IHL MPH ’93), country director of the World Vision Somalia program, and Jennifer Neelsen (IHL MPH ’09), quality assurance and strategy manager for the program.

GHnewsFW15_galley2-7Tulane University awarded $6.6 million to study long-term impact of Hurricane Katrina
The National Institutes of Health awarded a $6.7 million grant to Tulane University to support a multi-university network of researchers studying the lasting health, demographic, and socioeconomic impacts of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and the broader region.

07292015_cocoa_330Tulane University releases report on child labor in West African cocoa production
A new Tulane University study of the West African chocolate industry estimates that 2.12 million child laborers worked in cocoa production in the 2013/2014 cocoa harvest season in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. The study, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Labor, also found evidence of important progress, including significant improvements in access to education for child laborers in both countries.

pierre_thumbMessage from the Dean
As a global institution, the school is actively involved in an ever-growing array of programs throughout the world. As the U.S. and Cuba take steps toward normalizing relations, we here at SPHTM look forward to expanded relationships with Cuban researchers and educators. Such collaborations would be in addition to Dr. Arachu Castro’s popular Cuban summer course, which gives students a first-hand look at that country’s approach to healthcare. In this issue, you can read about the course and about our partnership with the National School of Public Health in Havana.