Ashland University to Host Partners in Health Speaker

Ashland University to Host Partners in Health Speaker

1/10/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – Erin George, a nurse midwife who is working in Haiti as part of the Boston-based organization Partners In Health (PIH) program, will make a number of presentations at Ashland University on Feb. 6.

George, who was awarded a prestigious Gruber Global Justice and Women’s Rights Fellowship from Yale University to work with the Partners in Health program, will be on the AU campus to meet with students and faculty during the day and will give a public presentation at 7 p.m. in the Schar College of Education’s Ronk Lecture Hall.

George’s visit to Ashland is co-sponsored by Ashland University’s departments of biology and social work, the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the AU Global Education Office. During her visit, she will be discussing issues of interest to a variety of people, including:

  • Students with a health care interest (nursing, pre-med and other pre-health related students), especially those with an interest in global health issues.
  • Persons interested in community development issues, especially in the area of health care development.
  • Students interested in career options with NGOs and other international organizations.

The 7 p.m. public presentation on Feb. 6 will be titled “Partners In Health: Strengthening Health Systems and Striving for Equity in Resource Poor Settings,” and will touch on the current state of global health; the health care disparities PIH has worked to address in the past and present, including HIV, tuberculosis, maternal mortality and cervical cancer; and PIH’s history and its health care model.

Partners In Health (PIH) is an internationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. Through service delivery, training, advocacy and research, PIH works to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need.

Headquartered in Boston, PIH has sites in Haiti and the Dominican Republic as well as Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Kazakhstan, Boston and the Navajo Nation, where they work to lessen the joint burden of disease and poverty.

On the morning of Feb. 6, George will meet with students in small groups or classes, and this will be followed by a presentation to the College of Nursing faculty and other interested faculty at 1 p.m. in the Founders Hall seminar room.

Her talk for this session is titled “The Partners in Health Global Nursing Program: A Focus on Nurse Accompaniment” and will touch on understanding the nursing environment in resource poor settings, becoming familiar with the PIH Global Nursing Program and its clinical nurse accompaniment model, and learning about different strategies PIH uses to partner with nursing schools and hospitals to send ex-patriot nurses to its clinical sites.

George also will speak to nursing students at 3 p.m. in the University’s Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. At that event she will discuss “The Partners In Health Global Nursing Program:  A Personal Journey in Boston and Haiti,” which will provide information on becoming familiar with the PIH Global Nursing Program and its clinical nurse accompaniment model, learning about global health’s continuum across American and international communities, and discussion on how the PIH clinical nurse accompaniment model comes alive among American and Haitian nurses in Haiti.

“This visit supports our vision to prepare our students to be citizens aware of global responsibilities,” said Faye Grund, interim dean of the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Grund said the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences is requiring its students to participate in the afternoon session as part of the College’s HRSA outcomes to increase cultural awareness.

A member of Yale School of Nursing Class of 2012, George graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2006 with a bachelor of arts degree in Growth and Structure of Cities, and from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2010 with a bachelor of science in nursing degree. She previously worked as a nutrition educator in Hawaii and a women’s health and HIV community health researcher in Boston, Mass. 

George’s work has included conducting needs assessments of nurses and midwives at PIH sites, and the creation of clinical, education, and research partnerships between Haitian and American health organizations in order to strengthen the nursing and midwifery professions in Haiti.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

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