141st APHA Annual Meeting

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Think globally : Act locally to promote MDG 5

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Padmini Murthy, MD, MPH, MS, CHES , New York Medical College School of Public Health, Pleasant Valley, NY
Amy Ansehl, DNP, FNP-BC , Partnership for a Healthy Population, new york medical college school of Health Sciences and Practice, Valhalla, NY
At New York Medical College , we worked in collaboration with the former first lady of Malawi to develop a safe Mother Hood project. Malawi has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Two of the faculty members at NYMC worked with a group of medical and matriculated graduate public health students to raise awareness about the dire public health challenges faced by these Malawi mothers.

As a part of the ongoing efforts, there were student fund raisers, community outreach activities and we collected supplies to develop Mama Kits and support services ata rural clinic in Malawi. In addition , the Think Local Act Global Team raised funds to build a maternity waiting home in Malawi. This was a meaningful expereince for all the diverse stake holders who worked collobaratively at the grass roots community level to affect change globally.

Learning Areas:
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Discuss MDG 5 and the progress made and challenges faced Discuss how local actions had a global impact by citing a specific example in Malawi.

Keywords: Women's Health, Advocacy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been working in the health care field for over 25 years in various settings as a physician , professor , activist and public health professional. I have worked in many countries , have published in the area of womens health and have presented nationally and internationally.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.