Global Health News and Updates

Is the U.S. medical care system “resource constrained”?

It’s well-documented and well-known that the United States spends more on health care than any other developed nation. Many assume these higher costs are caused by Americans’ widespread over-consumption of medical resources. Similarly, many assume the U.S. has a boundless supply of physicians and hospital service capacity. Both assumptions are far from being accurate, however. […]

— Barb Boose

An ounce of prevention: sitting is the silent killer

One day as my focus faded from studying, I thought about how much I had been sitting that day, and how many hours I spend sitting every day. After logging in eight hours of sleep (if I am lucky), I am left with 16 waking-hours. On average, I can tally nine of these hours in […]

— Chris Bolander

Eating worms

Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional disorder in the world. The World Health Organization estimates that it affects nearly two billion people. Matthew Abendroth, a second-year DMU osteopathic student, suggests one solution might be entomophagy, the human consumption of insects. Matthew was among the winners in a student poster competition at the Heartland Global […]

— Barb Boose

Conference draws engaged discussions, provocative posters

More than 220 people probed the challenges of global aging at the Heartland Global Health Consortium’s third annual conference at Des Moines University on Oct. 12. Speakers included Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, former president of Des Moines University; Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie; Donna Harvey, director of the Iowa Department on Aging; and Robert Wallace, […]

— Jordan Bahnsen

Third Annual Global Health Conference: The Challenges of Global Aging

Tomorrow marks the Third Annual Global Health Conference here at Des Moines University presented by our global health department, the Heartland Global Health Consortium and Pioneer. This year’s focus is on “the challenges of global aging.” Through a series of speakers we will discuss those challenges and identify steps on how to address them as […]

— Nicole Branstad

Community invited to third annual Global Health Conference at DMU

In conjunction with the esteemed World Food Prize Symposium in October, Des Moines University (DMU) will host “The Challenges of Global Aging” on October 12. Speakers include: Robert Bender, medical director, Healthy Aging & Memory Clinic Donna Harvey, director, Iowa Department on Aging Timothy Ihrig, medical director, Palliative Care Services, Iowa Health Physicians Bryan Kaskie, […]

— Jordan Bahnsen

Global Health Learning Collaborative

Join us for a new health education initiative brought to you by the Department of Global Health, the Masters of Public Health Program, the Heartland Global Health Consortium and Pioneer. The Global Health Learning Collaborative (GHLC) is a discussion-based seminar that will provide an introduction to global health’s key concepts and principles.  Participants will explore […]

— Seth Stevenson

A giant in global service comes to Iowa

He’s a global humanitarian, medical anthropologist and physician who has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world’s poorest people. On Thursday, Aug. 25, Paul Farmer, M.D., will share his experiences and perspectives at a talk beginning at 7 p.m. in Iowa State University’s Stephens Auditorium. The event is free and open to […]

— Barb Boose

We all have a stake in this storm

Our planet is getting old, and I’m not talking about the ground below our feet: According to a 2007 report by the National Institute on Aging, in 2006, almost 500 million people worldwide were 65 and older. By 2030, that total is projected to increase to one billion – one in every eight of the […]

— Barb Boose

Des Moines University receives $10,000 grant from Pioneer Hi-Bred

Des Moines University (DMU) is pleased to announce that Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, donated $10,000 toward the Heartland Global Health Consortium (HGHC) 3rd Annual Global Health Conference. The funds will be directed toward the Annual Global Health Conference. The grant will specifically be used to support student activities from HGHC member universities and colleges, […]

— Jordan Bahnsen

Global Health book drive to benefit the Sudan-American Foundation for Education

Together with the Des Moines University library and the Community Service Committee, the Global Health Department initiated a book drive to benefit the Sudan-American Foundation for Education (SAFE) during the month of May.  The response was above and beyond what was initially expected! Over 500 books have been collected and are waiting to be boxed […]

— Seth Stevenson

Global Health Outreach award 2011

The Global Health outreach award was established in 2008 to recognize contributions from faculty and students, toward their work for DMU’s global health department. COM graduating class of 2011 has more than 60 students, that’s approximately 27%, who have done an international rotation or service trip through DMU. This year, the Global Health Outreach award […]

— Seth Stevenson

Return from Africa…

Summing up an experience of a lifetime isn’t my strong suite. Yet, I’ve been asked to write a little about the medical mission I was a part of this past month and so here is my attempt to do just that. In December of 2009 I learned I had been one of the students selected […]

— Daley Dodd

Michael & Sheila’s Nepali adventures

Namaste! I’m writing this post after just having spoken to my wife from the other side of the world, in Kathmandu, Nepal. On February 21, DMU posted on Facebook about the Global Health program, and how students have the ability to choose rotations in an international setting. I won’t go into that because I don’t […]

— Michael Drnec