Global Health News and Updates

Global Health conference

On October 13, our global health department and the Heartland Global Health Consortium are again hosting an awesome conference. This year’s topic, “the influence of agriculture on global health,” ties really nicely to the World Food Prize conference going on at the same time in Des Moines. Some of the speakers and attendees will be […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Public invited to conference at DMU on global health, agriculture

In conjunction with the esteemed World Food Prize Festival in October, Des Moines University (DMU) will host “The Influence of Agriculture on Global Health” on October 13. Speakers include: •    Paul Schickler, president of Pioneer Hi-Bred International •    Dr. Robert Mazur with the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods •    Henry Musoke with Volunteer Efforts for […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free film viewing to share stories of malnutrition

(Des Moines, IA) – Locally parents worry about childhood obesity. In other countries parents worry about getting enough food to feed their families. The film “Starved for Attention,” exposes the neglected atrocities of childhood malnutrition around the world. The public is invited to see this rare showing of “Starved For Attention” October 8, 5:30 p.m., […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Important guest

On Wednesday, Sept. 29 (which is probably today for most readers), DMU has a special guest presenting at noon in the Student Education Center auditorium. Vice Admiral Adam M. Robinson, Jr., M.D., will be speaking about the Navy’s humanitarian aid ships, U.S. Comfort & U.S. Mercy. I’m not in the military and don’t know that […]

— Courtney Tompkins

The DMU advantage in global health

Did you know 12,000+ students apply for 200 World Health Organization internships each year? And DMU students have had 6 spots over the last two years. This high placement rate, I believe, is not a coincidence but more a credit to the hard work of our global health faculty & staff. The sites & partnerships […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU supports World Triathlon with global health outreach

Nearly 830 women die in Nepal for every 100,000 live births. This is the 16th worst maternal mortality rate in the world. So when Dr. Yogesh Shah, associate dean of global affairs for Des Moines University, met Charlie Wittmack, a world class adventurer, speaker, educator, attorney and family man planning a first-of-its-kind intercontinental triathlon that […]

— Courtney Tompkins

World Malaria Day – April 25

In the U.S. we don’t often worry about contracting disease with flu-like symptoms from a parasite. And yet there are up to 500 MILLION cases and one million deaths from malaria around the world. All from a lil mosquito! What can you do? Learn about malaria, sponsor a bednet and spread the word!

— Courtney Tompkins

Ugandan students rotating in Des Moines

Two medical students from the University of Makerere in Uganda, Julliet Allen and Gilbert Elijah, will be in Des Moines for an 8-week rotation.  They will arrive on March 20 for a four-week rotation in the DMU Clinic and four-weeks at Mercy Medical Center and will head home on May 14.  Please welcome Julliet and […]

— Courtney Tompkins

What are your passions?

Sorry I have been MIA these past few months, I am a slacking on that new year’s resolution to blog more! Anyways on to my thoughts: I believe everyone has a passion. Something ingrained in their character and something that takes a huge part in shaping who they become. These passions bring out the best […]

— Daley Dodd

Heroes

While watching the Olympics (love ‘em!) I saw these GE commercials and wanted to share them. (For those of you reading this via email, click HERE to view the videos. Sorry they don’t come through.) This first commercial is a GREAT reminder of who true heroes really are. It’s something I think of constantly as […]

— Courtney Tompkins

How to help Haiti

It’s hard to see people suffering and not know the best way to help. There’s a lot of information going around about what groups you should donate to or shouldn’t do to help those hurt in Haiti. I asked Dr. Yogi Shah, head of our global health dept., and he said truly the best thing […]

— Andrea Cooley

Do some good today!

This is heart-warming, use it for inspiration today: see what this lil 4-year-old Iowa boy wants for Christmas. So now I know you’re wondering how you can do good too… here’s some options: Go to LetsSayThanks.com to send a free postcard to the troops overseas! Buy tickets for The Nada’s annual Silent Night concert Dec. 4, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

International delights!

YAY!!!!  If you know me you know how much I love to eat & I love outdoor community festivals. Combine them into a FOOD FESTIVAL and you’ve won my heart. One of my FAVORITE outdoor festivals is next weekend – the World Food Festival! There’s great entertainment, cooking demos and you can learn about non-profit […]

— Courtney Tompkins

St. Lucia in summary

My two-week global health rotation in St. Lucia was an amazing experience.  I had the opportunity to work in outpatient and inpatient physical therapy, as well as complete home visits and visit a senior citizens’ home. This was such a great experience because I was challenged by working in a new culture as well as […]

— Lindsay Dean

Physical therapy in St. Lucia

St Lucia has been quite the eye-opening experience on many levels. The health system here, as far as physical therapy is concerned, is very good but needs further development. The people do very well with the resources available to them but they need so much more. We had the opportunity to do some community outreach […]

— Katie Schultz

Checking in from our St. Lucia rotation

We have completed one week of work here at St. Jude Hospital in St. Lucia and things are going well. Throughout the week we evaluated and treated inpatients and outpatients. We have seen a variety of diagnoses including orthopedic, neurological and wound care. We have also been giving in-services on various topics in the afternoons […]

— Lindsay Dean

Update from St. Lucia

8/15 Well, we made it to St. Lucia! We are staying in a dorm on the hospital grounds. The people here seem very nice and I am looking forward to working in the P.T. department. I went to a Catholic Church service tonight at the hospital chapel. It was nice. Tomorrow we are going to […]

— Lindsay Dean