June 2, 2013

First visit to Murchison Hospital

It is our second day. We are still recovering from jetlag but we are very excited to visit Murchison Hospital with the Johns Hopkins team. Murchison hospital is one of the satellite clinics that provides inpatient, outpatient medical and surgical cares as well as mother & child rehabilitation services for people with MDR-TB (multi-drug resistant tuberculosis) and those with HIV positive. Murchison Hospital was established by Dr. Barton who used to ride a horse to visit patients in villages. The land was granted by the Chief and a wood and corrugated iron building was built to start...
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May 30, 2013

Arrival at Port Shepstone

Zulu scholars arriving at Port Shepstone We saw domestic cows and wild monkeys on our way to the B&B in Port Shepstone, South Africa. Zulu scholars arrived safe and sound.
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May 29, 2013

Logan Airport

We are just about to board. We are all here and ready to go on our South African adventure! Farewell, Zulu Scholars
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May 23, 2013

Zulu Scholars

Welcome to our Zulu Scholars 2013 site. We will be leaving Boston on May 29th to go to Port Shepstone, South Africa. I am the faculty member for this course and welcome all of the readers of this blog to contribute with comments, questions, or suggestions. The members of our group will introduce themselves in subsequent blogs. Inge
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May 8, 2013

Thinking About Nursing

It's National Nurses Week. I am not sure why there is only one week where the nursing profession is celebrated, as so many other job categories have a whole month. If it were up to me it would be National Nursing Year, celebrated 365 days a year. Recently, I experienced a week-long hospital stay after a very long surgical procedure. My stay was in our own Mass General. For me, the nursing professionals with whom I interacted and from whom I received care were transformational. I was prepared to write a blog about this personal experience and I will do that in the future. I have tried to...
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April 18, 2013

Boston Marathon , Community, and the IHP

Community is where people come together to value each other, to find their identity in being part of something bigger than themselves, working together for the common good. What a week this has been. Marathon, Exploding bombs. Dead and Injured. First responders. Uninterrupted perseverative news coverage. Anger. Sadness. Confusion. Our eyes turned to the hospitals. All of us in our community were proud and impressed by our colleagues at Mass General and the Brigham, Tufts, and Boston Medical Center. We appreciated the efforts of members of our professions who were there in the Emergency...
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April 1, 2013

Thoughts on my visit to Partners in Health (PIH) in Haiti

I am happy to share this information from our former Associate Provost, Bette Ann Harris, who recently spent a week in Haiti with colleagues from Partners in Health. Her comments highlight the wonderful work being done, as well as the opportunity to provide important services and support to those most deserving of our attention! Thanks to BA for these wonderful comments and pictures! A. Johnson, Provost. Blog Prepared by Dr. Bette Ann Harris The view at Mirebelais Hospital - note the beautiful medallions depicting life in Haiti-all artwork done by local artists. (Pictured above) I recently...
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February 19, 2013

Thanks to Everyone

Dear Colleagues and Friends, I hope that you are off somewhere enjoying this long weekend as a respite from your busy and important work. It is Sunday afternoon and it's a snowy blowy day around the harbor. As many who read this will know, I am home recovering from surgery and so I am taking time to express some appreciation. I will write more about all of this in the future. My personal gratitude for your many expressions of connection/concern/and affection is intense. I enjoy (love!) hearing what is going on at School, with our students and Faculty, and of course, with you. Heather and...
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January 1, 2013

Students Front and Center: 2013

In a few days, we will be back at our desks. We will all begin planning for a new semester and a new calendar year of 2013 (Happy New Year). New ABSN students will be arriving Jan 9 for their orientation and classes will resume on January 14. And so begins a new year. What will 2013 be like for the IHP? There will be lots of activity, as always. Faculty Development Week, the Interdisciplinary Lecture at Hynes Auditorium, planning new research and laboratory space in building 79-96, a visiting professor for the Baugh series, and the list goes on. I hope that as you think about 2013, you will...
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December 19, 2012

26 Random....

For the past several days, I have struggled with the horrible events of last Friday, December 14, 2012. A shooter entered an elementary school and shot 6 teachers and 20 first graders. As a parent and grandparent, as a professional, and as someone who hates guns, this one has been hard for me. The images, indelibly imprinted in my psyche, are terrifying and sad. The media has conjectured extensively about the increased possibility of gun control legislation, as well as the flaws and possibilities of the mental health system. They have also revealed a new debate as to whether principals and...
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