Haiti: Public Health and Structural Change

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Haiti: Public Health and Structural Change
Series Title:
Haiti’s Challenges: Rebuilding Lives and Nation in the Earthquake’s Aftermath
Ivers, Louise
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, FL
Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, University of Florida
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This talk is framed in the context of Dr. Ivers’ tenure as Director and Chief of Mission of Partners in Health in Haiti. In it, she draws attention foremost to the structural issues related to food and water security that affect the health of individuals and the ability of the government and other agencies to provide sound public health interventions. Dr. Ivers also discusses some of the research by Partners in Health on these issues and the resulting programs developed to address them. These factors also relate to Haiti’s ability to care for those injured and displaced in the earthquake of January 2010 and the inhabitants of the following large cholera epidemic. ( , )
Dr. Louise Ivers is Chief of Mission for Partners In Health (PIH) in Haiti, an international non-profit organization that provides direct health care and social services to poor communities around the world, supported by research and advocacy. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the combined MGH/BWH program. Dr. Ivers also received a diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Ivers implements health programs, and is interested in improving the delivery of healthcare in resource poor settings, the provision of care to the rural and urban poor, as well as patient-oriented investigation that offers solutions to barriers to healthcare. She balances her time between management of PIH Haiti, direct clinical service, and operational research. Dr. Ivers has contributed to published articles on HIV/AIDS, food insecurity, and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Current projects include investigating the impact of targeted food assistance to people with HIV infection in rural Haiti, the effectiveness of ARV therapies on viral suppression in community-based programs, and humanitarian assistance in response to the January 2010 earthquake. Dr. Ivers has served as a Technical Advisor to the WHO and also mentors Haitian and American physicians.
Sponsored by the Caleb and Michele Grimes Fund in the CLAS Dean's Office and organized by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere.

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University of Florida
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University of Florida
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