University of New England Hosts Ghana Health Leaders to Celebrate New Public Health Partnership

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The University of New England will welcome several dignitaries from the Republic of Ghana, West Africa in November to raise awareness of and celebrate a new health partnership. Events, free and open to the public, will be held at UNE’s Portland Campus Wednesday, November 10 through Friday, November 12, 2010. UNE’s Center for Community and Public Health, the Ghana Health Service, the University of Cape Coast (of Ghana), and several U.S. based health organizations have launched the Ghana Health Partnership to improve the health of the population of western Ghana.

We will work with colleagues in the partnership to identify, plan and evaluate innovations designed to improve health services in Ghana

The University of New England will welcome several dignitaries from the Republic of Ghana, West Africa in November to raise awareness of and celebrate a new health partnership. Events, free and open to the public, will be held at UNE’s Portland Campus Wednesday, November 10 through Friday, November 12, 2010.

UNE’s Center for Community and Public Health, the Ghana Health Service, the University of Cape Coast (of Ghana), and several U.S. based health organizations have launched the Ghana Health Partnership to improve the health of the population of western Ghana.

“We will work with colleagues in the partnership to identify, plan and evaluate innovations designed to improve health services in Ghana,” said Dr. Ron Deprez, director of UNE’s Center for Community and Public Health (CCPH). CCPH conducts research, demonstration and planning studies throughout the U.S. and abroad; CCPH also houses public health training and educational programs including the Graduate Program in Public Health. In addition the partnership will provide research and educational exchange opportunities for student and faculty from member institutions.

One area among several that the partnership will address is Ghana’s progress toward meeting United Nations Millennium Development Goals in Maternal and Child Health. According to Dr. Linda Vanotoo, Regional Director of the Western Region, Ghana Health Service, and a member of the Partnership, “Maternal and child health outcomes such as infant mortality have not changed in 10 years.”

Since 2008, UNE has organized health missions to Ghana with student health professionals from UNE and other schools. The Ghana Health Mission began in 1996 at the University of Massachusetts. It was brought to UNE by Dr. Jennifer Morton of the Westbrook College of Health Professions. Since 2008, Dr. Morton has organized four UNE missions, including inter-professional teams of health professionals of students and faculty.
For more information, go to http://www.une.edu/ccph/ghana

Events are free and open to the public at UNE’s Portland Campus, Stevens Avenue:
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, Noon to 1:30 p.m., WCHP Lecture Hall: Student/Faculty presentation of Ghana Transcultural Immersion Experience, March/August 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010, Ludcke Auditorium
Noon – 1:30 p.m., Featured Lectures from Ghanaian Dignitaries:

Dr. Kofi Awusabe-Asare, Professor, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
“Education and Research at University of Cape Coast as it relates to the Ghana Health Partnership”

Dr. Linda Vanotoo, Western Health Minister, Ghana Health Service
“Maternal Child Morbidity and Mortality in the Western/Central Regions of Ghana”

Dr. Ahmed Adu-Oppong, Professor, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
“Community Based Experience and Services: A strategy to improve health care capacity and advance health status for the population of Ghana”

Thursday, November 11, 2010, Ludcke Auditorium
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Demonstration of West African Drumming by Theo Martey, Akwaaba Dance Company

Thursday, November 11, 2010, WCHP Lecture Hall
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Lectures by University of New England/Ghana Health Partnership Planners

Dr. Ron Deprez, Director, UNE’s Center for Community and Public Health
“Chronic Disease Detection, Management and Prevention”

Dr. Jennie Ward-Robinson, Director, Institute for Public Health Water Research
“Water, Hygiene & Sanitation in the Developing World: Where are we?”

Dr. Jennifer Morton, Assistant Professor, UNE’s Westbrook College of Health Professions
“Interprofessional Transcultural Immersion A New Paradigm”

Friday, November 12, 2010, WCHP Lecture Hall
Noon – 2 p.m., Panel Discussion
“Ghana Health Partnership A Unique Collaboration Poised to Influence Global Health Research, Education and Training Programs”

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