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The Role of Women in Global Health with Dr. Kenneth Schaefle

  • 06/01/2023
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Hybrid - IWA Office and Zoom


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The Role of Women in Global Health

Exploring the outsize role of women in global health work – past, present, and future.

Presented by Dr. Kenneth J. Schaefle, Assistant Professor of Medicine,

Albert Einstein School of Medicine, New York

PROGRAM: Dr. Schaefle will explore the large and influential role women have played laying the foundation of global health work and why women healthcare workers are recognized as the key to future global health efforts. Dr. Schaefle will also describe his work with the global health faculty group at the Albert Einstein Medical School/Montefiore Hospital in New York which group focuses on healthcare as a human right, healthcare as a positive driver of economic progress, and on healthcare capacity-building. The group has maintained a 20-year commitment to a small hospital in remote Uganda. Dr. Schaefle, an extraordinary and deeply dedicated physician, is committed to providing year-round primary and hospital care to patients in a low-resource setting and is the editor of Reasoning Without Resources, a 1,500-page global health textbook published in 2022.

BACKGROUND: Dr. Schaefle is from Evanston, Illinois. He and two friends from Evanston High School and Northwestern University founded the Boom Chicago Improv Comedy Club in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1993. Boom Chicago became the largest and longest-running live theater show in the country’s history and launched the careers of such well-known American comedians as Seth Meyers, Jordan Peele, Amber Ruffin and Brendan Hunt. After leaving Boom Chicago in 2006, Dr. Schaefle chose to pursue a career in medicine and entered medical school at the age of 40. Dr. Schaefle is a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the College. He spends 3-4 months each year in Uganda teaching American medical students and residents how to provide medical care in a low-resource setting.

10:30 AM CST Social Time, 11:00 Presentation (Zoom Begins)

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