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Advocacy: Recent Projects and International Experiences

Drs Zeina Kiblawi Caroline Kuo visit a village in Swaziland

At Harbor-UCLA, residents often undertake advocacy projects and participate in international activities. Below is a sampling of current and past projects. Graduating class is listed in parenthesis.

Shom Dasgupta, M.D. ('13)

Since 2007, Shom has served as a fieldworker and staff physician for the non-profit organization Wuqu' Kawoq, which focuses on healthcare, language revitalization, clean water, and the treatment of malnutrition in Guatemala, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Read the full story here....

Beatrice Tetteh, M.D. ('11)

Beatrice traveled to Ghana where she performed clinical work, investigated congenital cardiac referrals for the region, and worked alongside the Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI). Read the full story here....

Nick Cuttriss, M.D. ('11)

Co-founder of the international diabetes non-profit organization AYUDA (American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad, Inc.), is developing a new diabetes education program for patients hospitalized at Harbor-UCLA. Read the full story here....

Zeina Kiblawi, M.D. and Caroline Kuo, M.D. ('10)

On a personal trek through Southern Africa, Dr. Kiblawi and Dr. Kuo visited Mozambique, Botswana and Zwaziland. While in Swaziland, a severely impoverished country, they volunteered their services at the Manzini and Hlatikulu hospitals and at the Dvokolwako Health Centre and the Mbababne Clinic. They also visited with people in a Swaziland village. More photos here....

Maritza Ruiz, M.D. ('10)

A former elementary school teacher, is developing curricula for residents to teach elementary school students about health-related topics. The curricula vary based on the ages of the students, and include modules for nutrition and exercise, as well as for germs and hygiene.

Esther An, M.D. ('09)

Esther provided medical care to children in the remote settlements and villages of Dodra-Kwar in the Himalayas. The region's inhabitants have no access to care for seven months each year, due to harsh weather conditions. Read more here.

Jo Chung, M.D. ('08)

Jo did a rotation in Mombasa, Kenya, working in a pediatric HIV clinic as well as the inpatient pediatric wards at the largest public hospital in Kenya outside of Nairobi.

Kelly Callahan, M.D. ('08)

Kelly worked in a community pediatric clinic in Arequipa, Peru, while concurrently participating in a Spanish language education program. She subsequently gave an educational conference presentation on her experiences and on child health in Peru.

Vivian Tsai, M.D. ('07)

Vivian participated in a program established by the Department of Family medicine in the poor, rural village of Shirati, Tanzania. There, she provided well-child care to the village children, and treated them for conditions, such as Schistosomiasis and Malaria, which are uncommon in the U.S. She also conducted community health surveys that facilitated the efficient distribution of donated mosquito nets.

Michelle Abajian, M.D. ('07)

Michelle traveled to the Grigor Lusavorich Hospital in Yerevan, Armenia. There, she rotated through the nursery, ambulatory general pediatric clinic, and inpatient pediatric neurology service. On her return, she gave an educational conference presentation comparing the delivery of care to the under-served in Armenia to that of the United States.

Hali Sherman, M.D. ('06)

Hali did two rotations in the Children's Health Initiatives Office of the Department of Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health. She compared their five-year plans on obesity and asthma to those of other community and public health organizations. She also developed a fact sheet on environmental factors influencing asthma, as well as a set of asthma screening tools for public health nurses.