Lecture Series 2016 Schedule

Schedule and Information



Title and Description

January 27th

Dr. Kimber McKay  

“Experiences in Global Health” - Dr. McKay, a Professor of Medical Anthropology, has worked broadly in global health from an anthropological perspective including research in maternal, infant and child health in Uganda. She will provide context and questions for the entire course.

February 3rd 

Dr. George Risi  

“The Year of Polio-Free Africa” - Dr. Risi is an Infectious Disease Specialist in Missoula who brings experience from Ebola epidemic and expertise with vaccine-preventable diseases. Dr. Risi will discuss the history and significance of the first year in history that Africa is polio-free.

February 10th 

Jeremy Smith  

“Measuring Global Health” - Author Jeremy Smith of Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients.  Epic Measures is the true story of the origins and impact of the Global Burden of Disease study, a 20-year, 500-scientist, $100-million moonshot attempt to track and quantify every illness, injury, and death for everyone on Earth: the biggest of Big Data ever. Bill Gates says “Epic Measures is a fantastic read.” Paul Farmer says that it “reads like a novel and is better than any textbook or survey of this planet’s health.” The New York Times says the book is “Remarkably entertaining…. A giant compilation of 'who knew?’

February 17th 

Cara McKee   

“Healthcare in Ecuador and Bolivia” - Cara McKee is a UM Global Public Health student who received a GPH fellowship for a practicum in South America and will share her experiences.

February 24th 

Andy Puckett  

“Missoula Medical Aid” - Dr. Puckett is an orthopedic surgeon/hand specialist who will speak about his experience working with Missoula Medical Aid to provide care to patients in Honduras.

March 2nd

Tom Bulger  

“Health Care for Nomadic Kenyans” - Dr. Bulger, a Missoula-based emergency room physician and professor of Global Health UM, will speak about his experiences in Kenya.

March 9th

Nerissa Koehn 

“Health Disparities” - Dr. Kohen, the Associate Program Director, Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana, will provide a look at possible causes and solutions based on personal experiences working for the Indian Health Service in Zuni, New Mexico from 2003-11.

March 16th

Chris Siegler  

“Improving health Requires Transformational Change in the Developing Country's  Economy”  - Chris Siegler, who has worked in a cassava-plus initiative in Sierra Leone that would have nutritional benefits for the local population and has facilitated a sister-relationship between the Missoula YMCA and the Freetown YMCA to provide support during the Ebola crisis, will speak about agriculture, nutrition and health in Africa.

March 23rd

John Miller   

“Improving the Health of Homeless in Montana” - Dr. Miller, the Medical Director of Partnership Health Center in Missoula, will speak to global health issues in Missoula MT, as well as overseas, as health inequities negatively impact homeless, low-income populations. Dr. Miller will discuss the challenges and strategies for improving the health of the homeless populations in Montana.

March 30th

Brian D. Sippy 

“Global Blindness: Impact and Emerging Solutions” - Dr. Sippy, a Missoula Ophthalmologist with faculty appointments at UM and UW who has spent time in China and Syria, will discuss where eye care fits into the global health conversation and share his international experiences.

April 13th

Darin Bell  

“The Economic Effects of Health: Health Care Rationing in the Developing World” - Dr. Bell, a faculty member with the Montana Family Medicine Residency program, will discuss the economic impacts of health and health care in the developing world based upon his experience in Borneo. 

April 20th

Dr. Abebaw Gebeyehu Worku 

“Maternal and Child Health in Ethiopia” - Dr. Worku, a visiting scholar from the University of Gondar in Ethiopia, will share his experiences from Ethiopia.

April 27th 

Rick Aldred

“Eleanore’s Project” - Rick Aldred has worked with Eleanore’s Project, an NGO, in Peru for 11 years, which provides wheelchair clinics and wheelchairs to impoverished people. He will share stories and data of people helped with wheelchairs in Peru and Jordan.

May 4th

CHANGE IN SCHEDULE - Rosemary Till  

From Cancer Screening Services in Rural Montana to the CDC's Ebola Response in Guinea” - Rosemary Till, who works for the Montana Cancer Screening Program and the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program at the Flathead City-County Health Department, will present "A Reflection on Interdisciplinary Preparation, Opportunities, and Finding a Niche in Public Health," a reflection of her recent experience in Guinea.