Drawing on more than 15 years of experience in global health and a decade of teaching and learning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Lori DiPrete Brown, associate director at the UW-Madison Global Health Institute, is the lead author and editor of the recently published textbook, “Foundations for Global Health Practice.”
The book, published in March, features global health experts from UW-Madison and universities across the country and practitioners from around the world. “It brought people from my global health practice community and my teaching together,” DiPrete Brown says. “One of the authors is a former professor, and several are my former students who are now global health leaders. So it was a labor of love.”
DiPrete Brown discussed the book during a Consortium of Universities for Global Health webinar on October 12 entitled “Foundations for Global Health Practice: How to Make the Most of your Global Health Course,” which was facilitated by Brian Simpson of Global Health NOW. Listen here.
DiPrete Brown will also lead a Global Health Tuesday seminar at 5 p.m. October 30 in Room 1345 at the Health Sciences Learning Center. She will discuss “From Inspiration to action: Global Health Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century.” She will draw on her experience as a reviewer for the Global Health Concentration Competencies for the Masters in Public Health degree. Her talk will look at future directions of global health education and ask central questions about the evolution of global health, making the local-to-global connection and UW-Madison’s role in transforming global health education.
“Foundations of Global Health Practice” is an introductory textbook with a comprehensive introduction to global health and a focus on ethical engagement and participation. It develops a “health in all policies” perspective and aims to help students understand essential concepts of global health, engage in discussion about current challenges, learn practical skills and explore their values.
The book covers traditional topics such as the global burden of disease, health care systems and health policy. It also goes further to look at areas including mental health, water and sanitation, agriculture and nutrition, climate change, and gender and health.
Several UW-Madison faculty members, from a variety of schools and colleges, contributed to the book. They include Girma Tefera, professor in the Department of Surgery, writing on global surgery; Jim Conway, associate director of the Global Health Institute, on local-to-global leadership in immunization programs, and Araceli Alonso, UW’s UNESCO Chair on Gender and Well-being, on gender and well-being. Karen Solheim, professor in the School of Nursing; Trisha Seys Ranola, assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy; Nancy Kendall, professor in the School of Education, and Jonathan Patz, director of the Global Health Institute, were also among the contributors.
DiPrete Brown also looked to UW alumni now working in global health. Sweta Shrestha, fellowship program manager at the UW-Madison Population Health Institute who led global health field courses to Nepal and Sri Lanka, discusses planning a global health experience. Laura Jacobson, a global health consultant in Oregon, describes the promising field of information technology and health. Eric Hettler, a UW-Madison doctoral candidate, writes about the essentials of water and sanitation, and Luxme Hariharan, a pediatric ophthalmologist, writes about her work related to avoidable childhood blindness. August Ting Mayai, an assistant professor at the University of Juba in South Sudan, discusses building health systems in transitional societies.
The book is designed to support the realities of global health instruction, from covering the breadth of global health in the classroom to advising students about field work, DiPrete Brown says. It includes practical tools and resources to help instructors support and advise students and leaves room to easily incorporate guest lectures into the course.
The book encourages reflection and discernment and encourages students to go beyond simply acquiring information to learning from each other and taking steps to becoming more fully themselves, DiPrete Brown says. All students, who will work in and outside of the U.S., should learn the basics of global health and well-being, she says, “to understand their responsibility as global citizens, to care for each other and the earth, to understand local challenges in a global context and to be aware of and value different perspectives.”
DiPrete Brown also directs the UW-Madison 4W (Women and Well-being in Wisconsin and the World) Initiative. She has collaborated with international agencies, including the U.S. Peace Corps, USAID, the Pan American Health Organization, WHO, Care and Save the Children and has worked to help strengthen health care systems in 15 countries.
DiPrete Brown dedicates the book to the many people around the world who have welcomed her into their lives: “They have shown me how small the world is, reminded me what is just and revealed to me what is possible.”
A flier for DiPrete Brown’s Global Health Tuesday can be found here.