Global Health Tuesdays return January 25 with look at childhood cancer

The Spring 2022 Global Health Tuesday webinars at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will delve into the global fight to cure childhood cancer and the story of Firestone Tire’s exploitation of the rubber industry in Liberia. The spring webinars will also host the Planetary Health Graduate Scholars and look at what steps we can take to reduce opportunity for the next virus to spread and what we can do to prepare for another pandemic.

The first webinar, from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. (CST) on January 25, follows the complex and compelling journeys of four children with cancer and their health care teams in Guatemala, El Salvador, Myanmar and Egypt. Participants are asked to watch the film, “How I Live,” prior to the webinar. On January 25, filmmakers will discuss global health disparities and health care delivery challenges in resource-limited settings.

On February 22, UW-Madison professor Gregg Mitman, an award-winning author and filmmaker, will discuss his new book, “Empire of Rubber.” In it, he traces how Firestone Tire, through capitalism, racial exploitation and environmental devastation, transformed the land and the nation of Liberia.

Hosted by the UW-Madison Global Health Institute, the Global Health Tuesday seminar series showcases the complex challenges of global health and those working to address them. Educators, researchers and practitioners from campus and across the world share their experiences, providing insights, encouraging conversation and helping connect colleagues locally and globally.

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Here’s a closer look at the spring webinars:

January 25: “How I Live” film discussion

5:00-6:15 p.m. (CST)
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The film will be available for advance viewing from January 11-25. You’ll find it here; password: global

Each year, 300,000 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer, and 80 percent of them live in low-income countries. The survival rate for children in high-income countries is 80 percent; in low-income countries, it is 20 percent. “How I Live: 4 Families. 5 Countries. And the global fight to end childhood cancer.” follows four children for four years. From diagnosis through treatment, the film explores the challenges children, families and caregivers face in resource-limited settings as well as the power of love, courage and tenacity.

The panelists for the January 25 webinar include:

  • Meghan Shea, MFA, director/producer, is a director and producer of documentary films who focuses on the work of individuals and organizations that are creating positive social impact in the world. Her films look at both national and international social issues, and she produces content for broadcast, streaming and educational distribution.
  •  Irini Albanti, MA, MPH, Dr.PH, consulting producer, is the executive director at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative where she leads the strategic and core functions and oversees all programs. She also was the inaugural director of the Global Health Initiative at the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.
  • Soad Linneth Fuentes-Alabi, MD, MPH, featured physician, is the scientific director of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Day Clinic, Fundacion Ayudame a Vivir/Hospital Nacional de Niños Benjamin Bloom in El Salvador. In 2017, she joined The Lancet Oncology Commission on Childhood Cancer in Low and Middle-Income Countries with the goal to identify a core set of interventions and diagnostic, treatment and care services to address childhood cancers.
  • Kendall Carpenter, MPH, educational coordinator, workshop designer, is a fourth year medical student at Harvard Medical School with the goal of pursuing global pediatric oncology. Her interests lie at the intersection of education and medicine, and she developed an educational curriculum to enhance the impact of the “How I Live” film as part of her practicum project for her master of public health degree.

This webinar is co-hosted by the Global Health Institute, the School of Medicine and Public Health Office of Global Health, and the Division of Global Pediatrics and Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program in the Department of Pediatrics.

February 22: Empire of Rubber

4:30-5:30 p.m. (CST)
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Gregg Mitman, Ph.D., is the Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History and Environmental Studies in the School of Medicine and Public Health. He works at the intersection of political economy, cultural norms and scientific knowledge. His new book, “Empire of Rubber,” was released by The New Press in November 2021. It earned a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly that called it “a harrowing and richly detailed account of U.S. tire manufacturer Firestone’s exploitation of Liberian workers in the 20th century.”

March 29: What We Need to Know Before the Next Pandemic

12:00 p.m.-1:00 (CDT)
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Experts in Wisconsin and across the world explore what steps we can take to reduce opportunity for the next virus to spread and what we can do to prepare for another pandemic.

April 26: Planetary Health Graduate Scholars Flash Talks

5:00-6:15 p.m. (CDT)
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This year’s cohort of Planetary Health Graduate Scholars share their projects to advance global health for people and the planet.