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Anna Baetjer Society for Public Health Practice


The Sharing Work and Educational Experiences Together (S.W.E.E.T) Seminars are opportunities for students to showcase their unique experiences.

We realize that our classmates, collectively, are one of the most valuable resources at the Bloomberg School, and we hope to facilitate learning from one another through this lunch-time series.

The Anna Baetjer Society presents two super-sweet lunch seminars! Free food will be provided!

November 12, 2013 at 12:15pm- "Listen to Your Patients: It Makes a Diference." - Jad Z. Al Danaf

► November 12, 2013 at 12:40pm- "Food for Thought: A New Look at What Factors are Implicated in the Obesity Epidemic." - Sadie Barr

December 3, 2013 at 12:15pm- "Building Bridges: Global Health, Population Dynamics, & Climate Change in Western Tanzania." - Kristen Patterson

December 3, 2013 at 12:40pm- "Stay Calm and Keep Going, Public Health Practice in a War Zone." - Ahmed Hasoon

► January 29, 2014 at 12:15pm- "Communities: The Key to Greater Impact in Public Health." - Lavanya Madhusudan 

January 29, 2014 at 12:40pm- "Healthcare Tech Perspective from the Silicon Valley and Beyond."- Camilla Chung 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact your SWEET Chair - Ashish Yadav (


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Listen to Your Patients: It Makes a Difference - Jad Z. Al Danaf

Despite all the advancements and achievements attained in the field of medicine, we are still way behind in getting to really know the individual with the illness, rather than just knowing the illness! Patient care does not only revolve around prescribing medications or doing surgical procedures, rather it also consists of listening to and building trust with the patient. Henry David Thoreau once said: “Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes?” Attempting to look through patients’ eyes, and getting to feel what they feel, see what they see and hear what they hear will certainly help amend and improve any healthcare service being provided. There is a wide literature that supports the fact that the more a physician listens and communicates with the patient, the better quality of medical care is being delivered with improved patient satisfaction and possibly clinical outcome.


Food for Thought: A New Look at What Factors are Implicated in the Obesity Epidemic - Sadie Barr

In this S.W.E.E.T. Seminar, Sadie Barr, your classmate and a food and nutrition researcher and educator, will be presenting a different way of thinking about the food we eat and its relation to weight gain. Over the past few decades, mainstream dietary advice has told us to limit the amount of Calories we consume and increase the amount we expend in order to maintain or lose weight. Obviously, either this hasn’t worked or we haven’t been listening, as obesity rates have more than doubled since 1970, and diabetes rates have quadrupled. Perhaps it’s a bit of both - maybe the type of food we are eating is just as important, if not more so, than how much we are eating. Sadie will be presenting on her own published research study, referenced in books and scientific journals, in addition to other relevant current hot topics. Come hear about our impressive classmate's groundbreaking research!

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Building Bridges: Global Health, Population Dynamics, & Climate Change in Western Tanzania - Kristen Patterson

Kristen helped start a project called Tuungane (Let’s Unite in Kiswahili) when she worked for The Nature Conservancy, the world’s largest environmental organization. Tuungane is located in western Tanzania, along the shores of Lake Tanganyika, in a remote and poor part of Tanzania that is home to chimpanzees and other endangered wildlife. The health of this diverse natural environment and the well-being of its people are threatened by the same forces: extreme poverty compounded by a rapidly growing human population. Tuungane is a community-focused collaboration to reduce threats and improve the resilience of people and nature. The project brings together reproductive-health and conservation interventions for integrated solutions to address related problems. The project is a partnership with  Pathfinder International and other organizations to unite conservation with initiatives that strengthen local governance, improve access to health services, and create sustainable livelihoods. Kristen will talk about Tuungane and about integrated population-health-environment projects in general.


Stay Calm and Keep Going, Public Health Practice in a War Zone - Ahmed Hasoon

In its 2013 list of the best and the brightest young foreign policy leaders, Diplomatic Courier magazine characterizes MPH student Ahmed Hassoon as a “risk-taker.” The Sommer Scholar is among the “Top 99 under 33” innovators singled out by the publication for “breaking traditional models of thinking.” For nearly a decade, the doctor and public health consultant has repeatedly put himself in harm’s way to rebuild the decimated health system in his native Iraq. As an emergency physician from 2004 to 2006, he dodged roadside bombs traveling to work and was often the only doctor at his hospital. He escaped two kidnapping attempts and on a third occasion was kidnapped and released. He survived a bullet that “only scratched my head” but killed a former professor. A car bomb destroyed the offices of a program that he directed to return displaced Iraqis to their homes. In 2011, Hassoon temporarily halted his work in Iraq to pursue public health graduate studies, saying that the stress on his family became too great. Last year he served as an Atlas Corps Fellow in Washington, D.C., managing global child health care and education programs before entering the MPH Program at the Bloomberg School.

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Communities: The Key​ to Greater Impact in Public Health - Lavanya Madhusudan 

Lavanya Madhusudan earned her Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with a major in Health and Societies and minor in Anthropology. Among other honors, Lavanya received the 2009 Emerging Scholar Award for planning and conducting an independent mixed-methods study to investigate the social, political, economic and cultural factors surrounding the crisis of child malnutrition in migrants living in the urban slums of Bangalore, India. Lavanya has also served as a Community Health Education Volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps in Cebadas, Ecuador, worked for 3 years as a clinical researcher in pediatric HIV/AIDS clinical trials and biomarker studies for neonatal infections in top pediatric hospitals, and partnered with nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia, Baltimore and throughout India. As an MSW/MPH dual degree student, Lavanya has been recognized for her commitment to community empowerment in Baltimore for her work in community capacity building, organizing and advocacy with West Baltimore residents. Lavanya will discuss why greater emphasis on community-centered approaches is needed to improve the effectiveness, sustainability and ethics of public health programs globally.  

Healthcare Tech Perspective from the Silicon Valley and Beyond - Camilla Chung 

Camilla is a second year MPH/MBA student, studying ways to bring innovation and enterprise solutions to healthcare. Last summer, she was a business development intern at Doximity, a HIPAA-secure, professional network for physicians, based in San Mateo, CA.  Last winter, through the MPH field experience award, she worked with Beijing-based mHealth company, Apricot Forest, to study China's hospital workflows and evaluate the latest web and mobile applications for clinicians. Prior to Hopkins, Camilla was a systems architect and project manager for seven years at Cerner Corporation, implementing electronic health records throughout the U.S. and abroad.