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Sharing Work and Educational Experiences Together (S.W.E.E.T.) Seminar Series

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 JHSPH, and we hope to facilitate learning from one another through this lunch-time series.

Monday, October 3rd

S.W.E.E.T Seminar

Public Health on Two Wheels: Bicycles, Health, and Social Entrepreneurship.
Andrew Suchocki & Sophia Magalona
Sophia served for two years as the Vice President of Communications for Bicycles Against Poverty (BAP), a microfinance project she helped implement with a group of Bucknell University students to provide sustainable transportation to internally displaced people in Northern Uganda.  BAP utilizes bicycles to improve accessibility to trading markets, farms and basic social services such as healthcare.  Bicycles are also used to facilitate community cooperation and build financial management skills among low income entrepreneurs.

Ride for World Health is a student-run cross country bicycle trip that raises awareness about global health and funds for non-profits working abroad.  Currently in its seventh year, the Ride has raised over $700,000 since its inception.  Andrew Suchocki is a co-founder of the Ride and participated in the inaugural cross-country traverse in 2006. He currently serves as chair of the board of directors and has done so since 2007.  Andrew is an MPH student and in the Preventive Medicine residency, and he races for the Kelly Benefits Regional Elite cycling team.

When: 12:15 p.m.1:15 p.m.

Where: W3008

Tuesday, October 25th

S.W.E.E.T. Seminar
Experiences Living and Working In Southeast Asia
Liz Chmielewski,  Preety Rajbangshi, & Jui Shah
Learn about fellow students' experiences living and working in Asia while enjoying food from the region!

Liz Chmielewski served with Mennonite Central Committee in India for 1.5 years working with the service agency of the Indian Mennonite Church on a HIV/AIDS awareness project and a vocational training scholarship program. 

Preety Rajbangshi, a native of India, worker with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare for the Government of India on an integrated nationwide program called National Rural Health Mission. This program aimed to improve Reproductive and Child Health (RCH).

Jui Shah worked in Cambodia for two and a half years implementing projects to train pharmacists and drug sellers, establish referral networks, and link private providers into the public health system
When: 12:15-1:15
Where: W2008

Tuesday, November 29th

S.W.E.E.T. Seminar
Can a volunteer's contributions be sustainable?
Lessons from Bangladesh and El SalvadorRupa Patel & Karyn Singer

Rupa Patel has been a women's health volunteer with a local Bangladeshi NGO, Friendship, for 4 years. She will discuss her experience in trying to make sustainable contributions to the NGO's health programs and her work with community health workers and staff providers.

The Virtue Foundation works around the world on projects in sustainable health care and women's empowerment.  Karyn was asked to join a new project in El Salvador a few years ago.  The project involved performing a primary health care needs assessment of Caluco, a small rural town in El Salvador, in order to determine the town's most pressing needs and the steps needed to address them. Virtue has a 5 year commitment to this project and hopes that by the end of the project Caluco will have sustainable interventions in primary and preventive health care.

When: 12:15 - 1:15pm

Where: W2008

Past S.W.E.E.T. Seminar Series

S.W.E.E.T. Seminar Series 2010-2011
S.W.E.E.T. Seminar Series 2009-2010
S.W.E.E.T. Seminar Series 2008-2009
S.W.E.E.T. Seminar Series 2007-2008
S.W.E.E.T. Seminar Series 2006-2007
S.W.E.E.T. Seminar Series 2005-2006
S.W.E.E.T. Seminar Series 2004-2005