Expertise and experience:
1. Advising and mentoring Amherst College students and young alumni who seek to explore and pursue careers in health.
2. Teaching (until December 2010 at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and as adjunct lecturer at UMassAmherst School of Public Health), mentoring, advising, dialogue, organizing, advocating, and experience to learn, practice, and pursue health in all its dimesnions. Has included courses on health disparities, and cultural and linguistic competence,
internships, independent study, research, seminars to build leadership capacity of young people and future public health work force.
Synthesizing research on social determinants of health, resilience, traumatic childhood experiences, racism, chronic stress, and conditions for productive dialogue that will have a significant impact on future public health practice.
3. Translating this research into humane MCH and public health practice to improve the health of women and children, with systems that honor families, communities, and cultures.
4. Integrating cultural understanding and respect as a key strategy to end health disparities.
5. Changing the language of public health and medicine to better reflect our ideals and purpose.
6. Bringing multiple stakeholders together to untangle complex public health challenges and take collaborative action to solve them.

1. Inspiring a new generation of leaders in public health and service through a wide range of local, national, and global opportunities.
Until January 2011, consultation to individuals, communities, organizations to build capacity in the above, by
a) Inspiring keynotes, presentations, workshops.
b) Organizing forums to build essential but previously unlikely partnerships.
c) Serving as catalyst for intergenerational and cross-cultural dialogue.
c) Writing papers and grants.
3. Organization and facilitation of interactive meetings with broad stakeholder participation to unite diverse parties and spark action to create public health equity.

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"A smile is the light in the window of your face, which tells people that your heart is at home."
- Kolawole Bankole, M.D, M.S

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Third Annual Public Health Career Dialogue and Mentoring at Amherst April 16

The third annual Amherst College Public Health Career Panel, Dialogue, and Mentoring will take place on Friday, April 16, 2010, at 2 pm in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall. The Amherst College Public Health Collaborative - with support from the Career Center, Health Professions Group (Carolyn Bassett), Class of 1969 Project (Justin Grimes), Center for Community Engagement (Molly Mead), Alumni Office (Betsy Cannon Smith) and Five College Culture, Health, and Science Program (Elizabeth Conlisk and Chris Dole) - has put together a uniquely exciting opportunity for Amherst and Five College students to get a clearer picture of the multiple dimensions and opportunities for a life of consequence offered through public health. The panel is outstanding: Joseph Nwadiuko '08, Donald Lombardi '64, Nils Bruzelius '68, Allison Sullivan '88, Lawrence Osborn '63, Gary Forester '69, and Asinath Rusibamayila Mount Holyoke '10, with Richard Aronson '69 as facilitator. After the panel and dialogue conclude, the group will move over to the Career Center where, starting at 4 pm, students will be able to have individual mentoring sessions with the panelists. Many thanks to Lili Ferguson '10 for her tireless work to plan for this event, along with Kinjal Patel '13. We look forward to seeing you!

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