With each global health crisis, the interconnectedness of populations around the globe becomes more pronounced. Diseases not only affect the health of communities, but they have a profound impact on political, economic, and social stability within countries and regions. This course engages the interdisciplinary nature of global health by approaching the issue through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) developed by the United Nations. The SDGs range in focus from good health and well-being to gender equality to clean water and sanitation to affordable, clean energy. By engaging the ways that health has a stake in these goals, the course will bring the expertise of faculty from the University of Pittsburgh and CMU as well as practitioners to understand and address the issue surrounding global health from a myriad of perspectives and avenues. With an applied focus, the course will assist students in engaging and advocating for a community on a global health issue through a policy memo. This iteration of the course will examine gender equality and SDG #5.
Events in UCIS
Friday, November 1 until Sunday, May 3
Friday, December 6
As part of the Pitt Global Hub's Stress Free Zone activities, come by any day from 9AM-12PM and try different teas from around the world, many with calming properties to help you calm any final exams anxiety.
Join the Global Studies Ambassadors and the Student Office of Sustainability on the last day of classes for a game of Cornhole and comfort food - soup and cornbread!
This talk analyzes how the practices of care for pregnant and birthing indigenous women in public health clinics exemplify the structural limits to intercultural healthcare in Peru. The intercultural birthing policy was heralded as a major shift in the history of health care in Peru. It changed existing birth protocols, that followed technocratic models of birthing, to incorporate traditional Andean practices of care. The Peruvian deployment of an intercultural health framework echoed political projects in Ecuador and Bolivia which recognized indigenous health practices and preferences as on par with biomedical perspectives. This signaled a willingness to recognize and respect cultural differences and address historically engendered marginalization of indigenous communities. However, the construction of intercultural health through the day-to-day practices of pregnancy, labor and postpartum care of indigenous women demonstrates a clear disconnection between discourse and praxis. Further, they speak to a broader project of forceful “modernization” of indigenous bodies to fit into the desired mestizo nation.
Dr. Lucia Guerra-Reyes is a medical anthropologist and interdisciplinary researcher. She holds a PhD in Anthropology and a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) in Behavioral and Community Health, both from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to that, she studied a Master’s degree in Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Health at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Applied Health Science, at Indiana University Bloomington- School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the complexities of access to sexual and reproductive health care for marginalized communities. She is the author of “Changing birth in the Andes: Culture, Policy and Safe Motherhood in Peru” (Vanderbilt 2019).
For any questions, email LCA17@pitt.edu
Reception | 5:30pm
145 Washington Street, Edgewood, PA
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A film screening of 1989: A Statesman Opens Up
Presented by the Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia (GOSECA).