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Paul Farmer to Deliver Keynote at BWH Research Day

Paul Farmer, in a photo taken by The New Times during a recent interview.

On Nov. 21, Brigham and Women’s Hospital will host its second annual Research Day. This special event is a time for employees, visitors, media and the general public to engage with our research community and celebrate innovative and cutting-edge research at the hospital. The day will feature a plenary session with hospital leadership, nine research symposia, a scientific poster session and a keynote address by Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at BWH.

Learn more about Research Day.

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Engaging Patients, Elevating Care

GHDonline.org, the platform of expert-led communities by the Global Health Delivery Project, is hosting two exciting virtual expert panels next week as part of the Partners HealthCare Connected Health Symposium.

How can doctors and patients work together to create the next generation of tools for improving health care delivery? What are the barriers and facilitators for using technology to enable patient-centered care and better coordination of care? These are some of the questions that will be discuss with select speakers from the symposium and experts. These virtual expert panels are free and open to all.

Find out more about how you can participate.

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Video: Compañeros En Salud

Dan Palazuelos, MD, MPH, lives a dual lifestyle – splitting his time between rural villages in Mexico and the city life that surrounds BWH.

For many months each year, Palazuelos lives in the Sierra Madre Mountains, waking up with the roosters and working alongside talented young Mexican doctors. For the other half of the year he lives in Boston and, in addition to practicing inpatient medicine with the hospitalist group at BWH, he helps to mentor the next generation of global health leaders in the Howard Hiatt Global Health Equity residency as the assistant director.

Palazuelos works with Compañeros En Salud, an organization that collaborates with rural government clinics in the Sierra Madre de Chiapas to revitalize underperforming rural clinics. In 2011, Partners In Health launched Compañeros En Salud to improve staffing, supplies, and links with local communities.

Watch the video below to take a peek into Palazuelos’ lifestyle and learn more about Compañeros En Salud.

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Snapshot: Life after War in Liberia

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Liberia is one of the poorest war-torn nations on earth. Today, it recovers from a devastating civil war which destroyed the majority of health facilities and caused a mass exodus of professional health workers. From 1999 until 2003, there was no system in place for health care, education or government.

When the war ended, the Liberia was left with 51 doctors in a country of almost 4 million. The numbers equate to around 10 doctors treating the entire city of San Francisco.

To receive access to health care, rural villagers must navigate narrow dirt paths winding through thick jungle – often impassable – to neighboring communities with life-saving health services. Consequently, diseases that are considered ‘easily treatable’ in the US can be a death sentence.

Continue reading “Snapshot: Life after War in Liberia”

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Brigham & Women's Hospital Physician Assistant Services Grant

BWH Physician Assistant Services is happy to provide an initial PA Services Grant for travel expenses related to medical missions in underserved areas. We know that the Physician Assistants across our campuses are dedicated to improving health care not only in our local BWH community but throughout the world, and we want to support these efforts.  This new grant created by PA Services is intended to support those PAs committed to providing health care, health education and health research to medically underserved populations. The grant is a travel stipend of $2000 awarded to two PAs each fiscal year and is open to BWH and BWFH full-time employed PAs. If you're interested in learning more or downloading an application, please click here.  We look forward to reading your applications!

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