Date:

October 27, 2017

Time:

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Location:

RPHB 407

 

About our guest speakers:

Margaret Koshal:

Margaret Koshal was born and raised in Kenya and hails from the Maasai community. As a young Maasai girl, she was lucky to receive a modern education and escape the negative practice of Female Genital Mutilation (F.G.M); a violation and practice that continues to be practiced in the Maasai community. Having witnessed firsthand the negative effects of this practice, which includes early marriage and lack of an education, she has dedicated herself to ensuring she rescues and educations as many Maasai girls. Together with her husband, she founded Mara Learning & Development Centre in Maasai Mara, which is giving young girls from her village an opportunity to explore their potential. They also recently opened a conservancy adjacent to the world famous Maasai Mara known as Nashulai Mara conservancy, where she serves as the Family, Gender and Education Coordinator. She is passionate about mentoring and empowering women in her community since she strongly believes women are the back bone of the society and thus when you empower a girl, you empower the whole community. More information about Maggie can be found at her website:http://margaret-sakian-koshal.strikingly.com. 

 

Nelson Ole Reiyia: 

Oldarpoi Mara Camp is owned by the local Maasai community and has been set up to create a sustainable future for economic and social development and empowerment. The income through the Oldarpoi Mara Camp funds many projects in the Maasai community. Nelson Ole Reiyia, son of Maasai nomads, is the creative initiator of the camp – but his visionary passion for his culture, people and community go much further. He holds a BA from Kenya Methodist University and certificates from the United Nations University for Peace. He started a program called the “I See Maasai Development Initiative” (ISMDI) which focuses on bringing poor children into school and providing them with education and skills, and thus opening up opportunities for their future. Especially Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early marriage are still a problem in the traditions of rural life, which the Initiative is fighting against with education and alternatives. The ISMDI sponsors the education of mainly young girls, creates jobs and employment opportunities in the village through sustainable tourism and has set up the infrastructure for clean water and health care for the whole community.

 

Margaret Koshal and Nelson Reiyia Flyer

Event Date & Time

November 8, 2017

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Location 

Ryals Public Health Building (RPHB) - Room 407

Description 

Dr. Pauline Jolly is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Director of the UAB Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Program. Dr. Jolly holds PhD degrees in Immunology and Infectious Diseases and in Science Education (curriculum and instruction) from Johns Hopkins and Louisiana State Universities, respectively.  She also has a Master of Science degree in Biology (Parasitology) from Tuskegee University, and a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University. She has conducted research on the immunopathogenesis of HIV and other lentiviruses, especially in the area of immune responses to infection. She also conducts epidemiological and behavioral research on HIV/AIDS/STI and other infectious and chronic diseases in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 2002, Dr. Jolly has been conducting research on aflatoxin ingestion and health impacts in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Dr. Jolly teaches graduate courses in “Tropical Infectious Diseases” and “HIV/AIDS and STDs”. In December 2009, she received the Distinguished Educator Award from the Birmingham Chapter of the United Nations Association for her scholarship and training in International Public Health. She was awarded the National Faculty Award by Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars in 2004 for her contributions to International Education and the Faculty Award for Internationalization of UAB in 2007. She received the UAB President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for the School of Public Health in 2007 and the UAB Graduate School Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship in 2010. In 2014, she was awarded the Ellen Gregg Ingalls/UAB National Alumni Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Teaching. Dr. Jolly is a current recipient of a Fulbright Specialist Award to the Institute of Public Health in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in spring 2018.

 

Dr. Pauline Jolly FINAL

Date:

September 14, 2017

Time:

1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Location:

RPHB 125

Description:

Want to learn more about the SIFAT field course, Moses Sinkala Travel Scholarship, the UAB and Statewide Global Health Case Competitions, and the GHS graduate certificate program? Stop by to obtain more information on these wonderful opportunities that are offered through the Sparkman Center! Food will be provided!

Event Date & Time

October 11, 2017

11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Location

Ryals Public Health Building (RPHB) - Room 407

Description

Magdalena (Magda) Szaflarski, PhD is a medical sociologist and health researcher specializing in religion and HIV, immigrant mental health, and socio-neurological research. Her research has been supported by NIH, state agencies, and private/nonprofit foundations. She is an Associate Professor of Sociology at UAB.  Prior to coming to UAB, she held a faculty appointment in public health and family and community medicine at the University of Cincinnati.  Her religion and HIV research has been published in AIDS and Behavior, Current HIV/AIDS Reports, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and other journals.  She teaches courses in health disparities, mental health, socio-medical theory, globalization, and other areas.