Sparkman Center Program Director, Anna Helova, Visits Panama

A group of UAB faculty, staff and Anna Helova traveled to Panama City and Chitre, Panama from August 19-24, 2018. The visiting colleagues included:

        -Dr. Suzanne Austin, Senior Vice Provost & Senior International Officer

        -Dr. Lisa McCormick, Office of Public Health Practice, School of Public Health

        -Dr. Majd Zayzafoon, Assistant Provost, International Affairs, School of Medicine

        -Ms. Meena Nabavi, Office of Public Health Practice, School of Public Health

During this visit Anna Helova and the others met with University of South Florida (USF) Health Office – Dr. Arlene Calvo and Ms. Aracely Quintero – to facilitate future programs for UAB Students including the UAB Faculty-Led trip to Panama and Exploring Population Health for Summer 2019. Other future plans include research and internship opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, facilitated by the Sparkman Center for Global Health. For more details on PUH 496/696 view information below. 


The UAB colleagues visited historically and culturally significant sites, urban and rural communities, and community-based organizations. They also visited health care centers, hospitals, and schools to help better understand the community needs, learn the historical and contemporary public health issues, and how public health systems are working to solve the health issues affecting Panama today. Listed below are the different sites and locations visited by the team.


Old Town Panama  Panama City (old town)

Panama 1 Remedios Elementary School in Chitre, Panama

City of KnowledgeCiudad del Saber (City of Knowledge) located across from the Panama Canal from the Pacific side


Panama 10Chitre Ministry of Health

Panama 4Las Mananitas Health Center

Panama 13Hospital el Vigia in Chitre, Panama