3rd Annual Penn in Latin America & the Caribbean Conference
8:30-9:00am: Registration and Coffee
Dean Antonia M. Villarruel, Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing; and
Tulia G. Falleti, Class of 1965 Term Associate Professor; Director of Latin American and Latino Studies Program; Senior Fellow Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.
9:15 – 10:00am: Inaugural Presentation by Marian Vidaurri, Chief of the Political Analysis Section in the OAS Secretariat for Strengthening Democracy (with César Rosales).
“The End of the Left-Right Cleavage in Latin America?”
10:00 – 11:30am - Panel 1: Law, Transitional Justice, and Politics in Changing Times
Moderator: Tulia G. Falleti
“Counter-narratives of Security, State Violence, and Terrorism,” Jennifer Ponce de León, Assistant Professor of Latina/o Literature and Culture, Department of English.
“Politics turn, corporations remain: The undone Transitional Justice in Brazil,” Eduardo Saad-Diniz, Professor in Ribeirão Preto Law and Program for Latin American Integration at the University of São Paulo.
“The International Criminal Court and Latin America” Andrea Matačić Cayley, Penn Law School.
“Overview of Current US Immigration and Refugee Laws” Fernando Chang-Muy, Thomas O’Boyle Lecturer in Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law
“NAFTA: Future uncertainty, prospective factual analysis negotiation, and potential implications.” Diego Alejandro Sanchez Labrador, M.A. Candidate in International and Human Rights Law, Syracuse University College of Law; Samuel Torres-Landa, Research Fellow, Department of Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Veronica M. Zoghbi, Periopoerative Safety Fellow, Perioperative Services, Hospital of the Univerisity of Pennsylvania; Serguei A. Castaneda, PGY3 Radiation Oncology Resident, Department of Radiation Oncology, Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital.
11:30am – noon: Lunch break
12:00-1:00pm: Lunch time Keynote Lecture by Nicole Legnani, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Princeton University
“Trading Fictions: Love, the Law and the Enterprise of the Spanish Conquest of the Americas”
1:15pm-2:45pm Panel 2: Local Politics, Global Consequences
Moderator: Catherine Bartch, Associate Director of Latin American and Latino Studies
“Look to the South: Mexico’s Indigenous Heritage in the 21st Century”, Richard M. Leventhal, Professor, Department of Anthropology and Executive Director of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center of the Penn Museum; Tiffany C. Cain, PhD Student, Department of Anthropology; Kasey Diserens, PhD Student, Department of Anthropology; and Aldo Anzures Tapia, PhD Student, Graduate School of Education.
“Gender, Patriarchal Participation and Infrastructural Publics in Quito, Ecuador,” Julie Gamble, Perry World House Postdoctoral Fellow, Professor- Research, College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Universidad San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador.
“The Return of the Right in the City: The Case of São Paulo” Daniel Aldana Cohen, Assistant Professor of Sociology.
“Decolonizing the Caribbean Subject: Responses to the Danilo Medina Presidency in the Dominican Republic,” Ana Almeyda-Cohen, PhD Student in Hispanic Studies.
2:45-3:00pm: Coffee Break
3:00-4:00pm – Roundtable discussion: School Choice in the Americas – A Comparative View of US and Chilean Experiences, with Alejandro Carrasco, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Theory and Policy, School of Education, and Director, Center for Educational Policy and Practice (CEPPE), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; Sigal Ben-Porath, Professor of Graduate School of Education, and Michael Johanek, Senior Fellow at the Graduate School of Education.
Moderator: Nancy Biller, Assistant Dean for Global Health Affairs, School of Nursing.
4:00-5:00pm: Poster Presentations (with Coffee)
Poster Group 1: Politics and Health Outcomes
Moderator: Kent Bream, Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Community Health, Perelman School of Medicine
“Stuck Healthily in the Left Lane: Leveraging Nicaragua's Socialist Platform to Pioneer Rural Surgical Care for the Poor,” Jordan Swanson, MD, MSC; Jesse A. Taylor, MD; Scott Bartlett, MD, Division of Plastic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine.
“Donation of Rescued Medical Supplies to Venezuela: A Feasibility Study,” Veronica Zoghbi, Safety Fellow, Perioperative Services, Hospital of the University of Pennyslvania.
“Perceptions of Spirituality and Religion among Haitian Immigrants/Descendants with Cancer”, Christy Charnel, Undergraduate Student, Nursing School, Du Bois College House Research Fellow.
Poster Group 2: Politics and Health Policies and Interventions in Guatemala
Moderator: Johnny Irizarry, Director of the Center for Hispanic Excellence: La Casa Latina
“Bettering the Quality of Care Where the Government Overlooks: Implementing an Electronic Patient Registry and the Use of Mobile Health in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala.” Zoe Barbati, Undergraduate Student, College of Arts and Sciences.
“Establishment of a sustainable dermatology global health outreach and residency partnership program in Lake Atitlán, Guatemala,” Peter B. Chansky, MD Candidate, Perelman School of Medicine.
“Is obesity the cost of being food insecure? An analysis of food environments and behaviors in rural Guatemala,” Lynn Hur, Biology, College of Arts and Sciences.
“Creciendo Juntos (Growing Together): A Mobile Early Childhood Development Intervention for Community Health Workers in Guatemala,” Esha Khurana MD, MPH Candidate, Perelman School of Medicine.
Poster Group 3: Cuba: From Revolution to Tourism.
Moderator: Katelyn Leader, Senior Program Associate, Perry World House
“Political nostalgia and the Cuban Revolution: past wars will make you win,” Azahara Palomeque, Associate Director, MSSP Program, School of Social Policy and Practice.
“Revolutionary and Counterrevolutionary Women: State Violence, Gender Politics, and Resistance in Cuba and in Exile, 1952-1962,” Amanda Nart, Undergraduate Student, College of Arts and Sciences.
“Perspectivas: Social Policy, Race, and Tourism in Cuba,” Melissa Beatriz Skolnick, Research Fellow, School of Social Policy and Practice.
5:00-6:15pm Screening and Discussion of Documentary Four Days in May.
Presentation and Discussion of the experimental documentary Four Days in May (2017, 45 minutes (English, Jamaican Patois)) by Deborah A. Thomas, R. Jean Brownlee Term Professor of Anthropology; Deanne M. Bell (University of East London), and Junior “Gabu” Wedderburn (Kingston and New York). Executive Producer, John L. Jackson, Jr., Richard Perry University Professor; Dean, School of Social Policy and Practice; and Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor (University of Pennsylvania)
6:30-7:30pm Talk and Performance by Cuban Feminist Rapper, La Fina
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2nd Annual Penn in Latin America & the Caribbean Conference
Tuesday, Nov. 1st, 2016
1:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Biomedical Research Building 421 Curie Blvd, Gaulton Auditorium
This year’s PLAC conference coalesced thought leaders from throughout the greater Latin America region with faculty at Penn in discussions around governmental and regional public health responses to emergent threats in Latin America. Recognizing that such threats encompass both communicable and non-communicable disease, the conference was organized with two major sessions – one focused on responses to Zika Virus and the second on the explosive growth of metabolic disease and diabetes.
1:00 – Welcome & Introduction
Glen N. Gaulton, PhD, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Vice Dean, Director of the Center for Global Health, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
1:15 – Keynote Speaker – Ambassador Roman Macaya Hayes, PhD, WG’98, Embassy of Costa Rica
2:00 – Panel 1 – Responses to the growing burden of chronic disease in Latin America and the Caribbean
Manuel Ramírez Zea, MD PhD, Coordinador, Centro de Investigación del INCAP para la revención de las Enfermedades Crónicas – CIIPEC, Instituto de Nutrición de Centro América y Panamá – INCAP, Guatemala City
Christina A. Roberto, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
3:00 – Panel Discussion
3:30 – Break
3:45 - Panel 2 - Responses to emerging viral diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean
Luiz Carlos Jr Alcantara, PhD, Scientific Researcher, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ ),
Salvador - Bahia – Brazil; Professor at State University of Feira de Santana, Department of Biochemistry, Feira de Santana, Bahia, Brazil
Paul A. Offit, MD, Director of the Vaccine Education Center; Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Professor of Vaccinology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.
4:45 - Panel Discussion
5:15 - Closing and Reception til 6pm
Penn in Latin America & the Caribbean: Inaugural Conference
￼￼Health in Latin America & the Caribbean: Equity, Access, and Innovation
Overall purpose of this inaugural PLAC conference was to promote interaction and collaboration across Penn Schools regarding health in the Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) region.
Keynote Speaker: Amanda Glassman, Center for Global Development
Conference Program (with links to presentations)
1:00 Welcome by Dean Villarruel
1:10 Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Zeke Emanuel
1:20 Keynote by Amanda Glassman, MSc
Vice President for Programs, Director of Global Health Policy, and Senior Fellow
Center for Global Development, Washington DC
Q & A
2:15 PANEL: HEALTH SYSTEMS & HEALTH EQUITY: 15-minute presentations
Moderator: Amanda Glassman
2. Strengthening Chagas disease control systems in Southern Peru (PDF) – Buttenheim/Levy, SON/PSOM
4. Panel Q & A
3:35 PANEL: SOCIAL DETERMINANTS & HEALTH EQUITY: 15-minute presentations
Moderator: Sandra Andino
1. Citizen Participation in Public Health in Argentina, 2007-2008 – Falletti, Assoc Prof, SAS
2. Armed Internal Conflict (AIC) and Fertility in Colombia 2000 – 2010 (PDF) – Castro, PhD Candidate, SAS
3. Effective Urban Planning, Social Equity, and Health (PDF) – Gouverneur, Assoc Prof, Design
4. Panel Q & A
4:35 CLOSING REMARKS: Dean Antonia Villarruel
5:00 RECEPTION & POSTERS (to 6 pm)
Avery, PSOM: Medical Physics Education (PDF)-Cuba
Billig, PSOM: Predict Urban Insect Infestations-Peru
Calderon, PSOM: mHealth for childhood illness mgmt-Peru
De la Cruz Gutierrez, Biomed Library: Building research capacity (PDF)-Guatemala
DelRosso, PSOM: Sleep education efficacy-Dominican Republic
Fausto, SON: Promoting immigrant health-USA
Garcia, SAS: Diabetes-Guatemala
Getrajdman, SAS: Triage & Limited Resources-Region
Harrington +, SON: Popular education-Guatemala
Kopparam, SEAS: Maternal Health Care Utilization-Guatemala
La Rosa, UPHS: Postpartum F-U Promotoras-USA
Lake, SON: Healthcare Quality & Safety (PDF)-Chile
Lipoff, PSOM: Dermatology resident outreach (PDF)-Guatemala
Rascovsky, PSOM: Young onset dementia-Region
Ravitch & Johanek, GSE: Educational Leadership Network (PDF)-LAC Region
Rieders, Wharton: Chagas Disease Control Analysis (PDF)-Peru
Samanta, SAS: Health Systems & U.S. Security-Region
Tems, UPHS: Emergency Medicine (PDF)- Guyana
Zug, SON: Advanced Practice Nursing Role (PDF)- LAC Region