Institute for Public Service Hosts Health Crises Seminar

Institute for Public Service Hosts Health Crises Seminar

Institute for Public Service Hosts Health Crises Seminar In an effort to advance educational offerings in community colleges, the NOVA Institute for Public Service hosted a seminar, “Global Health Crises, Pandemics, and Policy Challenges: Approaches to Teaching in Community Colleges,” April 9 to 11 at the Alexandria Campus.

The program featured presentations by global public health experts from George Mason University, the George Washington University and Yale University who covered frameworks and approaches to teaching global health in community colleges. In addition, public health practitioners from Doctors Without Borders and Johns Hopkins University provided insights and training as to best practices in public health. Site visits to the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization and the U.S. Institute of Peace were also a key feature of the seminar that provided valuable information and resources for faculty looking to implement content into their courses and make connections between global health and other areas of focus, such as peacebuilding.

Seminar participants represented colleges and universities in the Washington, D.C. metro area and institutions abroad including NOVA, George Mason University, Humber College/University of New Brunswick (Canada), Anne Arundel Community College, College of Southern Maryland, Syracuse University and Emory University. Participants included professionals participating in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program from Rwanda and Cameroon and the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program from India. Faculty were from a range of disciplines including nursing, political science, sociology, biology, Spanish and public health. Attendees left better prepared to integrate global health issues into their courses and develop activities that raise awareness of public health issues.

The program was part of the institute’s efforts to develop a series of professional development programs in the Washington, D.C. area that provide community colleges with access to national and international organizations and experts. In the Fall the institute will sponsor another seminar focusing on global peacebuilding, “Teaching About Global Conflict and Peacebuilding.” For more information about this seminar, please click here online.

For a complete list of presenters or participants of the program or for more information about the NOVA Institute for Public Service please contact Coordinator Linda M. Campos at

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