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Walk the Global Talk: Taking Action on Health Inequities

Walk the Global Talk: Taking Action on Health Inequities

Address health inequities wherever they occur. That focus is key to the mission of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. In this video, Lisa Adams, MD, associate dean for global health at Geisel, speaks about the medical school’s commitment to underserved communities and its role in an increasingly interconnected world.

Lisa Adams: Building Geisel’s Global Connections

Lisa Adams: Building Geisel’s Global Connections

As a field of study, global health didn’t exist when Lisa V. Adams, MD ’90, was a Dartmouth medical student. After finding her own path, she is now using her more than 20 years of global health experience to help students coordinate international service-learning experiences through Geisel School of Medicine’s Center for Health Equity.

Geisel medical student Jason Laurita ('16) looks over a patient's chart with Dr. Jack Turco, one of the many physicians who volunteer at the Good Neighbor Health Clinic. Photo by Jon Gilbert Fox.

Good Neighbors

Geisel medical students and faculty help keep the Good Neighbor Health Clinic running, enabling local residents to obtain primary care.

Medical student Mengyi Zha is working to expand access to health care for the poor in China. Photo by Jon Gilbert Fox.

Spreading sunshine and love in China

Mengyi Zha (’16) is already working to help China’s poor and homeless populations get the basic health services they need. “Growing up in Beijing, I was aware of the large number of poor and homeless people living in the streets but was taught to ignore them,” Zha recalls. “I felt it was my responsibility to speak for the voiceless and advocate for the ignored, but it wasn’t encouraged.”

Plunging for Health Equity

If your idea of fun is watching your friends and colleagues jump into icy water for a good cause on a mid-winter afternoon, you won’t want to miss Geisel’s second annual Polar Plunge, Friday, February 7, at Occom Pond.

Geisel Students Work To Make Gender Inequity Visible

Dr. Holly Atkinson’s experiences in human rights work over the past 25 years have given her reason to be both deeply troubled and incredibly hopeful. Last week, at a symposium organized by the Geisel chapter of Physicians for Human Rights, she discussed both ends of the spectrum, from the worries that keep her up at night to the people who have inspired her.