Kate Tente, MSW MPH (May 2012) led a round table discussion on 11/4 at APHA. Kate and others interested in the challenges faced by community health care workers in Kenya and around the world spent an hour sharing ideas and discussing Kate’s work in Kenya, which yielded a list of potential pathways by which various community structures exert influence over the formal health system. Below, Kate checks in from APHA and writes about watching a fellow alum present her own research:
After attending several sessions about quality improvement, patient centered outcomes and patient satisfaction — so I can return to my new job re-energized to tackle some challenging projects — I was thrilled to end my very long Tuesday by seeing a fellow former MPH student present her capstone to an engaged audience. Amna Rizvi presented alongside a panel of top researchers and physicians regarding sexual and reproductive health issues in international contexts. It was more than impressive to listen to and watch a former UPenn MPH peer report out on her important and impressive capstone, “Providers perspectives on family planning devices in Karachi, Pakistan.” Hopefully Amna and her research colleagues will publish their findings as it’s clear the qualitative and quantitative data will be important to enlighten practitioners in Pakistan and inform the greater public health community to critical women’s health issues.