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Global Health Day 2018

Global Health Day 2018


Denise Bothe, MDDenise Bothe, MD, is a board certified Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician and is the Global Child Health Program Director for the Pediatrics Residency here at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. She received her medical degree from Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. Her Pediatrics training was at Albany Medical Center, after which she spent 5 years working as a general pediatrician with Lake Hospital System. She completed her fellowship in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in 2007. She joined as faculty in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics here at Rainbow in 2008. Her global health experience includes time volunteering in Kenya, Africa, Laos, Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua. She has taught in and directed the Preparation for International Health Service Course and the Management of Humanitarian Emergencies; Focus on the Special Needs of Children and Families Course here at Case Western Reserve University Medical School/Rainbow/University Hospitals. She is currently involved in a child developmental screening research and early developmental promotion project with AMOS in Nicaragua, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that focuses on community-based healthcare.

Lucy Breakwell, MDLucy Breakwell, MD* received her undergraduate degree from Nottingham University, her PhD in virology from the University of Edinburgh and her master’s degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 2013, Dr. Breakwell joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program as part of the Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch (MVPDB) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA. Her work within the branch focused on pertussis, meningococcal disease and other vaccine-preventable bacterial diseases within the US and internationally. Through EIS she was deployed to emergent Public Health situations, which included the first MERS-CoV case in the US, a large measles outbreak in the Federated States of Micronesia, and to Cote d’Ivoire for preparedness activities in response to the 2014 Ebola epidemic. On completion of the fellowship, Dr. Breakwell worked as a Short Term Consultant at the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office in Manila, Philippines on influenza, supporting Member States with influenza surveillance and trainings on surveillance data analysis. She also led the 2015 PanStop activity (pandemic preparedness training day) at the Regional office and supported the annual biregional influenza meeting.

* Dr. Breakwell is speaking in her personal capacity. The views expressed are her own and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control or the United States Government.

Suzanne Gosling, RGN, MScSuzanne Gosling, RGN, MSc is current the Global Director of Global Technical Unit with International Medical Corps (IMC). She has worked in a variety of roles in IMC and the World Health Organization (WHO) for the past seven years. She has worked in major acute emergency crises, including in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, South Sudan and in Jordan as part of the WHO’s Emergency Management Support Team covering the Middle East. Most recently Suzanne has led the process of developing the quality minimum standards for IMC globally, bringing together all technical components in line with international standards and best practices. Suzanne has worked as the Regional Technical Coordinator for the Middle East, setting up the first regional technical team with responsibility over Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. She has worked with a plethora of stakeholders to develop a vision and cohesive strategy for the organization. Prior to her international work, Suzanne spent ten years working for England’s National Health Service in a variety of management and clinical roles, including as Head Nurse for South Birmingham. Suzanne holds a Diploma in Adult Nursing from the University of Nottingham, a Diploma in Tropical Nursing from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a M.Sc. in Public Health from the University of Nottingham. She has just started her PhD at Bournemouth University in Humanitarian Reform.


Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew, MDMargaret Larkins-Pettigrew, MD, received her MD degree from the University of Pittsburgh, her Masters degree in Education at California State University Los Angeles, Adult Nurse Practitioner from California State University, Long Beach. She also holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management in International Affairs. Dr. Larkins-Pettigrew has dedicated more than twenty years of her professional and personal life to diversity issues and global health challenges of women. Locally she has been one of few female African-American providers to work with under-resourced communities with focus on care for women living with HIV. Her expertise in the development of medical models address social determinants of health continues to be another focus of her work. Development of pipeline programs dedicated to recruiting, training and retaining underrepresented minority providers has proven to increase patient compliance and reduce maternal and neonatal deaths. The WONDOOR (Women and Neonates, Diversity, Outreach, Opportunity and Research) program establishes post-graduate education opportunities abroad. The program in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Guyana trains specialists clinically and also changes the humanistic culture for those caring for women. Implementing protocols that provide optimal tracking of behavior change and patient outcomes is the key to the success of various initiatives.


Masahiro J. Morikawa, MDMasahiro J Morikawa, MD, is the Ann S. & Anthony J. Asher professor in family medicine & community health at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. He is an academic hospitalist for family medicine at UHCMC. He started his global health practice in disaster relief in northern Ethiopia famine in 1985. He finished his residency training in trauma surgery at Nippon Medical University, dept. of traumatology & critical care. After moved to the US in 1991, he obtained MPH at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg school of hygiene and public health through Japanese government scholarship. Then went on to finish his second residency training at University Hospitals Case medical center in family medicine. His focus on global health has been rebuilding primary care infrastructure in post-conflict communities such as Kosovo, Afghanistan, Laos, and Guatemala and develop curriculum for hands-on bedside clinical training for frontline healthcare providers in Tanzania, Malawi, Sudan, Vietnam, China and Thailand. He engaged in global health through GO and NGO, he was a former medical director and vice-chair of KinderBerg International, a leading German secular humanitarian NGO, a consultant for Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for Darfur peace-building in Sudan. He is a recipient of the 2012 Exemplary teacher award by American Academy of Family Physicians and Fulbright specialist scholar to Thailand in 2018.


Global Health Day is made possible through the Margaret Wong Foundation for International Emergency Medicine Training.