Baruch College Welcomes Pakistani Physicians and Health Care Workers to Learn About U.S. Health Care Practices and Health Policy
Professor Bert Hansen Presents Research to Health Care Delegation
Professor of History Bert Hansen (center) met with Pakistani health care workers and
representatives from the U.S. Department of State to discuss health care practices and policies in the United States.
NEW YORK, NY- October 3, 2014 - Baruch College welcomed five physicians and health care workers from Pakistan to learn about U.S. health care practices and public health policy. The visitors were greeted by Bert Hansen, Ph.D., Professor of History in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences.
The group, who will be in the United States from September 29 – October 18, are employed by health care organizations in Pakistan including the Directorate of Health Services, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Secretariat; Basic Health Unit, Lala Kallay Village Health Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; Regional Training Institute, Population Welfare, Government of Sindh; Lady Health Workers’ Program, Ministry of Health, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; the Disease Early Warning System, World Health Organization.
The visitors were invited to the United States under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). The IVLP is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States. Their program is arranged by the Institute of International Education.
Professor Hansen, an expert on American history and the history of science and medicine, met with the delegation of healthcare workers and presented a history of the polio vaccine and medical practices in the United States. In 2009, Hansen wrote “Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio,” published by Rutgers University Press. The 352-page book received the 2010 Ray and Pat Browne Award given by the Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association “for the best single-author book published in 2009,” and the “2010 Best of the Best from the University Presses for Public and Secondary School Libraries” by the American Library Association.
"These visitors represent hundreds more who all work on the front lines in the campaign to eradicate polio," Hansen said. "I believe that a look at America's history with polio in an earlier era helped these remarkable health care workers place their own efforts into a longer and larger struggle. And I believe they also took courage from the prior efforts and see more clearly how the delivery of medical advances is shaped by larger culture and political factors."
In addition to New York City, the health care workers will be visiting Washington, D.C., Seattle, WA; Rapid City, SD; and Atlanta, GA. to:
- Examine public health policy in the United States at the federal, state and local levels, including vaccination policies and regulations
- Meet with development, public health and epidemiology experts
- Learn best practices used by health care workers in remote communities and discuss the challenges of providing vaccines in under-serviced areas
- Explore how public health professionals in the United States work with communities who refuse to vaccinate children for religious or other reasons.
About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.