February 07, 2014
Women's Commission

'SLU Women in International Service'

Event Details: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., February 20, Center for Global Citizenship

Enjoy the inspiring work of Saint Louis University women who are involved in international service from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Center for Global Citizenship. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. Participants can register for this event via Google Docs.

Panel members will include:

Sarah L. Patrick, Ph.D., MPH, associate professor in the department of epidemiology. Patrick is a leader in epidemiology and public health practice and was trained at the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Diabetes Registries, Research and Training at the University of Pittsburgh. For more than twenty years, she has toggled service as a public health practitioner and as an academician and researcher. In practice, she served as an epidemic intelligence service (EIS) officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assigned to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, state epidemiologist in South Dakota and later in Missouri, and a contract epidemiologist for the Aberdeen Area Indian Health Services and the Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET), working with the field epidemiology training programs in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Sharon Frey, M.D., clinical director of Saint Louis University's Center for Vaccine Development and professor of infectious diseases, allergy and immunology, is an educator who shapes the next generation of physicians and mentors junior medical school faculty at SLU. Frey is a physician-scientist, teacher and advocate for social justice. She participates in medical mission trips to the most dangerous parts of the world. For more than 15 years, she has brought medical aid to those in need in war-torn countries that include Zaire, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sudan and Afghanistan.

Amy Brinkley, who first went to Ghana, West Africa, in 2010 as part of a teaching internship, where she taught English in a government school. She has spent the last two years working with a non-governmental organization in Ghana that rescues and rehabilitates children who have been trafficked into child slavery in Ghana's fishing industry. She served as the U.S. Trustee of the organization, responsible for communicating with international donors and partners, and working with the team in Ghana to see that their communication and fundraising strategies were being maximized. In 2012, Brinkley moved to a small fishing village in Ghana and has acquired residence in a community that is a source area for child trafficking. In the future, she hopes to continue living in the village and working with children and families through a local orphanage where she volunteers. Her professional goals are to continue working alongside non-governmental and faith-based organizations through capacity building, program assessments and administrative consultancy. Further, Brinkley would like to work in higher education in Ghana in a teaching and research capacity. Her teaching and research interests focus on promoting socioeconomic diversity in higher education and working with teacher training institutions to include curriculum that reflects the needs of society. Brinkley is pursuing her doctorate in higher education administration in the School of Education and Public Service.

Shannon Potter, M.D., is an OB/GYN resident who worked with some of the doctors in Ethiopia at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital helping women injured in childbirth find hope and healing. She graduated from LeTourneau University and obtained her medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She has spent time in both Kenya and Ethiopia.

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