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Jennifer Kasper, M.D.

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Mentoring
Available: 12/18/18, Expires: 12/31/19

Since 1992, our all-volunteer NGO, Doctors for Global Health, has been working in partnership with local practitioners and NGOs in resource-limited settings Central America, Mexico, and Sub-Saharan Africa; we have active projects in El Salvador, Mexico and Uganda. Our mission is, “to promote health and other human rights with those most in need by accompanying communities, while educating and inspiring others to action.” We practice, “liberation medicine, the conscious and conscientious use of health to promote human dignity and social justice.” The projects and programs are community initiated and led and include the following: capacity-building, women’s health; child growth and development; HIV; sexual, reproductive and gender rights; water and sanitation; education; health system strengthening. We have mentored numerous medical students and many projects/studies have resulted in improvements in local health status, published papers, and presentations at scientific meetings. We are seeking students who energetic, curious, humble, and comfortable working in a resource-limited setting and can spend a minimum of two months in country. We can also mentor students who want to take a 5th year to complete a more in-depth, comprehensive project. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Jennifer Kasper and email her your resume and one-page description of interests.

Available: 12/07/17, Expires: 12/31/20

I am willing to mentor a student who is interested in creating a scholarly project related to my areas of interest and research, which include the following: health care delivery, capacity building, community health worker training, community development, food insecurity, hunger, child malnutrition, child development and human rights in resource limited settings; social medicine; immigrants; and medical education. I have been collaborating for two decades with partners in El Salvador, Mexico and Uganda. As a board member of Doctors for Global Health, I practice “liberation medicine, the conscious and conscientious use of health to promote human rights and social justice.” I am a primary care pediatrician who cares for Latino immigrant children at MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center. I teach social medicine and global health at HMS. I collaborate with colleagues on the social determinants of health in Chelsea, one of the most diverse census tracts in the US. And I am a member of a faculty group called, “Liberation in the Exam Room” where we address racism in medicine.

International Clinical Elective - University of Cape Town, South Africa, spring 2013
International, 03/11/13 - 04/07/13
Summary of Qualitative Research Project in Konobo, Liberia with Tiyatien Health
International, 02/03/13 - 03/09/13
Understanding and improving cancer care delivery in a resource-poor setting: Cancer pathology, pharmacy and treatment in a rural Rwanda.
International, 03/01/13 - 05/01/13
Surgical checklist outcomes in Argentina
International, 03/02/13 - 05/01/13
Pre-intervetion analysis of a lifestyle intervention program among overweight and obese schoolchildren in Sousse, Tunisia
International/Summer, 06/17/13 - 08/02/13
Tilganga Institute of Opthalmology Medical Student Elective
International/Summer, 07/03/14 - 07/23/14
Health care models that address access to specialty care in rural resource-poor settings: A systematic review and analysis of clinic data from El Salvador
Summer, 06/06/14 - 08/15/14
CDH-UN Nutrition Project and Childhood Malnutrition in El Salvador
International, 06/12/14 - 07/31/14
Assessing Access to Subspecialty Care in Rural El Salvador
International, 06/19/14 - 08/08/14
Oral Health Needs Assessment in Estancia, El Salvador
Summer, 06/16/12 - 08/08/12

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  1. Kasper J, Greene JA, Farmer PE, Jones DS. All Health Is Global Health, All Medicine Is Social Medicine: Integrating the Social Sciences Into the Preclinical Curriculum. Acad Med. 2016 05; 91(5):628-32. PMID: 26703416.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  2. Smith CL, Kasper J, Holtz TH. Doctors for Global Health: Applying Liberation Medicine and Accompanying Communities’ Struggles toward Health and Social Justice. U.S. Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home. 2013.
  3. Kasper J, Smith CL. Doctors for Global Health and Santa Marta, El Salvador: An Example of Liberation Medicine and Accompaniment. Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean: A Guide for Global Health Workers. 2013.
  4. Gupta N, Nelson B, Kasper J, Hibberd PL, eds. MGHfC Handbook for Pediatric Global Health. 2013.
  5. Kasper J, Bajunirwe F. Brain drain in sub-Saharan Africa: contributing factors, potential remedies and the role of academic medical centres. Arch Dis Child. 2012 Nov; 97(11):973-9. PMID: 22962319.
    Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  6. Nelson BN, Kasper J, Hibberd PL, Thea DM, Herlihy JM. . Developing a Career in Global Health: Considerations for Physicians-in-Training and Academic Mentors. J Grad Med Educ. 2012; 301-307.
  7. Kasper J. The relevance of U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child for Child Health: a matter of equity and social justice. Child Welfare. 2010; 89(5):21-36. PMID: 21361155.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  8. Kasper J, Smith CL. Doctors for Global Health Experience with Rights-Based Approaches to Health: Liberation Medicine and Accompaniment in Estancia, El Salvador. Rights-Based Approaches to Public Health. 2010.
  9. Kasper J, Parker D. Child Labor. Encyclopedia of Public Health. 2008; 583-590.
  10. Kasper J. Orphans and AIDS. Encyclopedia of Public Health. 2008; 693-700.
  11. Kasper J. Pediatricians and the Rights of the Child. UN Convention provides blueprint for monitoring the well-being of children worldwide. Pediatr Ann. 2004 Oct; 33(10):712-5. PMID: 15515359.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. Venkateswarlu D, Kasper J, Mathews R, Reis C, Iacopino V, Wise P. Child labour in India: a health and human rights perspective. Lancet. 2003 Dec; 362 Suppl:s32-3. PMID: 14698121.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. Kasper J, Wise PW. The Relevance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child for United States Domestic Policy: Welfare Reform and Children in Immigrant Families. Health and Human Rights. 2001; 2(5):64-90.
  14. Kasper J, Gupta SK, Tran P, Cook JT, Meyers AF. Hunger in Legal Immigrants in California, Texas, and Illinois. Am J Public Health. 2000; 90:1629-1633.
  15. Kasper J, Meyers AF. The UDHR and the physician’s role. Lancet. 1998; 352:733.
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Funded by the NIH/NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program, grant number UL1TR001102, and through institutional support from Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.