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Center for Policy Studies

Public Affairs Discussion Group

International Development Assistance in Public Health

Bill Goldman - Retired Foreign Service Officer with USAID
Friday March 29, 2013
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Dampeer Room
Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues:

It is relatively easy to ignore problems beyond one’s own doorstep. Similarly, governments tend to be preoccupied with challenges within their own countries, unless direct national interests depend on international events. Yet it seems to be a bit more difficult to ignore other peoples’ health challenges, and so international development assistance is an important aspect of health development in many countries.

From AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa to insufficient access to vaccinations in Haiti; international governmental and non-governmental organizations work to improve health both for its own sake and as an aid to all other aspects of development.

Bill Goldman graduated in mathematics from CWRU in 1967, did this tough and rewarding work as a foreign service officer for 25 years and then continued with private organizations. He will focus on the U.S. Government’s activities through USAID: the scope of assistance, political challenges, impact of public health aid, and its future.

All best regards,
Joe White
Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Director, Center for Policy Studies

About Our Guest...

Bill Goldman grew up in Michigan and Ohio, and met his wife at and graduated in mathematics from Case Western in 1967. They were Peace Corps Volunteers in Tonga in 1970-71 and spent the year 1972 backpacking around Asia. He studied for an MSC in Demography at the London School of Economics in 1974-75, and then joined the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as a foreign service officer in 1976. Over the following 25 years Bill worked and lived with his family in the Philippines, Ecuador, Bangladesh, India and Jordan managing international assistance for reproductive health, population, child survival, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, and related public health programs. After retirement from the government, he worked in international public health for private companies in the Philippines and Moldova. Bill and his wife moved back to Cleveland in 2011 after 43 years, 30 of them abroad, in order to be near their baby granddaughter.

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Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

April 5: Military Ethics and Dehumanizing the Enemy. With Anthony Jack, Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science, Philosophy, and Psychology and Shannon French, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Inamori Professor of Ethics.
***Special Location: Inamori Center, Crawford Hall Room 9***

April 12: The New Cuyahoga County Government: Perspective from the Council. Julian Rogers, Councillor for District 10
***Special Location: Mandel Center for Community Studies, Room 108, 11402 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106***

April 19: Mass Murder for the Media: The Breivik Case in Norway. Mark Turner, Institute Professor and Professor of Cognitive Science
***Special Location: Inamori Center, Crawford Hall Room 9***

April 26: Advocacy for Children, Who Don't Vote. Doug Imig, Professor of Political Science, University of Memphis
March 25, 2013

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Upcoming Events

Balancing Privacy, Autonomy, and Scientific Progress: Patient's Rights in the Use of Electronic Medical Records for Non-Treatment Purposes

Barbara Evans J.D., Professor of Law, University of Houston, Malia Fullerton Ph.D., University of Washington, Associate Professor of Bioethics and Humanities, Anil Jain, SVP & Chief Medical Information Officer at Explorys, Inc., Sharona Hoffman J.D., Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, David Kaelber M.D., MetroHealth Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Andy Podgurski Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, Suzanne Rivera Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research, Case Western Reserve University, Marc Rodwin J.D., Professor of Law, Suffolk University School of Law, Mark Rothstein J.D., Director of the Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law, University of Louisville School of Law, Nancy Staudt J.D., Professor of Law and Public Policy, USC, Nic Terry J.D., Professor of Law, Indiana University Wilma Liebman J.D., Professorial Lecturer, George Washington University Law School, Friday April 5, 2013, 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Moot Courtroom (A59), Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 11075 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106. Sponsored by the Law-Medicine Center at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

This program will focus on the impact of the transition from paper medical files to electronic health records outside of the clinical setting. Computerization will enable researchers, public health officials, and others to obtain unprecedented amounts of data that can be used to achieve significant medical and social advances. However, a tension exists between maximizing the benefits of secondary (non-clinical) use of electronic health information (EHI) and deferring to patient preferences regarding what is done with their EHI. Secondary data use thus raises complicated questions about patient autonomy, privacy protections, and the degree to which the potential to promote the common good should supersede concerns about risks to individuals. This program will bring together a distinguished group of experts to explore these fascinating issues.

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