This post is the first in a new series highlighting the successes of alumni of Emory's Center for the Study of Human Health. Our graduates go on to work in a variety of fields and partake in a variety of further training. This semi-regular series will demonstrate these outstanding alumni outcomes.
By: Salima S. Makhani
This fall, I was the first in my family to start my journey as a medical student. I have recently begun Mercer University School of Medicine’s Problem-Based Curriculum (PBL), which has exposed me to a different style of learning, such as stimulating intimate discussions among classmates, encouraging interactions in small groups, and sharing our thoughts on each patient’s case. Cases we review range from discussing nutritional and lifestyle aspects of a diabetic patient to analyzing lab findings consistent with a myocardial infarction. This case-based approach reminds me of my undergraduate years at Emory University in the Center for the Study of Human Health.
I initially started college focusing my studies on Biology, similar to many of my pre-med peers. Although I was following the path I carved out for myself, I was still searching for a more holistic understanding of medicine and health. After my first class with Dr. Lampl in Predictive Health and Societies, I knew that The Center for the Study of Human Health would prepare me best in my aspiration of being a physician.
As a rising Junior at Emory in 2013, I was determined to be a part of the first cohort of students to graduate with the Human Health major. I took part in all the Center had to offer including, for example, going to the study abroad program with Human Health professors in Paris, France in the summer of 2014. The combination of my foundational science and preventative medicine courses served an integral role in applying my knowledge from the classroom to volunteer services with Emory Emergency Medical Service (EMS).
Equipped with this unique perspective on health and medicine, I pursued a Masters of Science in Preclinical Sciences at Mercer University School of Medicine in 2015. I then trained as a medical scribe at various Emergency departments in Georgia and Illinois. In addition to scribing, I decided to revisit Emory, coordinating clinical research with Emory’s Department of Urology. Emory surgeons served as my mentors, training me to not only learn the foundations of clinical research, but also to analyze data, draft a manuscript and become published as a first author of a major study in the Journal of American College of Surgeons.
I am so grateful for the undergraduate and post-graduate experiences that have prepared me for where I am today. The Center for the Study of Human Health lies at the roots of my journey. I will continue to integrate this knowledge into my education as I aspire to be a physician serving one of the many under-served communities in Georgia.
By: Taylor Eisenstein
Upon visiting a hospital—a word derived from the term ‘hospitality’—patients are greeted by physicians and hospital staff. Hospital lobbies are often large, open, and welcoming; certain hospitals, like Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, embellish their lobbies with ornate decorations or historical remnants. Behind the scenes, medical students undergo rigorous training so that they can learn to treat and address patients in a proper manner. Individuals today, however, often neglect to consider the origins of hospitals and medicine.
This past summer, I had the opportunity explore medicine, hospitality, and compassion as I traveled to over 50 sites and more than 47 towns and cities in Italy with the Italian Studies Summer Program, an interdisciplinary venture that focused on bioethics, humanities, medicine, and compassion. This study abroad experience involved faculty from the Emory Center for Ethics and School of Medicine in collaboration with the Italian Studies program. Different hospitals and universities observed on this study abroad provided insight into the history of health and medicine and illuminated the integration of medicine with art. Snapshots of just a few of the places that I visited in Italy are described below.
Ospedale degli Innocenti
Located in Florence, Italy, the ‘Hospital of the Innocents’ initially served as an orphanage for young children. Parents unable to care for their babies could anonymously leave them in a rotating wheel that would then carry them into building. Sometimes parents would leave half a locket or trinket with the child and keep the other half, as a way to maintain a connection with their loved ones. The image of a baby comfortably swaddled in fabric became a prominent sign for the Innocenti, which inspired the symbol of the American Academy of Pediatrics today. Filippo Brunelleschi designed this building in the 1400s; by constructing certain open spaces that actively filtered in light, he helped facilitate an environment conducive to healing for orphaned children.
Ospedale Santa Maria Nuova
Founded in 1288, the ‘Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova’ is the oldest hospital currently operating in Florence and offers services such as dermatology, radiology, neurology, psychiatry, and more. This hospital also hosts an elaborate piece of architecture called The Cloister of Bones, a temple built in the nineteenth century that acted as a burial site.
Santa Maria della Scala
Located in Siena, this hospital—now a museum—once cared for children and the sick. Abandoned babies were provided with wet nurses, and girls were even given dowries. Because it was positioned among common traveling routes, this hospital also provided welcome lodgings for pilgrims, as indicated by the presence of a Pilgrim’s Hall. Frescoes in the hospital provide insight into early medical treatment and the fusion of care and compassion. For instance, Caring for the Sick by Domenico di Bartolo seemingly depicts an extremely ill man being comforted and supported through his illness; it also portrays another man whose injuries are being examined.
Teatro Anatomico: The Anatomical Theatre
Universities once employed the use of anatomical theatres in order to perform dissections and teach anatomy to curious observers, including medical students and physicians. The first anatomical theatre was built at the University of Padua—the fifth-oldest currently operating university in the world—in the late 1500s. A small operating table is positioned in the middle of the theatre, on a bottom level; seating capable of serving more than one hundred individuals is elevated and looks down on the table. Demonstrations would sometimes be accompanied by live music. Additionally, the University of Bologna, the world’s oldest surviving university, holds a smaller anatomical theatre that depicts images of prominent historical figures, such as Hippocrates and Galen.
By: Alexa Hirschberg
Last year, I took my studies across the pond to pursue the Health and Society program at King’s College of London. This module integrated seminars and clinical shadowing, allowing for students, like myself, to take our education beyond the textbook and further put studies to practice. As I developed an awareness of the patient experience and that of the healthcare practitioner from a scientific, scholastic and professional perspective, I also cultivated a holistic understanding of healthcare in the United Kingdom.
Although focused on healthcare, this course was interdisciplinary by nature, as lectures were led by academics from various backgrounds and specialties. Topics ranged from ethical reasoning and confidentiality to communication skills and role-playing scenarios. History and law were discussed as we took a journey through the National Health Service from its origins to how it currently functions on the ground in daily life. We visited the National Gallery, and learned about visual thinking as an important part of patient-provider communication. We honed our observational skills by interpreting art to understand narratives and engage with the social contexts of each piece. This exercise was then carried out into our clinical practices.
Clinical placement was also varied; I shadowed professionals in a general practice, a sexual health center, and an osteopathic manipulative treatment office. As a practitioner of alternative medicine in my own life, I found it particularly interesting to see how osteopathy is integrated into the British healthcare system such that existing social and political structures encourage patients to support these forms of treatment. Patients also felt at liberty to see their physicians more frequently, as they did not have the financial burdens with which United States citizens are charged. The Health and Society program inspired me to look more closely into the ways in which social structures influence individuals’ and societies’ experiences of health, illness and wellness.
Upon returning to Emory, I felt driven to extend my experience and keep working in the field of healthcare while finishing my studies in Human Health and Health Innovation, a program based on a collaboration between CSHH and Goizueta Business School aiming to train students to pursue careers in business and health. To satisfy this craving, I began working for locateyourcare, a digital health startup based in Atlanta. Through this experience, I was exposed to a different demographic than that of my study abroad experience, which challenged me to further expand my knowledge and skill set.
I started attending regional conferences and local events in the field of health technology and was introduced to the growing healthcare startup ecosystem in Atlanta. By May, my part-time job turned into a full-time opportunity for the summer. I spent the past several months down south engaging with the startup community and expanding my professional network. As I prepare to graduate, I look forward to new experiences that meet at the intersection of my academic and professional passions.
By: Teresa Douglas, PhD
At 9 am on a Saturday morning in August, you can find Dr. Teresa Douglas (PhD) in the center of Lake Lanier, though you may not recognize her among 20 others seated in a dragon boat as they paddle in sync with life jackets on. Dr. Douglas is a member of the Dragon Boat Atlanta (DBA) Breast Cancer Awareness paddling team. Formed in 2004 the team participates in festivals as “DBA Steel Magnolias". DBA consists mostly of breast cancer survivors, but also has members such as Dr. Douglas who, although not affected by breast cancer, paddle on the team as supporters.
Dragon boating is a 2000-year-old sport originating from ancient China where paddlers would race in canoe-style dragon shaped boats. In the past few decades, the sport has gained popularity among competitive sports athletes, but has also prospered among non-profit and hobby interest groups.
Dragon boating became a signature sport among breast cancer survivors because of Dr. Don McKenzie’s research efforts during the 1990s. Before the turn of the century, common medical belief held that upper body exercise and resistance training increased a cancer survivor’s risk of lymphedema - a common complication after breast cancer treatment. In 1996 Dr. McKenzie decided to test his doubts on this idea by recruiting breast cancer survivors for several months of dragon boat training to see if it impacted lymphedema risk. He selected dragon boat for several reasons,
“It uses predominantly upper extremity and trunk muscles, and the improvement in strength has a carry-over effect to day-to-day activity. The training intensity can be varied simply by pulling harder. This is important because, with a wide variety in ages and athletic abilities, each paddler can still experience a training effect...Dragon boating is a team sport that builds harmony and a feeling of togetherness.” (Abreast in a Boat, McKenzie 1998)
His results, published in 1998, contradicted the current medical beliefs about exercise and lymphedema. The women who had been dragon boating did not have an increased incidence of lymphedema or related health complications. They also showed improved quality of life. Not only did Dr. McKenzie’s work lead to a paradigm shift so that doctors now recommend resistance exercises to control lymphedema, but it inspired many within the breast cancer community to take up dragon boating. This sport has now grown among the breast cancer survivor community to be a symbol of hope and full life after breast cancer. In addition, the exercise and comradery essential to dragon boating benefit survivors’ physical health, emotional wellbeing, and provides a support network all while raising the banner of breast cancer awareness.
Dr. Douglas has seen this among the members of her Dragon Boat Atlanta team, which includes both women and men ages 28 to 75 years. Most have survived breast cancer, some more than once. Team members may have also survived other types of cancer, and faced other medical conditions. On her very first day in the Dragon Boat in 2012, Dr. Douglas noticed how this tough group of women (men would come to join the team later) could out paddle her with ease. However with more training and practices, Dr. Douglas learned to keep up with the team and now joins them whenever possible at nearby festival and race events. A few of the team women travel to dragon boat competitions across the U.S. and around the globe as breast cancer awareness ambassadors. Team member Nancy Crawford has competed in multiple countries and U.S. sites including the Phillippines, Israel, Australia, Puerto Rico and of course Atlanta GA.
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2002. I was a lucky one stage 0 to 1. Had a lumpectomy, 7 weeks of radiation and 5 years of tamoxifen. In 2004 I received an email telling me about this new sport. I stepped up and said yes. I haven't stopped… I love this new to me Dragon Boat sport, I have met so many wonderful women around the world. We have touched the lives of so many survivors letting them know there is quality life after cancer. I am now a member of four different teams. This year I raced with International Pink Sisters in Spain, Paddlers Without Boarders in Switzerland and Germany, Linked in Pink in Burlington Vermont. Then there is my home team we have paddled Mobile, AL and LaGrange, GA.“
Dr. Douglas likewise hopes to expand her dragon boating experience to include international competitions. “But that will come with time” she says smiling, “I love my job as a researcher and classroom instructor at Emory, and that takes priority. But to see the optimism, active lives, and competitive spirit of my teammates, particularly after coping with something as traumatic as cancer, is beyond encouraging.”
Linda Waggoner Evans, team captain and 2 time breast cancer survivor, feels truly blessed to be able to participate on Dragon Boat Atlanta's team,
“This group of people have become my support group and friends. The thrill of crossing the finish line the first time is fantastic. You realize as a cancer survivor you are still alive and there is much you can accomplish. You give it your all and are blessed to be part of a wonderful group of people all working together to achieve the same goal--crossing the finish line. “
You can always find the Dragon Boat Atlanta team, with Dr. Douglas on board, at Lake Lanier’s Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. This year the festival will be on Saturday September 9th with dozens of competing teams from around the region. The team will be hoping for a quick finish and win, but most of all hoping to show off the strength that comes after recovery from a life threatening illness.
Here’s wishing the Dragon Boat Atlanta paddlers a swell of good fortune and good health on September 9th and long into the future.
To learn more about Atlanta’s breast cancer awareness dragon boat team and its many paddlers, you can visit the Dragon Boat Atlanta website at http://www.dragonboatatlanta.org/ or check out the Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/atldragonboatteam/ or the Meetup page at https://www.meetup.com/Dragon-Boat-Atlanta-Meetup/.
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Awaken the dragon, 2011 video documentary. Director: Liz Oakley
The Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, required every documented resident of the United States to have health insurance as of January 1, 2014. Health insurance, in the simplest terms, covers health and medical costs. For example, it can cover emergency rooms, the costliest sites of care, primary care visits, and promotes the early detection of chronic diseases. Despite efforts by the federal government and even with the newly established health insurance marketplaces, many people still remain unaware of the health insurance options that have recently become available. Underserved populations, like those found in safety-net hospitals and low-income housing neighborhoods, face even further barriers accessing basic resources.
The Resource and Insurance Navigator Group (RING) was created by a group of undergraduate students at Emory who observed a lack of education about the Affordable Care Act. They decided to create a group that promoted education in the new bill by creating student leaders in universities across Georgia who work to reduce health disparities through volunteer outreach. RING’s volunteers provide one-on-one insurance application assistance, through a new initiative created by the RING leadership team called post-enrollment education. This allows the RING members and volunteers to sit down with a person both before and after enrolling in the health insurance marketplace and talk to them about their plan, what benefits they will receive with their coverage, and answer any questions they may have. Student volunteers are also on the ground helping with enrollment campaign efforts and enrollment events.
RING is focused on more than just health insurance. The amount of Georgians enrolling in the marketplace has decreased, which in turn has increased the initiative to educate and connect the community to the resources around them. RING not only plans on working to create a comprehensive map of the Atlanta community in order to showcase resources such as clinics, enrollment centers, dental care, etc., but is also focused on generalized access to healthcare.
In 2015, one of the exec board members of RING made it her mission to address the problem of food deserts. These areas lack basic and convenient access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and grocery stores or farmer’s markets are nowhere to be found. RING has become actively involved with a community garden in Snellville, Georgia – the Project Generation Gap (PGG) Community Garden. The Garden aims to involve local families in the gardening process, educating them on healthy eating habits, gardening, and nutrition initiatives that will allow volunteers to get a hands-on and healthy experience.
RING is committed to reducing health disparities throughout Georgia by training student leaders to participate in volunteer outreach, raise awareness of health resources, and assist consumers in health insurance application and enrollment. RING also has began expanding, and recently established a chapter at Georgia Tech, and plans on expanding to many technical colleges. RING builds leadership opportunities for bright and motivated student volunteers. Students team up with these individuals to fight the uphill battle in gaining access to health insurance and fulfilling the fundamental right to health.
If you are interested in joining the organization or becoming a volunteer, please email email@example.com
By: Jackie Glodener
With the rising rates of both acute and chronic disease, as well as the associated astronomical costs of healthcare, preventative healthcare is becoming our future. The Center for Health Discovery and Well-Being (CHDWB) is part of the Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute and is working to further the field of predictive health, which is closely tied to preventative healthcare. The Center was established in 2005 as part of the Emory University Strategic Plan to integrate predictive health principles and health research.
The CHDWB was originally located at Emory Midtown until 2013 when the study moved over to the Emory University Hospital on the Clifton Road campus. Approximately 900 healthy people were invited to join the study, and over 750 people consented and were enrolled, most of who are Emory faculty, staff and some students. Enrollment closed in 2012. The remaining participants that signed up in 2012 will continue to participate in the study through 2017.
Participants in this longitudinal 5-year study are seen for annual visits. They complete online questionnaires and surveys before each visit to report health history, physical activity, medication and supplement use, spirituality, mental health, quality of life, stress, sleep issues, and others. The annual visit includes many health assessments including vital signs, a blood draw, and a urine sample. The visit measures more factors than a standard annual visit would. Skin caliper measurements are taken (pictured below) and waist-hip ratio is calculated, which can be used to predict disease risk. Other health measures taken at each visit include a cardiovascular ultrasound, treadmill test, bone density scan, and body composition measures (using the DEXA scanner). After the visit, participants receive a comprehensive Health Assessment report of all their data from all of their visits, which they can share with their Primary Care physician. These data points are interesting to look at over the length of the study, and allow the study participants to look at their personal health trends over time and evaluate their own health in a more holistic way.
When the study was based at Emory Midtown, the participants would meet with a Health Partner and set health goals. Participants were asked, “What do you want to focus on regarding your health?” Some participants might have wanted to lose weight, and others maybe wanted to control their diabetes or exercise more. The Health Partner would set up a schedule to keep in contact with the participant on a regular basis to see how they were doing with their health goals. Most participants had 3 or 4 years with a Health Partner, before that part of the program ended. Though participants don’t have the health partners anymore, they still come in for their annual visits and enjoy receiving the comprehensive Health Assessment report.
The study has had many positive effects so far. According to a recent report, the study participants showed improved health after only one year of participation- this included weight loss, lower blood pressure, decreased LDL- cholesterol, and improved mental health. This program contributed to the development of Emory’s Predictive Health minor, housed in the Center for the Study of Human Health. Undergraduate students pursing this minor can take classes related to preventative and predictive health. On the other end, the data and samples from the study are being used to make new discoveries. Researchers at Georgia Tech perform genetic analysis of the samples, analyze data from the study, and study metabolomics using the samples. Over 50 peer-reviewed papers and 2 books have resulted from the CHDWB study. Since the data request form has become available online, researchers can ask an endless number of questions by using the data from the CHDWB. By using the data from this study, we can learn how to change the paradigm of health in the United States and integrate preventative and predictive health into our daily lives.
I would like to thank both Greg Martin and Jane Clark, of the CHDWB, for their contributions to this blog.
By Aanchal Gulati
RespectCon is a one-day conference focusing on understanding sexual violence through a social justice lens. It aims to open discussion about dealing with sexual violence prevention and survivor support on college campuses; however, it is definitely not limited to that. The event is broken up into two days, a pre-conference summit for professionals only and then the actual conference, which is for students and professionals. The pre-conference is on Thursday, April 9th from 9:30am-4pm in room E338 of the Dobbs University Center. RespectCon 2015 is from 9am-5pm in many different rooms of the Dobbs University Center; the actual event is open to everyone and even free for Emory students! RespectCon was put on by Nowmee Shehab, Lia Benes, Emily Faerber, Aanchal Gulati, Emma Kern and the assistant director for the Respect Program, Drew Rizzo. With all of their effort starting in the beginning of the year, RespectCon 2015 will be an exceptional event that will hopefully be eye opening for many of the attendees.
What exactly will happen during RespectCon 2015? Guneeta Singh, from Raksha Inc, will open the conference. The opening speech will be followed by a series of presentations and roundtables touching on various aspects of sexual violence through a social justice lens. Some presentations are titled: “From Spoken Word to #YessAllWomen: Storytelling as a Tactic for Movement Building”, “Greek Students As Partners: Developing Relationships and Tranings for Sexual Violence Prevention”, “Roundtable on Healthy Masculinities”, “Male Victims of Sexual Violence” Deconstructing Myths and Creating a Community of Healing” and “Getting Serious About Slut-Shaming: How to Incorporate Gendered Bullying Prevention into Active Bystander Programming.” All panels included detailed proposals with clear direction and organization. An especially exciting aspect of this year’s conference is the variety of the presentation leaders. The day is filled with extremely relevant and unique roundtables and presentations that attendees will not be able to get in any other setting. It will break down preconceptions and barriers that attendees may have before the conference and hopefully help them gain a better understanding of such pertinent issues.
There have been many improvements since last year’s conference to make RespectCon 2015 as great as it can be. This year, RespectCon has a much broader range of sessions and round tables being offered that really depict how important a social justice lens is when exploring sexual violence prevention. There is an entire session dedicated to storytelling and how it can be a catalyst for sexual violence prevention. There are roundtables dedicated to engaging international students and on serving minority students. There is a broad range of new sessions offered that give unique insights that were not given last year. This year, community partners like Raksha and Hollaback will also have a presence at RespectCon. This is pivotal because, though this conference focuses on sexual violence prevention on college campuses, it is not completely divorced from society. Having Raksha and Hollaback at the conference will integrate the voices of the community as well as those of college campuses.
RespectCon 2015 will be a fantastic event that will foster discussion and the sharing of ideas. For more information, visit http://studenthealth.emory.edu/hp/respect_program/respectcon_2015/index.html
CSHH Booth "Exercise, Hydration, and Science" at the Atlanta Science Festival Exploration Expo, 2015
By: Shray Ambe, Chaveli De La Caridad Concepcion, Laila Goharioon, Camira Williams-Liggins, Yirong Wang, and Amanda Freeman
Editor's Note: This is the first of two blog entries providing some of the science behind the CSHH booths. The first focuses on exercise and the second, to be posted later today, focuses on hydration. Make sure you come see the booths on Saturday at Centinneal Olympic Park. The CSHH booth, "Exercise, Hydration, and Science", is #33 and is located in the "Thrive" zone. The Emory University Herbarium booth, "What's that smell?", is #64 and is located in the "Encounter" zone.
Why is Exercise Important?
You’ve probably heard that getting regular exercise is good for your health, but have you really stopped to think about why? Actually, our bodies benefit from exercise in multiple ways including improved bone health, improved cardiovascular health, reduced risk of cancer, and improved cognition.
Weight bearing exercises, such as jumping rope, dancing, or playing tennis, help strengthen your bones. In these exercises, your bones must support your body in more demanding ways than during normal daily activities. If this causes an extreme amount of stress, or if your bones are weak, then you may fracture a bone. However, the small amount of stress that this usually causes actually stimulates reinforcement of the bone which makes it stronger. A two year study demonstrated that as little as 10 minutes of high-impact exercises three times a week is sufficient to significantly increase bone density in girls aged 8-11.
Similar to the way it triggers bone growth, exercise stimulates the production of muscle proteins which are added in to your existing muscles which increases the muscle size. The increase in muscle protein and muscle cell size makes muscle contractions more forceful and allows you to run faster or to lift heavier objects. This benefit isn’t restricted to the muscles in your arms and your legs. Since your heart is a muscle, requiring it to work harder during regular exercise can make it stronger too. A stronger heart can pump blood more efficiently and faster. This allows your blood to carry more oxygen to your muscles which they need to keep exercising and increases your endurance.
Exercise can contribute to the reduction of risk factors for cardiovascular disease including elevated body mass index (BMI), high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels. Many of these risk factors are present decades before the cardiovascular events. For example, high cholesterol in 9 year olds is one of several of risk factors that can predict atherosclerosis in adulthood. Cholesterol is a fat-like substance in the blood and can be classified into two different types: low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and high-density lipoproteins (HDL). Cholesterol is actually crucial for the biological functions of our body, but when LDL (the so-called “bad” cholesterol) is too high it can build-up in our arteries and restrict, or even block, our blood flow. HDL (the so-called “good” cholesterol) acts as a shuttle that transports the LDL for breakdown and removal. Over 30% of US adolescents have higher than recommended cholesterol levels resulting in an increased risk of cardiovascular disease when they are adults. However, studies have demonstrated that just one hour of physical activity 2 days per week is an effective way to lowered LDL in adolescents.
Exercise doesn’t just benefit our physical health, it also has cognitive benefits. Second and third grade students with higher levels of cardiovascular fitness, as measured in a running based challenge, also perform better in mathematics and spelling. The mechanism underlying this relationship is still not fully understood, but could be due to increased stimulation of growth factors in the brain, increased brain cell production, or the strategies and cognitive skills learned during the physical activities.
Some of the benefits of exercise are visible without a microscope, but some can’t be seen without specialized medical testing. Some of the benefits of exercise will be applicable to your life today and some won’t be evident for decades. Regardless, today is a great day to get up and get moving on your way to improved physical and mental health!
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Today's video features the work of Dr. Krish Sathian, Department of Neurology.
Student Producers: Naomi Maisel, Junior -Human Health and Anthropology & Sarah Howar , Senior- Biology, Anthropology and Human Biology
By: Jill Welkley, PhD
A series of six videos that will be featured here on Destination HealthEU in the coming weeks is comprised of student work from a new undergraduate course in Human Health (405R) offered last Fall semester. The class, titled "Translational Projects in Human Health", was taught by Dr. Jill Welkley, an Associate Professor in the Center for the Study of Human Health. The course fulfills one of two translational requirement courses within the new undergraduate BA in Human Health, a new program within Emory College of Arts and Science directed by Dr.Michelle Lampl.. The Center also houses a Global Health, Culture, and Society minor and Predictive Health minor at the undergraduate level.
The final project for HLTH 405R was to produce a 2-3 minute video that showcased the work of an Emory researcher of their choice. These researchers aim to educate, engage, and empower a targeted population in a human health research area. These videos aimed to promote the NIH slogan- “Turning Discovery into Health” – Translating Laboratory-basic Science discoveries into better treatments, therapies, and interventions to improve the nation’s health. Our specific target area was "Pillars of Health". Students were asked to research and submit topics that interested them and present their ideas to the class. The class chose six of the project proposals and students worked in pairs on their topic area. Students conducted interviews with Emory researchers in their field, collecting 60 minutes or more of film, which they then edited to the required 2-3 minute length, adding b-roll shots, graphics and music to enhance engagement. Keep an eye out for these incredible videos!