February 23, 2021

Reflections from Kemporn Kitsahawong

Hi, my name is Kemporn “Pom” Kitsahawong, I am a full-time pediatric dentist and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry, Khon Kaen University. I was one of the long-term (PhD) trainees in the Fogarty International Center Training Program in Clinical, Public Health and Behavioral Oral Health Research for Thailand under the collaboration between KKU and the University of Washington (UW).  Read more➜

January 22, 2021

Harm or treatment: A reflection on an African dental tradition by Arthur Kemoli

Growing up as a young lad in a rural Kenyan village some decades ago, was full of fun. It was a life rich in local health traditions that each child was expected to master and apply. However, as the rest of the world opened up to me during the period I was away in high school, Kenyan and Foreign Universities, I was faced with new health issues and approaches that were more intriguing and quite different from what I had got used to.  Read more➜

December 17, 2020

Spotlight: Hodo Mohamud, a UW Nurse Practitioner Program Trainee

I was 8 years old when I fled Somalia with my parents and siblings to live in a refugee camp in Kenya.  Through sponsorship, my family and I immigrated to the U.S.  Life in the U.S was hard, but nothing compared to the refugee camps in Kenya.  Our two-bed apartment in San Diego was a mansion compared to the dirt floor hut provided by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).   Read more➜

November 23, 2020

Meet Janella Bermúdez

Hi, my name is Janella Bermúdez and I’m currently a fourth-year dental student at the University of Washington. I am one of eight students selected to be in the Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE) Program, an educational track of the UW.  Read more➜

October 15, 2020

A conversation with Prathip Phantumvanit

In 2019, I was invited to participate the International Symposium of DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health at University of Washington, under Director Dr. Ana L. Seminario. This meeting reminded me of my involvement with Oral Health at the World Health Organization (WHO) which I have served as an Expert Panelist on Oral Health for many years.  Read more➜

September 17, 2020

Ashley Karczewski in Kenya

The first step in my Fogarty journey was a one-week long orientation at the NIH Headquarters in Bethesda, MD. The first two days of orientation involved going through an intensive Methodology workshop, and trainees can choose between quantitative or qualitative methodology approaches, dependent on the nature of their project. In these workshops, you get a crash course in data collection, management, and analysis that is pertinent to global health research.  Read more➜

August 13, 2020

Justin’s Blog

Justin is a third-year dental student at the University of Washington. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Physiology and Developmental Biology and is passionate about the health-care field. Justin lived in São Paulo, Brazil for two years as a volunteer through church and loves to learn about cultures and people around the world. He enjoys playing and spending time with his daughters and watching sports with his wife.  Read more➜

June 23, 2020

Sara Stanley Blog

Hi, I’m Sara Stanley and I’m the new program manager for the DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health. I chose to go into public health because it is an interesting and ever-evolving field.   Read more➜

October 30, 2019

Meet Susan Lee

My decision to pursue a career in dentistry started with a mission trip to the Hill Tribes in the mountains of Chiang Mai, Thailand. I spent a week in the Hill Tribes, making friends with children my own age. Despite the cultural and language barriers, I sensed the heartfelt appreciation of the tribespeople from their small gestures and genuine smiles – toothless smiles.  Read more➜

September 23, 2019

A reflection from Dr. DeRouen

As we celebrate the success of this first fundraising breakfast, it is perhaps timely to reflect on the progress made by the Center up to now.  When I retired a couple of years ago, I turned over a Center to Dr. Seminario that had its primary focus on South East Asia, through a Fogarty International Center training grant designed to enhance clinical research training for faculty in dental schools in Thailand.  Read more➜

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