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Join Mandela Washington Fellows and local leaders for weekly roundtable discussions on realities and solutions to global challenges. Each Expert Exchange will be open to the public and include an audience Q&A. Two roundtables will take place each day, with a break for refreshments and networking between each roundtable.
Roundtable 1 (9:00-10:30am): Social Determinants of Health
The health of people is inextricably linked to the environments in which they live. How can medical practitioners most effectively advocate for the kind of social change needed to support the health of the patients they serve?
Selah Agaba (Moderator)
Ph.D. Student, Education Policy Studies & Anthropology at UW-Madison
Nurse, UW Health HIV Clinic
Susan is also founder and director of Talking Health Out Loud. This nonprofit reaches out
to Tanzanian adolescents and facilitates discussions about reproductive health, gender-based violence, and mental health. It also helps train health care providers and other caregivers to talk to adolescents about these sensitive subjects. She has been a Fulbright Scholar to Kenya and a Nelson Mandela Reciprocal Exchange Awardee. She travels twice yearly to Tanzania with UW undergraduates who participate in the work of Talking Health Out Loud. She believes passionately that all the world’s adolescents deserve to know the truth about their bodies and that Tuko Sawa, we are all the same.
Founding CEO & President, The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness
Lisa is the Founding CEO & President of The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness, a Wisconsin based 501c3 organization launched in 2012 committed to eliminating health disparities and other barriers impacting Black women and their families and communities. The Foundation serves over 1,000 women and girls each year through health education, wellness programming, leadership development, and advocacy while mobilizing women and community partners to be change agents in advancing health equity. Her work as a passionate advocate for women’s health was spurred by Mother’s untimely death at age 64 from heart disease in 2006, after which Lisa established Black Women’s Wellness Day, an annual statewide summit now in its 11th year that empowers women and girls to build and sustain healthy, wellness-centered lives. The Foundation is an outgrowth and progression of this work which has mobilized a movement in the Greater Madison and surrounding area to intentionally address and improve Black women’s health. Lisa also previously served as Assistant Vice President of Life, Learning and Events at Summit Credit Union (2014-2018) where she and her team led the company’s efforts on Diversity & Inclusion, Employee Wellness, Financial Education, Community Giving, and Corporate Events.Ms. Peyton-Caire has led impactful work over the past 20+ years spanning the PreK – 16 education, non-profit, women’s health, and financial service sectors. She is actively engaged in a number of local efforts to promote thriving, sustainable communities, and serves on the board of Unity Point-Meriter Health, the Center for Resilient Cities, and the UW Population Health Institute Advisory Board; and previously on the boards of Sustain Dane and A Fund for Women. Among her lasting contributions to the community is the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s highly successful DoIT Information Technology Academy (ITA), a pre-college technology training & college access program she conceived, designed and launched with colleagues in 1999 and now in its 20th year. Lisa has been widely recognized for her work on women’s health and community stewardship. Her health leadership work was recognized earlier this year by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Legislative Black Caucus. She was recently named among local health innovators on the Madison Magazine’s 2017 M List. In 2016 she was recognized as one of 44 Most Influential African Americans in Wisconsin by Madison365 Magazine. Other honors include the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health Woman of Character Award (2015) for her efforts to mobilize Black women and partners to eliminate health disparities. She is the 2014 recipient of the Public Health Madison & Dane County Leadership Award and was nominated an “Everyday Health Hero” by the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation in 2013. Additionally, she and husband Kaleem Caire are 2008 UW Alumni Association Forward Under Forty Award honorees for their service and impact on the world by living the Wisconsin Idea. Lisa holds a Masters of Science degree in Educational Leadership & Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A Richmond, VA native and longtime Wisconsin resident, Lisa lives in Madison with her husband and their five children.
Alma-Nalisha Anele Cele
Mandela Washington Fellow
Alma (South Africa) has three years of experience in the public health field. She is currently completing her year of community service, after which, she will be a fully qualified medical practitioner. She is the co-founder of an acclaimed literary podcast, The Cheeky Natives, whose primary aim is the continued archiving of black literature from the continent and diaspora. In just two years, the podcast has become a hub for critical literary engagement for authors of all ages in a variety of genres. Alma Nalisha studied Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is currently pursuing a postgraduate diploma in Medicines Development at the University of Stellenbosch. She aims to enter the pharmaceutical industry and is driven by the need for compassionate, innovative research and solutions to African healthcare problems.
Idris Olasunmbo Ola
Mandela Washington Fellow
Idris (Nigeria) has six years of experience working in the health sector, focusing on the prevention and control of cancer. Idris is the co-founder and executive director of the Women’s Cancer Prevention and Support for African Society in Nigeria. He initiates, designs, implements, and coordinates cancer management programs, and works with policymakers to understand how they can support this issue. Idris also works as a medical doctor for the Lagos State Health Service Commission and has a bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology.
Roundtable 2 (11-12:30pm): Healthcare and Local Ways of Knowing
In an era that privileges western medical knowledge, what is the role of traditional knowledge in promoting health and wellness? How should medical providers respond when traditional beliefs are at odds with the tenets of western medicine? When can traditional medical practices be harnessed to promote public health? Panelists will discuss best practices in providing culturally-relevant medical care that engages minoritized, marginalized, or vulnerable communities.
Chong Moua (Moderator)
Lecturer, Department of Asian American Studies at UW-Madison
Chong Moua is a lecturer and program advisory board member in the Asian American Studies Program. She received her B.A. in History at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department working on her dissertation entitled “Refugee Cosmopolitanism: Hmong Refugees and a Critical Stateless Perspective.” Her research interests center around the question of how immigration, race, gender, citizenship, and U.S. empire produce discourses of cultural and national belonging in 20th century U.S. history.
Director, Native American Center for Health Professionals
Danielle Yancey serves as NACHP’s director. She was raised on the Menominee Indian reservation in north-central Wisconsin and is a graduate of UW-Madison. Her studies include Bachelor of Arts degrees in social welfare and women’s studies, master of science in urban and regional planning, and a graduate certificate in sustainability leadership. Yancey has many years’ experience serving tribal communities in pre-college programming, intergovernmental affairs, and community and economic development. She joins the Native American Center for Health Professions from UW Health, where she served as a Career Pathways coordinator supporting health care career exploration for youth and workforce development pathways into health care professions.
Mai See Thao
Postdoctoral Fellow, Medical College of Wisconsin
Mai See’s research interests are: chronic illness, ethnic consciousness, and transnationalism. Her dissertation examined the process of becoming a diabetic patient for Hmong-Americans as it is shaped by social and historical relationships to the Homeland (Laos/Thailand). She explored the materialization and consumption of the Homeland within everyday diabetic experiences and return migrations. In Laos and Thailand, she examined the social interactions around cure/s for diabetes between Hmong-Americans, Hmong-Thai, and Hmong-Lao. Her dissertation explored how the economy of cure, rooted in a Hmong diaspora, work to (re)territorialize a Hmong body politic. Her overarching research goal is to examine how claims to health, life, and death are caught within notions of sovereignty.
Juliana Temitope Mathew Mustapha
Mandela Washington Fellow
Juliana (Niger) is a nutritionist by profession but also works in the community health sector on maternal and children’s health, which includes promoting a healthy sexual and reproductive life for young adolescents.
Mandela Washington Fellow
Chimba Sanga (Zambia) is a registrar at Chipata Central Hospital in the general and orthopedic surgery department where he addresses the surgical burden of community diseases. He is committed to achieving universal access to quality health care.
For information on more expert exchanges, see our calendar.