Updates from the Institute

MSU student group sends medical supplies to typhoon victims
Health Screening Fair – Islamic Center of East Lansing

Medical supplies valued at more than $100,000 were gathered and sent to victims of Typhoon Haiyan last week through a joint effort between MSU student group Generate Help 2 Heal Generations and the university’s Institute of International Health. Five pallets of boxes filled with items such as surgical equipment, gowns, syringes and medication were sent to hospitals and community clinics in the Philippines to help care for those in need.

“The consequences of this storm have been utterly devastating,” said Reza Nassiri, director of the Institute of International Health and associate dean for global health at MSU. “We hope this donation coordinated through the dedication of GH2HG will help make a difference in the lives of those who desperately need it.”

Both organizations work to be responsive to international events such as natural disasters. With IIH’s ability to connect and leverage MSU’s medical and health resources and GH2HG’s work to obtain donations of unused medications and medical supplies from hospitals, clinics, and pharmaceutical companies, both share a goal to promote global health initiatives for poorer communities across the world.

Healthcare Professional Students visit IIH from Daeodong University
Healthcare Professional Students visit IIH from Daeodong University

Institute of International Health at Michigan State University organized for a group of 14 Korean healthcare professional students to visit MSU from October 26, 2013 to November 15, 2013 from Daedong University in Busan, R.O. Korea. The Daedong University healthcare program has been established since the 1960's in Busan, R.O Korea. Throughout their stay at MSU, these Korean students will learn the American model of healthcare through lectures by MSU faculty members in health science and hospital visits throughout Michigan. Following their visit, these students will work as ambassadors for spreading the American model of healthcare to other parts of the world.

Advanced Global OMM Training Program for 16 members of the Korean Society of Chuna Manual Medicine
Advanced Global OMM Training Program for 16 members of the Korean Society of Chuna Manual Medicine

Institute of International Health at Michigan State University in partnership with the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, organized for the first group of 16 Korean doctors to receive advanced training in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine from July 27, 2013 to August 10, 2013. These Korean doctors come from the Korean Society of Chuna Manual Medicine, which was established approximately 20 years ago by Dr. Joonshik Shin, Chairman and Founder of Jaseng Hospital in Korea. Chuna explores the benefits of manipulative medicine and brings together eastern and western medical practice philosophies, as both American osteopathic medicine and Korean medicine have similar holistic approaches to human health and illness. During their stay at MSU, the Korean doctors met with the Chair of OMM, Dr. Lisa DeStefano, and other OMM faculty members to learn more about practical aspects American OMM models, skills, and knowledge. Collaboration between American Osteopathic Medicine and Korean Medicine can foster new opportunities in the medical field, and both Chuna and MSU both look forward to continuing this training program annually.

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