Being Asked to Dance

Dr. Margaret Tandoh, Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion, and Assistant Professor of Surgery at UVMLCOM


Originally presented at the Inaugural Western Connecticut Health Network Global Health Conference

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The Fight For Gender Parity

Written by Dr. Anne Dougherty, Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, and Founder and Director of the UVM Global Women’s Health Education Program


Originally presented at the inaugural Western Connecticut Health Network Global Health Conference
My focus is on Global Women’s Health, but I also have another role at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine as the Gender Equity Liaison within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. This talk brings these two hats I wear together in a broad overview. 

Did You Know That You Had It In You?

Written by Jamidah Nakato, PhD, Assistant Lecturer at Makerere University


When I was growing up, those around me would often ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” This question sounded strange in the context of a country characterized by limited resources and a high mortality rate. Many of Uganda’s citizens believe in living in the moment and letting tomorrow take care of itself, as they understand the many risks out there and the reality that one can die at any time. Having a vision feels futile.

Pride and Pericardiocentesis

Written by Dr. Marcia Glass, Program Director at Tulane Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine


There are no paintings on the walls in the hospitals I have worked at in the capital of Liberia.  The bareness of the walls parallels the limited equipment I have on hand.   Listening to some of these patients, or looking at their X-rays without the benefit of modern technology, I get the feeling I am seeing pathology in its most extreme form – the way people saw it when the diseases we now treat routinely in the West were first discovered.

Sense of Community: What Uganda Gave Me

Written by Grace Herrick, Founder of Grace's Promise Incorporated


My dad is from California and my mom is Portuguese born in Mozambique. My mom’s stories always piqued my curiosity about the continent of Africa, a curiosity that continued to grow through high school as I frequently attended the WCHN global health evening sessions. In the summer of 2015, I had the opportunity to go to Uganda for two weeks during which I shadowed doctors and nurses, visited an orphanage, and went to ACCESS in Nakaseke where I learned about the activities of this amazing organization and community.

Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights: Part III

Written by Florence DiBiase, UVMLCOM Class of 2019


She argued instead for prevention through education of all women and access to effective contraception for anyone who becomes sexually active. She stressed keeping girls in school as a fundamental way to decrease the high birth rate, unintended pregnancy, and maternal mortality. This is a more realistic and achievable goal, she argued, given that even access to contraception and sexual education are contentious due to religious and cultural beliefs.

Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights: Part II

Written by Florence DiBiase '19


I have now been at Kawempe General Hospital for three weeks. I initially carefully avoided the subject of reproductive justice altogether, determined to wait to ask questions until I gained a better sense of cultural attitudes. From the Ugandans I have met thus far - primarily the Okullo family and surrounding medical students on their Ob/Gyn rotation - religion is a vital component of life here.