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2/9/2007 Linfield talks to explore international health care

McMINNVILLE ? Linfield College will host two upcoming programs focusing on worldwide health care on Tuesday, Feb. 27. The lectures are part of a week-long celebration in honor of the inauguration of Thomas L. Hellie as 19th president at Linfield.

Noon, Peterson Hall, 2255 NW Northrup St., Portland

Dr. Thomas Albert, a professor at Oregon Health and Science University, will present "Worldwide Access to Health Care" at noon in Peterson Hall at the Linfield College-Good Samaritan School of Nursing, 2255 NW Northrup Street, in Portland. A reception will follow.

Albert has been involved in international health care delivery and education for most of his 35 years in professional practice. He served as a Project Hope program coordinator in China for more than 15 years, coordinating large-scale, multidisciplinary educational efforts with medicine, surgery, nursing, dentistry, public health and hospital administration. These efforts led to the development of the first dedicated recovery rooms in China, as well as the establishment of the first multidisciplinary cleft lip and palate clinics. More recently, Albert has been involved with a clinic in Peru. Albert graduated from both Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. In addition to teaching at OHSU in both the medical and dental schools, Albert is a professor at Shanghai Second Medical University and Xian Medical University.

7:30 p.m., Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium, Melrose Hall, McMinnville

Drs. Jill Seaman, of Doctors Without Borders, and Chris Elias, president of Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), will present "Strategies to Cure the World" at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium, located in Melrose Hall, at Linfield. A reception will follow in Jonasson Hall.

Seaman, named one of the "Heroes of Medicine" by TIME Magazine, was the driving force behind an intervention by Doctors Without Borders in Duar, Africa, which prevented an epidemic of kala-azar, a deadly disease transmitted by the bite of a sand fly. If the disease is untreated, a secondary infection, such as pneumonia or malaria, usually brings painful death. Seaman developed a wealth of clinical expertise in treating thousands of kala-azar patients, perhaps more than any other single doctor in history. She graduated from the residency program at Natividad Medical Center.

Elias represents Seattle-based PATH, both as a spokesperson and as an advocate for innovative responses to global health challenges. Before joining PATH in 2000, Elias was a senior associate in the International Programs Division of the Population Council. For six years, he served as the country representative in Thailand, where he managed reproductive health programs throughout Southeast Asia. Elias received his MD from Creighton University, completed post-graduate training in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and earned an MPH from the University of Washington, where he was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. For more information, contact the International Programs Office at 503-883-2222.