A Unique Opportunity for the Sacred Heart Community

Greetings from Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami, Florida

In April 2018, Students and faculty from the Sacred Heart Network were invited to take part in a symposium focused on Global Health Equity. The symposium educated and encouraged students and adults to be engaged global citizens by learning about and discussing one of the most pressing problems of our time - lack of access to healthcare to millions around the globe - and how to respond to such needs.

Presentations featured:

  • Keynote Speaker Dr. Paul Farmer Kolokotrones, Harvard University, co-Founder Partners in Health
  • Sister Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ, Head of Conference of Sacred Heart Education
  • Global Health Organizations: Partners in Health and Mary's Meals
  • Panel Discussions with experts in the Global Health field
  • Breakout sessions with faculty and students sharing projects on the issue of Global Health Inequality

Dr. Paul Farmer presented information to the Carrollton high school students about the deadly epidemic that is affecting many people worldwide: Ebola. Dr. Farmer’s hope is that the students will be inspired to raise awareness of this critical global issue.

Dr. Farmer believes if we can educate the next generation of global citizens, we can erase the stigma and fear associated with the disease and begin the healing of those affected in a broader scope. As Sacred Heart educators, we were given a unique opportunity to teach to a social awareness with one of the most important leaders working towards global health equity. This symposium educated the attendees about the issue and explored the actions that need to be taken in the future. 

Please read the introduction of Paul Farmer below, and view the three minute video linked here. At Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, students have heard the presentation from Dr. Farmer, and with their teachers, they created projects designed to raise awareness within various disciplines; each from their own, unique vantage point. Our Carrollton colleagues from World Languages, Math, Debate, History, English, Science, Religion, and Art have contributed symposium through student projects. We would like to share what we have done in 2018 in the hope that this model will be used to support future Symposia and or resources for future curricula.

Paul Farmer, MD, PhD

Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world's poorest people. He is Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that since 1987 has provided direct health care services and undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Dr. Farmer and his colleagues in the U.S. and abroad have pioneered novel community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings.

Dr. Farmer holds an M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he is the Kolokotrones University Professor and the Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; he is also Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. Additionally, Dr. Farmer serves as the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti.

Dr. Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. His most recent books are In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo GutierrezReimagining Global Health: An Introduction, and To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation. Dr. Farmer is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association, the Outstanding International Physician (Nathan Davis) Award from the American Medical Association, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and, with his PIH colleagues, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.