Cabrini Day speaker brings the world into focus

By Mary Adam
November 7, 2002

Cabrini Day is a traditional day, in which there are no classes, and speakers come in from all over the world to speak about different topics. Extra credit is available to students depending on a specific teacher’s policies. This year Cabrini Day will be on Nov. 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m..

One of the speakers this year is Dr. Jean F. Mouch. Mouch is a Medical Mission Sister, who will be speaking on globalization and health. Mouch has worked as a general practitioner in Ghana, West Africa, Ethiopia and Northeast Africa. MMS are an international community of Catholic Sisters who are willing to do numerous things for, not only the community, but also the world and people. From Mouch’s experience, and that of other MMS, her presentation will explain the impact of Globalization practices, whether they are life-giving or not, and will give the experiences from the point of view of local health services in different countries. Globalization has a negative tone today, for example the AIDS epidemic and the huge gap between the poorest countries and wealthy countries. From Mouch’s point of view, however, she will show the postiive side of healthcare and emergency services.

For nine years Mouch served as the District Medical Officer of Health for the Berekum-Jaman District in the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana where she helped to develop district health services into a Primary Health Care system. Mouch also works with Project H.O.P.E. (Homeless Outreach Program Enrichment), Health Advocates for Youth and the Working Group for Youth Development.

There will be numerous other speakers in addition to Mouch. Maureen Heffern Ponicki, from American Friends Service Committee, will speak on democratizing the global economy. Dr. Clara Haignere, from the Public Health Department at Temple University, will speak on food and global priorities and Lenore Palladino will present the topic of “United Students Against Sweatshops.” Cabrini Day will also feature “World Poetries,” which will be a reading by Cabrini students and faculty about encountering the “Border Experience.”

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