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INDUSTRY INSIGHT EDUCATION SPONSORED CONTENT Sewickley Academy Students Partner with Duke University to Improve Global Health By Lower School Teacher Jerilyn Scott, Ph.D., and Senior School Science Teacher Ron Kinser, Ph.D. W hen an opportunity arose to collaborate with a Duke University bioengineering professor to bring a Global Health course to Sewickley Academy students, Dr. Ron Kinser jumped at the partnership. The notion originated with Global Studies Program Coordinator Judy Stewart who was attending a professional conference when she heard a presentation by Dr. Robert Malkin, a professor of biomedical engineering at Duke University and the founder of Global Public Service Academies for Health (GPSA). GPSA allows well-trained high school students to visit underserved Mayan communities in Central America to provide basic health services and education to the local population. Mrs. Stewart knew that it would be a perfect fit for Sewickley Academy students, many of whom have a high degree of interest in global issues, medical and biomedical fields, and community service. “It dovetails perfectly with SA’s Global Studies vision to build positive partnerships while equipping creative leaders and constructive citizens,” she said. After extensive discussions with Dr. Malkin to explore whether Sewickley Academy could meet the “The way that Dr. Kinser taught requirements of the program, the course allowed me to learn and if Duke University’s course much more than I have in any could be adapted to meet other course I have taken,” Hailey the Academy’s curriculum, Fox ’17 said. “It inspired me to the first “Global Issues: World major in biomedical engineering.” Health” course launched in the fall of 2016. The class is based on an undergraduate course offered at Duke. “It’s the same content, the same reading materials, the same pace,” Dr. Kinser said. “But we ‘Sewickleyfied’ it a bit, adding more discussion and student-friendly technology–like video productions–to really make it our own and engaging for the kids.” There is room in the course for 18 students, most of whom travel to Belize during spring break to put their learning into action. Over twice that many students registered for the course in its first offering. The students also produce videos highlighting topics of special interest to them. “The way that Dr. Kinser taught the course allowed me to learn much more than I have in any other course I have taken,” Hailey Fox ’17 said. “It inspired me to major in biomedical engineering.” In March 2017, 14 of Sewickley Academy’s “Global Issues: World Health” students traveled to Belize in cooperation with GPSA to experience authentic service learning. Students applied knowledge obtained in the classroom to provide basic health assessments in high-need Belizean communities. “It is difficult to put into words how proud I felt to see our students living Sewickley Academy’s mission over the course of the 10-day trip as they put their hearts, minds, and hands to use every day in the service of a greater good,” Dr. Kinser reflected. This year, interest in the class remains strong. Eleven students and two chaperones will travel to Belize to serve the Mayan people and continue to learn, from an early age, to impact the world around them in a positive way. inspiring and educating hearts, minds, and hands PRE-K—GRADE 5 GRADES 6—8 GRADES 9—12 During the trimester, students study topics such as global healthcare systems, interpreting health data, clinical trials and FDA approval, vaccines, and diseases. The discussions, led by two students each week based on the assigned reading, focus on issues faced by developing countries, using more familiar countries and systems as a framework. Visit today.    CADEMY S EWICKLEY  A FOR WHO YOU ARE. FOR WHO YOU WILL BECOME. MOON TOWNSHIP ❘ SP RI NG 2018 15