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Ken Himmelman, Chief Program Officer, and Jon Shaffer, Community Engagement Coordinator, Partners In Health
Latzer Hall, University YMCA
Center for Global Studies, Global Health Initiative
The mission of Partners In Health, founded by Dr. Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl, is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, Partners In Health strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair.
We draw on the resources of the world’s leading medical and academic institutions and on the lived experience of the world’s poorest and sickest communities. At its root, our mission is both medical and moral. It is based on solidarity, rather than charity alone.
When our patients are ill and have no access to care, our team of health professionals, scholars, and activists will do whatever it takes to make them well—just as we would do if a member of our own families or we ourselves were ill.
The speakers are visiting the University of Illinois to meet with students and faculty with interests in global health. After their talk there will be a reception and opportunities for disccussion.