[Health] Introductions

Scheffler, Garrett [ITSUS] GScheffl at ITS.JNJ.COM
Mon Aug 2 11:27:50 EDT 2010

Hi All,


My name is Garrett. I am a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY majoring in Industrial Engineering and Product Design. This summer I am an intern for the Global IT Services company within Johnson and Johnson. I have introduced the idea here at J&J of getting involved with OLPC and some associated possibilities. Our company has several resources which could be beneficial to a broad scope of projects; and with the companies commitment and interest in service to the community, I have found higher-ups that are interested in moving forward. I got on this list by expressing my interest in OLPC to Adam Holt, an OLPC support manager. Anyone with specific needs or interest in what our company can offer the program, please contact me.




Garrett Scheffler



From: health-bounces at lists.laptop.org [mailto:health-bounces at lists.laptop.org] On Behalf Of Jacquelyn Stone
Sent: Monday, August 02, 2010 10:29 AM
To: Steve Thomas
Cc: Ian Thomson; OLPC Health list; etoys-education-team at googlegroups.com
Subject: Re: [Health] Introductions


Hello All-


My name is Jacquie Stone and I am brand new to this email list. I went to college with Beth Santos, and she talked to me about how you are all looking to develop a public health curriculum for this program.


I completed my Master's in Public Health this past spring at Boston University, with a concentration in epidemiology and international health. Both before and during my degree, I worked for the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI). During my 4 years there I had the opportunity to live and work for them in Zanzibar, Tanzania, Nigeria and Boston. During that time, and while in school, my focus narrowed to childhood malnutrition, with particular emphasis on the epidemiology of the condition, developing trainings for diagnosis and treatment of malnutrition, and designing monitoring and evaluation systems for programs aiming to address childhood malnutrition.


In January, I left CHAI to work for Management Sciences for Health, a non profit public health consulting firm based in Boston. Just recently, I finished a contract consultancy with them and I am now looking for additional consulting work, paid or pro bono.


I've just moved to Jacksonville, North Carolina to live with my (newlywed) husband, who is a Marine stationed here. As luck would have it, Beth is moving to my neighborhood as well and we had the chance to meet in person this past weekend to talk about the future of this public health curriculum.


Given my background and interests, I'd be most inclined (and enthused!) to partner with anyone who is interested in working on a malnutrition unit.


Look forward to collaborating with you.






On Sun, Aug 1, 2010 at 6:57 PM, Steve Thomas <sthomas1 at gosargon.com> wrote:



I can help with Etoys development and am interested in pairing with anyone working subject matter knowledge.


Stephen Thomas


On Sun, Aug 1, 2010 at 6:25 PM, Ian Thomson <IanT at spc.int> wrote:

	Hi All,


	I work for an intergovernmental agency in the Pacific Islands, providing Technical Assistance to 22 Islands. It is called the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)

	I work in the ICT Outreach program and have responsibility for OLPC and the Rural Internet Connectivity System (affordable VSAT Internet)

	So far, we have started 9 country OLPC projects.


	SPC has a major Health program in the region and runs many projects on Non Communicable Diseases and things like elimination of malaria, TB etc. Some of our health projects are funded by the Global Foundation. We do quite a lot of education and capacity building in the program and have developed many paper based education resources


	In the Pacific, we are looking at developing culturally appropriate digital resources that help islanders address their major issues such as Health and Climate Change.


	Ian Thomson 

	PacRICS and OLPC Coordinator


	Phone +687 26 01 44


	From: health-bounces at lists.laptop.org [mailto:health-bounces at lists.laptop.org] On Behalf Of Beth Santos
	Sent: Sunday, August 01, 2010 7:46 AM
	To: OLPC Health list; etoys-education-team at googlegroups.com
	Subject: [Health] Introductions


	Hi all,


	Now that I'm back in the USA, let's get people introduced to one another. I think a good idea might be to first introduce ourselves and describe our interests, then pair people up together (Etoys people with public health people and such) to take on different units (I'm assuming at least the majority of them will be based in Etoys so that teachers can edit them to make them culturally relevant in various locations). Then we can get a timeline going to see some of this stuff out.


	So if you can just take a quick five minutes to introduce yourself and to indicate what particular interests you have in terms of public health projects, that'd be great!


	I'm Beth and I'm the Outreach Coordinator for Waveplace Foundation <http://www.waveplace.org> . After doing a few laptop pilots using Etoys and OLPC's XO laptop, what I realized was really missing was some public health curricula that kids could use in our (and other) laptop programs around the world. I have my own computer program running in São Tomé that has benefitted from the Waveplace courseware but has also done a lot of development on its own. I've also worked in Haiti and St. John with Waveplace.


	Lots of interest in terms of public health, nothing in particular comes to mind, though I do have experience with malaria and AIDS prevention initiatives.


	Excited to be working with all of you and hoping that we can get some great work together!


	Take care,



	PS Etoys Education Team-- I cc'ed you on this email in case any of you are interested in joining us on the OLPC listserv, which is our home even though it's technically a Waveplace project that we're doing. Let me know and I'd be happy to add you, or sign up yourself to the OLPC list at least!

	Beth Santos
	Outreach Coordinator
	Waveplace Foundation
	Tel: +1 610 797 3100 x 44
	Fax: +1 610 797 3199
	Cell: +1 603 661 1273 


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