2012 Global Health Case Competition
Multiple Drug Resistant Tuberculosis in the Russian Prison System
Russia has been chosen as the host country for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and Yekaterinburg is one of the host city candidates. The region is plagued with a high incidence of Multiple Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and one of the main sources of disease in the area is the prison system. The regional governor of Yekaterinburg is committed to investing $2.89 million USD to reduce the burden of MDR-TB in the region prior to 2018. He has invited outside teams of consultants to provide cost-effective recommendations for effective reduction of tuberculosis.
Learn more about the topic: Threat of Tuberculosis (PBS) | MDR-TB in Russia: In-Depth Report (Scientific American) | Tuberculosis in Prisons (WHO) | Tough measures in Russian prisons slow spread of TB (WHO)
The Winning Presentation
Carol Etherington, M.S.N., R.N.
Carol Etherington is Assistant Professor of Nursing and the Associate Director for Community Health Initiatives at VIGH. Professor Etherington has worked globally and nationally in acute disaster and conflict situations, establishing primary health and mental health programs for traumatized populations. She has been most active in the last decade with Doctors Without Borders, working in over 10 missions and serving as President of the U.S. Board of Directors. In 2007, she was recognized as Vanderbilt Alumna of the Year.
Connie Haley, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Haley is adult infectious disease physician and epidemiologist engaged in Community TB and HIV Initiatives for the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH). Prior to coming to VIGH, Dr. Haley served as the Medical Director of the Tuberculosis Elimination Program at the Tennessee Department of Health (TDOH) where she was responsible for TB control and prevention activities as well as providing medical oversight of TB clinics and public health staff across Tennessee.
Doug Heimburger, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Heimburger received his M.D. degree from Vanderbilt University in 1978, and completed his fellowship and Masters degree in clinical nutrition at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a Physician Nutrition Specialist, board-certified in internal medicine and clinical nutrition. He has served on the Advisory Board of the Fogarty International Center, the governing Council of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition and the U.S. FDA's Food Advisory Committee. As Associate Director, he oversees education and training programs at VIGH.
Brian Heuser, Ed.D.
Dr. Heuser is currently an Assistant Professor of the Practice of International Education Policy in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations (LPO). He is also the Senior Research Fellow and Advisor for the Office of the Associate Provost and Dean of Students at Vanderbilt University. For the past 7 years, he has worked in many of the former Soviet Republics on education research and scholarship initiatives. Dr. Heuser currently serves as a U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist in the Republic of Georgia.
Tim Sterling, M.D.
At Vanderbilt, Dr. Sterling is the Director of Epidemiology Research in the Division of Infectious Diseases. He also serves as the Director of the Epidemiology and Outcomes Unit of the Vanderbilt-Meharry Center for AIDS Research and the Director of Tuberculosis Research at the Nashville Metropolitan Health Department Tuberculosis Clinic. Dr. Sterling's research interests are focused on the epidemiology and treatment of tuberculosis and HIV. Particular areas of interest include treatment of latent tuberculosis infection, drug resistance in M. tuberculosis (including multi-drug resistance and fluoroquinolone resistance—both phenotypic and genotypic), and HIV-related tuberculosis.
Frank Wcislo, Ph.D.
Dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, Dean Wcislo leads Vanderbilt's first-year experience. He is a historian of modern Russia, Eurasia, and Europe. Dean Wcislo is also a recipient of the Jeffrey Nordhaus Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the College of Arts and Science (1993), the Alumni Education Award of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association (1998), The Madison Sarratt University Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (2003), and the Alumni Freshman Adviser Award of the College of Arts and Science (2006).
- Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
- The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons
- Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
- The Office of Active Citizenship and Service
- Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians
- Vanderbilt Student Government
Case Competition Committee