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Cuban Public Health and Politics

If you’ve been to Cuba or are thinking about visiting, this interactive and informative session is not to be missed.

Join us for a discussion with the College of Public Health and Human Sciences dean, F. Javier Nieto and David Bernell, an associate professor and director of the Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies program (MAIS) for a conversation about Cuba's public health and politics.

During the discussion, Dean Nieto will talk briefly about life in Cuba and the Cuban health care system. David Bernell will give us an overview on Cuban politics of yesterday and today. They will also describe their experiences living in and visiting Cuba. After each of their brief overviews, we will invite questions and conversation about Cuba.  

Thursday, Sept. 28
4 - 5 p.m.
Centro Cultural César Chávez
691 SW 26th St, Corvallis, OR 97331

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged to assist us in planning.

Dr.  F. Javier Nieto
Dr. Nieto completed his MD degree and a residency in Family and Community Medicine in Spain. His graduate training includes an MPH degree from University of Havana, Cuba, as well as a Master in Health Science and a Ph.D.  in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University. From 1991 to 2001 he was a faculty member of the Department of Epidemiology in the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Between 1993 and 2001, he served on the editorial board of the American Journal of Epidemiology. In 2002 he joined the University of Wisconsin to become Professor and Chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences in the School of Medicine and Public Health and the inaugural Helfaer Professor of Public Health.

Dean Nieto visited Cuba numerous times in the 1990’s and 2000’s. He traveled with PamAmerican Health Organization, the Baltimore City government to learn about the health care system, presented at a conference in Havana on medical student training and traveled with UW Madison School of Medicine medical students whom were studying abroad.

Dr. David Bernell
Dr. Bernell is a political science professor in the School of Public Policy, where he teaches and conducts research in international relations, global trade and development and energy policy. Originally from New Mexico, he holds degrees from the University of New Mexico (B.A.), and Johns Hopkins University (M.A. and Ph.D.). Prior to coming to OSU in 2001, he served in Washington D.C. as an appointee in the Clinton Administration, serving in the Office of Management and Budget and in the Department of the Interior. 

Dr. Bernell is the author of Constructing US Foreign Policy: The Curious Case of Cuba. He was also a past travel host on the alumni association's 2015 tour to Cuba. 


Contact Information

OSU Alumni Association
204 CH2M HILL Alumni Center
Corvallis, OR 97331
(541) 737-2351
Toll free: (877) OSTATER

Date & Location

Date: 9/28/2017
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Centro Cultural César Chávez
691 SW 26th St
Corvallis, OR 97331

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