Healthcare Initiative – Dr. Konchok Gyaltsen and Pema McGuinness

News item posted on: March 22nd, 2010

Dr. Kunchok Gyaltsen (UCLA PhD) will be joining us at UVa to explore the development of a Tibetan public healthcare initiative. Kunchok Gyaltsen is a unique figure in the world of Tibetan healthcare work. He is both trained in traditional Tibetan medicine as well as in the US academy. He has been a consultant for major NGOs on Tibetan healthcare as well as published academically on the subject: Gyaltsen, K., Gewa, C., Greenlee, H., Ravetz, J., Aikman, M., Rebley, A., (2007). Socioeconomic status and maternal and child health in rural Tibetan villages. California Center for Population Research, UCLA.

Dr. Kunchok Gyaltsen will be based primarily in Amdo through the coming year, but will be in residence at the University strategically to move the initiative forward. This semester, he is joining us for a month, from March 29 to April 30. He will be working out of an office on the ground floor of Gibson. Thanks to Ngawang Thokmey for helping push forward this initiative to bring Dr. Kunchok Gyaltsen to UVa!

To support this TSGP Healthcare Initiative, Pema McGuinness will be joining us for a month as a research intern. Pema is an outstanding graduate of Duke University, with extensive field experience in healthcare NGO work in Nepal, who has been accepted into an MA in Public Health at both Harvard and Johns Hopkins. She was an exceptionally bright and dedicated intern at Machik last year, and we are pleased she is going to be joining TSGP as a healthcare research intern during Kunchok Gyaltsen’s residency. Pema will be working out of Tashi Rabgey’s office in Gibson.

We hope you will all welcome Dr. Kunchok Gyaltsen and Pema to the University. If you have any interest, please know you are welcome to participate in the preliminary brainstorming/discussion sessions we will be holding next week.