Parthener Pinder, M.D., an M.P.H. candidate in the School of Health Sciences and Practice, recently participated in the 32nd Council of International Fellowship (CIF) International Conference 2017 held in September in Kalamata, Greece. The CIF is a not-for-profit global organization formed in 1960 stemming from the Council of International Programs (CIP) and the Council of International Programs U.S.A. (CIPUSA). With more than 30 national branches worldwide, CIF’s goal is to “promote international understanding and world peace through training and exchange of experience for professionals in human services.”
During her time in Greece, Dr. Pinder was afforded the opportunity to visit one of the country’s human services agencies known as the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center of Kalamata, a public setting for rehabilitation, social support, and creative activities for individuals with intellectual and other disabilities as well as for post-surgery patients.
“With the knowledge I have gained from my public health education at New York Medical College, I recognized that the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center of Kalamata exemplifies successful public health efforts in Greece, said Dr. Pinder. “However, the current Greek economic crisis has directly affected the public health system, leading to major cutbacks at many human services agencies, such as elimination of water therapy. As a result of the elimination of beneficial therapeutic methods, a public health crisis has emerged in Greece.”