"Twero: Road to Health" - Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Panelists: Michael Otremba, MD; Joseph Amon, PhD; Tom Vogl, PhD
Tuesday, Feb. 12th - 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Bowl 1, Robertson Hall
This documentary follows a Ugandan journalist who investigates how patients often must seek care outside of an underfunded and overburdened public system. Desperate for help, patients are turning to an unregulated private health sector, where services are accessible, but at a significant cost. When patients cannot pay their medical bills, doctors are resorting to imprisoning them.
Winner of best documentary feature in the second annual NYLA International Film Festival
Michael Otremba, MD
Dr. Michael Otremba is a recent graduate from Yale University School of Medicine where he has been at the forefront of a movement that emphasizes the humanities in health care. During his medical training, he studied documentary filmmaking under the tutelage of physician-filmmaker Dr. Gretchen Berland as well as the Film Studies Program at Yale. He has explored topics in medicine through public art installations, theatrical productions, and literary initiatives. His other major area of interest is the intersection of health care and human rights. For several years, he served as president of a student chapter of the organization Physicians for Human Rights. He has received fellowships from both Yale Law School and the University of Minnesota Law School to do medical human rights work in Uganda. In his first film, "Twero: The Road to Health," he draws from his integrated experiences in the arts, medicine, and human rights.
Dr. Otremba is currently a post-doctoral associate in the department of surgery at Yale and will be starting a residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery this summer. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in French and Global Studies.
Joseph Amon, PhD, MSPH
Joseph Amon is the director of the health and human rights division at Human Rights Watch. Before joining Human Rights Watch in 2005, Joe worked for more than 15 years conducting epidemiological research, designing programs, and evaluating interventions related to HIV/AIDS, malaria, hepatitis and Guinea Worm disease for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Family Health International, the Carter Center, and other organizations. His current research focuses primarily on environmental health and access to medicines for marginalized populations.
Amon is the author or coauthor of more than one hundred peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, op-eds and comments. He is a member of the ethics committee and editorial board of the Journal of the International AIDS Society, the UNAIDS reference group on HIV and Human Rights, the Stop TB Programme's Task Force on TB and Human Rights, and the advisory board of the Center for Health and Human Rights at the University at Albany.
In addition to his position as a Lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University, he is an Associate in the Department of Epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, and in the Fall of 2012 was a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the Paris School of International Affairs at SciencesPo in Paris. Amon has a MSPH from Tulane University. His Ph.D., on the molecular epidemiology of malaria, is from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Tom Vogl, PhD
Tom Vogl is an Assistant Professor of Economics and International Affairs. His primary interests lie in the economics of health and population, particularly among the socially and economically disadvantaged. His recent research has examined the relationship between socioeconomic status and health over the lifecycle as well as the effects of childhood family structure on adult outcomes. In a separate line of work, he has studied racial politics in American cities. A.B. Princeton University; Ph.D. Harvard University.