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Vital Perspectives on Healthcare and Science Series: Heidi Morefield

Formerly the Future of Healthcare Series, Vital Perspectives on Healthcare and Science engages with some of the most pressing public health issues of our time, in a regular public forum catalyzed by a book. This February event, the 2024 kickoff, will feature Dr. Heidi Morefield, author of Developing to Scale: Technology and the Making of Global Health.

Join us for an evening of scholarship made accessible, opening conversation around this book -- the first critical book on “appropriate technology,” which shows how global health came to be understood as a problem to be solved with the right technical interventions.

We're thrilled that Jeremy Greene, director of the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine at Johns Hopkins, will join Heidi Morefield in conversation.

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Heidi Morefield's dissertation, “Developing to Scale: Appropriate Technology and the Making of Global Health,” brings together the histories of technology, medicine, public health, and capitalism to explore the appropriate technology movement in transnational American foreign aid and its impacts in southern Africa. She holds a BA in International Development from McGill University and an MSc in Global Health and Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh. Prior to starting graduate work at Hopkins, she worked as a Project Manager for a USAID contractor in the DR Congo and Ghana. Her research interests include the production, circulation, and consumption of pharmaceuticals in a global health context, drug shortages, surgery and biomedicine in the global south, and the politics and practice of development. Heidi’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Presidential Foundation, and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, among others. In 2017, she was a Michael E. DeBakey Fellow in the History of Medicine at the National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health. She is a Graduate Fellow of the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine for 2017-18.

Dr. Jeremy Greene is broadly interested in the history of disease, and his research explores the ways in which medical technologies come to influence our understandings of what it means to be sick or healthy, normal or abnormal. His broader research interests focus on the history of disease, medical technology, the history of global health, and the relationship between medicine and the marketplace. Dr. Greene received an MD and PhD in the history of science from Harvard in 2005, completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in 2008, and is board certified in Internal Medicine and a member of the American College of Physicians. In addition to his appointment at the Institute for the History of Medicine, he practices internal medicine at the East Baltimore Medical Center, a community health center affiliated with Johns Hopkins.






Event Details

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 6:00pm


Bird in Hand Coffee & Books, 11 E. 33rd St, Baltimore, MD 21218

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