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2018 Community and Public Health Conference by PSU’s Department of Rural Health and College of Medicine
April 3, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
CSC’s Dr. Katie Williams will be presenting an internationally recognized program developed by herself and Dr. Devyani Chowdhury that has helped to deliver technologically advanced medical care to rural, underserved communities in Lancaster County and abroad at Penn State’s Department of Rural Health’s 2018 Community and Public Health Conference. Since 2015, pediatrician Dr. Katie Williams and collaborating doctor from Cariology Care for Children Dr. Chowdhury have been working with local midwives to implement a pulse-oximetry screening test, a “wellness screen” for newborns born out of the hospital. To meet the unique needs of out-of-hospital births, the recommended pulse oximetry program was modified to screen babies for overall wellness versus just for serious heart defects. The expectation is that this screening test would help identify babies at risk and then get them to medical attention and care. This project has resonated with the local Lancaster rural communities, but also has received attention internationally. It has a strong appeal in countries where a large number of births are out of hospital and there is a high neonatal mortality. Since the project was presented at the 2015 Global Health Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, some developing countries have expressed interest in implementing this program developed right here in Lancaster County.