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Dr. John P. Howe III of Project Hope to Speak at Regis College

December 9, 2009

Left to right: Dr. Mary Jane England, Dean Yoland Nazire, Minister Maude Duvilaire, Dean Toni Hays

Weston, MA. The Regis College School of Nursing and Health Professions has announced a lecture by Dr. John P. Howe III, CEO of Project HOPE, to be given on Monday, December 7, at 1 p.m. in College Hall, Room 202. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception in College Hall Foyer from 2 to 3 p.m.

Dr. Antoinette Hays, Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions at Regis, said, "We are so honored to have Dr Howe visit and meet with students and faculty at Regis College. It is our common interest is helping our neighbors in Haiti that brings us together."


Dean Toni Hays, President Mary Jane England, MD, John Howe, MD, and Regis faculty member Deborah O’Hara-Rusckowski

Last year, both in Haiti and on the Regis campus, Regis representatives met with the head of nursing from the Haitian Ministry of Health, Maude Duvilaire, and with Yoland Nazire, dean of nursing at the University of Port au Prince. Outcomes included the development of a master’s program in nursing with a focus on leadership and education for nursing faculty in Haiti. Used as a template for the new program will be Regis’ Upward Mobility program, which requires several forms of delivery for courses. For the Haitian nurses, the Regis program based on its Upward Mobility will combine and sequence some classes in Haiti, some on online and some during a summer residency at Regis College. The residency program actually began the summer of 2008. Classes will be taught by Regis faculty and doctoral students.


Dr. John Howe giving his lecture at Regis on global health

Regis President Mary Jane England, M.D., noted, "John Howe’s work as a medical diplomat and problem-solver places him at the forefront of global medicine, and Regis College is very pleased to have him on campus."

Howe has represented the United States at a Tri-National Conference on Health in Mexico City, a forum designed to develop solutions to multi-national health concerns following the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. He has spoken in more than 30 states, has presented testimony to the U.S. Congress and has been a national advocate for the importance of continued medical research.

Just over 50 years old, Project HOPE has developed and permanently instituted long-term solutions to pressing health problems, the true essence of helping people help themselves. The mission of Project HOPE is to achieve sustainable advances in health care around the world by implementing health education programs and providing humanitarian assistance in areas of need.

Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Nursing and Health Professions, approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 24 undergraduate majors; master’s degree programs in education, health product regulation, and nursing, and in communication, leadership and service, and public administration with a strategic focus on health care; and a doctorate in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) lists Regis among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience. The National League of Nursing recently identified Regis College as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs, and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors.
Contact: Marjorie Arons-Barron, (617) 969-2707

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