Conversation circles to discuss expectations and experiences. Debate on climate change and the impact on public health. The Opening Week of the Academic Year of the Collective Health Institute offered a special program for students in the first semester of 2020. The activities started last Monday (3), in the auditorium of ISC / UFBA.
At the opening table of the event, students received the first information about the functioning of the Institute and were also presented to the Master Plan, a management tool that guides the main actions and forms of organization of the ISC.
“Our desire is for students to make ISC a trajectory that brings together not only the fulfillment of academic obligations, but that they can take advantage of the best that we have to offer: the quality of training,” said Professor Isabela Cardoso, director of the Institute. She also drew attention to the open dialogue with students and ensuring the representation of the student body through participation in collegiate bodies.
During the week, students were also able to visit the integrated research, teaching and technical cooperation programs. The model adopted by the Institute involves teachers, researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, in addition to partnerships with several external institutions, such as the health departments. “Our desire is that students can join the projects, movements, extension activities and technical cooperation offered by these programs”, evaluated the director.
Exchange of experiences
For the new master student Vanessa Rocha, joining the Collective Health Institute was a dream that had been cultivated since 2017, when she completed the Psychology course at UFBA. “Since my graduation, I realized that the professors that I admired the most had done postgraduate studies at ISC. This reference was fundamental for my choice ”, he reveals.
According to the student, the week brought the opportunity to learn more about the teaching program through contact with older students. “It was very reassuring to hear those who have been here for a long time,” he says.
This year, ISC developed a welcoming program that favored moments of dialogue and interaction between the students themselves. “The objective was to reinforce the importance of dialogue and interaction between incoming students and those veterans, as we understand that public health training involves attentive listening and the availability of openness to improve our skills, our competences and, mainly to consolidate experiences ”, explains professor Marcelo Castellanos, ISC / UFBA graduate coordinator.
After having her dissertation defended and approved less than a week ago, student Fabiana Palma is now returning to ISC now as a doctoral student. Although he already knows a lot about the graduate program, he did not give up on sharing his experiences with new colleagues and, of course, the new expectations he brings with him. For her, the meeting is also an opportune moment to discuss the political scenario and the challenges for areas such as health and education.
“It is time to discuss issues such as cutting scholarships, reducing education funding and how it impacts us as students at a public university. How are we going to face all of this in the course of our training? We need to organize ourselves collectively to face this scenario ”, he observed.
The program also included computer classes with guidance on the use of bibliographic research tools in virtual environments, taught by Professor Martha Martinez, at the ISC / UFBA Computer Laboratory. Students also visited the University Health Library (BUS) to learn more about available publications and ways to access the collection.
Climate change and collective health
In order to broaden students’ views on current and urgent issues, ISC brought the theme “Climate change and public health” to the center of the debate. The subject was the subject of the first Research Seminar of the semester, held last Friday (6), in the Institute’s auditorium.
The session, promoted by the Graduate Program in Collective Health, was invited by Carlos Roberto Franke, professor of Bioclimatology and Environmental Preservation at the UFBA School of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics. During the presentation, he discussed the main consequences of climate change for the planet and the role of human action in this process.
For the audience, made up mostly of students, Franke drew attention to the influence of fake news and the weakening of critical awareness of the main issues surrounding climate change. “If you want to know the truth, you will have to seek knowledge,” he said.
He also pointed out the biggest health problems arising from environmental imbalance and the impact on the most vulnerable populations. “The risk of the poorest people becoming infected is much greater compared to those who live in the most urbanized neighborhoods. They are environments exposed to floods, the presence of mosquitoes and the reproduction of various vectors of bacteria and viruses ”. The way out, according to the professor, is to invest in education, in reforestation, in changing the energy matrix of countries and in new governance models. “The challenge is great and time is short”, he concluded.
And you can follow, in full, the presentation of Professor Carlos Roberto Franke, in addition to the debate with the audience, watching the video below.