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X L&IH Symposium: International Health

The semi-annual Language and International Health Symposium provides a forum to discuss and increase awareness of international health issues, emphasizing interrelations with language, culture, interdisciplinary studies, and artistic creation. Medical professionals, faculty, students and alumni can present their research on health-related topics, especially those that impact minorities, immigrant communities and developing countries in a global economy.


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Dr. Lingling Zhang

Lingling Zhang, ScD, MS, MPA, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Science at Clemson University. Prior to joining Clemson, Dr. Zhang was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and a consultant for the World Bank. She obtained her doctoral degree in International Health Systems from HSPH and her master degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Kansas State University. She has worked on a variety of health care issues in China including community health financing, human resources for health, medical professionalism, and aging. 

As a research fellow of Harvard China Initiative, Dr. Zhang worked on China’s health system reform advocacy and contributed her work to the book Building a Healthy Society for All (2008). During her tenure with Health Survey Program, Center for Health Information, Statistics, Research, and Evaluation, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, she worked on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and prepared policy report on “Tobacco Use Among Massachusetts Adults: Twenty Years of Progress 1986-2005” with her colleagues. Dr. Zhang’s research focuses on human resources for health (HRH) and started from her professional experience at the Global Equity Initiative at Harvard University where she participated in the preparation work for the World Health Report 2006 and the Lancet China series. 

Dr. Zhang won the Lancet/Global Forum for Health anthology competition for young scholars worldwide with her insight of barefoot doctors in the new era. Her research interest is in promoting health equity and improving quality of care for all through health systems’ capacity building. Besides her research, she is interested in social entrepreneurship. She collaborated with her colleagues on the community-based cardiovascular disease prevention and health education in China. Their work won the first prize in social enterprise track at the Harvard Business School’s annual business plan contest. She is also serving on the advisory board of an NGO focusing on bridging the gap of health and education between the U.S. and China.

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Dr. Myriam E. Torres

Dr. Myriam Torres has a PhD and a MSPH in Epidemiology from the University of South Carolina; she also holds a Master in Public Health from the Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia, and a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia.  Currently, Dr. Torres is the Director of the Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina. 

Dr. Torres completed a post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the SC Rural Health Research Center in the Arnold School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy Services & Management. Dr. Torres’ research interests include health issues among Latinos living in the US and factors related to migration from Latin American countries. She is currently analyzing data for a study exploring the experiences of Latinos during the 2015 Floods in South Carolina.

Dr. Torres was also the PI of the ELLAS study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded project “Juntas Podemos (Together we Can): Empowering Latinas to Shape Policy to Prevent Childhood Obesity,” and the first “US-Mexico Border Health Chartbook” funded by the HRSA and ORHP. Dr. Torres teaches and has taught several graduate and undergraduate courses in Epidemiology in the Arnold School of Public Health and the SC Honors College. She also works with several organizations and agencies in SC to provide workshops related to working with Latinos.