Josh White ’97 to speak May 6 on Haiti medical relief efforts

April 21, 2010

Luther alumnus Josh White, M.D., co-director of World Wide Village (WWV) Community Health Initiative, will speak at Luther on Thursday, May 6, 7 p.m. in Valders Hall of Science room 206.

White, a 1997 Luther graduate will speak about WWV’s work in Haiti both before and after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake that killed and injured tens of thousands of people, destroyed thousands of buildings and homes and wrecked roads, utilities and other infrastructure facilities through the Caribbean island nation.

The presentation is open to the public with no charge for admission. White will also speak at Luther’s chapel, service in the Center for Faith and Life main hall on Friday, May 7, 10:30-10:50 a.m. Chapel is broadcast live on KDEC radio 1240 AM and also audio streamed on the web at http://kwlc.luther.edu/listen/.

White was featured in the fall 2009 edition of Luther Alumni Magazine for his health care service in Haiti.

A Decorah native, White majored in biology at Luther and earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa. In 2005 he served his residency at Bayfield Medical Center in Springfield, Mass.

After completing his residency, White responded to a call from a former schoolmate to help staff a weeklong mobile medical clinic in Haiti.

The mobile clinics choose locations based on residents’ medical needs and range out into the countryside, mountains and villages that have limited access to professional health care. Frequently, hundreds of people show up for medical attention.

White said most of his clinical supplies and medications are donated by companies that cater to medical missions.

White hopes that his work to improve the health and medical care of the communities served by WWV will be a step toward relieving poverty and improving the standard of living.

To support White’s work in Haiti with a donation or as a volunteer, contact him at jwhitemd1@hotmail.com.