by Pamela Young, Published July 13, 2010
Pamela Walsh, an associate professor in Eastern Michigan University's School of Health Sciences, has won a Fulbright Award from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Fulbright recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Walsh's expertise is in public policy, health care administration and health policy.
The Fulbright program is very competitive, said Walsh, so she was surprised when she was notified in March that she was accepted. Walsh will spend the winter 2011 semester teaching American political systems and health policy to undergraduates at Charles University in Prague, the Czech Republic. She also plans on consulting and working with nonprofits.
"The Czech students aren't familiar with the history of the U.S. health care system," said Walsh, who resides in Woodhaven. "The major (U.S.) components are employer-based and the government-funded programs, Medicaid and Medicare. We'll look at current changes and the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
"Hopefully, I'll also learn about their systems and talk with stakeholders, so I can incorporate this knowledge into my courses at Eastern."
To prepare for her classes, Walsh is developing a curriculum that incorporates topics from her health insurance and health regulation class at Eastern. She also hopes to develop a blog to update Eastern faculty and students on her activities.
The U.S. and partner governments finance the Fulbright program. Corporations and foundations also provide support.
Since its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists with the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research and contribute to finding solutions to shared concerns. The program operates in more than 155 countries.