Professor Spitzer participated in a gathering of researchers from South Africa, India, Jamaica, the Philippines and Canada who have participated in a CIHR-funded study, “Source Country Perspectives on Migration of Highly Trained Professionals” led by Drs. Ivy Bourgeault, Ron Labonté and Gail Tomblin-Murphy. As co-leads of the Philippine team, Dr. Erlinda Palaganas from the University of the Philippines-Baguio and Dr. Spitzer had the opportunity to share their findings and discuss the commonalities and differences amongst the various countries who are coping with the out-migration of health professionals from the nations where they were trained.
Dr. Spitzer hosted a presentation, “Philippines for Sale: The Cordilleras in Peril, Threats of Large Scale Mining in the Cordilleras” with Dr. Erlinda Palaganas and Ms. Marion Sanchez from the Cordillera People’s Alliance, the Philippines.
Assisted by Dr. Kenesh Dzhusupov (Kyrgyz State Medical Academy) and Dr. Tamara Kudaibergenova (Arabaev Kyrgyz State University), Dr. Spitzer travelled to Kyrgyzstan to conduct pilot interviews with migrant workers and families of migrant workers regarding their perspectives of migration.
Professor Spitzer and doctoral student, Ms. Hodan Mohamed, met with representatives from the Ogaden Welfare and Development Association and Jijiga University in the Somali region of Ethiopia to discuss future research collaborations. In addition, Denise and Hodan provided a three-day training workshop on qualitative research, research ethics, and grant writing.
Dr. Spitzer provided a keynote address on the health of immigrant and minoritized women for the Workshop on Multiculturalism and Gender Sensitive Care, sponsored by the Ottawa Local Immigration partnership, the Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health, and the Immigrant and Racialized Women’s Health Project.
Denise presented a paper entitled, "“They treat her like an ATM”: Engendered Narratives of Indonesian Migrant Workers" at the conference, Gender and Migration: Changes and Challenges, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.