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Wednesday, September 21 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
(REF 21085) Creating an Empowerment Model in Global Health: An Evolving Practice to Build Capacity, Research Methodologies, Educational Modalities, and Health Equity

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The colonizer mindset is alive and continuing to ripple through academia, educational institutions, healthcare centers, and communities. Rooted in an empowerment rather than dependency model, the Nuvance Health / University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine Global Health Program with active participation from domestic and international partners has gradually implemented unique features from decision-making to resource allocation, participant education to community engagement, capacity building to brain gain. We aim to shed a truthful light on a tragic past and present while evaluating our program’s components that combat and contribute to the savior complex model.
Learning objectives include an understanding of the colonial mindset in global health; the ways it weaves into global health programs administratively, pedagogically, and in clinical practice; its impact on the well-being of host institutions, patients, and communities; the steps our program has taken toward decolonization, including creation of a Global South-led taskforce and a Global South-Global South empowerment model; and ways the program hopes to grow. Examples of reverse learning and reverse innovations will be discussed.
During this session, a group of global health experts share their insights by citing examples of successes, failures, and challenges in their partnerships with the Global North.


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Majid Sadigh

Director and Trefz Family Endowed Chair in Global Health, Nuvance Health (NH) / University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine (UVMLCOM) Global Health Program
Majid Sadigh, MD, is an infectious disease specialist and internationally-recognized global health expert, Dr. Majid Sadigh is Director of the Nuvance Health (NH) / University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine (UVMLCOM) Global Health Program. In 2016, he was honored as the inaugural... Read More →

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Nelson Sewankambo

Professor Emeritus and former Dean, Makerere University College of Health Sciences
Nelson Sewankambo MBChB, MSc, M.MED, FRCP, LLD (HC) is Professor Emeritus and former Dean of Makerere University Medical School as well as past principal of Makerere University College of Health Sciences in Uganda. His career in global health was ushered in by the urgent need to address... Read More →
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Robert Kalyesubula

President, African Community Center for Social Sustainability (ACCESS) UGANDA
Robert Kalyesubula, MD, PhD is the founder and president of the African Community Center for Social Sustainability (ACCESS), an exemplary community-based organization in Uganda. Dr. Kalyesubula is a faculty and a senior lecturer, a nephrologist, and the head of the department of Physiology... Read More →
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Prof Chiratidzo E Ndhlovu

Associate Professor of Medicine, Specialist Physician & Nephrologist University of Zimbabwe Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Chiratidzo Ndhlovu, M Med Sci( Clin Epi), FRCP is an Associate Professor of Medicine and previous Deputy Dean at the University of Zimbabwe Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. She has vast experience in internal medicine and in particular as a medical educator and clinician... Read More →
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Marcos Nunez

Dean Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad Iberoamericana
Marcos Núñez, MD, FICS, M.Ed is the Dean of Health Sciences at Universidad Iberoamericana, Dominican Republic is a general and hand surgeon. He serves as Caribbean Representative for the Pan American Federations of Associations of Medical Schools (PAFAMS). Among his many administrative... Read More →
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Syed Zahiruddin Quazi

Director Research & Development, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences
Syed Zahiruddin Quazi, MD, PhD is Director of the Directorate of Research & Development and Professor of Community Medicine at Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (DMIMS). Dr. Quazi completed his MBBS, MD and PhD in community medicine. An accomplished researcher, he has been... Read More →
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Mitra Sadigh

Writer/Editor/Researcher, Nuvance Health / University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine Global Health Program & Stony Brook University Renaiss
Mitra Sadigh is writer, editor, and researcher at the Nuvance Health/University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine Global Health Program (NH/UVMLCOM GHP) where she serves as editor of the GH Diaries blog and eMagazine as well as faculty member of the GH Academy. With two bachelor’s... Read More →
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Vincent Setlhare

Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, University of Botswana, Botswana, Africa
Prof. Vincent Setlhare (MD, MBA, MFamMed (Masters degree in Family Medicine), FGHL (Fellow of Global Health Leadership), a final year PhD student, is Head of the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Botswana (Botswana, Africa). He is a family physician... Read More →

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Ramin Sedehi

Founder, Impact Human Learning
Ramin is passionate about closing the gaps between science, education, society, and policymakers to understand the depth and breadth of humanity's challenges. To impact the health of communities, improve educational markers, and, most importantly, uphold democratic values and build... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2022 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT