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Title: The Global Health Partnerships A University of Virginia international health initiative.

The Global Health PartnershipsA University of
Virginia international health initiative.
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Medicine Public Health
  • School of Engineering

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Brief History Expansion
  • In Spring 2007, a team of graduate-level nursing
    and medical students launched the first two
    Global Health Partnership programs in Lesotho and
    South Africa with the aim of developing
    sustainable, community health/clinical service
    learning initiatives to assist people infected or
    affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • In January 08, students returned to Lesotho and
    successfully established the official Lesotho
    Health Partnership (LHP) program.
  • The LHP is now fully operating with a community
    health and clinical site, and a line up of
    students who will participate in the LHP program
    in Feb 08, July 08, and Feb 09.

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  • The South Africa Health Partnership (SAHP) is not
    far behind Lesotho in development, with an
    interdisciplinary team of students and faculty
    departing for South Africa in July 08 to conduct
    a community needs assessment and develop
    relationships to establish an operational and
    sustainable SAHP program.
  • Recently, development of the Guatemala Health
    Partnership commenced, with a team of
    interdisciplinary faculty departing on a
    fact-finding and program development trip in Feb
    08, the first team of students will head to
    Guatemala in July 08.
  • In each case, U.Va. was invited by community
    organizations or governments to collaborate - and
    all efforts were coordinated with existing UVa
    contacts in these regions.

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The Global Health Partnerships (GHP)
  • Through the process of development, the Global
    Health Partnerships vision has taken form and the
    greater UVa community is coming together behind
  • Recently, the School of Engineering and Applied
    Science (SEAS) as well as the Department of
    Public Health Sciences at the School of Medicine
    have joined the initiative and other disciplines
    including Darden School of Business and the
    School of Architecture are showing interest.
  • Furthermore, the GHP has been asked by local
    organizations to develop programs at their sites
    in Saipan and Tanzania.

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The GHP Mission
  • To draw from the strength and expertise of a
    unified University of Virginia (U.Va.) health
    community to build deep and lasting global
    partnerships where visiting students are inspired
    to address the worlds most pressing health
    issues. The Global Health Partnerships (GHP)
    challenge students to extend their horizons of
    growth and inquiry in the context of todays most
    severe health crises.

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Guiding Principles
  • Driven by the voices of the communities we serve,
    our guiding principles begin with invitation by
    our international partners and include
  • Service learning
  • Collaboration
  • Interdisciplinary teamwork
  • Cultural competency
  • Knowledge exchange
  • Research, and
  • Sustainability

  • To promote the health and well-being of
    vulnerable individuals and communities affected
    by poverty and epidemics of disease in the
    developing world
  • To unify, focus, and facilitate the extensive
    expertise and resources of the U.Va. Schools of
    Nursing, Medicine, and Engineering to develop a
    few high quality, long-term, sustainable
    international partnerships for student exchange
    and training and to include other disciplines as
    requested by the communities we serve.

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  • To provide residents and medical, public health,
    graduate-level nursing, and engineering students
    in collaboration with faculty, with safe and
    meaningful clinical, research, and community
    health service learning opportunities at five
    established international sites
  • Lesotho
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Guatemala
  • Saipan
  • To equip students with the personal and
    professional tools needed to optimally serve the
    broad diversity of individuals, populations, and
    communities they will encounter in the practice
    of health care and engineering, including
    cross-cultural competency, language skills, and

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  • To enhance teamwork and communication between the
    disciplines, and to model this collaboration at
    home and overseas
  • To provide an international exchange opportunity
    whereby international students from partner sites
    overseas come to U.Va. (or go to other Health
    Partnership sites) to train and conduct research
    in order to return, train others, and lead
    efforts to address local health problems.
  • To establish a centralized source of information
    regarding global health experiences for

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The Foundation
  • A key strength of the Global Health Partnerships
    is pre-existing collaboration.
  • SAVANA in South Africa
  • SEAS in Guatemala South Africa
  • Center for Global Health in Tanzania
  • UVA alumni in Saipan

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Making a long term impact.
  • The GHP program will assist resource-poor
    communities through high-quality, sustainable
    global health service learning programs.
  • Focusing on a few key countries ensures strong
    relationships between the University and the host
  • Strong relationships with partners promotes rich,
    safe, and highly coordinated student
  • And promotes sustainability.

Project Program Sustainability Model
  • Community Health Needs Assessment (CAN)
  • To ensure students are addressing the
    self-identified needs of the community as opposed
    to serving their own interests the students
    conduct a CNA.
  • Development of health projects and trainings.
  • In collaboration with international partners,
    students implement projects based on CNA findings
    and sustainability.
  • Transfer of information to the next team.
  • Upon return, students write a full report on
    their efforts in-country (GHP Report), they
    update and revise the Student Handbook, and they
    work with the upcoming team of students to
    transfer knowledge about what worked and what
    didnt, and to advise them regarding projects,
    travel, and logistics.
  • Evaluation of health projects and trainings.
  • The next team of students (after being briefed by
    the preceeding team) evaluate existing projects
    and continue with or redirect efforts depending
    on success and sustainability.
  • Implementing a system for transfer of knowledge
    between teams ensures program sustainability.

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  • It is evident that improving the health of
    resource-poor communities takes more than
    medicine and nursing it involves a network of
    disciplines working together to create innovative
  • Limiting the GHP program to the fields of nursing
    and medicine limits our ability to provide
    holistic solutions to health problems overseas.
  • Partnering with Public Health and SEAS, as well
    as other disciplines within the UVa community,
    brings additional technical expertise and a
    multidisciplinary approach to addressing basic
    human needs like clean water, household energy,
    and adequate shelter.

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Centralizing Information Promoting Safety
  • Many graduate students have found it difficult to
    access global health opportunities because
    program information is decentralized, or the
    opportunities require them to develop the
    experience themselves.
  • The GHP unifies international health initiatives
    at U.Va. by centralizing information regarding
    global health opportunities, and encouraging open
    communication and coordination of initiatives by
    the Center for Global Health, SON, SOM, SEAS and
    International Studies Office (ISO).
  • The GHP offers an established U.Va.-led program
    that is still flexible enough to meet specific
    needs and interests.
  • The GHP model of established host sites provides
    consistent, safe accommodations and community
    health/clinical sites that are monitored and
    evaluated by GHP leaders.
  • GHP leaders collaborate with international
    partners to ensure appropriate supervision and
    mentorship for students doing clinical and
    community health work.

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Determining Results
  • Monitoring the progress and defining the
    successes of the program are critical components
    of its sustainability.
  • The progress of the program will be monitored by
    establishing a set of goals and objectives, and
    measured by using tools including documentation,
    written assessments, and evaluations.
  • Tools will include
  • Community Needs Assessments
  • GHP Site Evaluation Tool
  • Evaluations
  • Documentation
  • Post-trip data advocacy and education
  • As part of the program, returning participants
    will present their work to a group of their peers
    and colleagues in order to strengthen students
    advocacy, public speaking and critical thinking
    skills, and to raise awareness of global health
    issues within the U.Va. community.
  • Student Handbooks
  • Information collected and documented from
    assessments, evaluations, site evaluations and
    post trip advocacy will be compiled in the
    Student Handbook for each GHP site students are
    expected to revise this document upon return.

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Continuation of Funding
  • It is expected that students provide matching
    funds for the cost of participation.
  • So far, students have taken leadership in
    obtaining funding through the Center for Global
    Health and via small fundraising events in the
  • In addition, students have obtained funding for
    their projects (but not travel costs) at host
    sites through non-profit organizations like
    Friends of Lesotho.
  • GHP student leaders are working with faculty, the
    Nursing, Medicine and Engineering schools
    advisory boards, and U.Va. development staff to
    identify additional funding opportunities through
    foundations and corporations with a specific
    interest in supporting global health initiatives.
  • The long-term goal is to establish an endowment
    that will provide significant support to the GHP
    program in perpetuity.

  • The GHP has 5 Health Partnerships Lesotho, South
    Africa, Guatemala, Saipan and Tanzania.
  • The GHP program broadens students perspectives,
    enhances their abilities to assess and address
    the needs of vulnerable communities, and enables
    them to develop cross-cultural and language
  • The GHP program not only benefits the students,
    but also builds professional capacity among our
    international partners and the communities they
    serve through direct service, training, ongoing
    professional development, information sharing,
    and computer technology assistance.
  • The Global Health Partnerships challenge students
    to extend their horizons of growth and inquiry in
    the context of the most severe health crises of
    our time.