Contestant: CUGH-Pulitzer 2016 Global Health Video Competition (Innovation Category)
Making Serving the Poorest of the Poor the First Choice for Health Professionals
CUGH-Pulitzer 2016 Global Health Video Competition Contestant (Innovation Category)
â€œWe cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created themâ€ - Albert Einstein
HEAL is an experiment that aims to train health professionals who are committed to serving the poor, directly contrasting it with the approaches that have created such inequalities. Since HEALâ€™s launching 6 months ago, the HEAL approach - 2-year immersive training, skills development essential to global health delivery, on-line MPH, and mentorship - comes alive in impactful ways. With 22 current fellows coming from 6 countries and Navajo Nation â€” and 30 more starting this summer â€” they come with passion and expertise to tackle injustice and health inequality.
It is evident with Alice Johnson, a hard working community health worker from Liberia, who is finally getting the opportunity to train as a nurse in Monrovia. Her access to this training through HEAL will benefit her community and ripple throughout the Liberian health system.
It also comes alive with Tim Laux and Sushil Patil at Jan Swasthya Sahyog in India. They are systematically revamping the curriculum for junior physicians in order to create a more sustainable medical workforce in rural India.
At home in Navajo Nation, we see interdisciplinary collaboration with Meghan Ritz a Physician Assistant from Shiprock and Annie Khan a Family Medicine doctor. Together they are tackling neonatal malnutrition through a novel breast feeding initiative.
So how do we build a global movement that erodes the root causes of inequality? How do we make serving the poorest a viable career? The answer is HEAL.
Dr. Sri Shamasunder, Co-founder
Dr. Phuoc Le, Co-founder
HEAL Initiative Fellows 2015-2017
Photography: Sheila Menezes & HEAL
Videography: Zachary Sumner & Mark Oltmanns
Video Edited and Produced by: Sky Tandberg