251064 Partnerships for Health - Jeff HEALTH and the Rwanda Village Concept Project A Model of Health Professions Student Global Education

Monday, October 31, 2011: 2:30 PM

James Plumb, MD, MPH , Family and Community Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Francis Barchi, MBE, PhD , Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
A partnership between the Rwanda Village Concept Project (RVCP), a medical student program in Butare, and Jeff HEALTH (Helping East Africans Link to Health), a multidisciplinary student organization at Thomas Jefferson University, has been working in two Rwandan villages for the past five years. Initially, The Rwanda Health and Healing Project consisted of two programs, a Genocide Survivors Village Transformation and creation of a Genocide Memorial Park. These programs lead to a comprehensive community health assessment, which: 1) documented the needs through key informant interviews and focus groups; 2) identified health resources currently available; and 3) reviewed needs in context of the social and political history of Rwanda. The partnership has grown and taken shape based on this assessment and students' learning experiences. The students have implemented programs in hygiene, malnutrition, HIV education, and malaria prevention. The Rwandan students monitor these programs monthly when the Jeff HEALTH students are stateside. The team partnered with the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of Engineers Without Borders in a latrine construction project. For each of the past 4 years, 3 Rwandan medical students have spent 2 months Jefferson exploring community medicine as a discipline. A formal educational program and peer mentoring prepares Jeff HEALTH students for immersion into Rwandan projects. Based on the success of this model of collaboration and growing faculty and student interest, Jefferson has expanded its Global Health education initiatives to a 4-year longitudinal area of concentration in Population Health for medical students and a Certificate in Global Health in the MPH Program.

Learning Areas:
Clinical medicine applied in public health
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Participants at the presentation will be able to: 1) Learn a method to develop a collaborative international health professional student driven initiative 2) Identify strategies for sustaining programs through cooperative agreements between students at a United States Academic Health Center and an East African Medical School 3) Organize a student global education program based on student experiences and interest

Keywords: International Health, International Public Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I ahve been involved in international medical and public health education for the past 15 years. I have directed the Rwanda Health and Healing project since its inception.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.