Global Health Matters
Each March, FAIMER hosts its annual Global Health Matters forum, a highly interactive half-day workshop featuring keynote speakers. The forum, formerly known as International Medical Education (IME) Day, is held in conjunction with the International FAIMER Institute.
Global Health Matters 2020 took place virtually on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 from 8:30 to 11:30 am Eastern Standard Time (UTC - 4). The theme of the 2020 forum was Connecting Healers and Makers.
In 2020, makers, visual and performing artists, and designers joined health professions educators online for a day of rich learning and dialogue. By the end of the forum, participants were able to:
- Define the processes related to concepts of creativity.
- Identify skills and education opportunities that health practitioners can gain from the arts.
- Identify skills and education opportunities that practitioners in the arts can gain from health practitioners.
- Apply concepts of creativity to innovation and the healing arts.
Questions about Global Health Matters may be directed to Jennifer Yerkov at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global Health Matters 2019
Global Health Matters 2019 took place on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Eastern Standard Time (UTC - 4) in Philadelphia, PA. The theme of the 2019 forum was Maternal Child Health and the Relation to Family Planning.
Planning family size is a complex issue connected to many other social factors including health and economic well-being. Cultural, community, policy, and capacity building issues as they relate to population growth will be discussed from a local and global perspective. Fellows and local participants were joined by online participants from around the world. By the end of the forum, participants were able to:
- Cite global trends in maternal and infant mortality.
- Recognize the relationship of maternal child health to family planning and identify effective local efforts.
- Create plans for identifying local factors affecting effective family planning and develop strategies for addressing them.
- Identify issues affecting the balance of workforce cadres in family planning.
- Address cultural and political issues that impact family planning efforts.
Mark J. Hathaway, MD, MPHDr. Hathaway is Senior Technical Advisor for Reproductive Health at Jhpiego, and an obstetrician-gynecologist. He has served on several national-level work groups and committees, including the Institute of Medicine Standing Committee on Family Planning and the National Contraceptive Metrics Workgroup. He holds appointments at Johns Hopkins University as Adjunct Professor of OB/GYN and at George Washington University as Associate Clinical Professor of Health Care Sciences.
Peter Johnson, PhD, CNM
Dr. Johnson is Senior Director, Nursing and Midwifery at Jhpiego and a nurse midwife. He recently served as Jhpiego’s Director of Global Learning, developing strategic approaches to training and pre-service education, overseeing trainer development, instructional design and monitoring and evaluation of training efforts. As an expert nurse and midwife, Dr. Johnson leads Jhpiego’s nurses and midwives in efforts to strengthen the global nursing and midwifery workforce. He received his PhD in Educational Psychology from University of Buffalo.
Global Health Matters 2018
These short videos were filmed at Global Health Matters 2018: Serving Community Health and Wellness: The Intersection of Health Professionals and Engineers.
Global Health Matters 2018 took place on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Eastern Standard Time (UTC - 4) in Philadelphia, PA. The theme of the 2018 forum was Serving Community Health and Wellness: The Intersection of Health Professionals and Engineers. In an interactive session with in-room and online participants, FAIMER Fellows and invited guests examined the intersection of health professionals and engineers in promoting community health and wellness, with focus on applying these ideas to local contexts. By the end of the forum, participants were able to:
- Describe the value that engineers and health professionals can add to each other’s work.
- Delineate the role of design and engineering in addressing community challenges.
- Assess community challenges and propose an approach to address these challenges.
- Describe the connection between sustainable community well-being and community tranquility.
- Apply concepts of community analysis to local situations.
The keynote speaker was Bernard Amadei, PhD, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Amadei holds the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering and serves as a Faculty Co-Director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities. He is also the Founding President of Engineers Without Borders-USA and the co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders-International network. Mira Olson, PhD, Associate Professor of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at Drexel University, also served as faculty. Dr. Olson is a Director of the Drexel University Masters of Science in Peace Engineering program. Her areas of research are water management, water quality, and community engagement.
Global Health Matters 2017
These short videos were filmed at Global Health Matters 2017: Health and the Built Environment.
Global Health Matters 2017 took place on March 22, 2017, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Eastern Standard Time (UTC - 4) in Philadelphia, PA. The theme of the forum was Health and the Built Environment. The built environment is the human-made space in which we live, work, and play. In a highly interactive session with in-room and online participants, FAIMER Fellows and invited guests examined the connection between health and the built environment, with a focus on applying these ideas to local contexts. By the end of the forum, participants were able to:
- Define the built environment.
- Correlate place-based data regarding socio-economic factors with individual health status.
- Delineate characteristics of the built environment that positively correlate with health.
- Identify characteristics of a successful collaboration between experts in health and the built environment.
- Create opportunities for interprofessional collaboration and education to enhance health through enhancing the built environment.
Guest speakers included Harris M. Steinberg, FAIA; Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH; Eugenia Victoria Ellis, PhD, AIA; and Nishant Manapure, MUD.
IME Day 2015
This five-minute video on water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion was filmed at IME Day 2015.
IME Day 2015 took place on Wednesday, October 21, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (UTC – 4) in Philadelphia. A highly interactive face-to-face and virtual workshop titled Water and Health: Reducing Inequalities and Defining the Future was led by Dr. Shannon Márquez of the Drexel University School of Public Health. Dr. Márquez highlighted and provoked discussion on interdisciplinary and interprofessional issues related to water and health. Here are some of the facts:
- 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation.
- 1 billion people practice open defecation, nine out of ten in rural areas.
- 748 million people lack access to improved drinking-water and it is estimated that 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking-water that is fecally contaminated.
IME Day 2014
This five-minute video highlights the opportunities and challenges of global student exchanges, and the collaboration between FAIMER and GEMx.
On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, FAIMER hosted its annual IME Day in Philadelphia. The day was marked by an interactive workshop titled Global Student Exchanges: How Can They Work for Everyone? Dr. Jon Dowell, Head of the Division of Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Dundee, Scotland, led the workshop, which focused on global exchanges as they relate to students, faculty, and health professions institutions.
More than 100 health professions educators, administrators, students, and guests (present and virtually connected) exchanged ideas and knowledge on the roles of home and host institutions offering student exchanges, including moral and ethical issues, fair and equitable exchanges, and identifying success principles to design evaluation models. The workshop gave participants the opportunity to dialogue and share ideas to make global exchange more purposeful, rich, and meaningful for both students and institutions.
The day’s activities are captured in the following webcast recordings.
We appreciate the support of the Global Education in Medicine Exchange (GEMx®), an initiative of ECFMG. GEMx facilitates partnerships among international medical schools for the purpose of promoting international health electives.
Videos from IME Day 2013
This three-minute video demonstrates how webcasting is used to broaden the impact of IME Day.
On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, FAIMER hosted its annual IME Day in Philadelphia. The four-hour workshop, titled Appreciative Inquiry: Leading Positive Change in Health Care, was led by keynote speaker, author, and global social entrepreneur Dr. Diana Whitney.