Dynamic Change

August 11, 2011 - 10:00am
Over the past three months on assignment with GBCHealth, I learned rapidly that things in global health and public health do not stay the same for very long.  Information has a short half-life due to such dynamic and changing interests on the global health stage.  Despite macro health issues that remain the same (i.e. large HIV mortality and morbidity burden), the fundamentals of these health... Read More

Going the Distance

August 11, 2011 - 10:00am
How far would you travel for medical attention or even clean water? Would you go three miles or even ten miles? How about 7045 miles? That’s the approximate distance between New York City and Kigali, Rwanda. After leaving New York in late February, I arrived 16 hours later in the “Milles Collines” or the “Land of a Thousand Hills” as Rwanda is commonly called. Before arriving in Rwanda, I had... Read More

“Write for Success”

August 9, 2011 - 10:00am
I have decided to start doing some things that haven’t been done before in communications.  I want to start an incentive based communications strategy to allow the Access Project District Health Advisors (DHAs) to take an active role in finding stories that will help showcase the project’s work. This strategy will hopefully motivate the DHAs to send in more content and help me to meet my goal of... Read More

GBCHealth Inspired Heat Wave?

August 9, 2011 - 10:00am
I think that the heat wave the Northeastern part of the U.S. (particularly New York City) the week of May 29th must have been due to ignition of intense calls to integrated global health action generated from GBCHealth’s 10th Anniversary Conference and Award Dinner Gala on June 1-2nd 2011!! This was an amazingly high-powered event which included appearances by government officials, entrepreneurs... Read More

South African Protocols; To Snap or Clap?

August 4, 2011 - 10:00am
South Africa Cultural Protocols for Public Speaking            I learned a great South African cultural lesson during my visit to Johannesburg, South Africa on public speaking. While finalizing GBC’s Healthy Women Healthy Economies speaking event for International Women’s Day on March 8th (which was wildly successful), we learned quickly that there was a problem.  When speaking... Read More

Healthy Entertainment

August 4, 2011 - 10:00am
As a sales representative with Pfizer, I have spent countless hours in the waiting rooms of numerous medical facilities. As I’m waiting, I try to make good use of the time by placing patient education materials on the tables and shelves that adorn the office. Most often these patient education materials get lost in the piles of books and magazines scattered throughout the office. One thing that I... Read More

Designing the Cause

August 2, 2011 - 10:00am
I met Liz during my first week in Rwanda. Liz, a student with the School of International Training (SIT), was spending six weeks in Rwanda with this unique study abroad program that paired students with global policy and health experts in developing countries.  Access Project’s founder, Josh Ruxin, a world-renowned public health expert and Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia University’s... Read More

Management Tip of the Day

August 2, 2011 - 10:00am
My average day as a Fellow in the GBCHealth office starts between 7-8am each day, running outside for 15min to grab a lunch to eat at my desk so I can multitask eating & working and leaving for the day around 6pm.  However, due to the strong and emotionally powerful work that GBCHealth and the Healthy Women Healthy Economies (HWHE) initiative in particular is putting in for women and girls... Read More

Healthy Women Healthy Economies

July 27, 2011 - 10:00am
I am currently a Pfizer Global Health Fellow (GHF) working on a 6 month assignment with GBCHealth (formerly known as Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis) based out of their Global Headquarters in New York City.  I am working within a specific GBCHealth International Impact Initiative entitled Healthy Women Healthy Economies (HWHE).  This Initiative is in partnership... Read More

Communications in Rwanda

July 1, 2011 - 12:15pm
 “RWANDA?” I blinked a couple of times as I looked at the email. The Pfizer Global Health Fellows Program had recommended me to the Access Project, based in Kigali, Rwanda, and they wanted me to interview at their New York office at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I was in utter shock at the location of the assignment since I knew very little about... Read More