Enhancing global health and education in Malawi, Zambia, and the United States through an interprofessional global health exchange program

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Abstract

  • Aim: This article describes participant outcomes of an interprofessional collaboration between health professionals and faculty in Malawi, Zambia, and the United States (US). Background: One strategy critical for improving global health and addressing Millennium Development goals is promotion of interprofessional education and collaboration. Methods: Program participants included 25 health professionals from Malawi and Zambia, and 19 faculty/health professionals from Alabama and California. African Fellows participated in a 2 week workshop on Interprofessional Education in Alabama followed by 2 weeks working on individual goals with faculty collaborators/mentors. The US Fellows also spent 2 weeks visiting their counterparts in Malawi and Zambia to develop plans for sustainable partnerships. Results/Conclusions: Program evaluations demonstrated participants' satisfaction with the program and indicated that the program promoted interprofessional and cross-cultural understanding; fostered development of long-term sustainable partnerships between health professionals and educators in Zambia and the US; and created increased awareness and use of resources for global health education. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.
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    Author List

  • Wilson LL; Somerall D; Theus L; Rankin S; Ngoma C; Chimwaza A
  • Start Page

  • 97
  • End Page

  • 103
  • Volume

  • 27
  • Issue

  • 2