An Education Journey: From Competency to Classroom to Community

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Thursday March 7, 2019
8:00am – 12:00pm
Room:  Astoria / 3rd Level

Hilton Chicago Hotel
Chicago, Ilinois

  • Registration fee: $50
  • Registration for the satellite session is separate from registration for the CUGH conference.
  • ​Attendees will receive 3.5 Continuing Education credits for participation
Click Here to Register for the Satellite Session

Brittany Seymour, DDS MPH
Barbara Astle, PhD, RN
Carlos Faerron, MD, MSc
Jessica Evert, MD
Jane R. Barrow, MS
Karl Woodnansey, DDS, MS
  • Describe the current landscape, including strengths and weaknesses, of various global community engagement models by health care practitioners and trainees
  • Apply the six-phased approach for competency-based global health curriculum development
  • Consider strategies for identifying partners for integrated global health teaching, learning, and practice
  • Assess feasibility obstacles and solutions for developing ethical and sustainable global health learning and practice experiences for health care providers through competency-based programs.
Health care providers and trainees, often from high income countries, commonly offer their skills and knowledge in low-resource settings, mainly LMICs. Evidence shows that these efforts can lead to unintentional harm, ethical challenges due to power differentials, and often lack sustainability, failing to translate to improved health outcomes in recipient communities long-term. Competency-based education approaches may be a suitable pathway for transformative global exchange experiences for trainees, health care providers, and recipient communities alike. This interdisciplinary session describes a six-phased approach to competency-based global health curriculum development. It chronicles the journey of the development of global health competencies by the CUGH Competency Sub-Committee and Global Oral Health Interest Group; transformative experiential learning field courses led by the InterAmerican Center for Global Health  in rural Costa Rica; and outcomes from a national workshop held by the American Dental Association Foundation on best practices for international volunteering. Participants will be introduced to the resulting open access didactic Global Health Starter Kit for Dental Education and the CUGH Competency Education Toolkit, and ‘Red Flag/Green Light’ recommendations for identifying appropriate partners for creating ethical, sustainable global health programs and practices. Working groups will tackle approaches for transforming their own programs and organizations in order to incorporate new educational approaches, minimize ethical challenges, and optimize sustainability, local capacity building and health improvement long term.
This will be a hands-on workshop format session; there will be no lectures or presentations. Participants will be provided with all session materials and preparation instructions prior to the session. To maximize the session, participants are encouraged to complete the preparation as requested and come prepared to engage in the workshop. Electronic hand-outs will be distributed. Participants are encouraged to bring a tablet, laptop, or other device for accessing materials and for working during the session.
8:30-9:30 am
Welcome, introductions, review of preparation materials, large group discussion; Q & A kick-off
9:30-11:15 am
Break-out Sessions: 30 mins each; participants will rotate in small groups through each breakout
9:30-10:00 am
Developing Competency-based Global Health Educational Programs (Astle, Barrow, and Seymour)
10:00-10:30 am
Identifying Partners for Global Health Collaboration and Programming (Faerron and Woodnansey)
10:30-10:45 am
10:45-11:15 am
Planning Ethical and Sustainable Programs in Global Health: Obstacles and Successes (Evert)
11:15 am-12:00 pm
Large group debrief and wrap-up; define next steps
Brittany Seymour, DDS, MPH
Dr. Seymour is an Assistant Professor at Harvard School of Dental Medicine in the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology and the Office of Global and Community Health. She earned her DDS from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine and completed her MPH from Harvard School of Public Health, concentrating in Global Health and Population. Her research focuses on interdisciplinary approaches for global oral health improvement through competency-based education. She has completed Fellowships at the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Harvard Medical School Academy for Medical Education. She was the Principal Investigator for the Rwanda Human Resources for Health oral health planning period and currently for the Vietnam Health Advancement Initiative: Competency-based Dental Education program. She has received additional support from numerous foundations for her work in global health curriculum development and best practices and her materials are being adapted for other dental schools’ curricula globally. She is Director of CUGH’s Global Oral Health Interest Group and was a contributing author to the FDI World Dental Federation’s Oral Health Atlas 2nd Edition. Dr. Seymour has won the Award for Community Dentistry and Dental Public Health and the Herschel St. Horowitz scholarship by the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, an Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award from HSDM, and an Excellence in Mentorship award from Harvard Medical School. She is a national spokesperson for the American Dental Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. 
Barbara Astle, PhD, RN
Dr. Barb Astle, is an Associate Professor of Nursing, Director for the Centre of Equity and Global Engagement (CEGE), and Acting Director MSN Program at Trinity Western University in Langley, Canada. Her research focuses on global health equity, human rights, competency-based global health education (including undergraduate/graduate/ host competencies and partnerships), and research literacy. She Co-Chairs the CUGH Education Committee’s Competency Sub-committee and lead the editing update for the CUGH Global Health Competencies Tool Kit (2nd edition). Dr. Astle Co-leads a program of research on albinism and human rights, and is involved in an international roundtable of researchers and advocates meeting at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva (2018). She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in global health, research literacy, leadership, knowledge translation, and health policy. She is an Institutional member of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Researchers (CCGHR), and on the Advisory Board for the Global Nursing Caucus (GNC) in Boston, MA. She publishes in areas related to global health education, human rights, and research. Recently, she co-authored the book “Research Literacy for Health and Community Practice” (2017), served as Chair and Past Chair of the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) in 2009 – 2012, and recipient of the Excellence in Nursing Education Award by the Association of Registered Nurses in British Columbia (2017).
Carlos Faerron, MD, MSc
Dr. Faerron recently joined the Organization for Tropical Studies in July, 2018 to serve as the founding director of the T. School, the School of the Tropics. He began his career as a primary care doctor in a rural area of Costa Rica where he worked closely with migrant and indigenous populations. After obtaining his Master’s degree he returned to the same community and co-founded the InterAmerican Center for Global Health (CISG). The center is the first global health hub in Central America, seeking to redefine the meaning of leadership and global health through innovative educational approaches. CISG follows a health equity and human rights framework as a guiding principle and firmly believes in progress in health through community empowerment, research and education. Carlos conducts research on adolescent pregnancy, gender, intercultural approaches to care, and migration and health. He also has developed and taught courses in the fields of Planetary Health, Global Health, Tropical Diseases, Interculturality, Human Rights, Oral Health, Primary Care and Health Systems, among others, for CISG, for the Organization for Tropical Studies and for Harvard University, New York University, University of Southern California and EARTH University. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Costa Rica, and his MSc. in International Health at Queen Mary University in Edinburgh and Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Additional studies include Social Justice at the International Institute for Health and Development in Scotland, and Social Innovation for Health from INCAE Business School. He is a Fellow of the Central American Healthcare Initiative.
Jessica Evert, MD
Dr. Jessica Evert straddles international education and the medical profession.  She served as CFHI Medical Director from 2008 to 2013 when she was appointed to the Executive Director role.  Dr. Evert is Faculty in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she instructs in Global Health and community-based underserved care and helped develop, as well as completed, the Global Health Clinical Scholars residency track.  Dr. Evert is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine and is a longtime advocate for health-related international education quality and ethical standards.   She is author and editor of multiple chapters, articles and books in global health with a focus on education, ethics, and asset-based engagement, including the seminal texts: 1) Developing Global Health Programming: A Guidebook for Medical and Professional Schools, 2nd Ed 2) Global Health Training in Graduate Medical Education, 2nd Ed and 3) Reflection in Global Health: An Anthology. She helped develop the Forum on Education Abroad Standards for Health-Related Undergraduate Programs.  Dr. Evert is a recipient of Global Health Education Consortium’s prestigious Christopher Krogh Award for her dedication to underserved populations at home and abroad.  Dr. Evert’s research and advocacy areas of focus are the ethics of global educational engagement, competency-based international education, health disparities, asset-based programmatics and reflection.
Jane R. Barrow, MS
Ms. Jane Barrow is the associate dean for the Office of Global and Community Health at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Ms. Barrow directs school-wide efforts in education, research, and clinical services that further the School’s strategic goals for oral public health and the integration of oral health and medicine. She is also the executive director of the HSDM Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine and is a lecturer in the department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at HSDM. Working with an inter-professional team of faculty and staff, her office strives to identify the burden of oral disease, educate an inter-professional workforce, reduce oral and other non-communicable diseases with shared risk factors, and thereby strengthen health systems and improve the health of communities locally and around the world. She is currently involved in several projects that advance this mission. Ms. Barrow is a graduate of Harvard College and of the Master in Health Policy and Management program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has an extensive background in health care systems planning at the community and national levels, as well as experience in institutional strategic planning, finance, and operations.
Karl Woodnansey, DDS, MS
Dr. Karl Woodmansey is a native of Montana. He received a B.S. degree in biomedical science from Montana State University in 1986, a D.D.S. degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1989 and a M.A. in Educational Administration from the University of the Pacific in 2015.  Dr. Woodmansey practiced in Bozeman, Montana before entering full-time academia. After four years in the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry Department of Endodontics, Dr. Woodmansey served as the Endodontic Program Director for St. Louis University from 2015 through 2017. He presently holds the title of Adjunct Clinical Professor at Texas A&M University College of Dentistry and serves on the ADA Foundation International Programs sub-committee. Dr. Woodmansey has served as a member of the U.S. Air Force / Air National Guard Dental Corps since 1998. He is presently assigned to the 126th Aeromedical Group at Scott Air Force Base as a Lieutenant Colonel.  Dr. Woodmansey has been an active contributor to the dental profession. He is a “Diplomate” of the American Board of Endodontics and has achieved “Fellowship” in the Academy of General Dentistry, the Academy of Dentistry International, the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the American College Health Association. Dr. Woodmansey’s research interests are broad, with numerous publications in a wide variety of domains. Most of his research interests explore clinical applications of technology.