Partners HealthCare Global Programs and Mission
Global health outreach has been a part of the Partners mission since its inception, and a part of our founding hospitals’ missions for centuries. Our work not only improves health care for some of the most underserved populations but also provides avenues for research that can improve health care for all populations.
Partners HealthCare Global Programs and Initiatives
Global health outreach has been a part of the Partners mission since its inception, and a part of our founding hospitals’ missions for centuries. Our work not only improves health care for some of the most underserved populations but also provides avenues for research that can improve health care for all populations.Read More...
- Partners HealthCare International® collaborates with colleagues overseas to improve health care worldwide. Partners International offers clinical development and advisory services, patient care services, educational exchanges, clinical program affiliations and opportunities for research collaboration, all tailored to meet the needs of our global partners.
Partners International’s global health collaborations include clinics and care services for patients in Bermuda, a partnership with a Chinese consulting firm to offer a wider array of medical services, relationships with universities in India and China, and the coordination of health care conferences in the United Arab Emirates, among many other collaborations.
Additionally, Partners International offers patients in Bermuda, Canada, India, and Greece a local representative that can coordinate care with specialists from Partners-affiliated hospitals in Boston.
- Center of Expertise in Global and Humanitarian Health, a program for graduate medical education students that offers opportunities that complement clinical training by providing exposure to important areas of medicine and health care delivery. The focus of the Center is to expose trainees to the broad range of clinical and research opportunities in Global Health and care of vulnerable populations. Through lectures, travel grants, and mentorship, trainees explore the breadth of global career paths.
- Partners HealthCare Connected Health develops innovative and effective solutions for delivering quality patient care outside of the traditional medical setting. Since 2001 the Connected Health has been working on remote consultations through Operation Village Health, a program that seeks to establish an innovative communications technology platform that increases local capacity and emphasizes effective, self-sufficient, and affordable local care for communities in the developing world. This is done through a system that involves local Cambodian health care workers gathering medical data and transmitting that to specialists in Boston and in Phnom Penh for review. The specialists’ assessments can then be translated into care for the rural Cambodian patients.
Brigham and Women's Hospital Global Programs and Initiatives
Physicians and nurses from Brigham and Women’s Hospital have worked for years through programs at the hospital to reduce health disparities among disadvantaged patients in the developing world, as well as provide disaster relief when necessary. In conjunction with Partners in Health, a non profit organization dedicated to providing health care for the poor who live in the developing world, Brigham and Women’s provides many opportunities for its caregivers to affect health care on a global scale.Read More...
- The Division of Global Health Equity (DGHE) uses insights from anthropology, history, sociology, epidemiology, statistics, economics, and other social sciences to improve medical care in the world's poorest areas. In September of 2001, the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) created this new division dedicated to address health disparities through training, education, research and service in collaboration with Partners In Health (PIH), the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine of Harvard Medical School (DGHSM).The DGHE proliferates knowledge gained through Harvard residencies by identifying physicians from developing nations and inviting them to gain experience at Brigham and Women’s and Harvard Medical School. The program prepares physicians to return to their communities and share the lessons they’ve learned at these premier academic institutions.
In the wake of the January 2010 Haiti earthquake, caregivers from the DGHE volunteered to fly to Haiti and help in the aid efforts. DGHE staff led the relief efforts, working with limited supplies and administering lifesaving care.
Through the DGHE, Paul Farmer, MD, and BWH physicians also work with Partners In Health (PIH) in Peru, Rwanda, Lesotho, and other countries to implement pioneering models of care and conduct groundbreaking medical research on diseases that disproportionately afflict the poor.
- Global Women’s Health Programs through the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology, aim to improve the lives of women world-wide. The group collaborates with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard Initiative for Global Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the US Department of Defense on this mission.
- The Division of International Emergency Medicine and Humanitarian Programs is situated within the Department of Emergency Medicine and comprises faculty, fellows, and staff with programmatic interests in international health, education and research. The Division seeks to improve access to health services in the world's most stressed populations.
The program’s associated fellowship, called the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship, prepares leaders in international health and international emergency systems. Fellows develop skills in humanitarian aid and disaster response, emergency systems development, health program administration and funding, cross-cultural collaboration, international public health, and human rights.Less
Massachusetts General Hospital Global Programs and Initiatives
Massachusetts General Hospital, a leader among its peer academic centers in humanitarian efforts, has treated the wounded in wars and disasters as far back as the World Wars. Today, the hospital remains committed to improving global health.Read More...
- The Center for Global Health (CGH) was established in 2006 to bring multiple global health efforts under one umbrella. From communities ravaged by pandemics and other health crises to victims of natural disasters and human rights violations, CGH is committed to caring for the world’s most vulnerable populations. The center functions as a coordinating and initiating hub and encompasses initiatives in health care delivery and human rights; education and training; and the development and implementation of best practices in disaster response and humanitarian aid.
In November 2010, the MGH Center for Global Health held its inaugural symposium, “Broadening the Response: The Role of Academic Medical Centers in Global Health.” More than 1,000 people attended the daylong event, which included presentations and panel discussions about some of today’s most pressing global health topics. The CGH welcomed guest speakers U.S. Senator John F. Kerry, U.S. Ambassador and Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby, Liberian Minister of Health and Social Welfare Walter T. Gwenigale, MD, and co-founder of Partners in Health and BWH physician Paul Farmer, MD, PhD.
The CGH’s efforts globally include many recent deployments of physicians to Haiti, in the wake of the January 2010 earthquake and the Cholera epidemic that struck the nation in the fall of 2010. Find a log of all activities related to the Haiti Relief Effort through Massachusetts General Hospital.
Among other health issues, the CGH also has many projects concerning AIDS research in countries like India, Uganda, South Africa, Thailand, Brazil, and Zambia.
- The Division of Global Health and Human Rights (DGHHR), situated within the Department of Emergency Medicine, has a mission of caring for the world's most vulnerable populations by developing and facilitating health care delivery, research, education, and capacity-building initiatives. Additionally, the Division places a special emphasis on educating the Mass General community about global health issues, and offers a fellowship as well as Grand Rounds on various topics.
Since its inception in 2008, the staff of the DGHHR has worked on many programs including, among other, an initiative to end slavery which addressed sex trafficking of women and girls, an initiative to end child malnutrition in Uganda, a program for bringing medical education to the Sudan where there are extremely low numbers of physicians and a high mortality rate,
- The Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard was formed in 2009 to find new ways of preventing and curing human disease through harnessing the power of the immune system. Funded originally by a $100 million gift to Mass General from Phillip T. and Susan Ragon and building off of the work of the Partners AIDS Research Center, the Institute is now run by Mass General’s Bruce Walker, MD. The Institute began with a dual mission: to contribute to the accelerated discovery of an HIV/AIDS vaccine and subsequently to establish itself as a world leader in the collaborative study of immunology. Dr. Walker is leading a broad collaboration to adapt breakthroughs in the physical sciences and engineering for a deeper understanding of interactions between HIV and the immune system.
Physicians and nurses working with the Ragon Institute are improving care, education, and well-being of children and adults in South Africa and Uganda who have been affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Recently the Institute co-hosed the “2012 AIDS Vaccine,” the world's largest and most prestigious global scientific conference focused exclusively on HIV vaccine research, with the Harvard Center for AIDS Research.
- The Mass General Imaging Center for Global Health is dedicated to addressing unmet medical imaging needs and health care disparities for vulnerable and crisis-affected populations. The Center has programs concerning education and training, technology transfer, research and needs assessment, clinical service, and institutional and organizational development.
- MGH Durant Fellowship in Refugee Medicine helps health care professionals bring their skills to those in critical need around the globe. The fellowship, named after the late Mass General physician Thomas Durant, provides recipients the resources to travel to remote areas of the world to provide health care to underserved populations.