School of Medicine; Department of Psychiatry; Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine; Department of Neurology; Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine; Department of Quantitative Health Sciences; Department of Pediatrics; Department of Surgery; UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center; Senior Scholars Program
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BACKGROUND: In recent years there has been a surge in the number of global health programs operated by academic institutions. However, most of the existing programs describe partnerships that are primarily faculty-driven and supported by extramural funding.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Research and Advocacy for Health in India (RAHI, or "pathfinder" in Hindi) and Support and Action Towards Health-Equity in India (SATHI, or "partnership" in Hindi) are 2 interconnected, collaborative efforts between the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and Charutar Arogya Mandal (CAM), a medical college and a tertiary care center in rural western India. The RAHI-SATHI program is the culmination of a series of student/trainee-led research and capacity strengthening initiatives that received institutional support in the form of faculty mentorship and seed funding. RAHI-SATHI's trainee-led twinning approach overcomes traditional barriers faced by global health programs. Trainees help mitigate geographical barriers by acting as a bridge between members from different institutions, garner cultural insight through their ability to immerse themselves in a community, and overcome expertise limitations through pre-planned structured mentorship from faculty of both institutions. Trainees play a central role in cultivating trust among the team members and, in the process, they acquire personal leadership skills that may benefit them in their future careers.
CONCLUSION: This paradigm of trainee-led twinning partnership promotes sustainability in an uncertain funding climate and provides a roadmap for conducting foundational work that is essential for the development of a broad, university-wide global health program.
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Glob Health Sci Pract. 2017 Mar 28;5(1):152-163. doi: 10.9745/GHSP-D-16-00190. Print 2017 Mar 24. Link to article on publisher's site
Global health, science and practice
Soni A, Fahey N, Jaffe A, Moore Simas TA, Byatt N, Chin M, McManus DD, Tracey M, Khubchandani JA, Newman H, Earon A, Rosenfield H, Handorf A, Novak B, Bostrom J, Deb A, Rosal MC, McQuilkin PA, Santry H, Fischer MA, Allison JJ. (2017). RAHI-SATHI Indo-U.S. Collaboration: The Evolution of a Trainee-Led Twinning Model in Global Health Into a Multidisciplinary Collaborative Program. University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications. https://doi.org/10.9745/GHSP-D-16-00190. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/faculty_pubs/1192
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