Country-based Virtual Global Health Internships & Practicum

CFHI, under the leadership of partners in 12 countries who are health and social system leaders on the ground, offers country-based Global Health internships and practicum.  CFHI Virtual Global Health Internships offer undergraduate, pre-health, and graduate-level participants the unique opportunity to explore global and public health issues broadly, highlighting how health systems around the world deliver healthcare in a variety of diverse environments, exploring cultural interplays in urban and rural areas, and incorporating indigenous healing practices. Students learn how communities are addressing their most pressing health challenges, including chronic disease, maternal-child health, infectious disease, and reproductive health, all while gaining insights into the public health realities of the region. The internship is enriched with cross-cultural assessment and interaction tools, and with carefully planned cultural activities that allow participants to experience the rich diversity of CFHI’s global partner communities.

The CFHI Virtual Global Health Practicums are structured, supervised, and evaluated professional experience for Graduate and Professional level students to apply their relevant skills, knowledge, and values in a real-world setting. The virtual practicum consists of 160-200 hours and must address at least three Global Health Education Competencies. CFHI identifies appropriate projects for applicants based on the needs and interests of our global partners. Of note, CFHI utilizes an Asset-Based Community Development approach, so all practicum projects are building on local strengths and prioritizing sustainability and contemporary international development principles. Trainees will also serve a project management role in order to ensure milestones and deliverables are met.

Learn more: https://www.cfhi.org/virtual-opportunities

Virtual Internship: Global Health, Social Networks & Research

Global Health + Social Networking + Research = AISquare.  An exclusive opportunity to intern for a multi-sector initiative bringing solutions for COVID-19 and other global health challenges through collaborative leadership facilitated by enabling systems including social networking and international bridge building in research and global health spheres.  This Virtual Global Health Internship in partnership with AISquare offers students the unique opportunity to explore global and public health issues broadly, while participating in ground-breaking efforts to bring together global researchers, increase accessibility of research findings and nurture cross-discipline collaboration necessary to combat the most pressing Global Health challenges including COVID-19. This internship straddles global health, scientific research, and social network building – uniquely positioning internship graduates with professional skills necessary to be future leaders in healthcare, technology, data science and other fields. 

Learn more: https://www.cfhi.org/cfhi-aisquare-virtual-internship-global-health-social-networks-research

Developing Global Health Expertise: Cross-Cultural Effectiveness & Adaptability

Join this training offered by global faculty from Child Family Health International (CFHI) in partnership with leading cultural effectiveness trainer, Aperian Global.  This course will give you access to key tools, self assessment, and real world practice toward becoming a cross cultural professional.  These skills are essential for anyone wanting to work in globalized settings, desiring to serve diverse patient populations, and aiming to optimize self awareness and nimbleness.

The training runs from August 31-October 23, 2020.  There are 3 live sessions (which are recorded for viewing if you cannot attend in person), self-paced elements, and a capstone project.  The training requires approximately 4 hours per week.  Cross cultural effectiveness content is supplemented with Global Health Seminars on key topics, such as health systems, public health globally, and ethical aspects to Global Health.  Course is open to graduate, post graduate and undergraduate students and early career professionals.

Registration Deadline: August 30, 2020

Learn more: https://www.cfhi.org/online-course-developing-global-health-expertise-cross-cultural-effectiveness-adaptability

Symposium on International Perspectives on Women, Substance Use and Addictions

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hendrée Jones, Ph.D., will speak at a Reynolds and VCU Humphrey Fellows Partnership Symposium on International Perspectives on Women, Substance Use and Addictions. Jones is an internationally recognized expert in the development and examination of both behavioral and pharmacologic treatments for pregnant women and their children in risky life situations. The symposium will be held at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, 1651 East Parham Road. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP at the following URL by Feb.20. For more information, contact Heather Ashton at ashtonhr@vcu.edu or visit http://bit.ly/humphrey-fellows.

Human Trafficking Medical Symposium

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Students Fighting Human Trafficking will host its second annual Human Trafficking Medical Symposium on Feb. 4, 5, 6 and 8 on the fifth floor of James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center, 1201 E. Marshall St. Questions, impactvirginia.org. For more information, contact Caitlin Hauser at studentsfightinght@gmail.com or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/students-fighting-human-trafficking-27512391001.

Summer Study Abroad Program: Midwifery and Health in Guatemala

VCU’s Institute for Women’s Health and Highland Support Project will host a week in partnership with indigenous midwives and community leaders in Guatemala. Participants will learn about traditional Maya medicine and midwifery practices in the region. The trip will be May 16-23, 2020. The cost is $985 plus airfare. March 1 is the application deadline. Apply at the following URL or email Heather Ashton at ashtonhr@vcu.edu. For more information, contact Janett Forte at janett.forte@vcuhealth.org or visit http://www.womenshealth.vcu.edu.

Disability studies fall lecture – Negotiating a Cure: Deafness Technologies and the Health Market

Jaipreet Virdi, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, University of Delaware
When: 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22
Where: University Student Commons Theater

Jaipreet Virdi is completing her first book, “Hearing Happiness: Fakes, Frauds, and Fads in Deafness Cures,” to be published by the University of Chicago Press. This book rethinks how therapeutic negotiation and the influence of pseudo-medicine shaped what it meant to be a “normal” deaf citizen in American history. She examines how deaf/deafened individuals have attempted to amplify their hearing through various types of surgical, proprietary and/or technological “deafness cures” and charts the dissemination of ideas about hearing loss, from medical elites to popular culture and the popular imagination.

United2Heal To Hold Warehouse Event

Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

United2Heal will host a Warehouse Event, where student volunteers organize medical supplies to send to people in need. The event will be held at 1210 Bentley St. For more information, contact Bilal Ghazi at MasoodBG@vcu.edu.

Summer Medical Outreach trip

Volunteers Around the World at VCU is accepting applicants to their Summer Medical Outreach trip to Cambodia. Applicants from all backgrounds and majors who are passionate about volunteering are accepted. During clinic days volunteers will gain experience shadowing local physicians, taking vitals and learning about basic pharmacology. There will also be an opportunity to plan an interactive health lesson that will be presented to a classroom of young students.
 
This is an intensive two-week trip that is extremely valuable for someone who wants to gain insight into healthcare in communities abroad, while also experiencing a new country. If you are interested please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/t1Ggzj5VqBpjhn3M7
 
If you have any questions please email: 
salasf@vcu.edu (Francesca Salas, President) 
thachj@vcu.edu  (Jimmy Thach, Vice-President)

United2Heal To Host Friday Warehouse Event

Friday, Sep. 13, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

VCU’s United2Heal chapter will hold its weekly warehouse event on Sept. 13. At the event, 1210 Bentley St., volunteers sort and organize excess medical supplies collected from hospitals and clinics for shipment to countries in need. For more information, contact Bilal Ghazi at masoodbg@vcu.edu.