ACCESS Symposium

The ACCESS Symposium is an annual conference featuring leaders in global health, who strive to cultivate awareness of the dynamic issues faced by lower and middle income countries, while improving approaches to acute care utilization and systems strengthening abroad. This year’s conference will take place on September 17, 2022 in Richmond, Virginia, and will focus on Strengthening Global Health Efforts in the COVID Era.

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Career journey for public and global health

October 20th, 6:30 pm

Nixon Arauz, a doctoral student in the Department of Health and Behavior and Policy at the VCU School of Medicine, will discuss his academic journey and passion for public and global health at a session hosted by the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in STEM. This event will be hosted through zoom at the following URL. For more information, contact Henzee Machado at or visit

2021 ACCESS Symposium: Challenges to Care From Curbside to Bedside in Low Resource Settings

Saturday, Sep. 18, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Interested in global health? The ACCESS (Acute Care and Systems Strengthening) Program at VCU’s School of Medicine will host the third annual ACCESS Symposium, which this year aims to engage students and those eager to learn about practicing acute care specialties in global settings. This symposium will offer five specialty specific panels: surgery, anesthesiology, OB/GYN, critical care and emergency medicine. The event will be offered in a hybrid format: in-person at the James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center, 1201 E. Marshall St., and via Zoom. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Nancy Valencia at or visit

Pregnancy and Reproductive Stigma Against Women in the Middle Eastern/Brown Community

Wednesday, Apr. 7, 2021 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Cultural Experience of Middle Eastern and South Asian Women at VCU will host a discussion about pregnancy and the stigma against Middle Eastern and South Asian women surrounding reproduction. Click on the following URL for the Zoom link. For more information, contact Afsheen Ali at or visit

‘Health Care Equity and Social Justice Across the Globe’

Friday, Mar. 26, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The aim of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program Symposium is to explore the current state of health disparities through a domestic and international lens. The virtual public health event, hosted by J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, VCU and Emory University, will feature a keynote address and a series of presentations on the work being done to achieve equity in health care. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Heather Ashton at or visit

“Health research in Rwanda, the Land of a Thousand Hills”,

Monday, Mar. 8, 2021 from noon to 1 p.m.

Dennis Hopkinson, M.D., assistant professor for internal medicine, will speak at a Discovery Dialogue seminar hosted by VCU’s C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research. Questions: Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Pamela Dillon, Pharm.D., research liaison, at or (804) 827-1519 or visit

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.

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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. 

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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

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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 or visit

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