The following table shows the 2011 MEPI Symposium Speakers by Agenda. Click a name to see each speaker's Picture, Bio, and/or PowerPoint Presentations and Video Clip from the event.
Professor Abraham Haileamlak Mitike is a member of the MEPI African Coordinating Center Faculty and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health, a Pediatric Cardiologist at Jimma University in Ethiopia. He is a consultant pediatrician with twenty years’ experience in health care services in rural Ethiopia. For the last seven years, he has worked in the university’s teaching hospital, providing clinical services. He teaches undergraduate medical students as well as health officers and post graduate anesthesia and pediatrics residents. On top of his academic and clinical activities, Dr Haileamlak has been involved in the top leadership of Jimma University, the second biggest University in Ethiopia. He worked as Vice Director of the university’s hospital for two years and he was the Vice President the University from 2004 through 2010. Nationally, he worked as external examiner of medical students in Addis Ababa and Gondar Universities. Internationally he has done research with Nottingham University, UK and short-term training in Ludwig Maximilian University, Germany. He received his Doctor of Medicine (1991), Faculty of Medicine, and Certificate of Specialty in Paediatrics and Child Health (2000) from Addis Ababa University Medical School, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He also did fellowship in paediatric Cardiology at Ludwig Maximilian University in Germany (2006) and Wolfson Medical Center, Israel (2009-2010). He is member of the Ethiopian Society of Paediatrics, the Ethiopian Public Health Association, the Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute and he is the chairperson of the Ethiopian Red Cross Society.
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Rhea Hubbard joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2008 as an Administrative Fellow, Grants Management Specialist for the Fogarty International Center. She is currently the Grants Management Specialist for several Fogarty programs including the Global Health Research Initiative Program for New Foreign Investigators (GRIP), the AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP) and the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI). She enjoys working with foreign investigators and administrators to strengthen their research administration capacity and assist them as they navigate the complexities associated with the receipt of U.S. Government awards. As an NIH Administrative Fellow, Rhea completed a rotation with the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, giving her an opportunity to further her understanding of NIH versus HHS grants management policy. Prior to joining NIH, Rhea earned a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in public financial management from American University and interned at the U.S. Department of Treasury. Rhea has earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri – Columbia and worked in social services prior to moving to Washington, D.C.
Doctor Letitia Robinson began her career after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hampton University in 1993. After graduation she accepted a commission in the U.S. Navy where she worked in several areas of nursing to include psychiatry, specialty surgery, and labor and delivery, which she received and currently holds a specialty certification in Obstetrical Nursing. While in the Navy she completed her Master of Science in Nursing and also spent time in an overseas assignment in Europe. In 2002, Dr. Robinson left the Navy for a commissioning with the Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and would later begin working for the Health Resources and Services Administration, HIV/AIDS Bureau, Global HIV/AIDS Program as a Senior Public Health Analyst. In this role she provided oversight for federal funding in excess of over $200 million for HIV/AIDS care and treatment services to well over 486,000 persons in the following countries: Haiti, South Africa, Guyana, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Rwanda, Botswana, Nigeria, and Tanzania. In 2009, Dr. Robinson joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center as the International Program Officer for Sub-Saharan Africa. In this role she serves as the liaison for NIH activities in Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to this health diplomacy function, she is also the lead NIH Program Officer for the Medical Education Partnership Initiative. In addition to her employment at the NIH, Dr. Robinson has also served as Adjunct Faculty where she has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Dr. Robinson has a graduate certification in Community Health Education and her Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences as an International Health Practitioner.
Christine Lim MPH, CHES is Public Health Analyst for the Global HIV/AIDS Program at the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). In this position she provides oversight to HRSA’s health system strengthening activities for programs funded under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Prior to joining HRSA, Ms. Lim served as a HIV/AIDS Advisor in the Kingdom of Lesotho with the U.S. Peace Corps, where she worked in training and skills development for vulnerable children and young adults relating to health, psychosocial support, children’s’ rights, and small business development. As a Health Services Evaluator at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Ms. Lim conducted needs assessments and evaluation studies for HIV/AIDS services funded by the State of Maryland. She has also managed several international multi-site clinical trials as a Senior Research Coordinator at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
Professor Abdel Karim Koumare is a member of the MEPI African Coordinating Center Faculty and the founding General Director of the African Institute for Training in Pedagogy – Research and Evaluation in Health Sciences (IAFPRESS in French), an NGO located in Bamako, Mali. His Institute has been training 20 to 30 instructor-researchers every year for 10 years for the African and Malagasy Council for Graduate Education’s Competition (CAMES in French). Since 2002, he has been an associated member of the French Academy of Medicine, and since 2007 an associate member of the French Academy of Surgery. Prof. Koumare also serves as Co-Director of the Scientific Committee and member of the Committee of Experts in Pedagogy of the International Conference of Deans of French-speaking Faculties of Medicine. He has been a member of several assessment committees for Faculties of Medicine including those of Libreville in Gabon and Tours in France. Prof. Koumare has led several national and international scientific meetings. In November 2008, Prof. Koumare was appointed Vice President of the National Scientific Committee for the Organization of the Global Ministerial Forum for Research on Health, which was held in Bamako, Mali. Prof. Koumaré is now the General President of the Jury for Medicine, Surgery, and Veterinary medicine competition (candidate’s assessment for gaining the grade of Professor with teaching and research duties) for the African and Malagasy Council for Graduate Education’s Competition and has been awarded the academic palms of the same Council. He has also been awarded several medals including Commander of the national Order of Mali (Commandeur de l'Ordre National du Mali in French), Officer of the National Order of Mali (Officier de l’Ordre National du Mali); Chevalier of French Legion of Honour; Gold Medal of Surgery in France; Silver Star of the National Merit of Mali in effigy of the Standing Lion; Knight of the National Order (Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mali); and Honour Member of French-Speaking Association of Surgery. Prof. Koumare serves as Head of the Digestive Surgery Department at the University Hospital of Point G in Bamako. He is a consulting specialist in several health services management areas and health professionals’ training programs, from assessment to optimization and applied medical research for several international organizations such as the International Conference of Deans of French-Speaking Faculties of Medicine (ICDFFM); John Hopkins University (USAID/JHPIEGO); WHO/Geneva; WHO/AFRO; WHO/Bamako; French Cooperation; IDRC/Canada; World Bank/Chad; International Center for Childhood (ICC-France); and UNICEF/Bamako. Prof. Koumare is a graduate of Poitiers Medical School in France; a holder of several specialized certificates in Surgery, Anatomy, and Organonogenesis; Surgery, Pedagogy of Health Sciences (specialty evaluation obtained in Canada), Morphological Anthropology, Aeronautical Medicine and X-ray (anatomy). He is a Professor of Anatomy and Surgery at the University of Bamako and a Senior Associate at the University of Rochester, New York.
Professor Paschalis Rugarabamu is a member of the African Coordinating Center Faculty and the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at The Hubert Kairuki Memorial University (HKMU) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He has over 24 years of clinical dental service, university teaching, administration and research experience both in the public and private sectors. In the public sector, where he worked as an academic for 13 years, he headed the department of Preventive and Community Dentistry at the Dental School, University of Dar es Salaam for seven years. When, in 1995, Tanzania liberalized the education sector, he was among the pioneers who joined founder Prof. Hubert Kairuki to set up the first private medical school (HKMU) in the country in 1997. He has grown with the institution, from 1999, working in different administrative capacities as Personal Assistant to the Vice Chancellor, Program Manager for the University’s Rolling Strategic Plan, and Acting Deputy VC for Administration to the current position. He was promoted to Associate Professor of Community Health at HKMU IN 2008. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of HKMU and Board of Directors of the teaching hospital. Prof. Rugarabamu has publications in oral health, career choice, students’ attitudes towards professional courses and medical education. He has presented papers at local, national, regional, and international scientific conferences and workshops. Prof. Rugarabamu has a passion for logistics and computer applications especially in information management for health and education; he shares experiences with staff and students on computer uses and applications in health and education, as part of the communication skills course. Nationally, he was a member of Tanzania Commission of Universities [TCU] Admissions Committee (2007-2010), a regulatory body for universities and has participated in a number of committees and task forces in relation to higher education and health. He was President of the Tanzania Dental Association for two terms and a Member of the International Association for Dental Research. Regionally, he coordinated the 1st AMANET African Malaria Research Leaders Workshop, held in Arusha, October 2002, under NIH/AMANET contract. He has accumulated knowledge on the situation of Medical Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) by participating in Sub-Saharan Medical School Study (SAMSS) as an Advisory Committee Member and site visitor to universities in Ethiopia (Jimma) and Sudan (Gezira). Socially, he has conducted numerous social and official functions as Master of Ceremonies since 1990, an activity he has now retired from. Prof. Rugarabamu is a graduate of Muhimbili School of Dentistry, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He received his Master of Dentistry (Public Health) in 1990 from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and has a Certificate in Holistic Therapeutic Counseling from HKMU.
Professor Yianna Vovides is the leader of the Communications Cluster at the MEPI Coordinating Center. She is Director for Instructional Design at the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, The George Washington University. She has earned her doctorate in Instructional Design and Technology from the College of Education at The University of Iowa. Prof. Vovides has over ten years of experience in online teaching and learning. She has presented at major national and international conferences such as EDUCAUSE and ED-MEDIA, has authored publications in educational journals such as Educational Review and Computers in Human Behaviour, and has co-authored a book. Her research interests are centered around the following: • The role of metacognition and motivation in relation to learner-content interaction • Digital literacy, international development, and education • Technology acceptance and its roles in instructional design & technology applications Prof. Vovides teaches two courses on educational technology in the International Education program of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at The George Washington University
Professor Diaa Eldin ElGaili Abubakr is a member of the MEPI African Coordinating Center Faculty. He is the Director of the Education Development and Research Centre (WHO Collaborating Centre), Faculty of Medicine, University of Gezira, Sudan. Prof. Diaa Eldin ElGaili is a professor of psychiatry; head of University of Gezira’s Department of Mental Health and is a member of the Scientific Committee of Psychiatry in the Arab Board of Medical Specializations. Prof. ElGaili has been selected as a WHO advisor (Bahrain meeting Dec. 2008) and has wide experience in health professions education. He is the vice president of the Scientific Comminute of the University of Gezira. Prof. ElGaili’s research work focuses on mental health problems and health professions education. The Education Development and Research Centre, of which Prof. ElGaili is director, works in curriculum development and review, program evaluation, staff development, and continuous professional development within the health profession. This is in addition to the work of the center addressing community problems, this being represented in the University of Gezira Initiatives for safe motherhood and child hood and for the prevention of blindness in the Gezira state, in the center of Sudan.
Doctor Michael Johnson is Deputy Director of the Fogarty International Center. Prior to his work at the Fogarty International Center, Dr. Johnson served in the Office of Global Health Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, where he was liaison to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In that position his responsibilities included policy, technical and budgetary aspects of HHS involvement in PEPFAR, which currently exceeds one billion dollars.Prior to joining PEPFAR, Dr. Johnson was the Chief of Party for the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Caribbean Regional Office, co-located with the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre in Port of Spain, Trinidad. During his two-year assignment there, he played a leading role in the establishment of CDC Offices for PEPFAR in Haiti and Guyana and established partnerships with a number of Caribbean regional organizations. Dr. Johnson has worked on US domestic HIV/AIDS as the Chief Medical Officer and the Director of the Division of Training and Technical Assistance for the Ryan White CARE Act in the HIV/AIDS Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This work included oversight of the national AIDS Education and Training Centers, initiation of the first clinical quality improvement initiative in a national, publicly-funded clinical care program and the development of a variety of technical assistance interventions. He also provided agency representation and leadership in a White House initiative: the Congressional Black Caucus Initiative on AIDS. As a faculty member in the Department of International Health of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, his work was focused in Haiti as in-country director for studies on short-course tuberculosis and chemoprophylaxis among HIV-infected persons. While at Hopkins, he received a Fogarty training grant. He applied many aspects of his work in Haiti to domestic programs in the resource-limited, minority neighborhoods of Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Johnson is a graduate of Clark University (A.B. 1979), Tufts University School of Medicine (M.D. 1983) and Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (M.P.H. 1991), he is also Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease.
Professor Eric Buch is a MEPI Coordinating Center Counselor. Prof. Buch was recently appointed Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Pretoria, and remains Professor of Health Policy and Management in the School of Health Systems and Public Health at the University, a post he has held since 2000. He is transitioning out of his role as Health Adviser to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), which he has held since 2002. He was formerly (95-99) Deputy Director General for Health Care of Gauteng Province in South Africa, Director of Community Health and then Executive Director for Health, Housing and Urbanization of metropolitan Johannesburg (91-95) and Senior Lecturer in Community Health and a founder and Director of the Centre for Health Policy at the University of the Witwatersrand (87-91). Prior to this Eric co-initiated and worked for the Wits Rural Health Services Development Unit in the rural Bushbuckridge region of South Africa. He was active in anti-apartheid health organizations through the 1980’s and into the 1990’s, serving amongst others as General Secretary of the National Progressive Primary Health Care Network for nearly a decade. Prof. Buch is a Board Member of the Global Health Workforce Alliance. He recently completed two terms as a Board member of the Health Systems Trust. The focus of his career has been on South African and in the past decade, African health policy and systems; health services development and management; human resources for health and human capacity building; and AIDS and health services. Prof. Buch is a medical doctor and a registered specialist in Community Health. He served as the African lead partner for the survey undertaken by the Sub-Saharan African Medical School Study.
The Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) is a coordinated effort led by the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) and supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).