Global Health Delivery Project
The Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard aims to improve health among disadvantaged populations worldwide by systematizing the study of global health delivery and rapidly disseminating knowledge to practitioners through a range of coordinated initiatives. One of the most creative and cutting-edge developments in the field is Global Health Delivery Online (GHDonline), a platform of professional virtual communities developed by the Global Health Delivery Project. GHDonline enables open collaboration between global health implementers and organizations in online “communities of practice” in order to create a new breadth of knowledge applicable in the field and to democratize access to critical information in order to improve the delivery of health care worldwide.
The Abundance Project for Global Health supports the expansion of Global Health Delivery Online to ensure that essential knowledge can reach clinicians where they need it. Abundance Fellows and Scholars participate in the Clinical Exchange community, a secured platform that provides case and specialist consultations between clinicians in Rwanda, Haiti, and at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The first site for the planned expansion of the Clinical Exchange community is Hospital St. Nicholas in St. Marc, where many Partners In Health clinicians, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, are serving the communities that were at the epicenter of the cholera outbreak. Hospital St. Nicholas in St. Marc is also the site for a Haitian Medicine Residency and Nurse Training Project.
For more information on the Global Health Delivery Project, watch this short video featuring Rebecca Weintraub explaining the importance of this work and the role that Abundance has played in its success.
Rebecca Weintraub, MD, is the Executive Director of the Global Health Delivery Project and an Associate Physician and a member of the Hospitalist Service at Brigham and Women‚Äôs Hospital, as well as being an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Rebecca’s previous work promoted access to care for HIV positive mothers and their children in Zimbabwe and India. She continues to serve as a technical advisor to Ashoka. Fifteen years ago, she launched Jumpstart, which brings college students and community volunteers together with preschool children for year long, individualized tutoring and mentoring and is now an AmeriCorps program serving over 80 communities and 15, 000 preschoolers a year. Jumpstart has scaled up by an average of nearly 30 percent, making it one of America’s fastest growing nonprofit organizations. Rebecca’s current research interests include developing new strategies to design and scale health systems. Dr. Weintraub graduated from Yale University, Stanford Medical School and completed her medical training at Brigham and Women‚ Äôs Hospital.