BETTER TOGETHER: A podcast for global health change-makers.

The struggles we face are bigger than any one person, but we can each take a step to make a difference. BETTER TOGETHER is a podcast where aspiring global health practitioners can learn from engaged, globally-focused health care professionals who are doing their part to improve health for all.

Who We Are? The BETTER TOGETHER podcast team is a group of globally-minded medical students, residents, and faculty joined together by our mission of health equity for everyone. We started this podcast to share stories and pearls of wisdom from colleagues working in global health, to learn how we can have a positive lasting impact on health in our communities, locally and globally. The audience for this forum is global health students, trainees, and faculty who want to learn about best practices in global partnerships, research, education, capacity strengthening and service.

Podcast Team:

Stacey Chamberlain

Dr. Stacey Chamberlain is an emergency physician and the Director of Academic Programs at the UIC Center for Global Health.  Her global health work focuses on capacity building in emergency care in Uganda and global health education.

Adriana Giuliani

Dr. Adriana Giuliani is a med/peds PGY3 resident in the global health track. She plans to incorporate refugee health and the epidemiology of infectious diseases into her career.

Danielle Vachon

Dr. Danielle Vachon is an obstetrics/gynecology PGY4 resident at UIC.  She went to college at the University of South Florida and medical school at Florida International University.  She is interested in global health and is an avid podcast listener.

Emily Walton

Dr. Emily Walton is an emergency physician and the Global Emergency Medicine Fellow at UIC for 2021-2023. Her interests within global health include capacity building, education, ultrasound training, and disaster response.

Zach Brahmbhatt

Zach Brahmbhatt is a first-year medical student and member of the Global Medicine program at UIC. His interests in global health revolve around the intersection of conflict and medicine, particularly focused on trauma and resilience.

Shivani Majmudar

Shivani Majmudar is a first-year medical student in the Global Medicine program at UIC. She has a background in journalism and is particularly interested in the intersection of storytelling and global health advocacy.

Audrey Mannuel

Audrey Mannuel is a second-year medical student in the Global Medicine program at UIC. Her global health interests center on sexual and reproductive health, particularly in Southeast Asian countries.


Episode 1: Collaboration 
Dr. Yves-Dany Accilien, Emergency Medicine physician, Haiti native and co-founder of Kore Haiti joins “Better Together” to discuss his organization and their commitment to supporting the Haitian community by addressing educational barriers, healthcare accessibility, & economic sustainability through diverse partnerships.

Episode 2: Research
Dr. Supriya Mehta with the UIC School of Public Health joins “Better Together” to discuss her work as an epidemiologist doing global health research in Kenya focusing on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and the vaginal microbiome. Dr. Mehta’s research is ultimately aimed at improving sexual and reproductive health in high-risk communities.

Episode 3: Capacity Building

Collaborators Dr. Damiano Rondelli (Chief of Hematology/Oncology at UI Health and faculty at the UIC Center for Global Health) and Dr. Bishesh Poudyal (Professor of Hematology/Oncology at the Civil Service Hospital of Kathmandu in Nepal) join “Better Together” to discuss their work in building capacity for treatment of blood cancers. Together they have increased access to life-saving care and done collaborative research, and they discuss issues including program adaptations for local contexts, barriers to building capacity including politics and financing, and the importance of long-term partnerships and resilience. Dr. Rondelli leads the Global BMT (bone marrow transplant) Program which has helped build capacity in BMT not only in Nepal but also in Nigeria, Ukraine, Bolivia, and Uganda.