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:

Dr. 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.

Dr. Tirsa M. Ferrer Marrero

Dr. Tirsa M. Ferrer Marrero is faculty at the Department Of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep, and Allergy, and Associate Program Director of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program. Her interests in Global Health include capacity building and medical education in critical care.

Dr. Adriana Giuliani

Dr. Adriana Giuliani is a med/peds PGY4 resident in the global health track. She plans to incorporate refugee health and the epidemiology of infectious diseases into her career.

Dr. Anita Shanker

Dr. Anita Shanker is a med/peds resident in the UIC Graduate Global Health Certificate Program. She has worked with the CDC and has an interest in global public health and providing care to underserved populations including immigrants and refugees.

Dr. Nicole Thompson

Dr. Nicole Thompson is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at UIC, the Division Chief of Global Health in the Department of Anesthesiology, and the Co-director of the College of Medicine Urban Health Program. Her research has focused on pediatric anesthesia, and she has additional academic interests in difficult airway management and global health.

Dr. 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 second-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 second-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 third-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.

Episodes

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Episode 4: Disaster Management 
Dr. Gloria Rodriguez Vega, a critical care specialist and Chief of Critical Care at Hospitales HIMA-San Pablo in Puerto Rico, joins “Better Together” to talk about disaster management in global health, in particular regarding the natural disasters that hurricanes present in the Caribbean. She shares her experience while discussing the entire disaster cycle including mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

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Episode 5: Global Environmental Health
Dr. Daniel Hryhorczuk, Professor Emeritus of the UIC School of Public Health and one of the founders of the UIC Center for Global Health, joins “Better Together” to discuss the intersection of his work in toxicology, environmental health, global, and planetary health, including decades of work in Ukraine. He discusses the tragedy of the human and environmental impact of the current war in Ukraine and a message of opportunity for activism in planetary health.