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Havey Institute for Global Health Seminar Series - Digital Innovations for Global Health

When: Friday, July 8, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Central

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Sara Caudillo  

Group: Havey Institute for Global Health

Category: Academic


Please join the Robert J. Havey, MD, Institute for Global Health and the Ryan Family Center for Global Primary Care for our First Friday Seminar Series! This webinar will be available through Zoom, and registration is required in order to receive information to join. All that register will receive a link that is unique to them. 

Our speaker for the month of July is Bethany Hedt, PhD.

Global Digital Health (GDH) is the leveraging of digital technologies to improve health care access and outcomes in marginalized communities. To achieve maximum impact, GDH must be driven by real-world problems, developed under direct inputs from end-users and communities, and use multidisciplinary approaches. This talk will provide several examples of GDH - developing mobile technologies to support home-based follow-up after cesarean delivery in rural Rwanda, integrating algorithms to target women most in need of additional supports during the prenatal period in Zanzibar, and digital information tools to identify COVID-19 hotspots globally. These examples will contribute to broader discussions of the opportunities for GDH to contribute to health equity moving forward.

Speaker Bio: Bethany Hedt-Gauthier is a biostatistician specializing in health systems and implementation science research in sub-Saharan Africa. She is an Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine (Harvard Medical School) and Biostatistics (Harvard Chan School) and the Director of Research for the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change. She leads a body of research related to cesarean access and care in rural areas of Rwanda and digital health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Hedt-Gauthier is committed to improving partnerships in global health research, by innovating within her own practice and by leading research and advocacy on issues of power dynamics and inequitable research collaborations.

The Robert J. Havey, MD, Institute for Global Health Seminar Series is held the first Friday of each month, September through July, and will feature the research and ideas of outstanding global health leaders at Feinberg, the larger Northwestern community, and beyond.

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