We are currently operating a "family" of programs all centered around our core vision of strengthening and empowering diaspora as a key element of the US global health workforce. We've adopted the paradigm of "resourcing, training, and placement" to organize our initiatives.

  • Resourcing: Crowdsource health information, insights and opportunities for diaspora-driven health system improvement
  • Training: Strengthen the capacity of diaspora health workers and diaspora led organizations to have sustained impact in their home countries
  • Placement: Develop and partner with programs that allow diaspora to add value to institutions in their home countries

Fall 2015 Projects


Country Gateways

We build and maintain a health gateways that a series of news, epidemiological data, volunteer opportunties, and real-time insights for diaspora wanting to know more about how they can make impact in their home countries. We currently have gateways available for India, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe. Check them out here.

Training/Capacity Building

UPMC/Global Health Bootcamp Partnership

Now in its second year, the Global Health Bootcamp is a continuing medical education course facilitated by the University of California, San Francisco. Planned as an intimate seminar, the Bootcamp attracts global health leaders from around the country to train with experts in the field on items of program planning, systems building, and partnership in global health. Speakers this year include leaders in mobile heath, rural health, international health policy, and HIV and malaria.  The workshop is capped at 36 individuals, 3 of which were recruited by the Diaspora Health Network from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center housestaff and funded by UPMC International to attend.  

Ranked as one of the top ten in the country, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Graduate Medical Education program is one of the nation's largest and most diverse with 1,800 residents and fellows from around the world. This partnership will empower diaspora physicians to undertake opportunities to build and support sustainable health ventures in their home countries.



America Nepal Medical Foundation

Diaspora matter not only in times of prosperity, but in moments of deep crisis. The April 2015 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal killed more than 9,000, injured 23,000, and damaged homes, schools and hospitals serving millions. The America Nepal Medical Foundation is a grassroots diaspora organization that was founded to support Nepalese medical education but quickly placed themselves on the frontline of humanitarian efforts in the country. DHN has initiated a partnership with the organization with the goal of developing an evaluation of its transformation after the earthquake as well as its own response, providing a blueprint for its future work as well as for diaspora groups working to replicate what it has done.


Research Capacity Seminars

There is a great need for trained health researchers in developing countries. With cooperation of colleagues at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Johns Hopkins Center for Surgical Trials and Outcomes Research, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital Center for Surgery and Public Health, we have developed a curriculum for medical trainees that focus on the basic tenets of health research and provides a pathway for research questions to developed into workable projects. We are piloting the study in Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, India and in Kathmandu University in Nepal. Our plan is to create a scalable format that can be used by trained diaspora to provide research skills to their alma maters and beyond.

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