Celebrating Cultural Diversity, Dialogue, and Development

The United Nations World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better. In 2009, when the Open Hands Initiative was founded, we wanted to create innovative platforms for ordinary citizens from across the … Continue reading Celebrating Cultural Diversity, Dialogue, and Development

Sharing our Health Stories and Finding Common Ground

Dialogue. Sharing. Understanding. Reconciliation. Trust. Friendship. Community. Change agents. Celebration. These are just some of the words our faculty and student ambassadors have used to describe their experiences during week one of our Post-Conflict Colombia Public Health project.¬†Sharing their personal health stories, whether as clinical practitioners, public health professionals, or healthcare users, common to all … Continue reading Sharing our Health Stories and Finding Common Ground

Health Diplomacy: A Step Towards Peace

This post first appeared on the Huffington Post. Following the attacks in Paris late last year, Somali-British poet Warsan Shire’s poem, What they did yesterday afternoon, flooded the Internet in response. The poem read: later that night i held an atlas in my lap ran my fingers across the whole world and whispered where does … Continue reading Health Diplomacy: A Step Towards Peace