Open Dialogue: A Civic Duty to Promote Public Health

Open dialogue is a cornerstone of building trust and understanding as it provides a platform to share perspectives, exchange ideas, and bridge differences. For Héctor Abad Gómez, a prominent Colombian medical doctor, university professor, and human rights activist, creating a space to expand Colombia’s political and social discourse beyond the dominant voices of his time, … Continue reading Open Dialogue: A Civic Duty to Promote Public Health

Planning for a Post-Conflict Colombia: Emerging Public Health Leaders Develop Health Interventions for IDPs

This post first appeared on the Huffington Post. Fifty-five years ago this week, braving the cold winds of a winter’s January, U.S. President John F. Kennedy delivered his inaugural address imparting upon the American people words still true today: “In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than mine, will rest the final success or failure … Continue reading Planning for a Post-Conflict Colombia: Emerging Public Health Leaders Develop Health Interventions for IDPs

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