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Global Health

The EVMS Global Health division advances EVMS' community-oriented vision by engaging in global health education, research and service in pursuit of health equity for all.

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Our mission

Our local programs include opportunities with EVMS-CHKD Summer Scholars, three M4 Global Health Equity electives, and support of regional partnerships supporting health outreach, training and education with historically marginalized communities.

While EVMS medical students are not currently permitted to travel internationally, per EVMS policy, EVMS Global Health maintains collaborative partnerships worldwide. Our work supports programs in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Belize, Bolivia, Kenya, Israel, India, Bangladesh and many more. EVMS Global Health fosters collaboration with local and international NGOs that support education, quality improvement, clinical service and collaborative research to strengthen systems of care and uphold the health of communities worldwide.

EVMS Magazine: Global Service

EVMS teams led by Alexandra Leader, MD, MPH, Director of Global Health, recently engaged in global training experiences to learn and serve in remote Panamanian villages and in the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

See more in the EVMS Digital Magazine

Global Health Equity M4 Electives

Medical Spanish Elective

The Medical Spanish Elective builds capacity among healthcare professionals to engage successfully with patients and community stakeholders in multilingual and multicultural settings.

Medical Spanish

The Medical Spanish electives allows fourth-year medical students to engage meaningfully with the Medical Spanish initiative

Through a generous gift from the Batten Educational Achievement Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, the EVMS Spanish Bilingual Clinician Certificate & Longitudinal Medical Spanish Community-Engaged Learning initiative is a multifaceted program that incorporates a language curriculum to facilitate medical Spanish fluency in health professionals in Hampton Roads and beyond.  

Our medical and health professions students participate in on-campus medical Spanish classes, support a bilingual student-run free clinic for uninsured Spanish-speaking community members, facilitate health fairs within our local Hispanic community, participate in collaborative research with Spanish-speaking community partners, and enjoy local Latin-American cultural events and celebrations. 

Global Health

The M4 Global Health elective offers students an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of clinical and public health in global health settings.

Global Health

The M4 Global Health initiative trains students on the fundamentals of clinical and public health in global health settings. Students learn the fundamentals of Global Health and Human Rights through both didactic and hands-on training experiences. Although students are not able to travel internationally at this time, per EVMS policy, students engaging with Global Health at EVMS work with marginalized communities throughout Virginia and the United States.

Marginalized Languages in Healthcare Settings M4 Elective

Students broaden their understanding of language as a social determinant of health and a vital component of structural health inequity in the United States and worldwide.

Marginalized Languages in Healthcare Settings

This longitudinal elective allows students to broaden their understanding of language as a social determinant of health and a vital component of structural health inequity in the United States and worldwide.

In the current setting of COVID-19 travel restrictions and with a focus on global health competencies in local settings, the goal of this elective is to give student participants the opportunity to expand their study of Medical French, Medical Arabic, Medical Mandarin or other proposed languages that may be marginalized in healthcare contexts. Language study will be supported by online curricula and tutoring as available. Students will also engage in small group discussions and journal clubs related to marginalized world languages. in healthcare settings. Students will complete individual readings in order to present to their colleagues regarding health inequities related to a world language of their choosing.

Medical Spanish Elective

The Medical Spanish Elective builds capacity among healthcare professionals to engage successfully with patients and community stakeholders in multilingual and multicultural settings.

Global Health

The M4 Global Health elective offers students an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of clinical and public health in global health settings.

Medical Spanish

The Medical Spanish electives allows fourth-year medical students to engage meaningfully with the Medical Spanish initiative

Through a generous gift from the Batten Educational Achievement Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, the EVMS Spanish Bilingual Clinician Certificate & Longitudinal Medical Spanish Community-Engaged Learning initiative is a multifaceted program that incorporates a language curriculum to facilitate medical Spanish fluency in health professionals in Hampton Roads and beyond.  

Our medical and health professions students participate in on-campus medical Spanish classes, support a bilingual student-run free clinic for uninsured Spanish-speaking community members, facilitate health fairs within our local Hispanic community, participate in collaborative research with Spanish-speaking community partners, and enjoy local Latin-American cultural events and celebrations. 

Marginalized Languages in Healthcare Settings M4 Elective

Students broaden their understanding of language as a social determinant of health and a vital component of structural health inequity in the United States and worldwide.

Medical Spanish Elective

The Medical Spanish Elective builds capacity among healthcare professionals to engage successfully with patients and community stakeholders in multilingual and multicultural settings.

Global Health

The M4 Global Health elective offers students an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of clinical and public health in global health settings.

Marginalized Languages in Healthcare Settings M4 Elective

Students broaden their understanding of language as a social determinant of health and a vital component of structural health inequity in the United States and worldwide.

Medical Spanish

The Medical Spanish electives allows fourth-year medical students to engage meaningfully with the Medical Spanish initiative

Through a generous gift from the Batten Educational Achievement Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, the EVMS Spanish Bilingual Clinician Certificate & Longitudinal Medical Spanish Community-Engaged Learning initiative is a multifaceted program that incorporates a language curriculum to facilitate medical Spanish fluency in health professionals in Hampton Roads and beyond.  

Our medical and health professions students participate in on-campus medical Spanish classes, support a bilingual student-run free clinic for uninsured Spanish-speaking community members, facilitate health fairs within our local Hispanic community, participate in collaborative research with Spanish-speaking community partners, and enjoy local Latin-American cultural events and celebrations. 

Global Health

The M4 Global Health initiative trains students on the fundamentals of clinical and public health in global health settings. Students learn the fundamentals of Global Health and Human Rights through both didactic and hands-on training experiences. Although students are not able to travel internationally at this time, per EVMS policy, students engaging with Global Health at EVMS work with marginalized communities throughout Virginia and the United States.

Marginalized Languages in Healthcare Settings

This longitudinal elective allows students to broaden their understanding of language as a social determinant of health and a vital component of structural health inequity in the United States and worldwide.

In the current setting of COVID-19 travel restrictions and with a focus on global health competencies in local settings, the goal of this elective is to give student participants the opportunity to expand their study of Medical French, Medical Arabic, Medical Mandarin or other proposed languages that may be marginalized in healthcare contexts. Language study will be supported by online curricula and tutoring as available. Students will also engage in small group discussions and journal clubs related to marginalized world languages. in healthcare settings. Students will complete individual readings in order to present to their colleagues regarding health inequities related to a world language of their choosing.

Students and a faculty member work together during the 2018 Health Fair.

Local partnerships

The development of strong bidirectional community partnerships is vital to the growth and sustainability of EVMS Global Health initiatives.

We have fostered community partnerships with many extraordinary local organizations, including Eastern Shore Rural Health, the Virginia Department of Health, Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Hampton Roads Refugee Relief, Access Partnership, Alliance Française Hampton Roads, the ODU School of Dental Hygiene and the LIONS Club.

These partnerships allow us to collectively meet the unique needs of our community and build community capacity for improved health.

International partnerships

Supporting and strengthening local health systems while respecting the complexities associated with global health work is critical to the development of our international programs. Well-founded international partnerships enable collaboration in bidirectional, sustainable global health initiatives.

While EVMS policy prohibits international travel for medical students, EVMS Global Health has consolidated partnerships with Child Family Health International (CFHI), Medglobal, IVUmed, Physicians for Peace, Pratit International, World Pediatric Project, The Saint Damien Collaborative, Floating Doctors, Institute for Latin American Concern, and various other international health systems and academic institutions.

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Principles of Global Health at EVMS

interprofessional education
Interprofessional education

Cultivate collaborative working relationships with their peers and mentors from diverse fields of study and practice.

Global Health Cultural Humility
Cultural humility

Seek exposure and collaboration with diverse communities, fostering the intentional commitment to lifelong learning and a broadened world-view.

Linguistic Compentencies
Linguistic competencies

Support skills acquisition to engage effectively in multilingual healthcare settings.

Global Health Community Engagement
Community engagement

Maintain a commitment to integral partnerships with our local and global communities to better understand, address and advocate for their needs.