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Omolara T. Uwemedimo, MD, MPH
Dr. Omolara Thomas Uwemedimo is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and co-director of the Community Health and Social Medicine (CHASM) Initiative. In this role, she serves in leadership across a number of social medicine clinical and education programs including as the founding director of GLOhBAL (Global Learning. Optimizing health. Building Alliances Locally) at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York. In this role, she oversees the program’s mission of providing inter-professional clinical and research training in global and immigrant health to fellows, residents, medical students and public health students through established partner sites in Kenya, India and Dominican Republic. Since 2013, the program has served these partners through provision of direct care to over 2500 children; training of over 150 local health professionals and education for almost 100 residents and students. Over the past 13 years, Dr. Uwemedimo has worked as a clinician in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America and continues to work in Queens, New York as an outpatient pediatrician, with a focus on ethnic minority children from immigrant families.
As a social medicine researcher, her work focuses on : 1) understanding societal and health system barriers to use of pediatric preventive care services and 2) evaluating implementation strategies of community- clinic partnerships to improve quality of pediatric care and child health outcomes, among children in the US and internationally. In the past, she has received NIH funding to examine determinants of preventive healthcare use among South African children in families affected by substance use and effectiveness of community- based interventions to improve preventive services uptake among Nigerian children living in conflict areas. In 2016, she was named a Health Disparities Scholar at the NIH National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities.
In 2017, she created FAMNEEDS, “Family Needs Screening Program”, which is a program that to-date has screened over 1600 families for caregiver psychosocial and socio-economic hardship during well child visits, connects them to social service resources and provides 3-month follow-up and support. More recently, as a recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Fellowship she received grant funding to leverage FAMNEEDS to identify housing insecure families, and partner with community based organizations to pilot a community collaborative targeting housing insecurity.
She has been a member of the Global Health National Steering Committees for both the Association of Pediatric Program Directors and the Academic Pediatric Association, and an active member for the Section of International Child Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a peer reviewer for Pediatrics, Academic Pediatrics, Bulletin of the WHO and Global Health Action Journal. Dr. Uwemedimo is a member of the New York State American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Immigration Committee and has worked with local advocacy groups such as the New York Immigration Coalition as well as community based organizations serving immigrant groups, including the Child Center of New York.
Elsie A. Essien, MPH
Elsie A. Essien, MPH, is the program manager for GLOhBAL. In this leadership role, she oversees all logistics within the Global Health Training Program as well as supports research and educational activities, in addition to special events including global health symposiums and webinars. Ms. Essien holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Health Policy and Management and a Graduate Certificate in Global Health Studies from the University at Albany, SUNY (State University of New York), where she also worked for the Center for Global Health and the UAlbany School of Public Health marketing department. She has served as a Global Health Fellow for the Duke University Program on Global Policy and Governance in Geneva, Switzerland. As a fellow, she worked closely with experts and technical advisers in the Prevention Division, within the Rights, Gender, Prevention & Community Mobilization Department, at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
In this role, she conducted research on the landscape and global use of information communication technologies (ICTs) in HIV prevention programming for key populations, specifically commercial female sex workers in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). This supported efforts to develop and use innovative and pragmatic interventions for vulnerable and hard-to-reach communities. Prior to working in global health, Ms. Essien was a data analyst for a global market research and consulting firm in the healthcare and energy industries; her specialty was in energy research in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and sub-Saharan Africa regions. In addition to the healthcare field, she has interests in social entrepreneurship, economic development in limited resources settings, global health law, and corporate social responsibility programs that support maternal and child health.
Brinda Doraiswamy, MD
Dr. Doraiswamy is a clinical assistant professor in pediatrics at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Over her 30 year career, she has held various positions including Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Brooklyn Hospital, and more recently Director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Nassau University Medical Center. There, she was also the director of the pediatric HIV/TB clinic. Dr. Doraiswamy has a long standing interest in medical education and has extensively taught both residents and third year medical students. She has been on the clinical teaching faculty of SUNY (State University of New York) Downstate, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and most recently, at Hofstra/Northwell. She has a special interest in global medicine, having founded the travel clinic at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC). Starting in July 2019, Dr. Doraiswamy will be the assistant clinical director of GLOhBAL on a part time basis.
Ms. Arlene Guastella is the administrative assistant for GLOhBAL. She has over twenty-eight years of experience working in the healthcare system.