AfroPHC Policy Workshop on Bridging the Gap: Health Equity in PHC in Africa

Join us at our next interactive AfroPHC Policy Workshop on “Bridging the Gap: Health Equity in PHC in Africa” 11am-2pm Ghana, 12pm-3pm Nigeria, 1-4 pm Central/Southern Africa and 2-5pm Kenya next Tuesday 18th October. Check your local time here. Link below

Join Zoom Meeting | Meeting ID: 850 2305 9229 | Passcode: 241734

Our panel, moderated by Ms. Rawia Kamal, is made up of the following expert: Morrish Humphrey Ojok, Kim Yu and Viviana Martinez-Bianchi.

After the panel discussion of 1 hour, we will break up into small groups with specific facilitators / language groups for 45 minutes to discuss the following question/s.

  1. In your experience, what are the factors that have contributed to health disparities and inequities in the access and delivery of primary health care from:
  2. A community perspective?
  3. A healthcare worker/ service delivery perspective?
  4. What are some of the solutions you would recommend addressing these gaps and promote health equity?

We will close the meeting with feedback and summarise key issues. We want to build discussions into the draft AfroPHC Policy Document “Building the PHC Team for UHC in Africa”. The panel and feedback will have French translations. See more details, including speaker’s bios below.

Morrish Humphrey Ojok Country Manager Amref Health Africa in South Sudan. Morrish Humphrey Ojok serves as the Country Manager of Amref Health Africa in South Sudan. Morrish is an experienced leader in the field of global public health, health in emergencies and sexual and reproductive health and international development. He has extensive experience in driving complex programme deployment, monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning, and management in multiple countries.  Morrish has over 17 years’ experience developing and delivering organizational strategies, with extensive experience of complex management and governance issues. He strongly believes that its through Primary Health Care that Universal Health Coverage can become a reality in Africa. He also believes that through partnership and collaboration with all stakeholders at all levels from community level, Government, private sector and with support from the broader international community and donors, innovative, culturally sensitive, and appropriate solutions to Africa’s health challenges can be found and fostered.  

Dr. Kim Yu: Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Kim Yu is National Director for Clinical and Community Partnerships for Aledade, based in Orange County, California. Dr. Yu speaks internationally and trains family physicians, residents and medical students on health equity, population health, value-based care, health IT, leadership, advocacy, disaster relief, social media, and physician wellness. Dr. Yu currently serves as President of the Orange County Chapter of the California Academy of Family Physicians; She also chairs WONCA’s Special Interest Group in Health Equity and is AAFP delegate to the AMA. She is past president of the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Viviana Martinez- Bianchi: Dr. Viviana Martinez-Bianchi is an associate professor in Duke’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and  named North Carolina’s 2021 Family Physician of the Year by the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians (NCAFP). The honor is the most prestigious award from the NCAFP, the state’s largest specialty medical association, comprised of more than 4,300 members. Dr. Martinez-Bianchi, a family physician committed to health equity in her community and around the world, serves as Director of Health Equity for the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Duke University. She is a co-founder of the Latinx Advocacy Team & Interdisciplinary Network for COVID-19, better known as LATIN-19. The group was established in March of 2020 to address inequities in the COVID-19 pandemic response, the health system in general and communities in Central North Carolina. Prior to becoming Director of Health Equity, Dr. Martinez-Bianchi served as Program Director for the Duke Family Medicine Residency Program.

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