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Training Course in Vietnam: Emergent Management of Traumatic Brain Injury

In the United States, the EPIC (Excellence in Prehospital Injury Care) Project has successfully promulgated evidence-focused guidelines for in-hospital and pre-hospital traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment. With grant support from CMB, a multi-institutional and multidisciplinary team collaborated to develop a training course to introduce the EPIC-TBI protocol to emergency medicine professionals in Viet Nam. The U.S. team included Dr. Ben Bobrow, chair of emergency medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth Houston) and one of the pioneers of EPIC-TBI; Dr. Bryan McNally, professor of emergency medicine at Emory University School of Medicine: and Dr. Theresa Tran, assistant professor of emergency medicine at UTHealth Houston. Read more.

Taking Stock of EI’s Impact: Reflections from Our Fellows

Through the Equity Initiative, our Fellows from Southeast Asia and China gain a deeper understanding of health equity concepts and practices, examine approaches to enhancing equity from other parts of Asia and the world, build up their leadership skills, and develop new ideas they can apply in their own work. Reflection is an integral part of the Equity Initiative experience, and several Fellows recently shared their reflections on how EI has become a source of inspiration for them. Read more.

Global Learning I: A Deep Dive into New Zealand’s Approach to Health and Racial Equity

The 2024 Equity Initiative Fellows traveled to New Zealand in May for Global Learning I to explore health equity as well as historical, cultural and diversity perspectives outside of Asia. Fellows found their encounters with indigenous Māori culture offered a new window for them to explore health equity issues. Read more.

CMB Announces New Fellowship Program for U.S. Postdoctoral Researchers

CMB has initiated support for a postdoctoral research fellowship program that will give U.S. scholars from the health professions and biomedical sciences an opportunity to spend 1-2 years at selected academic and medical universities in China. In partnership with three U.S. academic health science centers, the CMB Postdoctoral Research Program in China aims to build on U.S. and China common interests in advancing public health and biomedical research, while creating a pathway for American researchers to build longer-term collaborative partnerships with their Chinese counterparts. Read more.

2024 EI Fellows Connect at the Opening Retreat

The Equity Initiative’s Opening Retreat, the first learning event of induction year programming, introduces incoming Fellows to each other, provokes new thinking about leadership and health equity, and encourages appreciation of the diversity found in the region. For the 2024 EI Fellows, the Opening Retreat also was a chance to share their own health equity goals and to make new connections with others committed to improving the health and well-being of Southeast Asian communities, particularly underserved and vulnerable populations. The Opening Retreat was held 31 March to 5 April in Hue, Viet Nam. Read more.

Shuyang Zhang: A Leader in China’s Efforts to Tackle Rare Diseases

Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH) has become a leader nationally in advancing the study and treatment of rare diseases. Zhang Shuyang, MD, PhD, the first female president of PUMCH and concurrently vice president of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, has played a pivotal role in establishing PUMCH’s preeminence in this field. For two decades, she has propelled China’s rare disease agenda forward through coordination with key stakeholders, leveraging resources, promoting new approaches to clinical diagnosis and treatment, and facilitating research and industry collaboration. Read more

Sharing Lessons from COVID-19: A Video Collection

When our Equity Initiative Fellows complete their induction year, they are welcomed into the global community of Atlantic Fellows.  Our Fellows are encouraged to engage with other dynamic, equity-focused professionals and given opportunities to seek additional resources to support their work. Through the Atlantic Institute’s Solidarity Grants program, a number of our Fellows in Southeast Asia received support in 2020 for their efforts to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on their communities. Read more and watch Fellows' videos

Welcome to the 2024 EI Fellows

The Equity Initiative warmly welcomes the 30 dynamic individuals who have been selected as the 2024 Equity Initiative Fellows! Representing 11 countries across Southeast Asia and China, this 8th cohort embodies a shared passion for fostering positive change in areas like education, environmental and social advocacy, public administration, agricultural development, disability rights, LGBTQI+ rights, and technology. Their diverse backgrounds and innovative approaches promise to enrich our community and amplify our impact. Read more