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RAHI-SATHI Indo-U.S. Collaboration: The Evolution of a Trainee-Led Twinning Model in Global Health Into a Multidisciplinary Collaborative Program
University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications
  • Apurv Soni, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Nisha Fahey, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Abraham Jaffe, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Tiffany A. Moore Simas, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Nancy Byatt, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Michael Chin, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • David D. McManus, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Michaela Tracey, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Jasmine A. Khubchandani, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Haley Newman, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Allison Earon, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Hannah Rosenfield, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Anna Handorf, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Brittany Novak, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • John Bostrom, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Anindita Deb, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Milagros C. Rosal, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Patricia A. McQuilkin, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Heena Santry, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Melissa A. Fischer, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Jeroan J. Allison, University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
School of Medicine; Department of Psychiatry; Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine; Department of Neurology; Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine; Department of Quantitative Health Sciences; Department of Pediatrics; Department of Surgery
Date
3-28-2017
Document Type
Article
Abstract
BACKGROUND: In recent years there has been a surge in the number of global health programs operated by academic institutions. However, most of the existing programs describe partnerships that are primarily faculty-driven and supported by extramural funding. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Research and Advocacy for Health in India (RAHI, or "pathfinder" in Hindi) and Support and Action Towards Health-Equity in India (SATHI, or "partnership" in Hindi) are 2 interconnected, collaborative efforts between the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and Charutar Arogya Mandal (CAM), a medical college and a tertiary care center in rural western India. The RAHI-SATHI program is the culmination of a series of student/trainee-led research and capacity strengthening initiatives that received institutional support in the form of faculty mentorship and seed funding. RAHI-SATHI's trainee-led twinning approach overcomes traditional barriers faced by global health programs. Trainees help mitigate geographical barriers by acting as a bridge between members from different institutions, garner cultural insight through their ability to immerse themselves in a community, and overcome expertise limitations through pre-planned structured mentorship from faculty of both institutions. Trainees play a central role in cultivating trust among the team members and, in the process, they acquire personal leadership skills that may benefit them in their future careers. CONCLUSION: This paradigm of trainee-led twinning partnership promotes sustainability in an uncertain funding climate and provides a roadmap for conducting foundational work that is essential for the development of a broad, university-wide global health program.
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© Soni et al. Citation: Glob Health Sci Pract. 2017 Mar 28;5(1):152-163. doi: 10.9745/GHSP-D-16-00190. Print 2017 Mar 24. Link to article on publisher's site
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Full author list omitted for brevity. For full list of authors see article.

Apurv Soni and other co-authors are medical students at UMass Medical School.

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Keywords
  • UMCCTS funding
PubMed ID
28351882
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Citation Information
Apurv Soni, Nisha Fahey, Abraham Jaffe, Tiffany A. Moore Simas, et al.. "RAHI-SATHI Indo-U.S. Collaboration: The Evolution of a Trainee-Led Twinning Model in Global Health Into a Multidisciplinary Collaborative Program" Vol. 5 Iss. 1 (2017) ISSN: 2169-575X (Linking)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jeroan_allison/254/