Dr. Abímbọ́lá is a health systems researcher, senior lecturer at the University of Sydney School of Public Health, Prince Claus Chair on Justice in Global Health Research at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and the editor-in-chief for BMJ Global Health. He is also a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Health System Governance Collaborative and serves on the advisory council of Global Health 50/50. Dr. Abímbọ́lá uses realist methods and theories from institutional economics to study community engagement in health governance, decentralized governance of health systems, and the role governance plays in adopting and scaling up health system innovation. As the editor-in-chief at BMJ Global Health, Dr. Abímbọ́lá has a powerful voice in advocating for the decolonization of global health. He emphasizes the rights of communities to lead research that involves them and develop programs that impact them. The journal celebrates the voices of those reforming global health. In a recent editorial, “The foreign gaze: authorship in academic global health,” Dr. Abímbọ́lá states that “in a world of power and information asymmetries, we see differently and understand differently; and much too often, the power to act is not directly proportional to the information on which to act. There will always be gaps between what local experts see and what foreign experts can possibly see. But more and open conversations on the place of the foreign gaze, of local knowledge and of organic (rather than surgical) change in global health care—and can help us identify other—strategies to fundamentally undo colonial practices and attitudes.”
Dr. D'Cruz is a family physician with an emphasis on obstetrics and an assistant professor at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University. Before completing her medical training in family medicine at Brown University, she had an international school upbringing in Muscat, Oman. After Brown, she was an obstetrics fellow at Swedish First Hill in Seattle—where she practices full-spectrum family medicine. She is motivated by pursuing equitable health care for communities of color, focusing on maternal and child health care for under-resourced populations.
Dr. Faerron is an assistant professor of global health at the University of Maryland Baltimore. He also serves as the director of the Centro Interamericano para la Salud Global (CISG) in Costa Rica, associate director of the Planetary Health Alliance at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and adjunct faculty at the University of Costa Rica and the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Faerron began his career as a primary care physician in rural Costa Rica, where he worked closely with migrant and indigenous populations. He seeks to redefine the meaning of leadership in global health through innovative educational approaches. He follows a framework of equity in health and human rights as guiding principles and passionately believes in progress in health through community empowerment, action, research, and participatory education.
Dr. Faerron earned a medical degree at the University of Costa Rica and a master’s degree in international health at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. He has also studied social justice at the International Institute for Health and Development in Scotland and social innovation for health at the Instituto Centroamericano de Administracion de Empresas (INCAE) Business School. He is a fellow of the Central American Healthcare Initiative.
Dr. Prasad is the Carlson Chair of Global Health and the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility executive director at the University of Minnesota. He is a professor and vice-chair of education at the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota, an adjunct professor at the School of Public Health, and a fellow at the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. He is an honorary visiting professor at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and Udayana University in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. He has been inducted into the Academy for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Prasad is the co-director of the Rothenberger Leadership Academy, a cohort-based leadership training program at the University of Minnesota. He is the co-lead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants and Migrants (NRC RIM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/Fogarty-funded Northern Pacific Global Health Consortium.
Dr. Prasad has practiced in rural and underserved areas for three decades, conducted health services research, and been engaged in education across disciplines. For the past 15 years, he has been part of the Rural Health Research Center at the University of Minnesota. He is active in the growth of academic primary care and global health research training across Africa, India, Thailand, and South America as part of Fam Med GEN. He has also been involved in mentorship training across various universities.
Dr. Ravi is a board-certified family physician, public health scientist, and nationally renowned expert in gender-based violence and trauma-informed care. Dr. Ravi is the co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of the PurpLE Health Foundation, a non-profit organization that advances the health of communities by investing in the physical, mental, and financial health of women and girls who have experienced gender-based violence. PurpLE Health Foundation was launched based on Dr. Ravi’s work as the founder and medical director of the ‘PurpLE Clinic’ in New York City—a pioneering primary care clinic for survivors of human trafficking and other forms of abuse and exploitation. She has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications about trauma, human trafficking, and health care in underserved settings. She conducts forensic examinations for people seeking asylum and facilitates health education workshops for people who experience incarceration.
Dr. Ravi serves as a member of the National Quality Forum’s (NQF’s) Prevention and Population Health Standing committee and a consultant to the United States’ Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center. She was selected as a 2021 ‘40 Under 40’ Leader in Minority Health by the National Minority Health Quality Forum. Ravi regularly writes, draws, and speaks at events across the country about how the health care system must radically change to meet the needs of people who have experienced gender-based violence.
Dr. Ravi is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and earned her medical degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine, master’s in public health from Yale University, and master’s in health policy research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Dr. Vela Acosta seeks opportunities for inroads to create public health equity in all aspects of life. She serves on the San Diego State University School of Public Health faculty, volunteers as a clinician at the state psychiatry hospital in Tijuana, Mexico, and is a mental health aid in California. Acosta excels at community engagement, health equity, and professional development training. Her drive and enthusiasm led to research on national health recommendations for agricultural workers and non-English-speaking communities and environmental justice issues.
Dr. Vela Acosta serves as the executive director of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission and has led key advisors and policymakers in the U.S. Department of Human and Health Services to focus on health disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic at the U.S.-Mexico border. She is experienced in building bridges and enabling cross-sector collaborations in health, education, government, and advocacy in the United States and Mexico.
Dr. Verma is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She recently completed a fellowship in global health faculty development at Brown University. Her area of interest in global health is promoting health equity within primary care.
Dr. Amisi is a family physician and faculty member at the Department of Family Medicine, Medical Education and Community Health, and College of Health Sciences at Moi University in Kenya. He has 11 years of experience as a family physician, primary care researcher, trainer, and mentor of undergraduate and graduate students at the College of Health Sciences at Moi University. Before joining Moi University, Dr. Amisi was a general physician in the Kenyan Ministry of Health for two years. Later, he worked for the same Ministry of Health after training as a medical superintendent in two government district hospitals. He transformed one of the hospitals into a training center for family medicine residents and improved primary and specialized health care services offered at a rural hospital in Kenya. As a family physician and trainer, Dr. Amisi trains health care workers in the primary care setting and conducts primary care research. He has seven peer-reviewed research publications. He serves as a lead physician in a community-centric program called Bridging Income Generation with grouP Integrated Care (BIGPIC). The innovative program began in 2016 and cares for approximately 15,000 community members in Western Kenya through a community-centric program that links wealth and health needs through group-based care. The program uses population health principles—specifically innovative health models—and strategies to eliminate preventable diseases. The program established 171 microfinance saving groups with a membership of more than 3,000. Members meet regularly to discuss health and wealth matters and receive health care from a team of providers supported by the program.
Dr. Namatovu is a lecturer at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences in Kampala, Uganda. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students and serves as the postgraduate coordinator in the family medicine department. She is a fellow at the Southern Africa FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI). She previously served in academic leadership as head of her department. She managed a research grant funded through the Medical Education for Equitable Services for All Ugandans (MESAU)-Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) program. She has been involved in clinical and community research, supervises graduate researchers in writing dissertations, and is a member of the School of Medicine Research and Ethics Committee (SOMREC). Her current research is funded through the Health-Professional Education Partnership Initiative (HEPI)-Strengthening the Health System and Services in Uganda (SHSSU) and is focused on health profession education—specifically continuing professional development in low-resource settings.
Dr. Namatovu is a reviewer for the African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal focused on primary care and family medicine from an African perspective, and is the current president of the Association of Family Physicians of Uganda.
Dr. Ayisi-Boateng is a family physician at the University Hospital and lecturer at the School of Medicine and Dentistry for Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana. His expertise is in the care of chronic medical conditions, including infectious diseases (i.e., HIV/AIDS, COVID-19) and non-communicable diseases (i.e., asthma, hypertension, diabetes, stroke).
Dr. Ayisi-Boateng is a trial clinician for the filariasis team at the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR). The team conducts community-based clinical trials in lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis. Ayisi-Boateng has co-authored 21 publications. His oral presentation, “Family functionality among HIV serodiscordant couples and its association with treatment outcomes,” was judged the best at the African Regional Conference of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) held in 2019 in Kampala, Uganda.
He trains postgraduate medical students for the family medicine program at the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. Since 2018, Dr. Ayisi-Boateng has served as chair and president of AfriWon Renaissance, the Young Doctors’ Movement at the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA), and he serves as a member of the executive council of the WONCA-Africa region. In 2019, the Society of Family Physicians of Ghana (SOFPOG) conferred on him the 5 Star Doctor Award for his “enormous contribution to health care as a care provider, a decision maker, a communicator, a community leader and a team member.”
Dr. Cantu is a family physician from Monterrey, Mexico. He currently serves as chief of medical services in the largest social security institution of Latin America called Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social. He practices in a clinic which provides care to more than 250,000 patients. He leads more than 250 health workers, including family physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, nutritionists, dentists, and medical assistants.
Dr. Cantu is a board member of the College of Family Physicians of the state of Nuevo León, member of the Federation of Colleges of Family Medicine in Mexico, and member of the board of the Young Doctors’ Movement at the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) for Mexico Ameyali Waynakay, working as the national coordinator for anthropology and culture.
Dr. Cantu graduated as a general medic from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL), graduated as a family medic from the Universidad de Monterrey (UdeM), and is currently completing a master’s degree in education with a focus on innovation and technology at the Universidad Valle de Mexico (UVM). He believes the best way to improve society is leading by example, and by becoming better individually every day, you can inspire others to do the same.
Dr. Chan is a fellow of the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She earned a bachelor of medicine degree from Peking University and studied at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. Besides clinical practice, Dr. Chan has been an honorary assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong and an honorary clinical tutor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has mentored medical students and family physician trainees at the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians. She is also one of Hong Kong’s representatives at the WONCA Rajakumar movement.
Dr. Jotic is a family physician at Public Primary Health Care Center in Doboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is a council member of the Vasco da Gama Movement (VDGM), national exchange coordinator from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the VDGM Lifestyle Medicine Special Interest Group (SIG) lead, and member of the VDGM Family Violence SIG. She was also the Fons Sips Award winner in 2021.
Dr. Khashan is a practicing physician in the Gaza Strip, Palestine. She graduated from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, in 2016, and she is in her fourth year of residency at the Palestinian Board of Family Medicine in the Gaza Strip. Khashan practices at the Khan Yunis clinic, one of the primary care health care centers in the Gaza Strip. She also volunteers for a human developmental association, where she leads a health education team working through social media. Khashan won the Arab Media Forum award for youth initiatives in 2020.
Dr. Yasky is a family physician from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a senior resident at King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh (KAMC-R). He completed a bachelor of medicine, bachelor of surgery degree at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences. He is passionate about technological advances in medicine and their application for patient care. He also has interests in research, data analysis, and mental health.
Dr. Yasky was the Saudi representative for the Young Doctors’ Movement of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) while in residency. He also served as the acting technical officer for the Media Committee of the Saudi Society of Family and Community Medicine. In addition, he is the co-founder of Letstalkmed.com and serves as the deputy chief resident, along with serving in other roles in projects and taskforces at the family medicine department and KAMC-R.