1.4 Blackbelt

While progressing through the modules you will encounter the “Blackbelt” section. This indicates that you have completed the mandatory portion of the module. We invite you to go deeper and explore other cases, videos and learning resources.
The additional training contained in the blackbelt section will improve your knowledge of global and refugee health and achieve “blackbelt” status.

Global Health Education Competency Framework1

This framework outlines the values and principles, learning strategies, and core competencies that students should be aware of to grow personally and professionally into an effective global health professional.

Graph of the global health education competency framework. Values and principles: health equity, social justice, solidarity, reciprocity, responsiveness & accountability, repsect, honesty & openness, humility, and sustainability. Learning strategies: curriculum delivery (PBL, e-learning, simulation, group learning), mentorship (apprenticeship), practice (service learning, alternative learning venues), and evaluation (transformative, formative, self-reflection). The core competencies are: professional, scholar, health advocate, manager, collaborator, and communicator.

Pathways to Global health

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Students and health professionals have a growing passion to work with vulnerable populations, to improve health both at home and abroad. Navigating new cultural contexts, travelling to remote or underserviced regions and delivering health care in resource limited settings are just a few of the challenges facing health practitioners of global health. But developing expertise and building a career in global health often can feel more like nailing jello to the wall than following a career path. Where do I start? What skills do I need? Where should I go for community experiences? With whom should I seek mentorship?

We believe that preventable and avoidable health consequences are at the core of global health, as is a need for interdisciplinary approaches at both the patient and the population level. Learning to working with the poor, the underserviced, indigenous, and refugee populations provides a lifetime of challenges for the global health practitioner.

In this introductory e-Learning program we will focus on refugee health as a stepping stone along the pathway toward knowledge, skills and competencies for global health practice.

We have designed our global health program following the Framework for Global Health Education from the Ontario Global Health Working Group. This framework highlights the importance of mentorship, self-reflection, service learning with pre-departure training and debriefing, along with the development of Global health CanMed competencies. And we believe developing a strong foundation with both values and principles, in addition to the skills and competencies, offers the best point of departure into the fascinating world of global health. Enjoy!


Duration: 2 minutes 10 seconds

  • Global Health is an area of education, research and practice that places priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. The creators of this e-learning program wish to support global health scholarship and wish to work together with the millions of students and practitioners who are passionately drawn to the newly emerging discipline of global health.
  • Students and health professionals have a growing passion to work with vulnerable populations, both at home and abroad. Navigating new cultural contexts, travelling to remote or underserviced regions, and delivering health care in resource limited settings are just a few of the challenges facing practitioners of global health. But developing expertise in global health often feels more like nailing green jello to the wall than following a career path. Where do I start? What courses should I take? Where should I go for community experiences? With whom should I seek mentorship?
  • We believe preventing unjust and avoidable health outcomes is at the core of global health, as is a need for interdisciplinary approaches at both the patient and population level, approaches that can mitigate and prevent these health inequities. Learning to working with the poor, the underserviced, indigenous, and refugee populations provides a rich environment for the global health learner.
  • In this introductory e-learning program we will focus on refugee health as a stepping stone along the pathway toward knowledge, skills and competencies for global health practice.
  • We have designed our global health program following the Framework for Global Health Education in Postgraduate Family Medicine Training. This framework highlights the importance of mentorship, self-reflection, service learning with predeparture training and debriefing, along with the development Global health CanMed competencies. And we believe developing a strong foundation with both values and principles in addition to the skills and competencies offers the best point of departure into the fascinating world of global health.

Values and Principals2

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  • Social justice – fair and impartial access to the benefits of society including the right to health.
  • Sustainability – living and working within the limits of available physical, natural and social resources in ways that allow living systems to thrive in perpetuity.
  • Reciprocity – multidirectional sharing and exchange of experience and knowledge among collaborating partners.
  • Respect – for the history, context, values and cultures of communities with whom we engage.
  • Honesty and openness – in planning and implementation of all collaborations.
  • Humility – in recognizing our own values, biases, limitations and abilities.
  • Responsiveness and accountability – to students and faculty and diverse communities with whom we are involved.
  • Equity – promoting the just distribution of resources and access, especially with respect to marginalized and vulnerable groups.
  • Solidarity – ensuring that objectives are aligned with those of the communities with which we are working.

Videos

A Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City

Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders video

Bringing Home Refugee Health


Duration: 3 minutes and 13 seconds

(Kevin Pottie)

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