The Eunoia Podcast
Dr. Samuel So: Stanford Professor and Founder of Asian Liver Center
Dr. So is recognized worldwide for his expertise in chronic hepatitis B and primary liver cancer prevention, research, treatment and health policy. He served as a consultant for the FDA and was a member and co-chair of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health’s Hepatitis B Expert Panel. He was also a member of the Board of Population Health and Public Health Practices of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, and a committee member of the 2010 IOM report on “Hepatitis and Liver Cancer: a national strategy for the prevention and control of hepatitis B and C”, and the 2016 National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report on “Eliminating the Public Health Problem of Hepatitis B and C in the United States. He also serves as a special adviser on viral hepatitis for the World Health Organization Western Pacific regional office. In 2010, he received the CDC and ATSDR Honor Award for mobilizing people and resources in ways that have changed global public health policies related to hepatitis B, and was recognized in 2014 by the White House for global and national leadership in the prevention and control of viral hepatitis.
Women in Global Health (WGH) - Rachel Thompson and Abhijit Dhillon
Women in Global Health (WGH) is the fast-growing women-led movement demanding gender equity in global health. While women represent 70% of the workforce and about 90 percent of front-line health workers, they hold just a quarter of leadership positions. Now with supporters in more than 90 countries and 47 official chapters predominantly in low-income countries, Women in Global Health campaigns for equal representation for women in health leadership; equitable pay and ending unpaid work for women health workers; protection and safe and decent work; and the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. These are the essential foundations for strong health systems, Universal Health Coverage and global health security.
The organisation campaigns to address gender inequity as a systemic health care problem with grave impacts on health care delivery around the world. Its canon of evidence, such as today’s report, works to prove that decisive measures to ensure greater representation of women in global health leadership will pay off longer term in better health outcomes.
Co-founders of ImmiMD: Aleicia Zhu and Amogh Rao
Aleicia Zhu and Amogh Rao are co-founders of ImmiMD, connecting immigrants with doctors who share their culture. Eugenia from Hong Kong discusses immigrant healthcare with Aleicia and Amogh, comparing policies in Hong Kong and the United States. ImmiMD is always looking for more volunteers; you can sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSca5PTg9tqHOTiVb0v047ffOPvH4kHsVOaAXh9M_cp5K002Dw/viewform?usp=sf_link. GenDream, the social entrepreneurship and cultural exchange program that provided us with so much support, is accepting Spring Community Leader applications from students across the world: https://www.gendreamleaders.org/apply
Mental Health - Youth Activist & 2022 Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year Rhea Werner (Australia) & Eunoia Ambassador Sama Hesham (Egypt)
Rhea is a half-Indian, half-German high school student with a passion for creating tangible social impact through highlighting and promoting interdisciplinary approaches, especially in the field of mental health. She currently leads the Australian Policy translation at the Harvard STRIPED Initiative, based at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Body Confident Youth Initiative. In this position, she has led a team of 15+ young Australians and has pioneered community projects supporting mental health and body image by receiving a $50,000 grant from the federal Australian Government, impacting over 2000+ young people. She has played an integral role in successfully implementing legislation, lobbying the Victorian Government to provide $16.5 million dollars towards E-Waste legislation. Moreover, as an Australian Future Leader
in Mental Health, Rhea presented at the Mental Health Foundation Australia’s annual mental health summit for 600+ people. Currently, she is helping co-design mental health and wellbeing technologies suitable for people of CALD background with the University of Sydney and is developing an eating disorders educational module for adolescents in collaboration with the Columbia University Valegos College of Physicians. For her community initiatives, she was recently awarded the 2022 Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year. She hopes to continue to empower interdisciplinary approaches to solve public health issues in the future, by bridging geographical and socioeconomic inequities exacerbated by pertinent global issues.
Sama grew up in Egypt with a dream to work in the research field. She has assisted in microbiology and medicinal chemistry research labs and has gained practical skills. She also has been an active member of her community, launching campaigns to raise awareness about current healthcare issues for students. Her favorite quote is "be the change you wish to see in the world" by Gandhi. Since she is passionate about public health and volunteering, she served as an English teacher assistant in an orphanage and recently founded a journal club to raise awareness of the recent research findings for students. She also joined the
IYRC program and wrote a systemic review paper about the multidrug-resistant bacteria in particular Acinetobacter baumannii entitled “Antibiofilm and efflux pump inhibitory effect of Silver nanoparticles in combating multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii.”
In this episode, Sama joins Eugenia in discussing her research on this issue, whilst also discussing how this aspect of global health can be managed on a public and individual level.
Check out the action plans in their communities, Egypt (left) and Hong Kong (right).
Ma E. S. K. (2022). Combating antimicrobial resistance in Hong Kong: where are we and where should we go? Hong Kong Medical Journal, 28(6), 424–426. https://doi.org/10.12809/hkmj215135
Dr. Anthony J. Alberg is an epidemiologist who currently holds the position of Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health. Dr. Alberg’s research has primarily focused on cancer epidemiology, the health effects of tobacco, and tobacco control. Dr. Alberg has longstanding commitment to working to eliminate health disparities. Today, the nationally renowned Dr. Alberg joins Eric Gu to discuss the far-reaching economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, analyzing the disparities in access to healthcare highlighted by the pandemic.
Simar Bajaj is a sophomore at Harvard who conducted research with the thoracic surgery and obesity medicine departments at Massachusetts General Hospital on everything from health equity to the impact of delays in treatment, publishing in journals such as New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet Respiratory Medicine. He is also the founder and host of The Medic Network which provides a student's take on all things medicine through interviews with leaders in the healthcare space from policymakers (Dr. Shalala, Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Clinton) to startup founders (Dr. Pooviah, Co-founder of Google-backed Elly and Shark Tank Winner) to researchers (Dr. Michael Chiang, Director of the National Eye Institute). In high school, Simar presented several abstracts at national conferences and published first-author papers at Stanford University School of Medicine. In this episode, Simar joins Eric Gu to give advice on how to engage in research as a high school student.
Paul M. Lewis is a Medical Student at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College where he concentrated in Neurobiology with a secondary in Global Health
and Health Policy. He has experience in diverse areas of global and public health having served as the Director of a program for underprivileged Native American youth, the President of a peer education group to promote holistic wellness, and the Community Education Chair of a drug and alcohol education group. Paul is the Founder of Harvard College VISION Global Health Society and the Global Health and Leadership Conference. He was a recipient of the Finley Fellowship from Harvard to spend a postgraduate year in Japan to learn about end-of-life care. While there, he helped found the International Young Researchers' Conference. Afterwards, he worked as a TMS Therapy Clinician at Dignity Brain Health to treat patients with Major Depressive Disorder. At Columbia University, he co-leads the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Allen O. Whipple Surgical Society, and the Global Health Organization. Additionally, Paul is a member of the Manly-Brickman Lab where he works with Drs. Jennifer Manly and Justina Avila-Rieger. Paul is the recipient of the Robert T. Benjamin Prize for his contribution to the health and wellness of Harvard, The Harvard Phillips Brooks House Association Houston Award for exceptional commitment to serving underprivileged communities, and the Harvard Transcript Project Prize for excellence in writing and reflection.
"They are very insightful into specific global health issues. I especially like how the blog and publications are written by high school students, which are those who are truly motivated to make a difference. The podcasts are also very informative as they are giving views from
experts and professors."
~ Eugenia from Hong Kong