Community Health Initiative in Cairo

Ahmed Hussein Ali, Dr.Blaine Parrish, Mitra Rash, Dr.Harold Robles, Karen McDonnel, J.E. Rash, Mary Samir

Legacy Founder and President @JERash tweeted from Cairo:

“The Legacy we leave must be positive and better than that which came before. How can that be unless we build trust and understanding between people action and need, those who have the knowledge and the skill to effectuate change and those who are the recipients of that change”

He recently travelled to Egypt with the North African Community Health Fellows (CHI) program to discuss Public Health in Egypt and Sustainable Health.

Our partners, Dr. Harold Robles from  Medical Knowledge Institute (MKI) and Dr. Blaine Parrish and Dr. Karen McDonnel from George Washington University School of Public Health participated with lively discussion and presentations.

Community Health delegates visit pyramids

This morning started off with a visit to the Great Pyramids.

Program Director Mitra Nafissian Rash reported from Egypt:

“Great presentation over the weekend by @Karen Mcdonnel of GWU on “Equality, Education and Empowerment: The Importance of Engaging Women in Health“. She made a great outline of all the steps necessary to achieve this dynamic cycle. She emphasized that even in the US, it is not easy to achieve women empowerment so easily.

The NACHI  Egyptian delegates made inspiring presentations of their various Follow-on projects.  They clearly showed that what they once felt was impossible to achieve (when they were in training in Roanoke, VA) has now been made possible and is a reality. (See Mary’s project)

In the days to come, we will engage in an in-depth discussion on how to implement their ideas as they gain more tools for community engagement.Their projects have been successful despite the recent Revolution and social obstacles. They are determined to continue with their success.  Dr. Harold Robles and Dr. Blaine Parrish spoke spontaneously on motivating them to take the next steps in their mission to improve public health.  Overall, a very successful and inspiring day for our fellows as well as our delegates.”

Dr. Blaine presents certificate to Egyptian delegate, Rania El Kaffas

Legacy’s Community Health Initiative develops the capacity of community health care professionals by providing tools, models, resource development and knowledge to enhance rural health care in their respective communities.  In particular, this program builds the capacity of professionals who serve marginalized populations, particularly women and children.  Legacy staff and its Teams of Excellence (TM) design customized training programs that increase the potential for success and foster values of social entrepreneurship. To continue our work in the area of Public/Community Health we have instituted The Founders’ Initiative in partnership with Medical Knowledge Institute and in collaboration with George Washington University School of Public Health will endeavor to create Public Health Centers of Excellence at key locations around the globe to address pressing public health needs.  

“Public and Community Health Issues often know no gender, economic status, tribe or community; even the wealthiest and most powerful become vulnerable when it comes to health issues and even when those at the highest level of power and wealth are exempt by virtue of their wealth or mobility, their lives and their power are certainly affected eventually by the illnesses, ignorance and hopelessness of others.” – J.E. Rash.  Read more  about  Public and Community Health in the  Legacy’s Global Viewpoints