In the World With COVID-19: Perspectives and Purpose from Connecticut, USA

Written by Stephen Scholand, MD, Associate Director of the Nuvance Health / University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine Global Health Program


One night in early January during a busy shift in the Emergency Department, one of the housekeepers remarked to me, “Hey doc, what do you think about this new Chinese virus?” He was of course referring to the SARS-CoV-2 viral outbreak that had just started making the news. 

COVID19

Written by Dr. Majid Sadigh, Trefz Family Endowed Chair in Global Health and Director of the Nuvance Health / University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine Global Health Program


A novel respiratory virus was discovered in early 2020. It was called SARS-CoV2 because of its genetic similarity with SARS-CoV1, and because of a shared receptor, ACE2. The disease produced by this virus was subsequently named COVID19. This virus bears little similarity with the influenza virus. Not only does it transmit disease inefficiently, asymptomatic individuals may have little if any role in the spread of this virus based on the current literature. Additionally super spreaders have yet to be described, except for one presumptive case. Fortunately public health measures guiding influenza control are effective in the control of COVID19.

Journeying on the Global Health Pathway: A Small Mountainside Village

Written by Maegan Neilson, University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine Class of 2023


Journeying on the Global Health Pathway is a new series featuring stories of the most recent wave of students enrolled in the Global Health Pathway at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine.

Women in Medicine

Written by Tendai Machingaidze, MD, Global Health Scholar from Zimbabwe and Global Health Program Site Director for the University of Zimbabwe


On my second day as a Global Health Scholar at Norwalk Hospital, I was invited to attend a “Women in Medicine” event organized by Dr. Robyn Scatena, Associate Director of the Nuvance Health Global Health Program at Norwalk Hospital and Director of Critical Care. Being new to the area, I was appreciative when Dr. Scatena kindly put me in touch with some of her residents who she had also invited to the event. The next evening, I was picked up by three lovely women and we drove the short distance to the event sharing our names, our origins, our places of study, and our areas of medicine. I immediately felt welcomed into their fold.

Journeying on the Global Health Pathway: A Multicultural Upbringing and Health Communications

Written by Anna Chamby and Jett Choquette, University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine Class of 2023


Journeying on the Global Health Pathway is a new series featuring stories of the most recent wave of students enrolled in the Global Health Pathway at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine.

Journeying on the Global Health Pathway: Stretching the Boundaries of Where I Call Home

Written by Naomi Koliba and Michael Larner, UVMLCOM Class of 2023


Journeying on the Global Health Pathway is a new series featuring stories of the most recent wave of students enrolled in the Global Health Pathway at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine.

Journeying on the Global Health Pathway: Honoring My Families

Written by Victor M. Abraham II, UVMLCOM Class of 2023


My mother is an Internal Medicine physician who graduated from Hahnemann Medical College in 1991. Born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, she fled her home country as a child due to the authoritarian regime and sought refuge in America. Soon after her arrival, her father died in a car accident, leaving her mother a widow and the sole caregiver for her, her three brothers, and her ill mother. My mother fought through great hardship to eventually become a physician.

Global Health and the Arts

Written by Tendai Machingaidze, MD, Global Health Program Site Director for the University of Zimbabwe


The efficacy of the arts in medicine is evident around the globe. The 2019 WHO Health Evidence Network Synthesis Report 67: What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being? A scoping review clearly demonstrates a growing evidence-base that the arts positively influence psychological, physiological, social, and behavioral determinants of health and thus improve health promotion, health communication, and health outcomes. It is at the kaleidoscopic intersection of arts and medicine that body, mind, and soul can be treated together in a holistic, patient-centered approach to healthcare.

Linde Healthcare Educators Without Borders: An Evolution

Written by Dr. Majid Sadigh, Director of the Nuvance Health Global Health Program


It is the dawn of a new era for our Global Health Program. Linde Healthcare Educators Without Borders (LHEWB) has officially been launched under the leadership of the LHEWB Executive Committee as well as the generous sponsorship and support of Linde. We are grateful to have instilled momentous energy and enthusiasm among our international and domestic partners as well as stakeholders around the world, and thank each and every one of you for your part in launching this powerful initiative.

Letter From the Editor: Time For a Global Health Academy

Written by Mitra Sadigh, Writer, Editor, and Researcher at the Nuvance Health Global Health Program


In this national and collective political landscape that separates people and communities on seemingly every possible divide, our program celebrates diversity in all forms, from field to faith, nationality to identity. What unites us is a commitment to fighting for a world where every human being has the right to health and well-being.