Global Health Alumni

"Global Health Alum", Elsie Essien, enjoys her work supporting global health programs and initiatives in the New York City area and around the world. 

In May 2016, as Elsie Essien was finishing her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and a Graduate Certificate in Global Health Studies, she had to make a key decision. There were opportunities to work in two different academic medical centers in the Greater New York City area. Which one would be the right one? Two years later she can quickly admit she made the right choice.

Elsie currently works as the program manager for GLOhBAL (Global Learning. Optimizing health. Building Alliances Locally), a global and immigrant health residency training program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, in Queens, New York, under the leadership of Omolara Thomas Uwemedimo, MD, MPH. This program, which is located in the most diverse county of the United States, trains and prepares resident physicians to work overseas, primarily in Kenya, India and Dominican Republic, as well as to work domestically with underserved populations and immigrant families.

Recently, Elsie and Dr. Uwemedimo visited partner hospitals, clinics and health centers in hospitals, clinics and health centers in Chennai, India and Kiambu County, Kenya to conduct site visits and brainstorm opportunities for GLOhBAL for the next academic year (July 2018-July 2019).

In Kenya, they met with partners to advance a common goal to develop and strengthen a center of excellence for newborn care. “Currently, we train our residents to teach local trainees and nurses about newborn resuscitation, lead noon conferences and continued medical education on pediatric health topics, particularly on an integrated approach to child health- the Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI),” states Elsie. “We’ve also sent physicians from Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Neonatology to train local staff in these countries.”

To top that off, Elsie co-authored a manuscript with a team at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, which was just published in BMJ Global Health. The study is a nationally representative study of diagnostic accuracy of pneumonia in Malawi based on the WHO’s Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) algorithm. The article, entitled “Distribution and determinants of pneumonia diagnosis using Integrated Management of Childhood Illness guidelines: a nationally representative study in Malawi,” can be found here: