The Global Health Collective - With a Local Edge
By McMaster MSc. Global Health program - Hosted by Shania Bhopa
Current global health challenges are multiple and complex, from the rising burden of disease to the climate crisis to health disparities. These are the same challenges impacting our local communities. The Global Health Collective will explore some of these issues and the research and work being done in response. With a focus on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this podcast invites students, faculty, staff, and global health changemakers from the broader community to share their stories about the differences they’re making towards a more sustainable, brighter world.
1.1 How to Tackle the World's Most Pressing Issues TODAY With Dr. Bonny Ibhawoh
The Global Health Collective - With a Local Edge • By McMaster MSc. Global Health program - Hosted by Shania Bhopa • Nov 04, 2020
5.4 Implementing Interventions for Family, Refugee and Student Wellbeing with Dr. Amanda Sim
Having empathy can make all the difference in your work and in yourself. In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Amanda Sim, a research fellow, PI and assistant professor at McMaster University. Her work focuses on intergenerational impacts of war and adversity on child well-being and working with local communities to design and evaluate interventions to promote child and family resilience. Despite the challenges of implementing interventions and change, Dr. Sim discusses how to improve the well-being of families, refugees, and ourselves through compassion and empathy. Checkout Dr. Amanda Sim's most recent project in the Hamilton community focused on art workshops and connecting through activity.
November 22, 2022
5.3 Women in Global Health | A conversation on equity, and economic empowerment with Ann Keeling
In today's episode hosted by Shania Bhopa and Danielle Denwood, they engage in a dynamic conversation with Ann Keeling from the Women in Global Health. The discussion focuses on gender equity and women's economic empowerment. Thinking about the lack of research and absence of data about unpaid women working in health systems across the globe. It is critical that we begin thinking about and actively engaging in discussions for early career researchers, students, and global health professionals to promote women's economic empowerment. ________________________________________________________ Ann Keeling, WGH Senior Fellow, is a British citizen whose 40-year career in global health and social development has included posts in Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Caribbean, Belgium, the USA, and her come country, the UK. She held the post of Head of Gender Equality Policy with the UK Government and is currently the Chair of the NGO Age International and Senior Fellow of Women in Global Health. Ann Keeling has been CEO of two global health NGOs, was UNFPA Country Representative and Director Commonwealth Secretariat leading on Health, Education, and Gender. Follow @womeninGH on Twitter and check out your local chapter today. As always - any questions or comments DM us at @theglobalhealthcollective
September 21, 2022
5.2 A Chat with Dr. Deborah Sloboda on Wellness, Work-Life and Early Origins Science
Don’t sweat the small stuff and focus on doing your best, even in the worst case scenario. In this episode, we are joined with positive energy from Dr. Deb Sloboda who is a researcher, professor at McMaster University, and one of the founding Co-Presidents of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Society of Canada. Her work involves understanding the impact of early life adversity on the mother, and the developing fetus and how fetal adaptations to adversity influence the risk of chronic disease later in life. Join us in a discussion about work-life integration, the incorporation of acts of service and fostering healthy relationships to promote well-being.
August 04, 2022
5.1 McMaster M.Sc. Global Health Student Panel: Mobility and Hybrid Learning
Through the power of transcontinental, transdisciplinary education within the M.Sc. Global Health program, students from all over the world have gained diverse learning experiences and life-long relationships. In this episode, Shania speaks with multiple Global Health students in the Masters program to hear about their experiences navigating the program, the mobility/exchange options, and the transition from virtual learning to in-person. This episode features students in the thesis stream and across various concentrations, including those who went on exchange. The collective experiences of these students highlight the vast opportunities in the program for one to challenge themself, to gain insightful and interactive learning across and within different cultures, to foster positive memories and to grow as global health leaders. Follow us on Instagram: @theglobalhealthcollective
May 31, 2022
4.5 Finding the Magic in Everything: Bridging the Gap between Global Health and Surgery with Dr. Naidu
There is magic in everything and Dr. Priyanka Naidu, a medical doctor and aspiring pediatric reconstructive surgeon, discusses how she consistently finds magic throughout her work. Her work in Operation Smile, formerly as a part of the fellowship program and now as the Senior Advisor to Research, Education, and Innovation, aims to collaborate with local people and develop solutions to address the needs of various countries. Dr. Naidu discusses the importance of female leadership in global health, the need to address health inequities in surgery, and how to attain the Sustainable Development Goals. Join her as she shares her motivations, insights, and journey towards the field of global surgery. Follow us on Instagram: @theglobalhealthcollective
February 09, 2022
4.4 Dr. DiLiberto Discusses How Life Is Constantly Evolving and Remaining Optimistic - Career, Success, Balance
Although life may not be truly balanced, it is still possible to feel fulfilled in all aspects and that is how Dr. Deborah DiLiberto, a mother and Global Health professor, carries on her day-to-day life. Rather than fixating on one goal, Dr. DiLiberto showcases the beauty of being open to all opportunities and feeling gratitude for one’s unique timeline amidst the world of comparisons and pressures to achieve success at a specific time. As a woman in academia, Dr. DiLiberto addresses the challenges when faced against stereotypes about women. Instead of looking at compassion as a weakness, Dr. DiLiberto demonstrates that putting people in the field of view of her work is a strength that helps her feel motivated and ambitious. Join her as she discusses the importance of being true to yourself, sorting your priorities, and how to approach living a fulfilled life. Follow us on Instagram: @theglobalhealthcollective
January 27, 2022
4.3 Balancing Career, Being a Woman and Innovating Change with Dr. Stephanie Liu
How is it like to manage 2 full-time careers, a physician and a mother? Join Dr. Stephanie Liu, aka Dr. Mom, as she takes us along her journey of self-development and finding balance from her time as an undergrad student, to grad student, to medical student, to physician and mother who runs “lifeofdoctormom,” a medically credible blog on Instagram for new moms, and is the founder of “By Dr. Mom,” a company that empowers parents with evidence driven books, activities, products, and clothing for babies and children. Dr. Liu encourages listeners that it is possible to be great at parenting while managing a full-time career if you ignore the negatives, remember that perfectionism is overrated, set your goals and go get it! Check out Dr. Stephanie Liu Instagram: @lifeofdrmom & @bydrmom Website: bydrmom.com Follow us on Instagram: @theglobalhealthcollective
December 08, 2021
4.2 Balance: An Empowering Conversation with Dr. Jean Chamberlain
While navigating through this fast paced world, it is important for us to ground ourselves and have faith to find balance. Join Dr. Jean Chamberlain, as she guides us through her journey of balance with her professional life as a physician, professor, and founder of Save the Mothers, along with her family life, and personal life. Dr. Chamberlain empowers us to be open-minded, supportive, and resilient to make a positive difference in the world. Dr. Jean Chamberlain is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist, a Professor at McMaster University in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology with a focus on international women's health and education, and she is the founder and Executive Director of Save the Mothers, an organization in Uganda that promotes safe motherhood. Dr. Chamberlain is an advocate for women’s health and health education. Her work has gained international recognition and praise for her exceptional impact on the health of mothers globally. Follow us on Instagram: @theglobalhealthcollective
November 24, 2021
4.1 The Importance of Working as a Collective: The Crisis in Afghanistan with Hila Taraky
How can we be hopeful and make a difference? Join Hila Taraky as she highlights the history of Afghanistan, how we can engage in the discussion about the crisis in Afghanistan, and tangible action towards supporting Afghan refugees. In a time of great distress, Hila discusses that there is hope and how we must make the best of this situation to spark action and create impactful change. Hila Taraky is a business lawyer who carries on a focused practice in corporate transactions, land development and commercial real estate at Arfocus Legal and the co-founder of Lifeline Afghanistan, a campaign which engages Canadians in supporting the sponsorship of Afghan refugees. Calls to Action: 1. Donate or lead a fundraiser for organizations that provide relief to Afghans in Afghanistan or supporting those who have made it to Canada: The Afghan Women’s Organization’s orphanage for girls in Afghanistan called the “Omid-E-Mirmun” by writing “orphanage for girls” in the private message box and clicking here to donate: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/27920 Wesley’s Afghan Refugee Fund to assist this Hamilton based organization with the resettlement of Afghan refugees who have made it to Canada: https://wesley.ca/donation-form/ Lifeline Afghanistan campaign to fund the sponsorship of refugees who have been displaced as a result of the crisis: https://www.lifelineafghanistan.ca/donate/ Journalists for Human Rights to support their ongoing evacuation and rescue efforts geared towards Afghan journalists: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/jhr-journalists-for-human-rights/campaign/help-evacuate-journalists-from-kabul/ 2. Learn more about the crisis that is ensuing and determine what your friends, family, community and university are doing to assist Afghans. 3. Determine where your Member of Parliament stands on Canadian foreign policy, provision of humanitarian aid and immigration with respect to the crisis in Afghanistan. 4. Learn more about, and advocate for, the following policy changes to help streamline pathways to Canada for human rights and women’s rights activists, journalists, lawyers, judges and refugees who are at risk: Support and encourage flexible innovative, collaborative approaches to resettlement, training and pathways to employment including pre-arrival assessments, training and recruitment. Increase resources to support the expediting of evacuation in Afghanistan of those with Canadian credentials. Canada should further partner with neighboring countries and allies to open their borders to refugees and align efforts to establish efficient resettlement processes. The promise to resettle 40,000 Afghan refugees should be in addition to applications that are already in the queue with at least half dedicated to Blended Visa Office Refugees (“BVOR”) and private sponsorship. Canada should not include the processing of Afghan applications in the caps set out for private sponsorship of refugees imposed on Sponsorship Agreement Holders. Recognizing economic as well as humanitarian goals, Canada should provide innovative and additional pathways to Canada including expedited work permits. It should remove unnecessary restrictions on student visas including the need for guaranteed return to Afghanistan. Follow us on Instagram: @theglobalhealthcollective
November 10, 2021
3.5 Healing Relational Problems Through Empathy, Compassion, and Care with Margherita Paola Poto
How can we welcome the Arctic? How can the Arctic welcome us? Join Margherita Paola Poto, as she discusses about empathy, compassion and care in the environment. Despite the Arctic being one of the coldest places on Earth, Margherita’s stories of her exploration in the Arctic bring warmth as she provides a refreshing insight on developing relationships among people and the Earth. Margherita Paola Poto is a Researcher at the Faculty of Law, UiT The Arctic University of Norway and a Professor of Administrative Law from the University of Turin, Italy. She is currently involved in an interdisciplinary project at the crossroads of food, environment, and health. Her research interests cover administrative and comparative law, environmental law, indigenous law and methodology, ocean and nature-centered visions. She is particularly interested in new methodological approaches to law that encompass indigenous methodologies, community and gender-sensitive research, storytelling and illustration. Follow us on Instagram: @theglobalhealthcollective
October 22, 2021
3.4 Empowerment in Health with Dr. Arathi Rao
Welcoming Dr. Arathi Rao a phenomenal Global Health Leader and Coordinator for the MPH Program, Department of Health Policy and the Coordinator for the Manipal Health Literacy Unit at PSPH, MAHE, Manipal. Instagram for more info : @theglobalhealthcollective Our host: @wellbyshaniabhopa
August 25, 2021
3.3 Stories in Global Health with Avanti Wadugodapitiya
Welcome back to the Global Health Collective - our host Shania Bhopa will take you along this season through the stories from Global Health professionals situated across the world. This episode is all about female empowerment, ecology, and environmental health. Welcoming Avanti Wadugodapitiya an Ecologist from Colombo, Sri Lanka, and currently works at the Department of Health, Ethics and Society at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Follow for all updates all the time @theglobalhealthcollective Be sure to rate this episode if you enjoyed it!
August 11, 2021
3.2 Launching a Non-Profit During the Pandemic | 4 Young Founders Chat on How to Support Your Community and Find Your Passion
Have you ever wondered what it is like starting a project or a non-profit organization .. during a pandemic! Well look no further, we present to you a conversation between 4 young founders (and full-time students) on how they went from an idea to a full-blown operating organization. Shania Bhopa - Founder of The Canadian Courage Project sits down with Luke Kyne; Founder of the Hamilton Homeless Hub, Sukhmeet Sachal founder of the Sikh Health Foundation, and Adamo Donovan founder of PPE portraits Canada. This conversation is created to inspire, empower and showcase the details behind starting an organization and balancing life as students. Being the change they wish to see and hope to see you be a part of as well.
June 09, 2021
3.1 Virtual Mobility in the Masters of Global Health Program: Challenges, Key Learnings and Favourite Moments
Join our host Shania as she chats alongside her classmates Evelyne Onari, Alison Tidmarsh, and Yordan Stoyanov on their virtual mobility exchange and what they loved about their experience. The MSc program offers students the option to go on a "virtual exchange" where they learn at one of the six partner institutions from around the world. For all questions and thoughts on this episode feel free to DM us @theglobalhealthcollective on Instagram.
May 19, 2021
2.5 Homeless Health | Medicine | Feeling Motivated with Dr. Claire Bodkin
A sit-down chat with Dr. Claire Bodkin, an inspiring Hamilton leader and physician working to promote equity and make the world a better place. Claire Bodkin is a queer femme, community organizer, and resident physician in Family Medicine at McMaster University. As a family doctor-in-training, her clinical and research interests are the care of people who use drugs, people who experience incarceration, and people who are queer and trans. She is a co-organizer with Hamilton Social Medicine Response Team (known as HAMSMaRT), who has been working with Hamilton’s harm reduction group Keeping Six to support the needs of people who are homeless and people who use drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic. She looks up to her Mom, her sister, and all of the rad community organizers, elders, and youth working towards collective freedom and health.
May 05, 2021
IUCN Mini-Series Part 2: "A Sustainable Future" with Mika Tan
"Young people are not just the future; we are today already living the consequences of centuries of unsustainable exploitation of nature and of vulnerable communities. Children and youth are among the most vulnerable groups to environmental harm, and so our voice matters greatly in decision-making on the environment, in order to ensure intergenerational equity. Moreover, young people have the ability to communicate, act and mobilize others, bring in fresh perspectives, and critically question the status quo. We can, and are already contributing to change on the ground. If not us youth fighting to better our collective future, then who?" - Mika Tan Welcome to part 2 of the IUCN podcast series - Mika Tan has been working with youth in the environmental scene for the past decade. Her expertise lies in youth empowerment, urban biodiversity, systems thinking, capacity building, public speaking, and hosting and facilitation. Currently, she is the Coordinator of the ASEAN Youth Biodiversity Programme (AYBP) at the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, as well as the Co-Founder of the Urban Biodiversity Hub (UBHub).
April 16, 2021
IUCN Mini-Series Part 1: "A Sustainable Future" with Brighton Kaoma
Join Shania Bhopa on this special episode of The Global Health Collective - a two-part mini-series, kicking off the International Union for Conservation of Nature global youth summit. This episode is alongside Brighton Kaoma, a young health activist, MPA graduate from Columbia University with a vast track record in working at the intersection of sustainable development, business development, corporate sustainability, Communication for development, and youth development in over 20 countries across Africa, Europe, Asia, and America. Brighton has been awarded and recognized by President Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II, Angela Merkel, WWF International President, UN Environment, and Junior Chamber International (Osaka, Japan). For more information as always check us out at @theglobalhealthcollective on Instagram To register for the summit: https://www.iucnyouthsummit.org/home/en
April 05, 2021
2.4 Handling the Pandemic | How to Put Yourself First with Dr. Firas Khalid
We need to reconstruct how we think of failure. We need to put ourselves first during this pandemic and find joy in the smallest of instances. Why are we so hard on ourselves? How can we adjust our mindset to positively think about our future and our careers? Join our host Shania Bhopa in one of the most inspiring episodes yet as she chats with Dr. Firas Khalid on all things covid-19, self-care, and finding your purpose. Ahmad Firas Khalid is a medical doctor and a Ph.D. graduate from the Health Policy Ph.D. at McMaster University, having been supervised by Dr. John Lavis. Previously, Firas worked as a health policy researcher at the Research Unit on Humanitarian Stakes and Practices (UREPH) at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Geneva, Switzerland. He also worked in the Department of Child and Maternal Health at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Firas consulted on a number of health policy projects for the department of information, evidence, and research department in the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean and for Health Canada in Ottawa. Firas has expertise in medicine, education, health policy, knowledge translation, and health emergencies working with relief and intergovernmental organizations. Currently, Firas lectures at McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences. follow us on Instagram @theglobalhealthcollective for more updates!
March 17, 2021
2.3 International Womens Day Showcase with Dr. Sonia Anand
In this episode Shania discusses finding your passion, balancing a successful career and family life, and the amazing research that Dr. Sonia Anand is involved in. You can in fact have it all according to Dr. Anand, and it is refreshing to hear such an optimistic female perspective in the world of healthcare and research. Dr. Anand is a professor of medicine and epidemiology as well as the director of the Population Genomics Program. Her research interests include environmental and genetic determinants of vascular disease in populations of varying ancestral origin; women and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Anand is an amazing role model for young females striving to make an impact. Be sure to follow us on Instagram for more information @theglobalhealthcollective
March 03, 2021
2.2 The Global Health Landscape & Entrepreneurship | A Conversation with Hayley Mundave and Annalise Mathers (the Founders of ThriveHire)
Two female global health enthusiasts saw a gap in the industry and decided to launch ThriveHire in hopes of changing the world of global health. Join this empowering conversation as our host Shania sits down with both Hayley Mundeva and Annalise Mathers to chat about motivation, the global health landscape, employability, and finding your passion. _________________ ThriveHire is a curated job board presenting carefully selected opportunities to connect good people to good work. They offer a directory of organizations and candidates so people can discover and connect with opportunities around the biggest health challenges.
February 17, 2021
2.1 Lessons from Dr. Karen Mossman | Positive Mindset during a Pandemic
Welcome to Season 02: Lessons from Global Leaders. The global pandemic has impacted each community in unique ways and cultivated long-lasting changes at individual and systemic levels. This season the Global Health Collective aims to inspire youth by diving into the perspectives of some of the meaningful faces behind impactful changes in our local communities. In this episode, Dr. Karen Mossman discusses career, mindset, and how to be confident in your goals. You may know Dr. Karen Mossman from her role in leading the team that helped isolate SARS-CoV-2 from Canadian patients and is actively working on COVID-related studies. Dr. Karen Mossman is a Professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine and Vice President of Research at McMaster University.
February 03, 2021
1.5 Setting Goals to Change the World in 2021 with Dr. Peter Singer
We all need a little inspiration and motivation heading into the new year. Dr. Peter Singer offers us advice on how we can tackle the world's most pressing issues in 2021. Join us for the season 01 "Sustainable Development Goals" finale wrapping up with positive goal setting for the new year. During this time we have all felt the unsettling emotions, the fear, and the discomfort. What if we told you, that you can change that? You can change the lives of those around you, AND support your community. Grab your pen and paper and let's write out our goals for the new year. We can and we will make the world a better place. Dr. Peter Singer is the Special Advisor to the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada, and Co-Founder & Director at the Sandra Rotman Centre within the University Health Network (UHN). Dr. Singer's background is in medicine and has focused on using creative solutions combining science and innovation to tackle prevalent international health challenges.
December 30, 2020
1.4 Finding Your Purpose To Inspire Global Change with Tasha Goldberg
Why are we scared to leap into a new role? Why does finding our "purpose" matter for the greater good of humanity? Join us for episode 4 with Tasha Goldberg as she discusses, finding our purpose as young adolescents and how we can decide on a career path. Tasha expresses the Global Health opportunities that arise if we just simply put ourselves out there, and have COURAGE. You will be left feeling inspired to find your "why" and how you can fill an active role in Global Health. Tasha Goldberg has traveled the globe as a United Nations Reporter, and entrepreneur. In 2004, she founded a business - Sustainable Solutions, to implement strategic sustainability programs globally. Tasha recently founded Evidence of Hope, a series of portraits featuring people and projects from around the world who are addressing global challenges, successfully!
December 16, 2020
1.3 UN75: Climate Crisis - A Race We Can Win TOGETHER with Josipa Petrunic
This episode will leave you feeling more confident, and motivated than ever before. Yes, it will change your mind, the way you frame your thoughts, and the position you chose to play in the global landscape. Host Shania Bhopa discusses the ways young people can understand the world's most pressing issues including the climate crisis with Dr. Josipa Petrunic. Discussing politics, economics, the gender gap, education, and female empowerment - this episode has us left SPEECHLESS. Dr. Josipa Petrunic, President & CEO of the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium. She is leading the formulation of several national transportation technology trials related to zero-emissions transportation. In 2018, she was named as one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 by Bloomberg News and Canada's Top Clean 50. In 2019, she was named Aspioneer Top 10 Influential Women Leaders. This podcast episode is apart of McMaster's UN75 dialogue series - in celebration of the UN turning 75 this year institutions like McMaster are hosting a global interactive "listening tour". The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will share feedback gathered through the initiative at the UN General Assembly which will then inform strategies for the next 25 years.
December 02, 2020
1.2 Hunger and Poverty - How Can We Make Change? With Dr. Tina Moffat
Did you know there is food insecurity in your own neighborhood? What can you do to change that? and what ARE you going to do about it? Join Dr. Tina Moffat as she discusses how to gain confidence in your abilities and seek to make sustainable change in your own community. During this episode - Shania Bhopa and Dr. Moffat analyze the disparities that exist within Hamilton to understand how local issues are global issues, particularly hunger, and poverty. Youth today need to take action and utilize their digital platforms to create change. Dr. Tina Moffat offers her advice to her "younger self" and how we can learn from her experiences. ______________________________________ Shania Bhopa is a current McMaster Global Health graduate student who is passionate about health communications and knowledge translation. She is the founder and executive director of The Canadian Courage Project, a GTA based non-profit organization striving to assist homeless youth with animal companions. She is also an educator, with a micro-credential to teach children and young people about the Sustainable Development Goals. Shania spends her free time learning about mental health and health promotion and is currently writing a wellness book with an aim to help women with their health and well-being. Dr. Tina Moffat’s current research focuses on knowledge translation and support for pregnant women regarding the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) as it relates to maternal diet and child health outcomes. This is a community study based in Hamilton called "Mothers to Babies" (M2B). As well, Moffat currently holds an SSHRC Research Engage Grant (2019-2020) to do research and evaluation of youth food programming at the Hamilton Community Food Centre (HCFC), part of a growing movement of Food Centres across Canada that move beyond charity models of food banks to support food insecure populations to access nutritious food in a dignified manner. Dr. Moffat has also done research on food security and dietary change among immigrants and refugees in Canada, based on a CIHR-funded research project called Changing Homes, Changing Food (2012-2015). Other research interests include vitamin D intake in North America, as well as the social and cultural determinants of child obesity.
November 18, 2020
1.1 How to Tackle the World's Most Pressing Issues TODAY With Dr. Bonny Ibhawoh
Although 2020 hasn't been the year we envisioned Dr. Bonny Ibhawoh is here to encourage you to take action today. No matter what discipline you are from we can all play our part in actively making sustainable change. Get ready to leave feeling inspired, and ready to tackle the world's most pressing issues. Together we can and we will. Dr. Ibhawoh is and professor and Senator William McMaster Chair in Global Human Rights at McMaster University, Canada. He is currently the Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Restorative Justice at McMaster University. He Chairs the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. He has authored several books on human rights, legal studies, and peace/conflict studies. Hosted by Shania Bhopa: A current McMaster Global Health Graduate Student who is passionate about health communications and knowledge translation. She is the co-founder and executive director of The Canadian Courage Project, a GTA based non-profit organization striving to assist homeless youth with animal companions. She is also an educator, with a micro-credential to teach children and young people about the Sustainable Development Goals. Shania spends her free time learning about mental health and health promotion and is currently writing a wellness book with an aim to help women with their health and well-being.
November 04, 2020