Perspectives on the Impact of COVID-19 on Global Education and Training

  • November 19, 2020
  • 7:30 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to severely impact how global organizations function, it has uniquely affected global education and training. What happens when COVID-19 prevents global travel for on-site experiences?  This session will highlight how the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and non-profit international exchange and training programs have been impacted, both from an organizational and trainee perspective. We will hear from two practitioners and a Fulbright student who will share their respective experiences working within this new virtual exchange and training paradigm.  

Join us on November 19 at 7:30pm (ET) to hear from long time practitioners in the field and international trainees about where we are today and what international exchange might look like in the years to come.

Janette “Jenny” Samaan, PhD most recently served as the Senior Director of the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities program at the Association of American Medical Colleges for the past decade.  In that capacity, she founded a global network of medical schools, teaching hospitals, and NGOs,  today encompassing 41 nations. These institutions offer a wide variety of elective offerings for global student mobility for medical and public health students.  Due to the COVID pandemic, all place-based mobility was halted and virtual opportunities are emerging as a new educational option.  For 30 years prior to AAMC, Samaan held a wide variety of positions in international higher education. She earned a PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Hawaii with an emphasis on international education.  

Karen Gladbach serves as Manager of the Training and Fellowships program in the Human Resources for Health team at the Pan American Health Organization, WHO Regional Office of the Americas in Washington, DC.  In this role, she manages capacity-building programs to support health workforce initiatives in the Americas. She also collaborates with Ministries and partner organizations to develop scholarship opportunities for studies in the Americas and practicum experiences at PAHO headquarters and country offices. Prior to joining WHO/PAHO, she worked in education and training programs for UNICEF, the American Bar Association, and the Institute for International Education. She has an M.A. in International Communications from The American University and a B.A. in Communications from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Kemel Hallar is an industrial engineer and MBA graduate from Patagonia in the south of Argentina. He is currently a Fulbright Scholar pursuing a Master’s degree in Engineering Management at Purdue University and is undertaking a practicum with PAHO’s Strategic Fund. His work involves creating Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the Fund and exploring initiatives for its continuous improvement.

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