International Ambassadors Program
Since 2009, SHEA has partnered with 3M to benefit the international community of healthcare professionals dedicated to infection prevention through our International Ambassadors Program. The program is dedicated to building collaborative relationships between U.S. and international healthcare professionals with expertise in healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention.
In 2015, this program was updated to allow more Ambassadors to benefit from exposure to large US conferences dedicated to infection prevention and control. Selected ambassadors will attend the SHEA 2017 Spring Conference in St. Louis, Missouri for training and will receive a one-year membership with SHEA to foster networking opportunities and expose them to SHEA's journal and other educational opportunities that can promote knowledge dissemination. A total of 18 Ambassadors will be selected in 2017 and provided a $3,000 travel grant to assist with the costs of attending the meeting.
Response to the International Ambassadors Program has been noteworthy since its inception: over 425 applicants from around the world have sought a place in this elite group. SHEA has welcomed seventy-nine Ambassadors representing thirty-seven countries: Argentina, Bangladesh, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Sudan, Thailand, Togo, and Vietnam.
SHEA currently is accepting applications for the 2017 International Ambassadors Program until December 16, 2016. For more information, please visit the links below or email email@example.com.
SHEA gratefully acknowledges the financial generosity of 3M Corporation, which supports the International Ambassadors Program.
- Mohammad Ashraful Alam, MBBS, M.PHIL, PhD, Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control & Research, (IEDCR) (Bangladesh)
- Ana Belen Arauz-Rodriguez, MD, Hospital Santo Tomas (Panama)
- Erika Britz, MBChB, MPH, National Institute for Communicable Diseases (South Africa)
- Yuho Horikoshi, MD, Tokyo Metropolitan Children's Medical Center (Japan)
- Md. Saiful Islam, MSS, MPH, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, ICDDR,B (Bangladesh)
- Jiajia Jiang, Medicane Master, Affiliated AoYang Hospital of Jiangsu University (China)
- JaHyun Kang, PhD, MPH, Seoul National University, College of Nursing (Republic of Korea)
- Nagwa Khamis, MD, Cancer Children Hospital of Egypt - 57357 (Egypt)
- Andie Sunghe Lee, MBBS, DTM&H, MSc, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Australia)
- Madonna Matar, MD, MPH, Notre Dame de Secours University Hospital (Lebanon)
- Maurice Murugu Mbogori, BSN, Infection Prevention Network -Kenya (Kenya)
- Keita Morikane, MD, PhD, Yamagata University Hospital (Japan)
- Joyce Wamiru Mwangi, KRN/KRM, The Nairobi Hospital (Kenya)
- Awa Ndir, PhD, Pasteur Institute of Dakar (Senegal)
- Anusha Rohit, MD, (Microbiology), The Madras Medical Mission (India)
- Philip Russo, PhD, Deakin University (Australia)
- Manoj Kumar Sah, MSc Clinical Microbiology, Kantipur Dental College Teaching Hospital & Research Center (Nepal)
- Shichao Zhu, Master, Infection Control Department of West China Hospital, Sichuan University (China)
The impact of this program within the Ambassadors' regions as well as for SHEA's international network is significant and continues to evolve. Ambassadors have organized training courses and educational meetings addressing infection prevention and control and antimicrobial stewardship in India, China, Brazil, and the Philippines. Ambassadors have collaborated on a variety of projects, including: outbreak investigation (India), educational programs (India; Philippines), development of professional networks within a country (Kenya), and research. Several ambassadors were even highlighted in a textbook, Best Practices in Infection Prevention and Control: An International Perspective, Second Edition, published jointly with SHEA and Joint Commission International.
International Ambassadors Program Goals in 2017
- Expand international representation of emerging leaders with a potential for influence in epidemiology in in order to positively impact infection prevention on a global scale.
- Build collaborative relationships between SHEA members and professionals in infection prevention and healthcare epidemiology that are sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships.
- Expose participants to the latest scientific content, research and expertise related to infection prevention.
- Introduce ambassadors to leading industry vendors that serve this market in order to facilitate access to suppliers and partners to ultimately improve quality of care.
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