Talk title: Global Health and Community Accompaniment
Description: This talk will share my perspectives as a physician working with Partners In Health for the past two decades. I will describe lessons learned about community-based accompaniment, both as a model for healthcare delivery and as a personal approach to partnership with communities in Peru and Navajo Nation.
Sonya Shin, MD, MPH is an Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity, an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, and Consulting Physician at Gallup Indian Medical Center. Dr. Shin’s research and clinical experience has focused on health issues among underserved populations. She was worked for more than 20 years with the international social justice organization, Partners In Health, to develop and evaluate community-based programs to address chronic diseases in resource-poor settings. Over the past 20 years, her work has primarily focused on demonstrating the value of community health workers in a variety of settings.
Dr. Shin has worked in Navajo Nation since 2009 collaborating with tribal leadership and tribal health services to strengthen healthcare delivery by enhancing the quality and integration of community health worker outreach. She is the Executive Director and founder of a non-profit organization -Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment, COPE –which is dedicated to improving health outcomes in Native communities.
Dr. Shin earned her BA at Yale University, her MD at Harvard Medical School, and her MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health. She trained in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and in Infectious Diseases in the Longwood Program at Harvard Medical School.