Welcome to the first issue of Ensign Impact. This newsletter is a collaboration among Ensign College of Public Health, Health 2 Go, the Institute for Community Health and Development, and Ensign Global. This is a great opportunity for us to share with you the projects and programs we are developing and expanding in West Africa and around the world.
In this issue of Ensign Impact we cover:
Health 2 Go Highlight
We are grateful to all of our generous supporters, donors, partners, students, alumni, faculty, and staff who make this possible.
Wishing you well,
Professor Stephen C. Alder
President, Ensign College of Public Health
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For those of you new to the Ensign family, we want to extend a heartfelt welcome and provide you with some background on our mission and programs. Ensign Global is the US partner for Ensign College of Public Health, Ensign Global Campus, Health 2 Go, and the Institute for Health and Development. Together these programs form the vision that with health as a foundation, families and communities can prosper through progress driven by knowledge, increased capacity, and innovation that leads to value.
Ensign College of Public Health is the manifestation of Bob and Lynette Gay’s vision to build healthier communities through public health education, leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Their ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for people in Ghana, West Africa and throughout the world by improving health and finding better ways to create value through innovation.
Our programs include:
We hope as part of the Ensign community you will enjoy learning about our accomplishments as we work to create prosperity through progress driven by knowledge, increased capacity, and innovation.
Launched through the vision and leadership of founder, Lynette Gay, to improve public health practice in Ghana; Ensign College of Public Health faculty, staff, and students are applying their expertise to the current global pandemic. Our Ghanaian and US teams are collaborating to provide education and communication to reduce the spread and impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Our current efforts are aimed at:
Continuing on-line education of our MPH students, with a goal of producing the finest graduates who can play vital roles for advancing health in Ghana and the West Africa region.
Distributing materials for supporting community efforts for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Electronic and print materials are being produced that are designed to provide guidance on COVID-19 prevention and credible resources are being vetted and shared.
The recent launching of an initiative to provide COVID-19 response materials country-wide through Health 2 Go, Ensign College of Public Health, and Engage Now Africa. Generous contributions have been committed to support these efforts including a recent contribution by Cast A Pebble.
Introducing a webinar series where experts will discuss various COVID-19 related topics. Participants will be able to join these live or on demand as each session will be recorded and posted on our website.
Providing continuous service to our communities by our medical team, faculty, staff and students in various roles this time. For instance, Dr. Sutherland serves as an advisor to the COVID-19 working group for the Lower Manya Krobo District.
Contributing expertise to global efforts. President Alder has been called upon globally to provide guidance on COVID-19 response. He is a frequent expert on webinars and has been asked to provide service to the Utah Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force. He also continues to work closely with Ensign Leadership on COVID-19 response efforts.
We realize COVID-19 is a global health crisis affecting hundreds of thousands to millions of people around the globe in a multitude of ways, so we want to send our thoughts of health and safety to each of our readers. Visit our website and follow us on our social media channels for updates on our continued response to the global pandemic.
INITIATING COUNCIL ON EDUCATION FOR PUBLIC HEALTH ACCREDITATION
The Ensign College of Public Health initiated the process for Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation in November 2019. Senior Leadership and Academic Staff met with the CEPH Executive Director to review requirements and establish a timeline for this rigorous accreditation. CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit public health programs and schools of public health. Once accredited, Ensign College of Public Health will be the first institution on the continent of Africa to receive this prestigious designation.
HEALTH 2 GO
Health 2 Go is a community-based primary health program that focuses on improving the health of children under 5 years of age, including newborns and pregnant women. The program is currently implemented in two geographically diverse areas in Ghana. While the traditional model of health care requires people to go to facilities to access basic services, Health 2 Go employs the approach of bringing the health system to the doorsteps of the people in their communities. The program is designed to overcome obstacles that cause similar programs to fail and to support countries in reaching United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) targets to reduce child deaths to no more than 25 deaths per 1,000 live births and maternal deaths to 70 or less per 100,000 live births by 2030. Ghana’s current rate for child deaths is 48 deaths per 1,000 live births and for 319 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. The vast majority of both child and maternal deaths are preventable.
Our Health 2 Go program places and trains community health workers known as community-based agents (CBAs) to serve each community. A unique aspect of Health 2 Go is due to training and continuous supervision that creates a strong relationship and ownership for Health 2 Go managers, supervisors, and CBAs.
Some recent highlights of our Health 2 Go Program include the number of illnesses treated (malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia/Acute Respiratory Illness (ARI)) and home educational visits conducted since inception of the program through December 2019 in the two districts served in Ghana.
Wawase CHPS Zone: Among Approximately 200 Children under age 5, (Nov. 2016 - Dec. 2019)
BCCDP: Among Approximately 2,200 Children under age 5, (Oct. 2018 – Dec. 2019)
Thank you to our dedicated CBAs, Supervisors, and Health 2 Go Team. A special thank you to our donors and partners, Cast a Pebble Foundation and the Spencer and Kristin Kirk Family, who have provided the support to ensure the teams on the ground have the equipment, training, and medication needed to treat these illnesses and serve the communities.
Congratulations to Henry Okorie Ugorji recipient of the Association of Accredited Public Health Program (AAPHP) 2020 Public Health Practice Award. Henry is in his first year of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program and has a background as a Physician Assistant. Henry's project is aimed at assessing the quality of Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality. His project outcomes are focused on aiding healthcare facilities in Ghana, improving EmONC facilities, and avoiding preventable maternal and neonatal mortality.
Previously Henry represented Ghana as a youth delegate at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) at Nairobi-Kenya in 2019 and interned with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Ghana. He has an interest in topics of sexual and reproductive health and rights, epidemiology, global health, and occupational health. Henry vision is help strengthen the public health systems in Ghana, Africa, and across the world.