The Carolinas Global Health Initiative (CGHI) was developed in 2015 by global health leaders and physicians in pediatrics and emergency medicine at Atrium Health. 

Under the direction of Drs. Lee Morris, Erin Noste and Emily White, the focus of CGHI is to increase education of resident physicians in Charlotte, as well as, our international medical partners.  Our mission is to promote resident education in global health, increase awareness of issues affecting public health internationally, and to foster resiliency and capacity for our international partners.  Through clinical experiences and educational measures, we will improve the health of our patients in North Carolina and abroad.  The Initiative will also support international electives for our residents to promote careers in global health.

Our activities so far have centered in Escuintla and Chimaltenango, Guatemala, Mbingo Hospital, Cameroon and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with a focus on providing needed clinical services and local resident education.

CGHI works closely with International Medical Outreach, a partnership between Atrium Health and the Heineman Foundation. 

Our most recent partnerships in Guatemala have developed at the National Hospital of Chimaltenango, and at The National Hospital of Escuintla, Guatemala.  Dr. Morris traveled there with Dr. Dwight Bailey and nurse educator, Leslie Golden, to provide education to improve resuscitation skills and critical care knowledge among nurses, resident physicians, and pediatricians.  Resident physicians and faculty are developing projects to benefit the local community through education, needs assessments, and site development.  There are also plans to incorporate joint videoconference educational sessions for pediatric residents in both Guatemala and Charlotte.

We are very excited about this opportunity and welcome support for this Initiative.  The funding will go directly towards:

  • Developing a local malnutrition program
  • Improving resuscitation, triage and critical care
  • Teaching local providers how to properly utilize ultrasound to improve patient outcomes
  • Education and resources to improve infant and child mortality
  • Reference material for teaching residents about global health
  • Continued site development in Guatemala

Future initiatives include site development and outreach to Mbingo Hospital in Cameroon and the expansion of resident global health education in Charlotte to include additional specialties such as Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Ob/Gyn and Surgery.