Northeastern University – Seattle moved into the global health area last week, connecting Ghana, Kenya, and the Boston and Seattle campuses. One of Northeastern’s Global Health leaders, Professor Richard Ellis, who has worked extensively on health issues in Kenya and other African countries was connected via videoconference to the Seattle campus, where Dr. Ellis Owusu-Dabo, M.D., Ph.D., Scientific Director of Ghana’s Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) met with Professor Richard Wamai. Richard G. Wamai, Ph.D., is the Assistant Professor of Public Health of Northeastern’s Department of African-American Studies and Northeastern’s Integrated Initiative for Global Health.
The discussions confirmed the overlap between the pioneering work in Ghana of KCCR with global health research and student exchanges in Ghana and throughout Africa. Based on this meeting, KCCR and Northeastern are now considering a draft Memorandum of Understanding which could cover student exchanges, research and other forms of collaboration.
The development of Northeastern’s Integrated Initiative for Global Health is perfectly timed with the commencement of the Seattle Graduate Campus; the campus is located in the heart of South Lake Union, in close proximity to The Gates Foundation and many other institutions which make up the world’s No. 1 global health cluster. See Washington State Global Health Alliance’s website for more information.