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Public Health in the U.S.

July 28, 2015 - August 1, 2015

This project will bring 14 doctors, nurses, and other public health practitioners from throughout Africa to the United States, where they will examine how U.S. federal, state and municipal agencies and non‑governmental organizations develop and implement national and grassroots public health programs and policies.  Meetings with fellow health practitioners, scholars, and grassroots activists will provide a holistic view of U.S. public health initiatives to include infectious disease prevention and education with a focus on HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and public healthcare financing.  Furthermore, the program will review U.S. public health policy and practice and will examine the U.S. commitment to assist other countries in providing basic healthcare and health education.

While in Cleveland, these visitors will examine healthcare at the municipal level, learn about best practices for reaching underserved communities, see examples of successfully promoting healthy habits in the community, and get a taste of the American spirit of volunteerism. CCWA will be working with various community organizations, including Sisters of Charity Health Systems’ Building Healthy Communities program, the Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland, Children’s Hunger Alliance, locally-based nonprofit MedWish International, and several large healthcare systems based in Cleveland to provide a holistic, immersive public health-related learning experience for our visitors.

International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program

Each year, over 250 professionals from around the world visit Northeast Ohio through IVLP. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, these visitors have been identified by U.S. embassies as emerging leaders in their fields.  Over 50 Nobel Laureates and 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government are alumni of this program. 

By connecting with foreign leaders we strengthen Northeast Ohio’s commercial, cultural, and educational ties with the rest of the world. For more information, contact Ryan Ouellette, Senior Program Officer, at or click here. To get involved as a Citizen Diplomat, click here.


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