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Nuvance Health

Nuvance Health Global Health Program

In 2012 the Nuvance Health Global Health Program (GHP) and the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine (UVMLCOM) established a bilateral and sustainable partnership with institutions in six countries around the world: Botswana, the Dominican Republic, India, Thailand, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, as well as domestic sites within the United States. Through this extensive network, we provide students, residents, and physicians with engaging global health electives in our partner sites. We also host and train our international colleagues in the United States to support their mission of infusing their acquired knowledge and skills into their home communities. United by a common mission to close the health equity gap, GHP members are committed to thoughtfully equipping future and established healthcare workers with the knowledge and skills to serve as patient and global health advocates while transforming healthcare delivery and medical education systems. 

The inception of the Nuvance Health (formerly Western Connecticut Health Network) GHP is based on the model described in Chapter 14 of the Medical Teaching Manual by William B. Jeffries and Kathryn N. Huggett. This work outlines the growing demand for global health experiences and provides a framework for incorporating this experience into medical education through capacity building and curriculum integration. The authors call for establishment of bi-directional partnerships rooted in capacity building, followed by steering of student interest in global health and comprehensive training to help them navigate the global health setting.



About the Site

The global health program is based at Danbury, Connecticut. Danbury, which is located about 50 miles to the northeast of New York City, was earlier known as the “Hat City” due to the significant presence of the American Hat Industry in the 19th and 20th centuries.

About the Leadership

The Global Health Program (GHP) was created under the leadership of Dr. John Murphy, the CEO of Nuvance Health. The GHP has been embraced by one and all at the Nuvance Health. Dr. Majid Sadigh, the Christian J. Trefz Family Endowed Chair in Global Health has spearheaded the program since it’s inception and is currently being assisted by the program manager, Wendi Cuscina. The Director of Global Health at Norwalk Hospital, Dr. Robyn Scatena has been working closely with Dr. Majid Sadigh to provide global health opportunities for Norwalk Hospital residents, fellows and physicians.


About the Global Health Education Experience

Courtesy to the support of Program Directors as well as Section Chiefs we have been able to train hundreds of scholars from the global south at our campuses. We also offer our residents, fellows, physicians and researchers a truly immersive global health experience in the form of a global health elective.


About the Institution

Nuvance Health is a family of award-winning nonprofit hospitals and healthcare professionals in Hudson Valley and western Connecticut. The seven hospital network was created by a merger of HealthQuest and Western Connecticut Health Network. Nuvance Health combines highly skilled physicians, state-of-the-art facilities and technology, and compassionate caregivers dedicated to providing quality care across a variety of clinical areas, including Cardiovascular, Neurosciences, Oncology, Orthopedics, and Primary Care. Nuvance Health has a network of convenient hospital and outpatient locations — Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital and Sharon Hospital in Connecticut, and Northern Dutchess Hospital, Putnam Hospital Center and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in New York — plus multiple primary and specialty care physician practices locations, including The Heart Center, a leading provider of cardiology care, and two urgent care offices. Non-acute care is offered through various affiliates, including the Thompson House for rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, and the Home Care organizations. For more information about Nuvance Health, visit


Our Vision

To achieve excellence and national recognition in basic science, clinical research, and global health education as a leading academic regional medical center.


Our Mission

Towards this vision, we strengthen and expand our partnerships toward building a worldwide network committed to closing the health equity gap through cooperation and capacity building.


Our Director

Bulat Ziganshin, MD

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Executive Committee

In a firm commitment towards decolonizing the global health, we have put together an Executive Committee with a robust representation from global south partners. The Executive Committee meets four times annually: three times via Zoom and once in-person for Global Health Day to make decisions about the content, structure, and direction of the Global Health Program by consensus building rather than voting.

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Leadership Committee

As the decision-making arm of the Nuvance Health GHP, the Global Health Leadership Committee meets regularly to discuss current initiatives and future plans.

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