Unity Health Care and Indian Ministry of Health Forge Global Health Partnership

Oct 18, 2023
R) Dr. Raghu Arackal, Dr. Taisei Suzuki, Dr. Anam Whyne, Dr. P. Ashok Babu, Fiona Mesfun, Dr. Dhananjay Tiwary, Pamela McKnight, Zelalem Zemichael, Carolyn Summer, Dr. Atul Goel, Dr. Catherin Crosland, Dr. Rajiv Bahl, Dr. Sheela Godbole, Genessa Giorgi, Secretary Shri Sudhansh Pant, Dr. Richa Pandey, and Dr. Manashvi Kumar

In a significant stride toward improving healthcare delivery, fostering innovation, and advancing health equity, Unity Health Care recently hosted a high-profile delegation from the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHS) bi-annual dialogue exchange. The purpose of this exchange was to facilitate a collaborative learning experience between the two nations, leveraging their respective strengths in epidemiological research, vaccine development, health systems, and health policy development.

Unity Health Care, an esteemed leader in community-based healthcare, was selected by the DHHS to represent the indispensable role that community health centers play in advancing health equity, ensuring accessibility, and delivering comprehensive, compassionate care to individuals regardless of their background or socioeconomic status.

2. Carolyn Summer, Zelalem Zemichael, and Dr. Catherine Crosland presenting on Unity's Health Care for the Homeless program.

A standout moment during the visit took place at Unity's Parkside Health Center, where Unity's Healthcare for the Homeless team led a compelling discussion on the pivotal role of housing in enhancing health outcomes and addressing the social determinants of health. The conversation underscored the vital importance of addressing homelessness as a fundamental aspect of promoting well-being, a cause that Unity has been a champion of since its inception.

3. Dr. Sheela Godbole, Director of the Indian Council of Medical Research-National AIDS Research Institute and National Institute of Virology, exploring Unity's Parkside Health center pharmacy, where access to essential medications meets compassionate care

During their visit, the delegation was given an immersive look into the extensive array of services offered at Unity. They explored the health center’s holistic approach, which encompasses a WIC office, dedicated social workers, an in-house pharmacy, dental services, podiatry, pediatrics, behavioral health, and the convenience of an on-site Lab Corp for efficient lab results. The resonating theme throughout the tour was Unity’s unwavering dedication to delivering comprehensive, patient-centered care. The delegates were deeply impressed with the seamless continuum of care provided at Unity, emphasizing the organization’s commitment to breaking down barriers to healthcare access and ensuring that patients receive the support they need to achieve better health outcomes. The delegates found Unity’s commitment to inclusive and culturally competent care particularly striking, exemplifying the essence of the organization’s mission.

Dr. Rajiv Bahl, Secretary of the Ministry’s Department of Health Research, engaged in a compelling dialogue with Dr. Nickia King, a dedicated family medicine physician at Unity, about her transition to community health. Dr. King, reflecting on her journey shared, “It’s a beautiful thing to take care of the entire family…You become a part of their family, and you learn from each other. I think that is really beautiful.” This profound connection and holistic approach exemplify the essence of Unity’s commitment to compassionate patient care.

This groundbreaking exchange underscores the organization's mission to play an active role on the global stage, engaging with international partners to drive improvements in healthcare that will benefit people both at home and abroad. Unity is honored to have participated in this exchange and looks forward to further collaborations aimed at fostering better healthcare practices, innovations, and policies that benefit people from all walks of life. The exchange with the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare marks a significant step in the journey toward a healthier and more equitable world.

4. Dr. Taisei Suzuki introducing Dr. Nickia King to the delegation during a tour of Unity's Parkside Health Center
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