The SHEA International Ambassadors Program

2019 Application - CLOSED

The 2019 Application for SHEA's International Ambassadors Program is now available with a due date of January 11, 2019!  In addition to completing this online application, you must also forward the following information to ambassadors@shea-online.org:

  1. Your curriculum vitae (CV) 
  2. A letter of support from a current SHEA member, your supervisor/mentor, or your department chair. Please limit the letter to one page with one-inch margins and a font size of 10 points or greater. The letter should clearly describe:
    1. Your qualifications and responsibilities in healthcare epidemiology or infection prevention and control.
    2. Your efforts to lead initiatives in your country and/or region.
    3. Why you are an excellent candidate to receive this travel grant.

Please send any questions to ambassadors@shea-online.org.  Good luck!

Background

Since 2009, SHEA has partnered with 3M to benefit the international community of healthcare professionals dedicated to infection prevention through our International Ambassadors Program. The program is dedicated to building collaborative relationships between U.S. and international healthcare professionals with expertise in healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention.

In 2015, this program was updated to allow more Ambassadors to benefit from exposure to large US conferences dedicated to infection prevention and control. Selected ambassadors will attend the SHEA 2019 Spring Conference in Boston, Massachusetts for training and will receive a one-year membership with SHEA to foster networking opportunities and expose them to SHEA's journal and other educational opportunities that can promote knowledge dissemination. A total of 18 Ambassadors will be selected in 2019 and provided a $3,000 travel grant to assist with the costs of attending the meeting.

Response to the International Ambassadors Program has been noteworthy since its inception: over 425 applicants from around the world have sought a place in this elite group. SHEA has welcomed seventy-nine Ambassadors representing thirty-seven countries: Argentina, Bangladesh, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Sudan, Thailand, Togo, and Vietnam. For more information, please email ambassadors@shea-online.org.  

Sponsorship

SHEA gratefully acknowledges the financial generosity of 3M Corporation who have supported the International Ambassadors Program since it's inception, including for 2019.  

2019 Delegation

  • Carols Agudelo, MD, MSc, Clinical Universitaria Bolivariana (Colombia)
  • Noleen Bennett, PhD, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Australia)
  • Songting Chen, Master, First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University (Yunan Province P.R. China)
  • Kahoru Fukuoka, MD, Tokyo Metropolitan Children's Medical Center (Japan)
  • Shipra Goel, DNB, MD, MBBS, Lady Hardinge Medical College, (India)
  • Wenzhi Huang, Master, West China Hospital, Sichuan University (Sichuan Province, P.R. China)
  • Annick Lenglet, BSc, MSc, MAE, Medecins Sans Frontieres - Doctors without Borders (Netherlands)
  • Catherine Ludden, PhD, BSc, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (United Kingdom)
  • Nelius Makandu, BSN, MP SHAH Hospital (Kenya)
  • Bassel Molaeb, MPH, CIC, FAPIC, Al-Moosa Specialist Hospital (Saudi Arabia)
  • Nosheen Nasir, MBBS, MRCP, FCPS (Med), FCPS (ID), MSc, EB, Aga Khan University (Pakistan)
  • Shahana Parveen, MSS in Anthropology, International Centere for Diearrhoeal Diseases, BD
  • Kylee Robb, MHSM (Clinical Leadership) CICP-P, Australian Dental Association (NSW Australia)
  • Rushika Saksena, MD, Vardhamam Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital (India)
  • Sharon Salmon, MPH, PhD, RN, National University Hospital Singapore (Singapore)
  • Kyoung-Ho Song, MD, PhD, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (Republic of Korea)
  • Arnefelina Tamayo, MAN, MSN, RN, BSN, St. Luke's Medical Center (Phillipines)
  • Kerry Williams, Master, Joseph N. France General Hospital (St. Kitts)

Outcomes

The impact of this program within the Ambassadors' regions as well as for SHEA's international network is significant and continues to evolve. Ambassadors have organized training courses and educational meetings addressing infection prevention and control and antimicrobial stewardship in India, China, Brazil, and the Philippines. Ambassadors have collaborated on a variety of projects, including: outbreak investigation (India), educational programs (India; Philippines), development of professional networks within a country (Kenya), and research. Several ambassadors were even highlighted in a textbook, Best Practices in Infection Prevention and Control: An International Perspective, Second Edition, published jointly with SHEA and Joint Commission International.

International Ambassadors Program Goals in 2019

  • Expand international representation of emerging leaders with a potential for influence in epidemiology in order to positively impact infection prevention on a global scale.
  • Build collaborative relationships between SHEA members and professionals in infection prevention and healthcare epidemiology that are sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships.
  • Expose participants to the latest scientific content, research and expertise related to infection prevention.
  • Introduce ambassadors to leading industry vendors that serve this market in order to facilitate access to suppliers and partners to ultimately improve quality of care.

Past Delegations

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