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The McGill University School of Population and Global Health and the McGill Department of Family Medicine present:

The Global Primary Care Delivery Webinar Series

Flyer for 3rd Global Primary Care Webinar featuring photos of the speakersThe third webinar in our Global Primary Care Webinar Series will be presented on Wednesday, March 17, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EST.

Moderated by Dr. Timothy Evans, the session will be “new models of patient-facilitated primary care.” 

This webinar will convene perspectives from the USA and UK regarding virtual expert care and other mechanisms to facilitate patient self-management and decision-making.


  • Dr. Deneen Voight, UnitedHealthcare Group (USA), Executive Vice President, Global Research & Development
  • Dr. Al Mulley, Director and Professor at The Dartmouth Institute; Former Fellow, The Kings Fund (UK)
  • Margaret Mulley, Former Partner, Deloitte & Touche, LLP, Lecturer, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College

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The Global Primary Care Delivery Workshop Series

The next event in the Global Primary Care Workshop Series will happen on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 from 12 PM to 1 PM (EST). Participants will explore the following question in both large and small groups:

  • In what ways should we deploy our healthcare workforce to better respond to the control of non-communicable diseases?

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Upcoming workshops (12:00 PM -1:00 PM EST)

  • Wednesday, April 28th, 2021
  • Wednesday, May 26th, 2021
  • Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

Past Events

The McGill University School of Population and Global Health and the McGill Department of Family Medicine present:

The Global Primary Care Delivery Webinar Series

In January, the Department of Family Medicine launched a series of monthly workshops and invited speakers around the theme of Global Primary Care Delivery in collaboration with the School of Population and Global Health.

Session 2: Innovations in extending the delivery of community-based primary care

Flyer for the February 17 Global Primary Care Delivery Webinar - image contains link to PDF versionThe next Speaker Series webinar took place on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM, followed by a Workshop Series on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.

The Speaker Series will highlight innovative approaches to the delivery of primary care in both local and global settings, including perspectives from industry, non-profit, and indigenous partners.

We are delighted to hear from two leaders of organizations that are trailblazing in the area of primary care delivery. Our first speaker, Rubayat Khan is a social entrepreneur from Bangladesh who is currently CEO of Jeeon, a social business that digitizes and upgrades retail pharmacies in rural settings, and connects them with doctors and hospitals in order to bridge the gap between underserved patients and quality healthcare.

Next, we have Nan Chen, from Last Mile Health, an organization that works to improve access to—and the quality of—essential healthcare for people living in rural and remote communities through teams of community and frontline health workers.

Moderated by Dr. Timothy Evans, their talk “Innovations in extending the delivery of community-based primary care” will feature Rubayat’s perspectives about partnering with the private and public sector to strengthen community health systems. Nan will draw upon his expertise to discuss the payment of community health workers as a critical systems innovation using examples from work in Liberia.


Rubayat Khan, MPA/ID

Photo of Rubayat KhanRubayat Khan is a serial social entrepreneur, development practitioner and data scientist from Bangladesh specialized in the innovative use of low-cost technologies to solve important global development challenges. Rubayat co-founded mPower Social Enterprises in 2008, an organization working at the cutting edge of ICT4D and M4D (Mobile for Development), and has in that capacity built award winning models and projects with organizations like BRAC and Save the Children in Asia, Africa and Central America. He has since co-founded and is CEO of mDoc LLC, which aims to take quality primary healthcare to the next 2 billion people in the world. In the past, he has worked as a consultant for the Gross National Happiness Commission in Bhutan, and for a data science firm in Silicon Valley called Kaggle. Currently, Rubayat runs Jeeon, a startup trying to leverage technology to upgrade rural drug sellers – the primary source of healthcare for most rural Bangladeshis – into high quality primary healthcare providers. He graduated with an MPA/ID from Harvard Kennedy School, and was awarded the Raymond Vernon Award for being the graduating student who best personifies the values of the program. He is also an Unreasonable Institute Fellow.

Nan Chen, MPP, JD, BA

Photo of Nan ChenNan Chen is the Managing Director of Health Systems at Last Mile Health, a nonprofit organization that designs and builds community-based primary health systems. Nan supports the organization’s global work to understand what works and why in community health program scale. He also works to diffuse those lessons via partnerships and advocacy for community health systems in collaboration with peer organizations to support countries strengthen their community health systems. Nan’s team supports the organization’s core work in Liberia around the design, launch, and scale of a national community health program in partnership with the Ministry of Health. Nan is currently on the Financing Alliance for Health’s Project Advisory Committee. Prior to Last Mile Health, Nan worked with the Millennium Challenge Corporation on private public partnerships, policy analysis, and nutrition/stunting interventions. Additionally, Nan worked with Open Capital Advisors in Kenya assisting impact investors in scaling social enterprises. Nan has also advised NGOs and social enterprises through the Harvard Law and International Development Society and Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs. Nan has an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School, JD from Northwestern University, and BA from University of Chicago.

Note that the second session for the parallel Workshop Series will take place on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 at 12 PM to 1 PM (EST).

Faculty, students, and clinicians will be able to investigate these topics in greater depth through the Workshop series. In these workshops, participants will reflect on short readings related to primary care delivery in the areas of mental health and non-communicable diseases, and innovative approaches to ensuring equitable and responsive services across the life-course. Through these workshops, we hope to identify areas of collaborative research and training worth pursuing.

Please send an email to briana.cheng2 [at] or alayne.adams [at] if you are interested in attending the Workshop Series and/or are interested in facilitating one of the discussions.

Special Seminar - Preventing and responding to violence in the 21st century: A critical global mental health research agenda

Dr. Rochelle Frounfelker, Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Social and Cultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University

Thursday, February 4, 2021 – 11:30 AM

Abstract: Dr. Frounfelker’s presentation, “Preventing and responding to violence in the 21st century: A critical global mental health research agenda,” argues for the need to study violence and trauma as social, cultural, and psychological phenomena both locally and globally. Rochelle will outline her research plans in two domains of violence and mental health - mental health of war-affected populations and the global phenomena of violent radicalization.

Photo of Dr. Rochelle FrounfelkerBio: Rochelle Frounfelker is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. She obtained her doctorate in social and behavioral sciences from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and her masters in public health and social work from Columbia University in New York City. Rochelle has a primary interest in investigating the life course impact of trauma and violence on psychiatric disorders. She has almost 20 years of experience in the field, including as a clinician for survivors of sexual violence, partner and ally of war-affected communities, and mental health services researcher. Her work is interdisciplinary and incorporates knowledge from the fields of social epidemiology, child development, aging, and cultural psychiatry.

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Special Seminar - Public health in transit – a global political priority

Dr. Danielle N. Poole, Postdoctoral Fellow, Neukom Institute for Computational Science, Department of Geography, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College

Thursday, January 28, 2021 – 12:00 PM

Abstract: Over 80 million people are currently displaced by humanitarian crises. Moreover, the number of forcibly displaced persons is expected to increase due to the changing nature of conflict and compounding effects of climate change, making health in humanitarian crises a global political priority. We know about the health of forced migrants upon arrival in their destination countries, and we may know some about the health of populations before a conflict or disaster invokes mass displacement. However, there is a gap in our understanding of forced migrant health during the transit phase of migration. And yet, time in transit is becoming more important as displaced populations face increasingly hazardous routes and asylum-seeking processes are protracted. In this seminar, I will investigate the dynamic interactions of individual, social, structural, and “place” determinants of mental health in humanitarian crises.

Photo of Dani PooleBio: Dr. Danielle (Dani) Poole is a population health scientist focused on improving health in humanitarian crises. Within the broader field of humanitarian health research, her work is centered around two themes: 1) measuring health disparities, with a substantive focus on mental health, and 2) developing novel research methods for complex settings. To address these lines of inquiry, she applies methodological approaches spanning the epidemiological, geospatial, and statistical sciences. She collaborates with colleagues in Canada, Greece, Italy, Kenya, The Netherlands, Nigeria, South Africa, South Sudan, Turkey, and the US, among other countries.

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Special Seminar - Improving mental health in the context of humanitarian crises and climate change: Bridging the gap between research and practice

Dr. Jura Augustinavicius, Assistant Scientist (Research Faculty) Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 – 11:00 AM

Abstract: Populations living in humanitarian settings and those most heavily impacted by the climate crisis are at increased risk of poor mental health and psychosocial well-being. This seminar will introduce these issues and will explore opportunities for intervention through study specific examples. The seminar will focus on research supporting adaptation, implementation, and evaluation of mental health and psychosocial support interventions as well as interventions from other sectors in diverse humanitarian and climate change affected contexts. Future directions at the intersection of mental health in humanitarian settings and climate change and mental health will be explored and opportunities for research and practice will be highlighted.

Photo of Dr. Jura AugustinaviciusBio: Jura Augustinavicius is an Assistant Scientist (Research Faculty) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Augustinavicius also serves as affiliated faculty at the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health and as a Research Advisor and Lead on climate change and youth engagement at the MHPSS Collaborative hosted by Save the Children Denmark. She completed a doctorate and postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with special training in applied psychiatric epidemiology and mixed-methods approaches for use in mental health research and practice. Dr. Augustinavicius’ research focuses on mental health assessment and intervention among populations exposed to adversity in low-resource humanitarian settings and in the context of climate change. Specifically, she has worked on mental health program development and evaluation among conflict-affected populations, building research-practice collaborations to support mental health measurement and intervention in humanitarian settings, and understanding mental health in the context of climate change to inform program and policy implementation.

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The McGill University School of Population and Global Health and the McGill Department of Family Medicine present:

The Global Primary Care Delivery Webinar Series

Event poster - details in text - contains link to PDF versionSession 1: “Primary health care in the context of universal health systems: how to walk the talk”

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 from 12 PM to 1 PM (EST)

Speakers: Dr. Danielle Martin and Dr. Timothy Evans

Moderator: Dr. Marion Dove

The first session of this six-part monthly series will have two highly esteemed experts – Dr. Danielle Martin and Dr. Timothy Evans – join forces to deliver a greatly anticipated talk about the future vision of primary healthcare in local and global settings. Moderated by Dr. Marion Dove, their talk will feature Dr. Martin’s perspectives about Canada’s milestones, efforts, and trajectory towards the creation of a universal health system. Next, Dr. Evans will use an international lens to examine key primary care reforms over time in the context of universal health coverage. We look forward to seeing you at this speaker series that promises to be exciting and provoking.

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In parallel to the Webinar Series, don't miss the Global Primary Care Delivery Workshop Series. Participants will register on EventBrite separately for these sessions to receive the Zoom link and pre-readings. The first session will take place on Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 from 12 PM to 1 PM (EST).

Dr. Tim Evans

Photo of Dr. Tim EvansTim Evans has been at the forefront of advancing global health equity and strengthening health systems delivery for more than 20 years. His creative energies led to the Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, the development of numerous global partnerships such as the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), the Global Financing Facility (GFF) for Women, Children and Adolescents, and the creation of a novel hub and spoke approach to training community midwives in Bangladesh. At McGill, he wears many hats. He is the Inaugural Director and Associate Dean of the School of Population and Global Health (SPGH) in the Faculty of Medicine, Associate Vice-Principal for Global Policy and Innovation, and Executive Director of Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force. Tim has held multiple global leadership positions, including appointments as Senior Director of the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice at the World Bank Group, Dean of the James P. Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Assistant Director General at the World Health Organization. Tim earned his D.Phil. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, followed by medical and residency training at McMaster and Harvard Universities, respectively.

Dr. Danielle Martin

Photo of Dr. Danielle MartinDanielle Martin is a family physician and Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. She practices in the Family Practice Health Centre at Women’s College Hospital (WCH) where she is also the Vice-President Medical Affairs & Health System Solutions. Danielle’s policy expertise and passion for equity

McGill Alumni Webcast: Your pressing COVID-19 questions answered

December 15, 2020, 12-1 PM

Dr. Marcel Behr, Co-Director, McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (Mi4) and Interim Director of McGill Infectious Diseases Division

Dr. Timothy Evans, Inaugural Director and Associate Dean of the School of Population and Global Health, Faculty of Medicine

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Policy perspectives on pandemic preparedness and response - What are we learning from COVID-19?

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Special Lecture - Dr. Pamela Roach
Indigenous Health Research: Enhancing Equity Across Populations & Health Services

July 6th, 2020 - 1PM

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COVID-19 and the world’s vulnerable communities – a live webcast

April 30th, 2020 - 12PM

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How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting developing countries around the world? Are frontline health workers equipped to deal with the crisis? What are the most constructive approaches to an effective global response? How does international aid play an effective role now – and in a post-COVID-19 world?

Join us for a special webcast in partnership with McGill’s Alumni Association featuring a panel of international health experts and get the perspectives of leaders from the frontlines as well as development institutions like the World Bank.


  • Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Vice Chancellor at the University of Global Health Equity, Senior Advisor to the World Health Organization Director General, Senior Lecturer at Harvard Medical School.
  • Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, former Assistant Administrator for Global Health at USAID.
  • Mr. Patricio V. Marquez, Senior Consultant for the preparation of Global Emergency Response to Covid-19 at the World Bank Group (WBG), Senior Associate at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Member of the External Advisory Group for the Global Mental Health Program at the University of Washington. Former Lead Health Specialist at WBG.
  • Dr. Raj Panjabi, CEO of Last Mile Health and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.
  • Dr. Joanne Liu, MDCM’91, IMHL’14, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Montreal, Professor of Clinical Medicine at McGill, former International President of Médecins Sans Frontières.

Moderators: Dr. Timothy Evans, Inaugural Director and Associate Dean of the School of Population and Global Health, Faculty of Medicine, McGill, and Derek Cassoff, Managing Director, Communications, McGill Advancement.

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SPGH Strategic Planning Townhall

April 15th, 2020 - 12PM

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The SPGH will be hosting a virtual town hall on Wednesday April 15, 2020 from 12-1PM.

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Confronting COVID-19: a special webcast with McGill health experts

March 19, 2020 - 12 PM

Dr. Marcel Behr, Co-Director, McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (Mi4) and Interim Director of McGill Infectious Diseases Division

Dr. Timothy Evans, Inaugural Director and Associate Dean of the School of Population and Global Health, Faculty of Medicine



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