August 25, 2017
Kinesiology alumnus Efosa Guobadia '07 has contributed a chapter titled "Promoting Sustainable Change so that Communities Thrive with and without Us" and an afterword to the book Why Global Health Matters: How to (Actually) Make the World a Better Place.
The book presents global health as an integration of multi-causal problems, and as such, calls on a diverse set of professions and humanitarian actors to address the issues. It concludes that disasters of nature as well as of war and conflict are exacerbated by sustainability issues, lack of resources, poverty, and illness. The book is divided into four sections: backgrounds and trends, approaches and clinical solutions, approaches and structural solutions, and sustainability.
In his chapter, Guobadia discusses his philosophical approach to global health and what he has learned from his experiences. He also shares a paradigm for developing sustainable programs, then highlights the importance of installing mechanisms that allow you to measure the progress of your efforts and projects.
A doctor of physical therapy, Guobadia is the Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Move Together, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving access to quality rehab medicine around the corner and around the world. He is also the co-founder and co-director of the international initiative Physical Therapy (PT) Day of Service, and formerly developed and led the international volunteer program ATI MissionWorks for ATI Physical Therapy.
Why Global Health Matters is edited by Chris Stout, a licensed clinical psychologist, founding director of the non-profit organization Center for Global Initiatives, and a faculty member in the College of Medicine and Advisory Board Member to the Center for Global Health at the University of Illinois, Chicago.