Global Leaders from Papua New Guinea Help Transform Communities During Virtual Fellowship with THEARI

Global Leaders from Papua New Guinea Help Transform Communities During Virtual Fellowship with THEARI

Hogande Kiafuli is partnering with THEARI through the U.S. Department of State’s Community Solutions Program. Hogande, an emerging global leader in Papua New Guinea is working with American counterparts at THEARI, collaborating on projects that will help strengthen communities and improve lives in Colorado and Papua New Guinea.


Through the Community Solutions Program, international fellows are matched with American organizations. They work closely together over a 2-month period to develop and implement a practicum project that provides skill development for the fellow, support to the organization, and creates a cross-cultural learning experience and development of mutual understanding of different working environments and philosophies in health care.


In 2012-2016 THEARI partnered with the Colorado Health Foundation to disseminate educational scholarship funds to students enrolled in health professions education programs throughout the state of Colorado. Recipients of these scholarship funds agreed to work for at least 2 years in communities that are medically underserved following their graduation. To determine the impact of the Colorado Health Foundation scholarship program on students and the communities they worked in, Hogande has developed and disseminated a survey to collect feedback from fund recipients. dHe is currently evaluating survey feedback and developing a written report summarizing his findings and providing recommendations to THEARI around future student scholarship efforts. While with THEAIR, Hogande has been meeting with the Behavioral Health Equity Corp (BHEC) program team to identify mental health/substance use curricula that could be adopted or modified for use in his educational programming in his educational training in Papua New Guinea.


“When I first learned about the Community Solutions Program, I was really excited to learn more. Here was an opportunity to have a fellow from another country come and work with our team. It was exciting because it gives us the opportunity to learn about other cultures and, as an organization based in diversity and health care education, it seemed like a great fit to work with Hogande who is a medical provider in his country working on establishing a healthcare work force.” – Lin Browning, THEARI Executive Director.

As a founding director and strategist for Neighbour Health Inc., Hogande has experience organizing clinical outreaches to disadvantaged rural communities and mobilizing them to work together to improve citizens’ healthcare. During his fellowship, he hopes to learn effective strategies in managing and improving his community initiatives, especially in areas of communication and leadership. Upon returning to his home community after the fellowship, he plans to provide effective leadership, creativity, and guidance to the organization’s objectives and efforts to improve health proactively.


Since 2010, the Community Solutions Program (CSP) has provided over 740 community leaders, between the ages of 25 and 38, from 99 countries with an intensive professional development experience in the United States. Focusing on complex economic, environmental, social, and political issues, CSP fellows complete an intensive U.S.-based practicum, undertake rigorous leadership coursework, build new networks, and implement community project in their home country, using their newly acquired leadership and technical skills. The 2021 CSP Fellows are participating in a newly developed virtual program. CSP fellows have contributed over 350,000 hours supporting 129 U.S. communities across 40 states and Washington, DC. CSP community projects have impacted over 600,000 beneficiaries around the world.


The Community Solutions Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by IREX.


Click the video above to hear Hogande Kiafuli and Lin Browning talk about the partnership!

For press inquiries please contact:

Robby Ruggles, IT and Communications Manager, THEARI: robby@wearetheari.org

Les Miles, Community Solutions Program Manager, IREX: lmiles@irex.org


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