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Global Health Innovation

Aspirational Excellence Initiatives

Belmont’s Global Health Initiative, led by Dr. Shelby Garner, supports Belmont’s goal of radically championing life abundant for all people by establishing partnerships internationally that support human flourishing in communities around the world. Currently, Dr. Garner and her team are working on healthcare projects in a variety of countries including India and Indonesia, among others.


Bangalore Baptist Hospital Project

Nurses working in Bangalore Baptist Hospital

The Global Health Initiative partnered with Bangalore Baptist Hospital to save lives at birth in India, the country identified by the World Health Organization as having the poorest inequity score for newborn health interventions among all countries in Southeast Asia. While infant mortality has improved in India over the last two decades, it still leads the world in the number of newborn deaths each other. Thanks to a grant from the Laerdal Foundation, Garner and her team are working to provide novel cultural response curricula incorporating best practices in labor and delivery, newborn assessment, essential newborn care and life-saving measures. Project investigators from Belmont and Bangalore Baptist Hospitals’ institute of Nursing will design, implement and research innovative teaching and learning strategies in simulation, mobile health, virtual reality simulation and e-learning to combat this health disparity.

Belmont and Bangalore Baptist Hospital will also partner with INACSL’s first Regional Interest Group in India to analyze outcomes from the project.

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