Seble L Frehywot
Seble L Frehywot
School: Milken Institute School of Public Health
Department: Global Health
Dr. Seble Frehywot is a Professor of Global Health and Health Policy at The George Washington University (GWU) and the co-founder of the IT for Health and Education System Equity (ITfHESE) Initiative, an initiative between George Washington and Georgetown Universities. Through ITfHESE, since 2020, she works in the arena of Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Realities and their relationships and impacts on global health workforce education and training. She is also the co-founder of the Consortium of Pan-African Medical Diaspora (COPAMD) in the United States. In addition, for 6 years, until Sept, 2022, she was the Director of Health Equity On-Line Learning for the Atlantic Philanthropy Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity program. She has twenty-seven years of experience in international settings spanning in many countries in Asia, Africa, and the United States, and brings an in-depth knowledge of comparative health systems, communities of practice (CoP), medicine, health policy, and e-learning to the challenges of building the components of a health system. Her main work focus is in Lower and Middle-Income Countries. She has comprehensive knowledge of digital health technologies acquired and honed from over nine years of background in digital health education and technologies in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). She also has a hands-on background in strategically coordinating with the public, other sectors, and health systems stakeholders (government ministries, academia, non-governmental organizations, regulating bodies, and the private sector) with regard to health equity issues surrounding health workforce training, quality, and safety regulatory frameworks, pedagogy, e-pedagogy, and e-andragogy.
She has worked as a Technical Core Group member for the World Health Organization, for the development of a number of WHO global guidelines and recommendations related to health systems, namely: the "Task- shifting Global Recommendation and Guidelines," the "Increasing Access to Health Workers in Remote and Rural Areas through Improved Retention," the "Transformative Scaling-up of Medical and Nursing and Midwifery Education," and the "Optimizing the Delivery of Key Interventions to attain MDG 4 and 5." Also, currently, she serves in a technical capacity on the WHO Digital Health Roster and the WHO Digital Education for Building Heath Workforce Initiatives.
She has provided senior-level influence as a principal investigator and director for multimillion-dollar international projects, including for the United States funded Medical Education Partnership Initiative Project (MEPI), and has published a number of papers related to the health workforce and health systems as well as to the linkages with ICT. She teaches at The George Washington University both in an online and residential format the Global Comparative Health Systems, Global Health and Development, and Global Public Health Culminated Experience courses.