Dr. Rachel T. Moresky, associate professor of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health and Emergency Medicine at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, was awarded the Global Emergency Medicine Association (GEMA) Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. The award is given to a member who embodies the GEMA ideal of improving the delivery of acute/emergent care through service, leadership, mentorship, and academic endeavor.
[Photo: Dr. Rachel T. Moresky]
The Society focuses on improving delivery of emergency medical care worldwide, one of the fastest-growing subspecialties of emergency medicine. Dr. Moresky, who is also founding director of the Columbia University International Emergency Medicine Fellowship, a collaboration between P&S, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the Mailman School of Public Health, as well as the sidHARTe Program – Strengthen Emergency Systems in Low and Middle Income Settings, was presented with the award at its May annual meeting held in Orlando.
Dr. Moresky’s research generates the evidence for improved acute care system quality, responsiveness and equity in resource-limited settings. Over the last 17 years, Dr. Moresky has partnered and implemented projects with local institutions, Ministries of Health, WHO, USAID and other NGOs mainly in East and West Africa, Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe.
Her commitment to forming international partnerships that improve emergency care systems in Low and Middle Income Settings (LMICVs) led to the creation of the sidHARTe Program in 2008, a joint initiative between Columbia University and the Ministries of Health in Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, Honduras, Cambodia and other LMICs. The sidHARTe Program partners with local institutions dedicated to developing effective health systems that provide high-quality resource-appropriate acute care through technical assistance, implementation support and science, capacity building and policy innovation. As the founding director of the Columbia University International Emergency Medicine Fellowship in 2006, Dr. Moresky combines her field experience in health systems, humanitarian assistance, and disaster mitigation and response, to partner with NGOs like Doctors without Borders, International Rescue Committee, NYCMedics and the WHO to mentor future leaders in acute care systems and humanitarian action implementation and research.