Olubadewa Adeyemi Fatunde, or “Badewa,” obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology with a minor in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Master’s in Public Health from The Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice in June of 2008. Badewa’s thesis was based on his work with the New Hampshire Minority Health Coalition, and it focused on applying Medical Anthropology to improve the mental health of African Refugees and Latin American immigrants in Manchester, NH. His professional interests include global health, infectious diseases (especially HIV/AIDS), health policy, medical economics, and health science delivery.
Since graduating, Badewa has since gone on to work with Johnson & Johnson in their Department of Health Economics & Pricing, performing mainly meta-analyses and contributing to Cost Benefit Analyses in various projects focused on the carbapenam and quinolone class of drugs.
Badewa’s first memorable global health experience occurred during a program with La Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico. While Guadalajara is a very metropolitan city, Badewa witnessed enormous and unacceptable health care disparities in impoverished parts of the city in his numerous visits with social workers from El Hospital General de Zapopán. Upon his return to the US, Badewa built on his experience in Mexico by serving as a medical interpreter uninsured Spanish-speaking patients at the Volunteer Health Clinic in Austin, TX. His next experience was halfway across the globe when he helped establish a clinic in Saboba, a rural village in Northern Ghana. In subsequent follow-ups, the main problems the clinic has faced have been shortages ofb resources and social capital, ultimately threatening the sustainability of the project.
Badewa’s interest in public policy developed from his active involvement in groups such as Public Health Advocacy Committee of Dartmouth Medical School and New Hampshire for Health Care, both advocating for the involvement of health professionals in the legislative process and universal health care here in the US.
Badewa previously was a Teaching Assistant (TA) for the Epi 505 class and is exited about taking management and global health delivery with his colleagues. After this program, he hopes to walk away with knowledge of dynamic and innovative methods of how best to utilize resources (financial, human, environmental, etc.) to achieve better health for populations across the world.
Badewa is finishing medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is a Urban Medicine and Patient Centered Medicine Scholar.