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Health Policy Outlook Series: Ethically Managing the Migration and Recruitment of Nurses in Africa

Thursday, November 9, 2023 (12:00pm – 1:00pm)

525 N. Wolfe Street, Carpenter A


These experts will address the complexity of migration and recruitment of nurses from Africa to higher income countries tackling nursing shortages. Panelists will discuss policy recommendations such as improving working conditions in healthcare settings in Africa, instituting multilateral agreements to manage the flow more effectively, developing fair compensation arrangements, and developing data systems to monitor trends in the nursing workforce.

Join us for a balanced discussion of the causes, ethical considerations, and policy implications in order to work towards a brighter future for nurses globally.

November 9, 2023 | 12 PM – 1 pm
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and virtual (Zoom link provided upon registration)


Nancy Reynolds, PhD, MS, BSN, RN
Professor and Associate Dean, Global Affairs


Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, PhD, MHS, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor, President and Co-founder, Ghanaian-Diaspora Nursing Alliance(G-DNA)

Dr. Yvonne Commodore-Mensah is the President and Co-founder of the Ghanaian-Diaspora Nursing Alliance(G-DNA), a non-profit organization that seeks to link and advance Ghanaian nurses globally

She is a cardiovascular nurse epidemiologist whose current program of research seeks to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease risk among Africans locally (United States) and globally (sub-Saharan Africa) through community-engaged research and implementation science.  Her research expertise includes immigrant health, global health, cardiovascular disease epidemiology, and social determinants of health.

James Avoka Asamani, PhD, M.Phil, RN
Team Lead, Health Workforce, World Health Organization, Africa Region

Dr. James Avoka Asamani is a health economist and a health system expert with specialisation in decision-analytic modelling, health systems planning, Health Labour Market Analysis and Human Resources for Health. He has supported several countries and reputable institutions in health economic modelling, developing health policies and plans, workload analysis, staffing norms/standards, health investment cases and health labour market analysis. Cumulatively, he has about 15 years of health sector experience spanning from micro-level hospital-based health management through national and cross-country health systems analysis and management.

Dr Asamani was previously an Adjunct Lecturer at Central University and Valley View University both in Ghana where he taught Management of Healthcare Institutions and Research Methods. He has published widely in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented in international conferences in the areas of his expertise and has peer-reviewed for several scientific journals of intentional repute.  He is a member of several professional and scientific bodies, including the Canadian Health Leaders College (CHLC), the International Health Economics Association (iHEA), the Africa Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA) and the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM).

Allison P Squires, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and the Director of the Global Consortium of Nursing and Midwifery Studies(GCNMS)

Dr. Allison P Squires is a professor and the Director of the Global Consortium of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, or GCNMS. The GCNMS is a 70-country research consortium collaborating on research capacity-building projects in nursing and midwifery globally. Domestically, her research focuses on improving immigrant and refugee health outcomes with a special interest in addressing inequities in health outcomes resulting from language discordance during a healthcare encounter.

Prof. Squires has consulted with the Migration Policy Institute and the World Bank on nursing and health workforce issues and produced several major policy analyses with their teams.

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