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Global Health Committee

VP Global Health


Duties Include:

  • Co-chair the Global Health interest Group
  • Represent NOSM as a member of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS)
  • Attend conferences organized by the CFMS
  • Participate in interest groups facilitated by members of the CFMS
  • Develop and facilitate pre-departure training for students participating in IFMSA international exchanges
  • Organize volunteer opportunities for students at NOSM

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Victoria Domonkos (Senior)

I am a third year medical student from the Thunder Bay campus at NOSM and I am passionate about global health. To me, global health doesn’t just mean health abroad, but rather, it is health, all encompassing, and includes many important health issues right here at home including health equity, Indigenous rights, as well as timely access to primary and specialty health care.

My interest in global health and public health was sparked when I was a nursing student working with Communicable Disease Control at a local public health unit. Interestingly, I was there during the 2010 Mumps outbreak in Canada and the US, and this experience helped me to realize the critical role of public health in disease prevention and outbreak management. After graduation, I moved to Victoria, BC to complete a Master of Public Health at the University of Victoria. I then worked as a Public Health Nurse with a mom and baby program called Right From the Start as well the High-Risk Neonatal Hepatitis B program and Immunization of Special Populations. Prior to starting medical school, I moved to Iqaluit, Nunavut where I worked for the Territorial Government with the Tobacco Reduction program. That year was one of my most memorable experiences, as I was able to learn about and experience Inuit culture first hand. I also had the privilege of traveling to several small hamlets within the Arctic Circle!

Since taking on my current role as Vice President of Global Health with the NOSM Student Council, I have made it my goal to provide students with the opportunity to learn about global health topics that aren’t currently covered in our curriculum, as well as to expand on those that are. We (Global Health Committee) accomplish this through hosting on-campus and teleconferenced events with a focus on global health topics of interest to the student body, such as LGBTQ2+ health, Indigenous health, and reproductive health and rights. We have also continued our student-led Global Health Certificate Program, which involves completing 40+ hours of global health curriculum in specific topic areas. Our aim is to partner with our medical school and have the Global Health Certificate Program be formally supported and endorsed as an extracurricular program by NOSM.

For more information, please contact Annie Dube or myself at globalhealth@nosm.ca.

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Annie Dubé (Junior)

I am a first-year student on the Sudbury campus, and I am from the town of Huntsville. I enjoy spending time outside, canoeing in the summer or skiing in the winter. I spend my free time running, doing yoga, baking and reading. I also enjoy travelling and learning about new cultures around the world.

I have a passion for global and public health, with a particular focus on women and children in conflict settings. My previous role as a research assistant allowed me to be a part of a variety of projects, looking at issues surrounding child marriage in Lebanon, peace babies (which are children fathered by UN peacekeepers and mothered by local women) in Haiti, and sexual abuse and exploitation perpetrated by UN peacekeepers against local women in DRC. I am eager to share awareness and experiences of global health topics to our NOSM community.

Global Health and Climate Change Advocate (GHA)


Duties Include: 

  • Represents their university in the Global Health Advocacy Program
  • Coordinates local and national advocacy initiatives around a theme chosen each year by the Global Health Program within the CFMS (this year, the theme is Immigrant and Refugee Health)
  • Organizes advocacy training events and local campaigns at NOSM

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Nick Harrower

I am a first-year student at NOSM on the West campus. Born and raised in Thunder Bay, I completed my undergraduate degree at Lakehead University, where I studied Applied Bio-Molecular Science. During my degree, I took several courses in anthropology as well as immunology and infectious disease. These courses opened my eyes to many issues regarding global health, including both historical trends and emerging threats to health worldwide. I am particularly interested in the changing trends in the epidemiology of infectious diseases such as malaria and HIV, especially with respect to climate change. Over the past decades, and in the coming years, climate change has and will continue to have a massive impact on the health of populations around the world. For any questions email me at(canthes@nosm.ca)

Local Exchange Officer (LEO)


Duties Include: 

  • Set up of incoming student clinical electives or research projects
  • Support incoming students throughout their stay in Canada by overseeing accommodations, clinical electives / research projects, and social programs.
  • Liaise with the IFMSA and CFMS
  • Guide outgoing students through the entire exchange application process from beginning to end

Anastasia Faggioni

Anastasia Faggioni (Senior)

I am a third year medical student on the east campus. I am originally from Sudbury and have interests in many aspects of medicine. My passion for global health began prior to entering medical school with experiences volunteering within the healthcare sector abroad and learning about healthcare systems in other countries through travel. International health and global connection in medicine has always been an interest of mine and as such, my experience in partaking in an exchange as a NOSM student and my subsequent role as Local Exchange Officer has enabled me to connect students to other health care systems across the world further building on my drive to enable positive relations between various health care systems in many countries. Don’t hesitate to contact me at afaggioni@nosm.ca or leosr.nosm@gmail.comwith questions, suggestions or items of note!

Vanessa Warren

Vanessa Warren (Junior)

My name is Vanessa Warren and I am a second-year student on the east campus. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Laurentian University in Sudbury and worked briefly as a cardiology nurse prior to starting at NOSM. During the summer after my first year of medical school, I had the wonderful opportunity of doing a one-month elective in Internal Medicine in Portugal. I absolutely loved the opportunity to meet medical learners from many different countries and learn about their medical education and healthcare systems. It is my belief that these types of international learning opportunities encourage medical students to become stronger and more open-minded and empathic physicians. Therefore, it is my pleasure as the junior local exchange officer to help facilitate educational travel experiences as fulfilling and rewarding as my own while also ensuring that these learning experiences are ethical and safe for both students and patients. I would encourage any students considering an international elective to contact me at leojunior.nosm@gmail.com for more information.

Local Officer Of Global Health Education (LOGHE) 


Duties Include: 

  • Advocate for improved core and elective global health curricula and assist in the development of new global health education programs
  • Ensure the implementation of annual pre-departure training at their medical school
  • Disseminate global health opportunities / resources to members of their student body.
  • Keep track of the current status of global health (GH) education at their medical school, especially in the areas of global health curriculum development and pre-departure training

Kathleen Walsh

Kathleen Walsh

My name is Kathleen Walsh. I am a second-year learner on the East Campus. I am originally from Port Elgin, ON. I am excited to return to the position of Local Officer of Global Health Education. My interest in global health stemmed from a 5-month internship in Kenya during my undergraduate degree. I look forward to running events throughout the year to help students at NOSM connect with health issues across Canada and around the world. If anyone has any questions, concerns or suggestions for future events, please contact me at my NOSM email – kwalsh@nosm.ca.

Local Officer Of Indigenous Health (LOIH)


Duties Include: 

  • Work primarily in conjunction with the National Officer of Indigenous Health and the VP Global Health at NOSM to coordinate reproductive health activities at NOSM
  • Responsible for leading and implementing projects and initiatives that promoteknowledge in and awareness of Indigenous health.

Alexa Lesperance

Alexa Lesperance (Senior)

Aanii, my name is Alexa Lesperance and I’m a third-year medical student from Whitefish Bay First Nation. My hope is to incorporate different cultural teachings and Indigenous ways of knowing into our student events!

For any questions, comments or concerns reach out to me at alesperance@nosm.ca.

Mélanie Rose-Frappier

Mélanie Rose-Frappier (Junior)

My name is Mélanie-Rose Frappier, I identify as Metis-Anishnaabe and Francophone and I was born and raised in Sudbury. I recently graduated from Laurentian University with a bachelors degree in Indigenous Studies with a minor in Outdoor Occupational Health and Safety. I am currently a first-year medical student and the Local Officer of Indigenous Health.

I have been advocating for the rights of Indigenous people on a provincial and national platform since the age of 16. With my previous knowledge and this new position, I will advocate for the rights of Indigenous people to receive equitable as well as culturally competent care. I will strive to educate medical students about some of the specific health issues affecting Indigenous communities as well as how health professionals can better care for Indigenous people in Northern Ontario.

For questions, comments or concerns reach out to me at mrosefrappier@nosm.ca.

Local Officer Of Sexual and Reproductive Health (LORSH)


Duties Include: 

  • Work primarily in conjunction with the National Officer of Reproductive and Sexual Health and the GHL at NOSM to coordinate reproductive health activities at NOSM
  • Responsible for leading and implementing projects and initiatives that promoteknowledge in and awareness of reproductive and sexual health, such as awareness days (World AIDS Day,International Women’s Day), workshops, and electives.

Kim Jovanov

Kim Jovanov

I’m a 3rd year medical student at NOSM, currently completing my clerkship in Huntsville, Ontario. My position on the Global Health Committee is the Local Officer of Reproductive & Sexual Health (LORSH)!

Women’s & Reproductive health is one of my passions and a large reason of why I wanted to attend medical school. Since being in medical school I have developed an even stronger interest in rural & women’s health during one of my experiences on a fly-in Indigenous reserve in Northern Ontario. Following this experience, I knew my long term educational and professional goals would include advocating for appropriate resources & healthcare for women’s health needs in rural communities.

In the role as LORSH, I am able to coordinate important initiatives and fun educational events, advocate for student needs, & find creative new opportunities for medical students interested in Reproductive and Sexual Health. I am excited for this year’s events including World AIDS Day & our workshop on Reproductive & Sexual Health topics, as well as the other events organized by the other members of the Global Health Committee! In my free time, I love canoeing, camping, cooking and playing with dogs!

For more information contact me at kjovanov@nosm.ca.