Learning to Live with “Limited Resources”: A Global Health Lens on COVID-19 in Virginia

Date & Time

May 26, 2020 @ 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)




The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our lives and our healthcare systems upside down. Previously unimaginable conversations occur daily. How do we provide care when patients cannot come to us? How will we decide who gets what when we may have inadequate supplies of testing, medications, or equipment? How do we know what to do when we have limited data and tremendous uncertainty?

These and similar questions face many clinicians in “resource-limited” areas around the globe every day – even when there isn’t a pandemic. Dr. Rebecca Dillingham, director, Center for Global Health and associate professor of medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases & International Health, UVA Medical Center, will draw from her experiences in working with partners in resource-limited settings to share with us. There are some lessons learned that might help us to respond to the challenges of the COVID pandemic and to consider how, going forward, some of these strategies might support a stronger and more equitable health system.

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Rebecca Dillingham, MD/MPH

Director, UVA Center for Global Health; Director, UVA Ryan White Clinic; Harrison Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of Medicine

Rebecca Dillingham, MD/MPH, is the director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Global Health. Dr. Dillingham holds faculty positions in the Division of Infectious Disease and International Health and in Public Health Sciences. She has led the development of global health training across Grounds as the director of the UVA Framework Program in Global Health, which is supported by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institute of Health.

Dillingham received her BA from Harvard/Radcliffe College and then traveled to the Ivory Coast where she worked on HIV prevention for two years prior to entering medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She served as a resident and chief resident in Internal Medicine and as a fellow in infectious diseases in the UVA Health System. Dillingham has been awarded numerous teaching awards in recognition of her skill as an educator as well as her humanistic approach to medicine.

Dillingham’s major clinical activity is the care of adult patients infected with HIV. Her major funded research projects include the use of cell phone-based technology to help vulnerable populations improve adherence to medications used to treat HIV and the evaluation of the impact of changes in water and sanitation on the incidence of water-borne disease. This research takes place in Haiti, rural Virginia, and South Africa.

Dillingham has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals with collaborators representing multiple disciplines and international collaborative sites. View her publications here.