BENASHA Health Consortium (BHC) is a subsidiary of BENASHA (Pty) LTD. Its mission is to promote the health and well-being of communities at individual, groups and institutional levels through facilitating, establishment and strengthening of capacity of systems and structures responding to diseases and other public health and social challenges. The Consortium creates an enabling environment to ensure a comprehensive and effective responses to public health problems. The scope of work and quality management is international. The consortium provides health promotion and disease prevention consultancy and research services that help people and organisations in their effort to promote health and development. BHC conducts research and investigative studies that will strengthen society’s ability to resist and ultimately overcome public health conditions as identified from time to time. It collaborate/partner with Universities and Research Institutions in Africa and across the globe. The Consortium Partners includes: University of Limpopo working with DIMAMO in South Africa, the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), Canada; the World Health Organisation (WHO) and is open to other training and research institutions.
Professor Collins Airhihenbuwa is a global scholar in health behavior and a pioneer in centralizing culture in health behaviors. He leads the Global Research Against Non-Communicable Diseases (GRAND) at Georgia State University. He is an expert in creating solutions to promote health equity in national and global health. He is a pioneer in how to centralize culture and identity in research and intervention on public health to promote positive health behaviors. He is the author of a well-known cultural model (PEN-3) used in several countries to develop programs and interventions to address health inequity. He had over 30 years of experience advancing research on culture, identity and health to inform strategies for training young professionals to conduct health behavior and public health research and intervention. He is also the co-author of Public Health Critical Race Praxis used to address issues of race and racism in society and how to work collaboratively toward social injustice and health inequity. Drawing on his years of experience as a leader, including his most recent position as a dean, he has served as a visiting scholar to UN agencies such as the World Health Organization and major universities including Purdue, Georgia State, and Boston University. He has served as a consultant and led workshops on leadership and capacity building to promote diversity at several universities including New York University, University of Minnesota, University of Maryland, UCLA, Hampton University, University of Cape Town, University of the Western Cape, University of Limpopo in South Africa, University of Ibadan in Nigeria, University of Ghana, Freiburg University in Germany, Cheikh Anta Diop University in Senegal, Pune University in India, and Tongji University in China. He served on boards of Saint Louis City and Hospitals, the National Advisory committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Scholars, the board of Scientific Counselors for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He currently serves on the board of the Global Philanthropy Alliance, and has been a consultant to several United Nations agencies, including WHO, UNFPA, UNESCO and UNAIDS. Two decades ago, he led an early UN effort to galvanize multidisciplinary researchers and practitioners to develop solution to the pandemic of HIV and AIDS. The result was the publication of UNAIDS Communications Framework for HIV/AIDS: A New Direction, 2000, with translations in French, Spanish and KiSwahili. He has authored more than 130 articles and book chapters and 6 books including the acclaimed “Health and Culture, Beyond the Western Paradigm (1995)” and “Healing Our Differences, the Crisis of Global Health and Politics of Identity (2007)”. He is a former President and Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and a fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Scholar of the Year by the American Association of Health Education, the symbol of H.O.P.E award by the American Journal of Health Promotion, the Outreach award by Penn State University, the David Satcher award for leadership in reducing health disparities by CDC and DHPE, and the Mentor award by SOPHE. Before joining Georgia State University last year, 2018 as a Professor of Public health to lead the Global Research Against Non-Communicable Diseases, he served as the Dean of the College for Public Health and Social Justice and Director of the Institute for Global Health and Well-being at Saint Louis University (SLU), Saint Louis, MO. Before joining SLU, he was a Professor at Penn State University and served as head of the Department of Biobehavioral Health and was founding Director of the Global Health Network involving 13 universities around the globe. Dr. Airhihenbuwa received a BS from Tennessee State University and an MPH and PhD from the University of Tennessee.