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Explore Planetary Health In West Borneo 

The modules in this portal educate participants on the concept of planetary health, the global and local context, our radical listening approach, our approach to replication, and an overview of ASRI’s transformative solutions to planetary health challenges by integrating planetary and human health.

Each of the learning objectives will be met by providing reading materials and resources, online and on-site trainings, trips to villages, conservation programs, alternative livelihoods programs, and health care programs.


Learning Objectives
  • Broadly understand the concept of planetary health, and summarize some of the worldwide ecosystem transformations and health trends.
  • Understand relationships and interconnections between history, economics, policy, ecosystems, and healthcare in the Gunung Palung National Park region.
  • Connect the situation in and around Gunung Palung National Park to worldwide planetary health trends.
  • Learn Radical Listening methodology and recognize the importance of grassroots initiatives and the need for participation and ownership of most-affected groups.
  • Learn more about program replication
  • Develop a plan for ongoing planetary health advocacy and action

You will have access to an online learning portal while participating in our Planetary Health Education Program. Learning objectives and the Planetary Health Principles are outlined throughout the course modules. 

Professionals, medical professionals, residents and students have an opportunity to interact and engage with their Indonesian counterparts sharing experiences from in their area of expertise, or from their clinical rotations that foster discussion on culture, diversity, and ethics.

Field Courses

Field courses are 1-2 week learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, balancing academics with experiential, community-based learning. Students from multiple disciplines interact with the full scope of our planetary health work through field trips, service projects, workshops, readings, lectures, and facilitated discussions. This course emphasizes hope and motivates students to find ways to act on planetary health issues in their own communities and beyond.

Professional Exchange

Professional exchanges are 1-2 month learning opportunities where graduate and professional students with advanced academic and/or practical skills have the opportunity to complete an international rotation, independent study, or elective. We co-create work plans with students from a variety of fields (medical, public health, business, ecology, and  more) based on individuals’ interests and specialties.

Custom Programs
Health in Harmony can assist colleges and universities in designing customized programs or courses for groups of approximately 5-15 students.
Medical Professionals 

We have linked the Education Exchange Program to four of the six ACGME General Medical Competencies:  Patient Care, Interpersonal Communication Skills, Medical Knowledge, and Systems Based Care.

1) Patient Care: Support patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.
  • Learn to assess social, economic, political and environmental/ecological determinants of health with individual patients and how structural issues can become barriers to health and health care delivery in West Kalimantan
  • Learn to adapt one’s clinical skills in a low-resource setting to provide quality careUnderstand the common presentations of prominent diseases in the region, their diagnoses, and treatment
2) Medical Knowledge: Demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and related (e.g. epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care.
  • Contextual understanding: lower-middle income country, history, socio-economics
  • Learn the epidemiology of common disorders/diseases in the region
  • Understanding ethics of the ASRI intervention, including Radical Listening and Community-Directed solutions design
  • Self-directed language and culture learning
3) Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, patients’ families, and professional associates.
  • Communicate and work with patients from another culture and using another language
  • Communicate and collaborate with an interprofessional team of global health colleagues
4) Systems-Based Practice: Residents must be able to demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value.
  • Learn about the Indonesian health care system
  • Understand how economic, social, cultural, ecological and political factors (i.e., determinants of health) impact the diagnosis and treatment of health in the region, and how ASRI addresses these in its intervention model. Introduction to human-ecosystem health links, and ASRI’s integrated health and conservation programming.
  • Understand the HIH/ASRI model (integrated approach, health of humans and the natural systems that underpin it) and theoretical basis (Protected Area and Payment for Environmental Services)
  • Understanding and exposure to the theory of the field of Planetary Health