Kelvin Odonkor

2024 IVLP Impact Award Project: "Empowering Community Health Workers and NGOs to Combat Health Misinformation/Disinformation in Ghana"Ghana

Kelvin Odonkor has worked as a trained mental health nurse for more than a decade and half and is deeply invested in public health interventions and effective health communication. He has been at the frontlines of public health crises in West Africa, notably during the Ebola and COVID-19 outbreaks. Kelvin utilizes innovative media platforms to inform and empower individuals, particularly during health crises, enabling them to make informed decisions. His primary focus lies in crafting compelling and impactful content and strategies for health communication, bridging the divide between healthcare providers and the public.

Currently Kelvin works at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, where he . He previously served as Communications Officer at the Christian Health Association of Ghana, where he curated communications material, disseminating it to media, partners, and donors. Kelvin spearheaded online communications, maintaining the organization's website and social media platforms, and produced quarterly newsletters and press releases. He also conducted internal workshops and training on content creation and media engagement. Kelvin is the founder and lead of Ghana Health Nest, a premier health news and information outlet in Ghana.

IVLP Impact Award Project: Empowering Community Health Workers and NGOs to Combat Health Misinformation/Disinformation in Ghana

The project addresses and combats the critical issue of misinformation and disinformation in public health, particularly in Ghana. It will empower Community Health Workers (CHWs) and NGOs, and by extension young health trainees who are internet savvy, through targeted training, capacity building, awareness and collaboration to identify, counter, and mitigate the spread of health misinformation.

The project will include capacity building, collaboration with stakeholders, community engagement, advocacy for policy and programs strengthening, and independent fact-checking. Measurable outcomes include increased awareness, strengthened collaboration, and improved dissemination of accurate health information. Activities will include a face-to-face workshop, social media campaign, an outreach program, and advocacy efforts.

“By addressing health information gaps and combating health misinformation, this project aims to inform, empower, and positively influence individual and community health decisions, ultimately enhancing health outcomes and a building a more resilient public health system.” - Kelvin Odonkor

IVLP Exchange Experience 

Kelvin participated in the IVLP Project Global Public Health Challenges, organized by the U.S. Department of State and Meridian International Center, in partnership with Global Santa Fe, Global Ties Alabama, Global Ties Iowa, Global Ties Kalamazoo, World Affairs Council - Seattle, and World Partnerships, Inc. Kelvin’s exchange experience led to the development of his project.

“My meetings with the American Public Health Association (APHA) in Washington and AI Tompkins at the Poynter Institute in Florida inspired me the most to embark on this project." - Kelvin Odonkor

U.S. Communities Visited

Huntsville, AL; Washington, D.C; St. Petersburg, FL; Iowa City, IA; Kalamazoo, MI; Santa Fe, NM; Seattle, WA

Country: Ghana

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