Global Initiatives

Via Hope is expanding our global footprint with opportunities abroad


In October 2023, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR)  jointly launched new guidance to improve legislation addressing human rights abuses in mental health care. This comprehensive legal guidance aims to address a global need for training and support in the areas of the legal system, government officials, and multiple health organizations, with an emphasis on peer support.

Inspired by the virtual global launch of this event and our commitment to promoting and expanding wellness and recovery through peer support, Via Hope is excited to be part of the global movement towards increasing access to rights-based and community-based mental health care. 

Uruguay U.S. Speaker Program: Community Responses for Successful Reentry

In November 2023, the U.S. Embassy invited Via Hope’s Vice President, Dr. Sandra Smith, to Montevideo, Uruguay, where she presented on our Reentry Peer Specialist certification training program.

The audience included several government agencies, the Ministry of Social Development, the Office for Persons Released From Prison, and individuals who were formerly incarcerated.

By speaking from the wisdom of her own lived experience with incarceration, Dr. Smith joined the global discussion on mental health and substance use among people involved with the legal system, with the goal of inspiring recovery-oriented programming similar to Via Hope’s work.

Click here to watch a video interview with Dr. Smith and learn more about our time in Uruguay.

Health 2.0 Conference in dubai

In September 2023, Via Hope’s Vice President was selected for the Health 2.0 Conference Outstanding Leadership Award. The awards ceremony will be held in February 2024 at the International Healthcare Conference in Dubai, UAE, where we’ll learn more about the present-day challenges effecting healthcare at a global level and engage with other organizations working towards change.

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