Global Health Alliance Happenings

By Spencer Schaff, MPH ’16, Family and Child Health – Global Track

Have you made it to a Global Health Alliance event yet? If not, don’t fret! We revived the club last semester and with that came a plethora of new ideas for events.

We started last semester with the kick-off of our first Sunday Brunch Talks at the home of Dr. Duncan, MD, a professor in the Health Promotion Science Division. The first brunch was a huge success. Deanna Lewis, PA-C, MBA, DrPH Candidate, led a great discussion about barriers to women’s reproductive health around the world, with over 20 enthusiastic attendees joining in the discussion.

Our first global health brunch

Our first global health brunch

Our second brunch took place a few weeks ago and once again we had a great turnout! Not only are our brunches successful because of the great discussions we have, but also because there are some culinary geniuses in MEZCOPH. Who wouldn’t want to come feast on pumpkin crepes and beignets, all while trying to work through some of our biggest questions in global health?

Yum!

Yum!

We also organized a talk in December where we learned more about the Ebola Virus Disease epidemic in West Africa. We were lucky to have an expert panel with diverse backgrounds come and speak about the different aspects influencing the spread of Ebola both internationally and domestically. The panel included:

  • Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS (17th Surgeon General of the United States/Distinguished Professor, College of Public Health)
  • Mark Nichter, PhD, MPH (Regents’ Professor/Professor of Anthropology, Public Health, & Family Medicine, School of Anthropology)
  • Lawrence DeLuca, Jr., EdD, MD (Director, Infectious Disease Research Collaboration/Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine)

If you were unable to attend, but are still interested in hearing from our panel, watch the video of the event here.

The Ebola Panel

Our Ebola panel

Still interested in hanging out with us? I hope so, because we have more events coming up this semester!

Our partners in the College of Medicine are hosting the Arizona Global Health Conference, this Friday and Saturday (Feb 20-21). The theme is “pursuing a sustainable and equitable infrastructure in international health.” The event is FREE and includes breakfast and lunch. Registration and more information at here.

We will also be hosting our next brunch March 8th from 10 am-1 pm at Dr. Duncan’s house. The topic for this next brunch is “Morality and Global Health”. Check out this Ted Talk if you are interest in joining us.

Also, stay tuned for our documentary screening this April!

For more information and to stay up-to-date on our happenings, read our biweekly newsletter! Not on the listserv? Shoot me an email (spencerschaff@email.arizona.edu). Be sure to “like” our Facebook page.

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