UC Global Health Institute
  Directors’ Update

2010 was a pivotal year for UCGHI. In our first full year of operation, we saw the three Centers of Expertise function as multi-campus programs. They each established governance structures and working teams, which resulted in the submission of multi-campus grants applications. Collaborative efforts also led to the development of systemwide research seminars in One Health and Migration and Health and fellowships in Women’s Health and Empowerment.

The UCGHI organized the first systemwide conference focusing on global health, which was hosted by Chancellor Michael V. Drake, MD, at UC Irvine. Over 200 attendees heard about research and education efforts throughout the UC system and keynote addresses about "Promoting Women’s Health and Empowerment Through Human Rights" and "Major Trends in Global Health: a Social Investment Perspective." Students and faculty had the opportunity to network and develop cross-campus collaboration.

Our goals for 2011 will focus on planning for a multi-campus two-year Masters degree in Global Health, with the goal of enrolling students in Fall 2012 (pending relevant Academic Senate approvals). We will also continue our efforts to secure additional funding to support the UCGHI and its activities.

— Haile T. Debas, MD, UCGHI director and Thomas Coates, PhD, UCGHI co-director

Watch UC Global Health Day on UCTV!
  On February 10th, University of California TV began broadcasting sessions from UC Global Health Day. UCTV will continue to show keynote and other presentations on Thursday nights through February 24th. To download online video, or find broadcast information, visit the UCTV website at www.uctv.tv/globalhealth.
More multimedia and program information, such as a slide show of the photo contest submissions, photos from UC Global Health Day, lists of speakers and attendees, can be found on the UC Global Health Day website.
One Health Student Summer Fellowships Available
The One Health Student Summer Research Program is a new competitive funding program established by the One Health Center of Expertise in the UC Global Health Institute to provide graduate and professional students throughout the University of California system with an opportunity to experience the One Health approach to global health research that considers the health of humans, animals and their environment. Multiple (at least 6) research fellowships of $5,000 will be awarded on a competitive basis to support One Health research projects during the summer months of 2011. Students enrolled in graduate or professional programs on any of the 10 UC campuses are eligible to apply. The submission deadline has been extended to March 14, 2011.

More information about the One Health Center and the Student Summer Research Program can be found on the UCGHI website.

Global Health Profiles

Each UCGHI newsletter will highlight talented faculty, students and staff across the UC system who are making important contributions to global health.

  Craig Van Dyke, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Director of the Global Mental Health Program

Dr. Van Dyke sees a growing parity for mental health at the national and global level, but says stigma against mental health still exists. "It’s frequently seen as a luxury," he observes, "but some countries are starting to change." Pointing to the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, China Dr. Van Dyke explains how some countries are beginning to understand the consequences of their mental health issues. "After the earthquake, people had no homes, no food, no family and many were disabled. Some committed suicide because they were so depressed." He visited China in 2010 and has worked with Chinese counterparts to help, in particular, teenagers displaced by the earthquake. In this effort, they aim to understand a highly traumatized population and design psychosocial interventions to help the young survivors cope with separation from family and friends.
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Photo: Joey Alkes
  Chris Fradkin, MA
Psychological Sciences
UC Merced

"Why is it that the people with the lowest SES (socio-economic status) have the worst health? Why is there such a wide gap? What are the real determinants of health and disparities in health?" These are the critical questions that have guided Chris Fradkin in his graduate studies at UC Merced. Chris is currently pursuing his PhD in Psychology, under the mentorship of Dr. Jan Wallander, Co-Director of the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities at UC Merced. He says UC Merced provides an ideal setting for his research due to its location in the Central Valley, where there is a working class minority of Hmong (Chinese and Laotian) and Hispanics.
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News from the UCGHI Centers of Expertise

The UCGHI Centers of Expertise (COEs) are harnessing UC faculty expertise to address the increasingly complex global health problems and needs of the world’s most vulnerable populations. In the UCGHI’s first year, the COEs have established governance structures involving hundreds of faculty across the 10-campus UC system, designed signature research projects and implemented new global health courses.

Read more about the COEs’ activities:

  • - Migration & Health - Upcoming 6th Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health; UCSD Receives Grant to Study Sex Trafficking on the Mexico-US Border
  • - One Health - One Health Student Summer Research Program - Application Receipt Date: March 14, 2011; Toxic Earth, Toxic Bodies; One Health Seminar Series
  • - Women’s Health & Empowerment - Read about Two of the Five Fogarty Fellows for 2010-2011

Update on Global Health Education

As mentioned in the Directors Update above, the UCGHI is planning a multi-campus two-year masters degree program in global health. If approvals and funding are secured, the program could be enrolling students as early as Fall 2012. The program will provide broad, multidisciplinary training in global health as well as specializations in Migration and Health, One Health, and Infectious Diseases and Therapies.

In the meantime, since the Fall of 2010, the UCGHI Centers of Expertise have been playing an important role in the UCSF Masters program in global health sciences, the first in the US. They each offered one lecture in the Fall and are offering three lectures each in the Winter quarter to the 30 UCSF students. Faculty from a variety of UC campuses are teaching these classes, both in person and via videoconferencing. So far, feedback has been extremely positive, with an enthusiastic response from the students. The COE contributions to the MS demonstrate a proof of principle in the collaborative success of a cross-campus MS degree.

The COEs are also providing 13 of the UCSF students with fieldwork opportunities in the Spring quarter. Read more about their projects


Physicians, veterinarians learn from each other at first-ever ‘Zoobiquity’ conference

Inaugural UC Global Health Day to highlight student and faculty research
November 22, 2010

  Upcoming Events

UCLA Global Health Awareness Week
February 14-17, 2011

One Health Summer Research Program - Accepting Applications
(deadline March 14)

13th Annual Northern California Global Health Conference
April 9, 2011 (UC Davis)

6th Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health
June 20 - 24, 2011
Berkeley & Oakland, CA

Global Health Activities at Every UC Campus
FEBRUARY 2011 - UCGHI Newsletter

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