Second Annual Global Health Showcase promotes service, advocacy
By V. Renee Russell
VCU Global Education Office
Friday, April 25, 2014
More than 80 students, faculty and staff gathered in the Hermes A. Kontos Medical Sciences Building for the second annual Global Health Showcase on April 1. This event is designed to engage the VCU community in discussions about current international outreach efforts focused on improving health outcomes internationally.
Representatives from the World Pediatric Project provided an overview of their program and ongoing collaborations with the university; VCU researchers discussed ongoing projects including The Pharmacist’s Role in Global Health, Global Surgery, and the Midwifery & Health Project in Guatemala. VCU medical and engineering students also provided insight into their perspectives on issues related to global health, citing the importance of service to the global community and advocacy for the underserved.
The event was highlighted by associate professor of public policy and co-director of the healthcare and society program at the University of Richmond, Rick Mayes, Ph.D., whose keynote address discussed the ethical, moral and economic reasons students and researchers should be involved in global health initiatives.
The showcase included a poster session that showcased more than 30 global health projects currently underway at VCU.
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