Global REACH 2014-15
Emphasizing the value of partnership and cultivation of a global health community
A message from Joseph C. Kolars, M.D., the Josiah Macy, Jr., Professor of Health Professions Education, and senior associate dean for education and global initiatives, Medical School
The Global REACH 2014-15 activities report is filled with examples of achievement and inspiration that have been of great impact to our own locale of academia, as well as to the communities worldwide with which our faculty and learners have interfaced. Many of these activities were facilitated by Global REACH (the University of Michigan Medical School’s international initiative). We’re delighted to also note the diversity of initiatives that were often carried out independently by members of our community including learners, faculty and staff across the health system.
In the past year, we have emphasized the value of partnership and the cultivation of a global health community here at our medical school. This has been done through providing opportunities for dialogue and discovery among our Faculty Associates, and improving our communications stream to share accomplishments, opportunities for collaboration, and funding announcements. We have also initiated a Faculty Affiliates Program to connect with individuals doing important global health work in other units on our campus.
Our connections with student-run groups such as the Progressive Health Partnership (an NGO led by M..D/Ph.D. student Joshua Greenberg) and our student-organized Sujal Symposium, have created a link to our undergraduate community that we hope will continue to grow. We have invited global health thought leaders including Mike Merson, M.D. (Director of the Duke Global Health Institute), Jean Nachega, M.D., Ph.D. (Professor Extraordinary at Stellenbosch University, South Africa), and Tachi Yamada, M.D. (Former Head of Gates Foundation’s Global Health Program) to inspire and challenge us to expand our thinking about future possibilities for our global initiatives. And last, we have engaged a multi-disciplinary Advisory Board with global health experts representing the Business School, Institute for Social Research, School of Nursing, School of Public Health, School of Social Work, and College of Engineering. This group provides guidance to our Global REACH leadership team on building and strengthening global health collaborations.
The fruits of our efforts, as reflected in the report, provide a glimpse of the robust synergistic relationships we are establishing in our platform countries, the breadth of research being conducted around the globe by UMMS faculty, and the rich educational exchanges that are taking place between UMMS and our international partners.