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International Circle

The UCLA Center for World Health International Circle (IC) is a membership program where like-minded individuals caring about health issues and policies come together to improve world health. We would like to invite you to take part in these dynamic conversations – embracing medicine, education, and global politics, as well as policy, economics, law, and art. The UCLA Center for World Health welcomes your participation, both materially and intellectually, in our International Circle.

As a founding member, your 100% tax-deductible annual donation of $1,000 will support education, clinical initiatives, research, and service both at UCLA and our partner institutions in over 60 countries.


Learn more about how International Circle membership can benefit the health of people around the world.


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To join us, please make your $1,000 tax-deductible gift online at the UCLA Center for World Health secure transaction page.

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Attn: Greg Szekeres, Deputy Director
UCLA Center for World Health
10833 Le Conte Avenue; CHS 12-105
Los Angeles, CA  90095 USA

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  • It is our great pleasure to present to you the UCLA Center for World Health (CWH) 2016-2017 annual report.

    The UCLA Center for World Health (CWH) was established in 2012 as a joint initiative of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA Health to produce leaders who will meet the changing health needs of our planet and optimize health care through community partnerships.

    UCLA attracts extraordinary minds – both faculty and students – that strive towards a culture of innovation and are dedicated to strengthening human capital. We have exceptional intellectual capacity and a robust history of generating research that benefits millions worldwide.

    We are committed to transform the practice of world health to close the gaps and make a sustainable difference by providing clinical experiences, innovative research opportunities as well as humanitarian training.

    This report summarizes the highlights of our programs, and describes the expansion of our educational, research, capacity building and health systems strengthening projects that support our vision of a world in which all people achieve their right to high-quality, compassionate, and affordable health care. We develop major collaborations in global pediatric care that will have a lasting impact on the well-being of all children. We work with people around the world to develop the skills they need to solve problems where they live. We work with them to develop educational and health systems that make a difference. We train them to leverage the science and technology necessary to understand how best to improve health locally. We partner with them to educate their next generation of leaders, and we strive toward clinical excellence for everyone, everywhere.

    We are also very proud to feature our Global Health Education Program and the accomplishments of some of the students and faculty of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

    Our website provides additional information on the projects of our many global faculty and partners that we weren’t able to feature in this report.

    The UCLA Center for World Health would like to thank you all for your continued interest and support. Please sign up for our email newsletter if you would like to receive updates on our events, programs, and other activities.

    The UCLA Center for World Health welcomes Craig Russell, chief design and project delivery executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, to its External Advisory Board.

    A more than three-decade veteran of Imagineering, Craig previously served as the leader responsible for all design, engineering, production, installation and project management functions for Parks and Resorts projects around the world for nearly 10 years. Craig most recently oversaw the construction and completion of the Shanghai Disney Resort, The Walt Disney Company’s first resort in mainland China.

    He also served as vice president of Environmental Design, leading the group charged with transforming creative ideas and concepts into three-dimensional immersive experiences. In this role, Craig was responsible for design disciplines that include architecture, theatrical set design, lighting, graphics and landscape architecture, as well as all facets of engineering for facilities, rides, shows, attractions and theme parks.

    Craig first joined Walt Disney Imagineering in 1980 as a project coordinator for Tokyo Disneyland, Disney’s first international theme park, where he relocated to manage the show and ride installation for six major attractions and three themed lands.

    During his tenure with WDI, he has led the design of some of Imagineering’s biggest, most complex and highly successful projects, from concept through opening.

    During a three-year absence from Disney, Craig worked as a project manager for attractions developed for Universal Studios, Six Flags and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Committee, as well as several projects in Asia before returning to Imagineering in 1986.

    Craig is an active leader in Disney’s employee volunteer program, and serves on the board for the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. He also is active in the project and construction management industry, and recently sat on the board of the LEAN Construction Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering systems from University of California, Los Angeles.

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    UCLA Center for World Health Founding Director Thomas Coates has been named director of the University of California Global Health Institute.

    Coates succeeds the institute’s founding director, Dr. Haile Debas of UC San Francisco, who will become director emeritus after playing a pivotal role in launching the systemwide institute in 2009 and guiding its growth.

    Coates, who previously served as the institute’s co-director, will be responsible for providing executive strategic, operational and resource management leadership for the institute.

    In addition, Dr. Craig Cohen, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UCSF, and Dr. Patricia Conrad, professor and associate dean for global programs at the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis, will serve as the institute’s co-directors. Cohen previously served as co-director of the institute’s Center of Expertise on Women’s Health and Empowerment and Conrad served as co-director of the Center of Expertise on One Health. In their new role, they will work closely with the director to manage the institute’s operations.

    The institute, which works to train the next generation of global health leaders and accelerate the discovery and implementation of transformative global health solutions, also named six new board members:

    • Dr. Timothy Brewer, professor of medicine and vice provost of interdisciplinary and cross-campus affairs, UCLA;
    • Nancy Burke, associate professor of public health, UC Merced;
    • Matthew Guthaus, associate professor of computer engineering, UC Santa Cruz;
    • Juliet McMullin, associate professor of anthropology, UC Riverside;
    • Brad Pollock, professor and chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences, UC Davis; and
    • Steffanie Strathdee, associate dean of global health sciences and Harold Simon Professor and chief of the Division of Global Public Health, UC San Diego.

    The board, which is responsible for providing guidance to the institute in overall policy and direction in meeting organizational goals, is chaired by Mary Croughan, executive director of the Research Grants Program Office at the UC Office of the President.

    It is our great pleasure to present to you the UCLA Center for World Health (CWH) 2015-2016 annual report.  CWH is actively engaged in 70 countries around the world. Faculty members of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA partner with international colleagues on over 200 educational, research, and service programs. Key CWH regional strategies include initiatives in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia; some of our successes in each region over the last year are described in detail in the report, which covers our 2015-2016 fiscal year.

    This last year was a pivotal one for CWH, as we concentrated our efforts on building bridges and investing in people and partnerships that support our vision of healing humankind through shared knowledge and compassion.

    Working in some of the world’s most resource-challenged settings such as Malawi and Mozambique, we focus on capacity building to improve medical education, clinical care, and scientific expertise and work to address the most pressing health challenges.

    Societal demand for improved health outcomes in many countries has opened additional windows of opportunity for CWH to further collaborate with our partners in middle- and high-income countries. Such partnerships can accelerate learning and innovation, both in the U.S. and in partner countries.

    Aside from these focal areas, our annual report features a Letter from the Director, a section on the expansion of our Global Surgery Initiative, and illustrates the work of some of the students and faculty of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Our international residency programs and the first annual Los Angeles Global Health Conference, hosted by CWH around the theme of “Transdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health” are also highlighted in this report.

    Our website provides additional information on the projects of our many global faculty and partners that we weren’t able to feature in this report. The UCLA Center for World Health would like to thank you all for your continued interest and support.


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    The UCLA Center for World Health welcomes Minda Wilson, serial entrepreneur, business consultant, attorney, and affordable healthcare advocate, to its External Advisory Board.

    After the sale of her healthcare-related business in 2012, she founded Affordable Healthcare Review,, an educational organization with the goal of providing accurate, unbiased, reliable information about the changing healthcare landscape and explaining how it will impact you, your business and your family. 

    Ms. Wilson is a frequent speaker on this topic, having addressed the World Congress in its forum on healthcare and having spoken at many conferences including the annual Innovations in Healthcare Conference in Washington DC, sponsored by Premier Health.

    In addition to her advocacy work, Ms. Wilson continues to advise clients on legal matters and works with businesses to improve their business performance. She sits on several corporate advisory boards and is active as a board member for several national non-profit organizations.  

    For more than 20 years, she has worked with companies in the areas of productivity improvement, crisis management, corporate organization and structure, computerized systems development and implementation, credit and accounting control, asset disposition activities, and, of course, healthcare. 

    Ms. Wilson holds a Juris Doctor from U.C.L.A., an M.B.A. from N.Y.U., and a B.S. in Systems Engineering from U.C.L.A. and resides in Los Angeles, CA.