Collaborations and partnerships to serve global goals
Opportunities for trainees, faculty, and staff to contribute
DGSOM’s Global Health Program aims to contribute to sustainable health initiatives and to address the health inequities facing the world today. We cannot achieve these goals alone. To maximize investment and impact, we collaborate with a large number of community partners working to improve health here in Los Angeles, across California, the U.S., and around the globe.
"Global health is not just traveling to other countries - it is a philosophy of medical practice in which health equity is central. My work in global health includes not only teaching physicians in Central America but also researching ways to improve care for limited English proficiency patients in Los Angeles. As a health care provider, there are infinite ways to be involved in global health regardless of which country or on what side of a border you are located."
- Breena R. Taira, MD, MPH, Emergency Medicine
Our global community
DGSOM’s Global Health Program aims to provide opportunities for trainees, faculty, and staff to contribute to sustainable health initiatives and to address the health inequities facing the world today, but we cannot achieve these goals alone. To maximize investment and impact, we collaborate with a large number of community partners working to improve health here in Los Angeles, across California, the U.S., and around the globe.
We recognize the deep connections between lessons learned locally and globally, and encourage students to explore local underserved health care experiences in the greater Los Angeles community. Likewise, many faculty and staff engaged in global health are also committed to the care of underserved individuals locally through work in county hospitals, community clinics, and other community-based health care initiatives. Our program is proud to sponsor (in partnership with USC’s Institute on Inequalities in Global Health) the annual Los Angeles Global Health Conference which aims to foster networking, convening, collaboration, and learning across the many disciplines that impact health both locally and globally.
Within the UCLA community, we are committed to creating sustainable, bilateral partnerships to advance health initiatives. DGSOM collaborates with UCLA Health’s International Services team to offer education and training programs to medical students, physicians, nurses, and hospital administrators from other countries. For example, physicians from other countries can engage in observership training through the International Physician Observership Program. We also work in close connection with UCLA’s International Institute, to align DGSOM’s policies and processes with those across the rest of the school, prevent duplication of efforts, and identify areas for synergy in global health programming and research. Our focus on multi-disciplinary approaches also extends to the Center for Global and Immigrant Health within the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and other health sciences programs, where we seek to discover opportunities in which existing programs and research can be enhanced through integration.
Working together to improve health
Within the larger University of California school network, we participate in the system-wide global health initiative, known as the University of California Global Health Initiative, that brings together faculty from across schools and disciplines to design and discuss ways to collaborate for high-impact health initiatives around the globe.
Outside of the University of California school system, we are part of a community of over 170 academic institutions that share best practices in global health through the Consortium of Universities in Global Health (CUGH). DGSOM faculty, staff, and students who work in global health regularly attend CUGH’s annual meeting to network, stay up to date on the latest global health research, and share best practices in global health education.
Across the globe, we partner with institutions to contribute to sustainable health initiatives. These partnerships allow us to provide meaningful educational experiences for fourth-year students, residents, and fellows. Faculty play a number of roles in these partnerships, supporting clinical education, clinical service delivery, program implementation, and research. Currently, we have eight formalized partnership sites in seven countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America, that serve as hosts for our UCLA trainees and where faculty are involved in collaborative projects. These partnerships, as well as all other global partnerships and programs, can be explored through our global project map.
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