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. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected each one of us, and resulted in incredible uncertainty – here in Los Angeles, across California, the U.S., and around the globe. But what this challenging time has proven is that community matters – and that we are at our best when we come together to improve health and reduce inequities. To maximize investment and impact, we are fortunate to collaborate with a large number of diverse partners to improve health across our city, state, country, and 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
GHP 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.
Multi-disciplinary partnerships across the UC system
Within the UCLA community and larger UC system, we are committed to creating sustainable, bilateral partnerships to advance health initiatives. DGSOM collaborates with UCLA Health’s International Services team to strengthen multidisciplinary connections between the hospital and medical school, and 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 closely 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.
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.
Improving health across our city
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 DGSOM 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 (LAGHC). LAGHC brings together leading health experts, students and trainees from every level, faculty from within and outside UCLA, and the public to discuss the most pressing health concerns facing Los Angeles and the globe today. Now, more than ever, we are increasing our commitment to fostering new — and strengthening existing — partnerships with local organizations to help reduce health inequities right here in our backyard. Be on the lookout for more information about our partnerships soon.
Partnering to advance health beyond our campus and city
UCLA is 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.