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Global Health Day 2014

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Dean Lairmore and Pat Conrad with other participants of UC Global Health Day.

A Recap of Global Health Day by Dean Michael Lairmore

Many of the problems faced by our society are global issues, but affect us locally. The daily headlines are filled with changes in our world that impact our lives, from climate change to pandemics. Our mission reflects our role in society to promote the health of animals, people, and the environment. This was on full display recently at the UC Global Health Day, held at the UC Davis Conference Center.  

The conference was sponsored by the UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI), which advances the mission of UC’s 10-campus system to improve the lives of people in California and around the world. Our Associate Dean of Global Programs, Patricia Conrad, and a team of faculty, staff, and students skillfully organized and executed the conference, which explored topics ranging from global health diplomacy, maternal and child health, animal health, emerging infectious diseases, economics, and migrant health.  

UC President Janet Napolitano provided key insights on how the UC system, through collaborative networks, is uniquely positioned to tackle the most significant issues facing our planet. Andrew Hargadon, the Charles J. Soderquist chair in entrepreneurship at the Graduate School of Management, and the veterinary school’s Jonna Mazet, director of the One Health Institute, jointly presented a riveting lecture on “How Breakthroughs Happen.” 

Students and faculty from every UC campus were in attendance at the all-day event, which featured poster presentations and breakout sessions, covering a broad range of global health topics. A highlight of the event was the showing of videos, made by University of California students to tell why they engage in global health and what inspires them. 

Winners in the One Health video contest:

First Place- Global Health-What Inspires Me by Nistara Randhawa (UC Davis grad student)

Second Place-One World, One Health by Radhika Gharpure (UC Davis veterinary student)

Third Place- In the name of Prevention by Claudia Gilmore- Guiterrez (UCLA MPH student)

A theme visibly present throughout the conference was team science focused on real-world problems. The conference prominently featured our One Health Institute and the mission to assess and respond to global health problems arising from the human-water-animal-food interface and to design and implement sustainable solutions in collaboration with local partners. 

To truly impact the health of animals, people and the environment, we must think globally and act locally, striving to use science to solve the issues faced by all of us in a world that is constantly becoming more connected and interdependent.