Presentations by Dr. Jo Boufford and Dr. Edward O’Bryan
On May 4th, the Applied Global Public Health Initiative (AGPHI) and the Healthcare Consulting Organization (HCO) hosted a joint event at the Standard, East Village, that brought together students from the global health and policy and management concentrations to discuss the challenges of urbanization and the solutions that to creating healthier cities worldwide. Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, former Dean of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School and current GPH professor, gave a talk about the upcoming International Conference on Urban Health to be held in Kampala, Uganda and the importance of good governance in improving health in cities worldwide. Dr. Edward O’Bryan, attending physician and associate professor for the Division of Emergency Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, and co-founder of the nonprofit organization OneWorld Health, discussed OneWorld Health’s sustainable business model and its mission to provide quality care to communities in Africa and Central America.
Both speakers emphasized the importance of interdisciplinary cooperation in solving cross-cutting public health issues from the effects of urbanization to the implementation of health care in low and middle-income countries. In the spirit of collaboration, the College also used this opportunity to announce the possibility of a joint certificate program between the global health and policy and management concentrations to emphasize the importance of policy in creating healthier, more sustainable cities. Initiatives such as these continue to demonstrate GPH’s strong commitment to creating large-scale change.
Appropriately, the event culminated with a visit from a popular eco-friendly vehicle, giving students a lens into the future of sustainable transportation and the role it can play in public health and cities worldwide. We are looking forward to hosting more fun, collaborative events like this with other clubs and labs at GPH!