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Building a Global Health Center

The School of Health Professions and Human Services’ newly formed Global Health Planning Committee has completed its first research project – a study on best practices in developing an academic global health center.  The abstract was presented at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) international conference, held April 6-9, 2017 in Washington, D.C., and was also published in the Annals of Global Health

The Global Health Planning Committee is an interdisciplinary group created in fall 2016 to plan scholarly activities such as a speaker series program on campus as well as explore the formation of a university-wide center for global health.

“To have our abstract accepted at such a competitive, prestigious conference is a big milestone,” said lead author Anthony Santella, DrPH, who teaches undergraduates in health professions as well as graduate students in the public health program.  “The results of this work will help us as we learn from long-standing CUGH members about their successes and challenges in developing academic global health programs.”

The study co-authors, all members of the Global Health Planning Committee, included Santella and Edward Coffield of health professions, Andrea Nerlich of counseling and mental health professions, Kathleen Scott of speech-language-hearing sciences, Omolara Uwemedimo of the graduate public health program and the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, and Holly Seirup, dean of the School of Health Professions and Human Services.

The project, “Key Drivers of Success and Sustainability for Academic Global Health Centers: Lessons Learned from CUGH Members” included interviews with academic leaders in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts  to determine best practices in issues such as identifying stakeholders and establishing funding sources. 

 The School of Health Professions and Human Services is a member institution of CUGH, whose annual conference is the world’s leading academic global health conference. It brings together professionals, educators, and students from diverse fields of study including engineering, business, law, policy, natural sciences, nursing, public health, medicine, and environmental studies to explore, discuss and critically assess the global health landscape.


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