I was lucky to have the opportunity to travel and work on a global health project in Ethiopia this summer, but now that getting back to medical school means no more time to work internationally, I want to stay connected with the issues I encountered abroad and keep thinking about how students and universities can engage in global health.
On Thursday, October 13th, the OHSU Global Health Center is hosting a Global Health Fair in the Old Library Auditorium. Fourteen local NGOs will be presenting their work from 3 to 4:30pm, and there will be opportunities to mingle and network from 4:30 to 5:30pm. The health fair is free and open to the public. I’m excited to hear updates from big players in international relief like MSF/Doctors Without Borders and Mercy Corps, but I’m particularly looking forward to the opportunity to meet people involved with small, grassroots organizations that are committed to improving wellness across the globe.
Academic institutions, with their wealth of resources and human capital, are uniquely equipped to partner with these organizations. No matter the nature of your affiliation with OHSU, I encourage you to stop by, say hello, learn some new things, and get inspired to act.