Student Society for Global Health

Welcome

The Student Society for Global Health

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“Raising global health awareness outside the classroom.”

The Student Society for Global Health was founded in the Spring of 2010 by students in Houston at The University of Texas School of Public Health  dedicated to promoting the understanding that an individual’s health is tied to the health of his or her community; thus, in our globalized society we are all interconnected with actions that make an impact worldwide.

Our aim is to educate students on global and local health issues while promoting the growth of students into socially conscious public health practitioners. We encourage networking with other global health-minded students and faculty through our collaborations with institutions such as Baylor College of Medicine and UT Medical School.

Join us for our monthly Global Health Café discussion groups, and participate in cultural events, global health-related school events, and volunteer opportunities. We welcome students interested in learning more about other cultures, the complexities of globalization, and trying to make the world a better place!

For more information, join us on our google group list-serve or email us at ssgh@uth.tmc.edu.

Past Events

Mental Health Day Social with the SPH Student Association

October 10, 2013

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Student Leadership Training

September 2013

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Girl Rising Documentary Showing

The movie tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the brave girls offer hope and inspiration. By getting an education, they’re able to break barriers and create change. Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchette, Selena Gomez and other A-list actors contribute voice performances to the film.

Refugee Health and Leadership Academy for Refugees from Bhutan and Nepal

July 2013

SSGH members teamed up with medical students from Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and local physicians to teach refugees from Bhutan and Nepal about health and healthcare. Students taught classes such as basic nutrition, common chronic diseases, and leadership. Local physicians volunteered their time to teach mental health, how to apply for health coverage and access healthcare in Houston. The refugees were split into groups, and each group presented one topic they learned about during the week. The intention is for the Health and Leadership Academy to be an ongoing program to promote leadership among young adults in the community.

Alief ISD’s Language Institute for Newcomers Nutrition Workshop for Refugee Teens

April 29, 2013

SSGH students organized a workshop for newly arrived refugee teens from various countries. Volunteers from the Tzu Chi Foundation also helped teach the teenagers how to read food labels and understand portion sizes. SSGH looks forward to continuing to build relationships with the LINC program and Tzu Chi Foundation.

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Opportunities

Apply for the SSGH Scholarship!

The Student Society for Global Health is accepting applications for the 2014 scholarship for research or practicum endeavors! 

Application Guidelines

The Student Society for Global Health (SSGH) at UTSPH is committed to advancing student involvement in global health education, research, and service activities around the globe.  In line with our mission to “develop the next generation of global health leaders…” we are offering an opportunity for a highly motivated individual to embark on a global health practicum or research work in a low or middle income country in the summer of 2014. The 2014 SSGH Summer International Practicum/Research Scholarship review committee will select one (1) student applicant to receive up to a $500 award.

Application Eligibility

1.   A strong interest in, and potential for, a career in global health.
2.   Active full membership of SSGH, including attendance to at least one SSGH event in the current semester and having an active membership subscription.
3.   A commitment to pursue research or service in global public health.

If interested, please submit the application by 11:59 pm on April 18th, 2014 to ssgh@uth.tmc.edu. The recipient will be notified by May 2nd, 2014.

Apply to become an SSGH officer!!

The Student Society for Global Health is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 officer cabinet!

Over the past one year, you have received outstanding service from the brilliant group of officers that led SSGH in the 2013-2014 school year.  Here is YOUR chance to make a difference! In today’s economy and global work environment, employers and fellowship programs are looking for candidates with proven leadership experience – get yours with SSGH!

The job description and application form for officer positions can be downloaded here and the deadline is April 04, 2014 at 11:59pm. Submit to ssgh@uth.tmc.edu

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

We develop the next generation of global health leaders by providing education, research, and practice opportunities, in collaboration with our local community and global partners.

 

Goals

1) To inspire, educate, and equip the next generation of global health leaders.

2) To provide global health experiences for students through community service and research collaborations.

3) To establish the University of Texas School of Public Health as an internationally-recognized partner in global health research, education, and service activities and efforts.

 

Officers

2013-2014 Officer Cabinet:

President  Charles Chima

Vice-President  Andria Rusk

Secretary Vy Tran

Communications Director  Shephaly Soni

Program Director Rochelle Garza

Director of Community Relations Lizette Rangel

Operations Officer Elizabeth Frost

Treasurer  Frederic Abalo

Director of Member Services Amy Wieczorek

Director of International Affairs Kaylinh Ly

2012-2013 Officer Cabinet:

Fall

President  Edward Pettitt

Vice-President  Serena Rodriguez

Program Coordinator  Charles Chima

Secretary Tosin Badejoko

Communications Liaison  Fall: Amal Rammah

Cultural Activities Coordinator Sapna Prasad

Treasurer  Divina Oweis

Spring

President  Edward Pettitt, Edward.D.Pettitt@uth.tmc.edu

Vice-President  Charles Chima

Program Coordinator  David Philpott

Secretary Tosin Badejoko

Communications Liaison  Kelechi Onyejiaka

Cultural Activities Coordinator Andria Rusk

Treasurer  Nishtha Joshi

2011-2012 Officer Cabinet

President Aleisha Elliott

Vice-President Anne Hause

Secretary Gabrielle Novello

Communications Liaison Ryan Arnold

Treasurer Sarah Tambra

Program Coordinator Ed Pettitt

2010-2011 Inaugural Officer Cabinet:

Co-Founder & President Amanda Davé , MPH Candidate 2011
Vice-President Angie Lloyd, DrPH Candidate
Secretary Omegie Anabor, MD, MPH 2011
Communications Liaison Edwin Machine, DrPH Candidate
Treasurer Komal Shah, MPH Candidate 2011
Program Coordinator Kim Skrobarcek, MD, MPH Candidate 2012
New Student Liaison Lauren Lucas, MPH Candidate 2012

Founders

Co-Founders:

Amanda Davé , MPH Candidate 2011

Chad Niemeyer, MD, MPH 2011

Sarah Michel, MPH 2010

International Opps

 

Ongoing Efforts

Baylor Shoulder to Shoulder Foundation (Honduras): http://www.bcm.edu/shouldertoshoulder/

Contact Rosa Contreras at rolvera@bcm.edu for more information.

Safe Mothers Safe Babies (Uganda): http://www.safemotherssafebabies.org/

Contact Erin Glueckert at EMGlueckert@mdanderson.org for more information.

Frontera de Salud (Texas/Mexico Border): http://www.fronteradesalud.org/about/

Contact ssgh@uth.tmc.edu for more information.

Membership

Become a SSGH Member Today!

Traveling abroad for your practicum?  Doing global health research? Searching for a group to become more involved in? As of the Spring 2014 semester, we are offering SSGH memberships that will provide members with a variety of benefits including scholarships!

FULL MEMBERSHIP – $15.00 annual or $10.00 semesterly 

Eligibility Criteria:
Matriculated and current UTSPH students

Full Membership benefits include:
Access to members-only scholarships
Eligibility to apply for school/university global health funding
Access to Center for Global Health at UTSPH
Participate in global health research opportunities at UTSPH
Opportunities to travel internationally for fieldwork
Mentoring on research and publishing in global health

New member receptions
Monthly newsletter
Opportunities to connect with fellow students
Opportunities for professional development, leadership roles, and community service
Access to multi-faceted global health resources on local, national, and international levels
Invitation to annual Multicultural Dinner and other fun social events
Members-only networking events with regional universities and organizations
Your membership announcement in SSGH’s newsletter and on the SSGH website
Review and discuss the latest global health trends with SSGH members, UT Medical School and
Baylor College of Medicine students
Invitation to local, regional, and national global health conferences

ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP- FREE

Eligibility Criteria:
Any student with any of our affiliate institutions in Texas, including BCM, UTMed Houston,
UTMB Galveston, UTSON and other schools in the UT System,
Other students in universities/colleges based in Houston
Non-students including all faculty, staff, and community partners

Associate Membership benefits include:
New member receptions
Monthly newsletter
Opportunities to connect with fellow students
Opportunities for development, leadership roles, and community service
Invitation to annual Multicultural Dinner and other fun social events
Members-only networking events with regional universities and organizations
Your membership announcement in SSGH’s newsletter and on the SSGH website
Review and discuss the latest global health trends with SSGH members, UT Medical School and
Baylor College of Medicine students
Invitation to local, regional, and national global health conferences

Return the completed Membership Form  to SSGH Treasurer, Frederic Abalo at: Mewenenessi.TchallaAbalo@uth.tmc.edu

Archive Events

Lunchtime Lecture

 Ms. Claudia Kolker-renowned journalist and author 

Topic: Live Like an Immigrant: Three Surprising Techniques for Lowering Health Care Costs, Improving Maternity Outcomes, and Even Lengthening Our Lives

October 24, 2013  12p-2p

Dr McCurdy and Dr Stigler are the faculty leads for this project. Dr Stigler will be in Houston on Thursday, October 24 and wants to have an interaction with Global Health-minded students about our ideas and aspirations.

World Refugee Day

June 25, 2011

June 20th is World Refugee Day as decided by the UN General Assembly in an effort to raise global awareness for the plight of refugees: http://www.un.org/en/events/refugeeday/. SSGH members along with the Tzu Chi Foundation attended Houston’s celebration on Saturday, June 25th, 2011.

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Alief ISD’s Language Institute for Newcomers Hygiene and Sanitation Workshop for Refugee Teens

May 11, 2011

SSGH members and Global Health Concentration students from UTSPH organized a workshop for approximately 50 newly arrived refugee teens from various countries. Volunteers from the Tzu Chi Foundation, Baylor College of Medicine, and others helped to make the workshop a great success.

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Yoga in the Park

Spring 2011

SSGH promotes health on campus! Yoga instructor, Laura Calcaterra, was invited by SSGH to hold weekly vinyasa flow classes on the SPH deck throughout the Spring.

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TMC Global Health Faculty/Student Mixer

Sponsored by SSGH & BCM Global Health.
April 13, 2011

Global Health students and faculty from Baylor College of Medicine, the UT School of Public Health, UT Medical School, and Rice University mingled at the Ginger Man in Houston.

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Blood Drive & Donate Life Registration

February 14, 2011

SSGH hosted a blood drive and organ donor registry sponsored by the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and Donate Life.

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Baylor Shoulder to Shoulder Foundation Brigade

November 2010

SSGH and Global Health Concentration members joined faculty and medical students from Baylor College of Medicine on the BSTS brigade to Honduras, working together to promote health in the rural Honduran town of Santa Ana Intibuca and surrounding communities.

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