By: Mira Garin
Undergraduate students from SDSU’s School of Public Health mingled with public health students from across the state of California in attendance at the 10th Annual CSU Health Policy Conference in Sacramento, CA on April 17-19. Aimed at increasing student interest in health policymaking processes and exposing students to various public health career paths and opportunities, the students heard from a diverse set of speakers including state policymakers and staff, and public health officials. Students also had the chance to discuss public health careers with CSU faculty members from across CA.
Elizabeth Frost and Ashley Swing, two JDP students seeking their PhDs in Global Health, attended the 14th annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) in Washington, DC on April 14-16. Participating as leaders of the CUGH Trainee Advisory Committee, they presented their findings on the barriers and challenges faced by students/trainees from low and middle income countries (LMICs), as well as recommendations on ways to build more equitable partnerships between global health professionals in the Global North and Global South. “[This conference] sparked discussion on what it means to have equitable global health partnerships,” Ms. Frost explained, “and the need to decolonize global health and build global health capacity at the local level including investing in trainees and students from LMICs.”