For our first meetings this year, we’ve moved the Global Health U presentations and reflections to the beginning of the meeting and started the discussions online. These have been really engaging so far, so thanks to staff members old and new for their interest!
So far we’ve thought about service organization models, the ebola crisis, and personal fitness. We started with members sharing their experiences in other organizations like GlobeMed, comparing what we like about each model and how each can perform better. Hopefully we’ll keep this in mind all year! Feel free to comment or speak up at a meeting whenever you see room for improvement.
Obviously, the ebola crisis has a lot of relevance to our club interests. Specifically, we have looked at the cultural effects of ebola, which we examined through the lens of the pop song NPR has reported on: http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/08/19/341412011/shadow-and-d-12-sing-an-infectious-song-about-ebola. This will be important to keep in mind as we explore public health issues; cultural considerations need to made along with statistical or biological ones as policy is shaped.
Thanks for the interest so far! We’re looking forward to a great year of productive dialogue. Keep thinking critically and keep contributing!