Have you ever heard the saying “think global, act local?” This phrase was first used in the context of environmental challenges, however, it is becoming more and more relevant to the field of Global Health. Global health focuses on achieving health equity for all people, worldwide. Global health issues transcend national borders, and often impact those in our own communities. Therefore, we can begin to combat global issues by addressing them on a local scale.
The Dalhousie Global Health Office partners with a number of organizations in both Halifax and Saint John to provide a Local Global Health Elective program to first and second year medical students. The Local Global Health Elective is a half-year elective, which complements family medicine placements with community and social service organizations. This elective helps students develop a broad understanding of the health of socially marginalized groups in their own communities, and the services available to address their needs. The Dalhousie Global Health Office is also exploring building service learning opportunities to be launched in fall 2016. Stay tuned for more information about our exciting new Service Learning opportunities with UGME the coming months!
One of our newest partner organizations is the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre (CFC), a project of the Dartmouth Family Centre. The Dartmouth Family Centre is located in North Dartmouth, an under-served and high needs area: 13.5% of the population in this area is aged 65+, 31% of households are single-parents families, and 6.4% of the population are immigrants, a number that is expected to grow in coming years. The Dartmouth North CFC aims to increase the number of new entry points for families with young children, providing the community with a gathering space while expanding food access and skill-building opportunities. Community members come together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food, through a variety of programs including a food distribution initiative, community kitchens and community gardens. You can learn more about how the Dartmouth North Family Centre combats local global health issues on their Website, Facebook or Twitter.
To learn more about our Local Global Health Elective opportunities, as well as our other offerings, check out our Website. As always, for information on our upcoming events, please check out our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.