MISSION: The UIC Center for Global Health will improve global and local health equity by empowering the communities with whom we partner and through which we train future global health leaders in the principles of sustainable global health.
GOALS: Responding to the goal and values of the Global Community Health Track at the UIC Center for Global Health, trainees will achieve competency within four overarching themes:
- People and Community Centeredness – Empower people and their communities by effectively utilizing participatory approaches and leveraging existing assets through longitudinal partnerships, with primary consideration of community priorities and values in identifying and addressing locally appropriate solutions to health disparities;
- Health Equity – Identify and respond to the social determinants of health such as socio-economic factors and political factors as well as specific cultural mores when developing health services and clinical care interventions in order to improve the community health status while responsibly, ethically, and humbly fulfilling one’s role within a global community health education partnership;
- Primary Health Care Services Access – Organize and effectively collaborate with a multi-level and interdisciplinary team (e.g. community leaders, allied health personnel, policy experts, and medical providers) to improve access, coverage, quality, and safety of primary health care services to address health disparities at the local community level; and
- Community Health Systems Strengthening – Advocate for the health of patients, families, and communities within structured community health systems and in collaboration with governmental (Ministry of Health), nongovernmental, and private organizations, when appropriate. The goal of this advocacy should be sustainable health systems strengthening through workforce capacity building, continuous quality improvement, and evaluation activities for the overall project as well as for each partner within all partnership efforts.
An overarching purpose of this track is to contribute to advancing the US academic institutional approach to global health education. Our mission and goals are built around a vision that emphasizes trainee opportunities for learning skills to empower the local communities with whom they may work to address community health challenges through sustainable and locally appropriate means. With this consideration, there are challenges in transitioning our current approaches that may incorporate or emphasize clinical work or specialty care into a cohesive, fully inclusive approach that contributes to solving global health challenges in a sustainable manner and community ownership.
Students, residents, fellows, and faculty recognize the value of global health programs. Creating a cross-disciplinary and longitudinal collaborative environment across departments adds significant value to opportunities for service, research, and education. Offering preeminent global health educational programs provides an institutional competitive advantage. Building global health programs that integrate opportunities for mentorship and involvement along the training course will recruit the most outstanding students, residents, and junior faculty. We will recruit and retain the best, and our trainees will graduate prepared to meaningfully address global health disparities throughout their career.
The Center for Global Health at UIC continues to grow our innovative and impactful Global Community Health educational opportunities for residents.Several Departments across campus are collaborating to provide a unique, multi-disciplinary experience in global health education. This ongoing collaborative relationship incorporates multiple modes of learning through a longitudinal approach. This track incorporates didactics, journal clubs, and research through international projects. Our competencies focus on access to primary health care, community centeredness, social determinants of health, and health systems strengthening. These projects aim to improve health care delivery within low- and middle income country community health care systems as well as provide training in the principles of sustainable global health for U.S. health care trainees.