February 1, 2011

Newly Formed Student Organization Connects Global Health to Vanderbilt Community

Vanderbilt’s Institute for Global Health recently formed a student advisory committee to help promote awareness of global health within the Vanderbilt community.

The committee, comprised of students representing all schools and colleges across Vanderbilt, will serve as a channel of communication between VIGH and Vanderbilt’s student body to publicize global health service, research and educational opportunities across Vanderbilt.

The committee has recently worked with the Vanderbilt University Office of Web Communications to launch its first website (http://www.vanderbilt.edu/vigh-sac) to provide information on global health-related events and initiatives at Vanderbilt and within the Nashville community. The committee is focused on facilitating connections among students in all schools.

One of its first initiatives is the Vanderbilt Global Health Case Competition on Feb. 12.
Committee chair J.J. Ilseng said, “February's case competition definitely sets a precedent for both Vanderbilt and the SAC. My hope is that the initiatives within both the VIGH and the SAC set a burgeoning standard for interdisciplinary collaboration and action."

About the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health

Global health is an inextricable component of modern-day medical, public health and nursing practices. Increasing demand for health professionals who can compete and excel in a global market has created an urgent need for comprehensive research, service and training programs in global health.

The Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health initiates and coordinates programs in health research, service and training, which reflects commitment to improving health services and outcomes in settings with limited resources. As a leader in international training and education, VIGH has a vision to improve health and well being of people in local and global environments.