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On Wednesday May 28, experts in the field of global health converged at the Fielding School for the last Health Forum of the school year. Moderated by Fielding School Dean Jody Heymann, the forum addressed some of the pressing issues that continue to affect the health of populations worldwide.
Dr. Thomas Coates, director of the UCLA Center for World Health, discussed the core problems of health disparities and a lack of continuous investment in broad systems change as major barriers to improving global health. Dr. Stefano Bertozzi, dean of the Berkeley School of Public Health, pointed out the role of political and commercial relationships between countries in the spread of chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Dr. Ninez Ponce, incoming director of the FSPH Center for Global and Immigrant Health, offered a bird’s eye view of migration patterns worldwide that point toward a need for immigrant health to be at the forefront of global health interventions.
Video of the expert presentations and panel discussion can be found on the FSPH website in the next few days on the multimedia page.