Student members of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR) held the first annual British Columbia Global Health Student Forum in early 2012. CCGHR is “a not-for-profit organization promoting better and more equitable health worldwide through the production and use of knowledge”. This year's event builds on the first BC Student Forum and is intended to continue annually, organized by a network of global health students in BC with support from the CCGHR.
There is a growing interest by students in North America in the broad field of global health, accompanied by increased investment by funders. Notwithstanding the recent focus on ‘partnerships’ in global health research, the field has yet to fully depart from approaches that are imbedded in inequitable structures and neo-colonial traditions, with priority-setting dominated by actors who are far removed from the realities of the communities affected. Despite the change in terminology, global health is often approached as international health, failing to acknowledge that global health transcends borders. The complexity of global health issues also often contrasts with the predominance of disease-specific approaches. For student grappling with these challenges and wishing to change the global health status quo, traditional academic structures prioritizing individual achievement and competition create barriers to conducting research that reflects values of collaboration, equity and ethics. We hope to use this Forum as space to unpack and critically engage with these complex challenges.
This event is a one-day symposium in connection with graduate student activities of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR), and supported by the Liu Scholars program of UBC's Liu Institute for Global Issues. It will bring together graduate students in BC involved in global health research (faculty, staff and undergraduates are also welcome) for networking, student research poster presentations and discussions of current issues in global health, global health research and both North-South and South-South research partnerships.
8:30 -- Registration
9:00 -- Opening remarks
9:15 -- Keynote Address:"Global Indigenous Health Research: Insights, Challenges and Opportunities for Canadian Leadership", Dr. Jeff Reading, University of Victoria
10:15 -- Coffee break
10:45 -- Keynote Address: "Tenacious Assumptions in Global Health", Dr. Johanna Crane, University of Washington Bothell
11:45 -- Lunch (provided)
1:15 -- Workshops
3:30 -- Closing Plenary
4:30 -- Networking Wine & Cheese and Poster Session
For more information and to register for this event please contact: BCGlobalHealthForum2013@gmail.com