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Students publish analysis of broad range of proposals to improve global health governance

Published: March 30, 2011

Students studying global health decision-making at McMaster University released a publication today that represents the first-ever comprehensive assessment of a broad range of potential global health governance reforms.

Student Voices 2: Assessing Proposals for Global Health Governance, provides evidence-based assessments of 13 previously suggested reforms to address the way that global health efforts are coordinated, financed and prioritized. Nineteen students taking courses offered by the Bachelor of Health Sciences Program in collaboration with the McMaster Health Forum contributed to the content.

The report was launched at a public event in the Forum’s DialogueSpace on the fourth floor of Mills Memorial Library. This Celebration of Student Contributions to Global Health was open to all students, faculty and staff, who wanted to view the report and meet with the authors. Attendees had the chance to learn about the lead story in the newly released issue of The Meducator — a publication that showcases research and reviews by undergraduate health sciences students — and learn of other contributions to global health by students and faculty involved with the McMaster Health Forum.

With calls growing louder to develop creative and innovative approaches to global health decision-making and the allocation of limited resources, Student Voices 2 offers reviews of available research and a broad range of insights into existing proposals put forward by scholars, organizations and others with expertise in global health issues. The publication exemplifies how students with a keen interest in global health decision-making are demonstrating their desire and ability to make an impact. 

The publication was edited by Steven Hoffman, an adjunct faculty member with the Forum who teaches courses on global health advocacy and global health governance. In his introduction, Hoffman writes: "In publishing this report, it is our belief that today’s students have an important role to play in global health decision-making for both their innovative ideas and future leadership of the global health community."

This is the second student publication overseen by Hoffman. Student Voices 1: Advocating for Global Health through Evidence, Insight and Action, was produced by students who took his global health advocacy course in winter 2010.

In addition, the event acknowledged student contributions to the new issue of The Meducator, which features the work of the Forum as its cover story, and provided information on other global health initiatives enabled by the Forum, such as numerous student internships with agenices such as the World Health Organization, and the Forum’s upcoming stakeholder dialogue on addressing health and emerging global issues in Canada.

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