The CGM sponsored the fifth annual Los Angeles Global Health Conference (LAGHC) at UCLA’s Covel Commons. “2020 and Beyond: Spotlight on a Shared Future” brought together around 300 people from various disciplines across academia, NGOs, business and the public sector to discuss the current status of world health and provided an interactive educational forum to address innovative ways to tackle health disparities — both locally and globally. The opening keynote address, “How Do You Eat an Elephant? Learning Lessons for a Shared Global Health Agenda,” was delivered by Elizabeth Anne Bukasi, MBCHB, M. MED, MPH, Ph.D., PGD, MBE, chief research officer of Kenya Medical Research Institute. The day also included numerous breakout sessions that explored topics such as global crises: epidemics, disasters and threats; innovation in global health: film and technology; vulnerable populations: migrant and refugee health; and gender equality and sexual and reproductive care.
Spencer Feliciano-Lyons and Connie Jiang (far right) from the full-time MBA Class of 2020 presented in a breakout session on “Bridging the Digital Divide in Sweetwaters, South Africa.” They discussed elements of their CGM supported AMR field study project with the Human Sciences Research Council, in which they were tasked with identifying a viable long-term solution to increase affordable data access to the impoverished rural community of Sweetwaters in South Africa that would in turn help to better understand barriers to entry of mHealth applications. The presentation addressed the digital divide, focused on the implications of the divide on human and social development, and demonstrated how business school students approach issues of global health. The LAGHC was organized by students from medicine, public health and other disciplines from universities across the region, including the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Fielding School of Public Health, undergraduate departments and the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health, among others. The CGM was a silver sponsor.