“Any disease that exists anywhere in the world, exists everywhere in the world.”
Source: A Global Profession of Medicine M. Roy Schwarz, MD, 2003
The world is economically, politically, culturally, and technologically connected and interdependent with increasingly mobile populations seeking economic opportunity, security, and safety as a result of civil unrest, regional conflicts, diminished natural resources, poverty, and disease. Some health problems and issues remain isolated and contained to certain locations or populations, but more and more transcend geographic boundaries. Consequently, the solutions and approaches must also take a global approach.
Source: College of Nursing,
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
“Global Health is about understanding the causes and finding the means to provide solutions to the challenges and disparities in health status of people worldwide: from Milwaukee to Dammam.”
Source: Campbell, Pleic, Connolly, J of Global Health, June, 2012
The "M" in MGHC evokes a sense of community. Member institutions, located in Greater Milwaukee, already share a common geographical community. The "M" reminds us that by addressing issues such as water quality, poverty, economic and social empowerment, and maternal and infant mortality, we help Milwaukee as well as the world.
What is Global Health?
“Global health is an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide.”
“Global health emphasizes transnational health issues, determinants, and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration; and is a synthesis of population-based prevention with individual-level clinical care.”
MGHC is unique in its inclusion of academic, healthcare, government, and NGO sectors.
The consortium matrix not only minimizes duplication of work and use of resources; it provides a platform for innovative approaches to research, education, and care. MGHC is not only multi- and inter-disciplinary, but transdisciplinary.
The consortium model allows MGHC to realize its vision of being more than the sum of its parts.