Press Release (UCTV): Global Health Takes Center Stage on UCTV (2/2/2011)

Speakers from inaugural UC Global Health Day cross disciplines and campuses

LA JOLLA, CA — With our world more interconnected than ever, global health has become a top priority for the University of California. Last November, the UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI) sponsored the inaugural UC Global Health Day at UC Irvine, bringing 200 faculty, students and administrators together to share their inspiring education and research programs taking place around the world. On February 10 at 8pm (ET/PT), University of California Television (UCTV) will premiere the first of five talks from this event, with new talks airing Thursday nights through February 24. Additional broadcast dates and online video are available at

The talks premiering on UCTV include (all times PT/ET):

February 10

(8pm) One Health: Water, Animals, Food and Society
Woutrina Miller, UC Davis, looks at zoonotic diseases at the human/animal/environment interface. Jennifer Ifft, UC Berkeley, explores consumer valuation of safety labeled free range chicken through results of a field experiment in Ha Noi. T.S. Harvey, UC Riverside, looks at Cyanobacteria blooms that put Maya peoples at risk. Raul Chuquiyauri, UC San Diego, explores the molecular epidemiology of plasmodium vivax malaria relapses in the Peruvian Amazon.

(9pm) Migration and Health: Challenges of Population Mobility
Whitney L. Duncan, UC San Diego, explores mental health and migration in a changing Oaxaca with a view from the psychiatric hospital. Margaret Handley, UCSF, looks at navigating the slipstream of changing food environments through a binational perspectives on dietary behaviors and implications for nutrition counseling. And, Micah Gell-Redman, UC San Diego, addresses politics, borders and risk.

February 17

(8pm) Promoting Women’s Health and Empowerment Through Human Rights
Luisa Cabal, Director of the International Legal Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights, ties human rights with the health and empowerment of women around the world.

(9pm ) Enhancing Women’s Health and Empowerment: Challenges and New Strategies
Bernadine Han, UC Berkeley/UCSF, discusses the promotion of family planning and women’s rights in Indian public space. Nina Smart, UC Irvine, explores the silence on the globalization of anti-female genital mutilation legislation in the parliament of Sierra Leone. Laura Packel, UCSF, looks at HIV risk reduction behaviors in Tanzania.

February 24

(8pm) Major Trends in Global Health: A Social Investment Perspectives
Roberto Tapia-Conyer, Director General of the Carso Health Institute in Mexico City and UC Irvine Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow, explores the potential of social investment to affect global health issues.

Across the UC system, faculty and students in fields ranging from public health and medicine to engineering and environmental sciences to law and the arts are participating in global health-related education and research programs. UC campuses have created courses, minors and degree programs in global health, and three years ago, UCSF launched the first Masters of Science in Global Health degree program in the country.

"All too often when we say ‘health care' we really mean ‘disease intervention,' but health is so much broader than that," says UC Irvine Chancellor Michael V. Drake, MD, who is a member of the UCGHI Executive Committee. "The University of California is uniquely positioned to bring together people from a wide variety of disciplines and points of view to address the health of the world in innovative and more effective ways."

Recognizing the long-standing and emerging challenges to global health, the University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI) has created multi-campus, transdisciplinary centers of expertise to address these challenges through a novel problem-based and action-oriented approach. By integrating and leveraging the diverse intellectual capacity of faculty on the 10 UC campuses, this groundbreaking University-wide initiative focuses on producing leaders and practitioners of global health, conducting innovative research, and developing international partnerships to improve the health of vulnerable people and communities in California and world-wide. More information is available at

University of California Television (UCTV) broadcasts educational and enrichment programming from the campuses, national laboratories, and affiliated institutions of the University of California, reaching 22 million homes nationwide on satellite (Dish Network, Ch. 9412) and cable ( and worldwide via live stream, video archives and podcasting at
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