Considering health education through a One Health lens

The concept of One Health creates a framework for thinking about educating the next generation of health professionals, says Christopher Olsen, acting director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Friday, April 24, Olsen joins the Institute of Medicine Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education to discuss “A global health workforce through a One Health framework.” The panel session in Washington, D.C., will be webcast live from 8 to 9 a.m. (CST)  Registration is required.

This is the fourth year the forum has addressed topics related to the future of health professional education.

“This workshop focuses on how we should educate health professionals today to be prepared for the changing landscape of health care and public health in the future,” Olsen says.

One Health recognizes that the health of humans, animals and ecosystems are interconnected. The world faces major health concerns, including emerging infectious diseases, food security, educational access for women and children, child mortality and antimicrobial resistance that demand cross-disciplinary approaches, Olsen says. “One Health is an excellent model for that.”

Such cross-disciplinary, integrative approaches are also critical as the health landscape changes, from who will pay for care to new technology to new categories of health care providers.

The Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education is an initiative of Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. The global health session is part of a larger workshop, “Envisioning the Future of Health Professional Education,” April 23 and 24 in Washington, D.C.

Olsen is also co-chairing the overall workshop together Mary Elizabeth Mancini, professor and associate dean at University of Texas at Arlington-Undergraduate Nursing Program.  The workshop will explore recent shifts in the health care industry and implications for health professional education and learning.

Rita Colwell from the University of Maryland and Laura H. Kahn from the One Health Initiative join Olsen for the panel that will be moderated by James Fox from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The overall meeting will be of interest to anyone thinking about how health professional education might or should change to meet future demands, Olsen says. “And anyone working at the intersection of human/animal/ecosystem health is encouraged to tune into the one health session.”

By Ann Grauvogl/ April 20, 2015

Keith Martin—physician, member of Parliament and activist—to address Global Health Symposium 2015

Dr. Keith Martin practiced emergency medicine on the Mozambique/South Africa border in

the midst of civil war and founded the first all-party Conservation Caucus in the Canadian Parliament. He brings together universities, governments, multilateral institutions, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to benefit people and the ecosystem.

On April 8, Martin, the executive director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), delivers the keynote presentation at the Global Health Symposium 2015: Advancing Health in an Interconnected World. Hosted by the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the symposium begins at 4:30 p.m. Martin’s talk will be followed by oral and poster presentations of UW global health projects. It is free and open to all.

“Dr. Martin’s passion for improving health for all inspires us to find new ways to work together for a healthier world,” says GHI Acting Director Christopher Olsen. “With his experience as a physician and nearly 20 years in the Canadian Parliament, Dr. Martin’s unique perspective informs the work we are doing in important ways.”

Bees, Bats and Buffalo

In “Bees, Bats and Buffalo: Bringing One Health to Global Challenges,” Martin will explore the intersection of animal, environmental and human health. He also will challenge universities to evolve in their global health work, connecting the products of research to an equal passion for implementing those solutions.

“The university role today is more important than ever, particularly in the communication of the problem, the communication of the solution and having the ability to build capacity and engage in service. The advantage will be with those who embrace evidence-based solutions to make countries safer, freer and more vibrant with people who are safe and secure. It’s a race to the top.” —Keith Martin, executive director CUGH

Universities store, create and share knowledge. They educate students and have access to the public. By implementing practical projects, universities open opportunities for more research and funding and new opportunities for faculty and students while they help improve health for all, Martin says.

Look, for example, at non-communicable diseases, which will have a greater impact than infectious disease on people’s lives. School exercise programs can address obesity and improve health outcomes and the ability to learn. By partnering with schools to implement exercise programs, universities open new opportunities for research—how to scale up the program, measure outcomes, ensure sustainability and more, Martin says. At the same time, they will make a difference in children’s lives forever.

From physician to activist: A natural connection

Martin’s passion for global health grew from his work as a physician.

“Global health is really about the well-being of people on our planet,” Martin says. “I’ve been very lucky to be in medicine as a profession. It gives you a chance to see people’s lives in a very intimate way in a way few professions can do.”

Delivering babies, providing primary and emergency care, working with the homeless and with prisoners in settings from rural South Africa to British Columbia, propelled Martin into politics. “The big issues that face vulnerable people are the same across Canada and around the world,” he says.

He served as a member of Parliament in Canada’s House of Commons from 1993 to 2011, working to implement known solutions that would prevent harm and reduce suffering. “In politics, the dream is to connect knowledge and need,” he says. “The current (political) environment does not lend itself to that.”

While in Parliament, Martin held shadow ministerial portfolios in foreign affairs, international development and health. He also served as Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary for Defense. He is particularly interested in building and retaining capacity in low-income settings and scaling up proven interventions that will improve environmental and human security.

Martin was named executive director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health in 2013. The Consortium includes 120 academic institutes from around the world that address global health challenges through a multi-faceted lens. It focuses on improving health outcomes for people in low-resource settings.

“It would be nice to have government on board, but it’s not necessary. A huge impact can be made at the community level. Huge changes can occur through social networks, and universities have an even greater role to play.”—Keith Martin, executive director CUGH

The Global Health Institute connects faculty, staff, students and communities locally and globally to address the complex determinants of health and disease for people, animals and ecosystems. The Institute is supported by public and private funding. To learn more,  visit You may also make a gift online.

Find event details here.

By Ann Grauvogl/ Feb. 2, 2015


Global Health Symposium 2015: Call for abstracts

The Global Health Institute announces a call for abstracts for the Global Health Symposium 2015: Advancing Health in an Interdependent World. The deadline to submit abstracts has been extended to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. (Please save your application form (below) to your computer, fill it out, save again and submit it as an attachment. If you have trouble with the form, please answer all questions in a word document and submit it as an attachment.)

The 11th annual Global Health Symposium will be from 4:30 to 9 p.m. April 8 in the Health

Faculty, staff, students and community members gather for the annual Global Health Symposium poster session.

Faculty, staff, students and community members gather for the annual Global Health Symposium poster session.

Sciences Learning Center (HSLC) and includes opportunities for oral and poster presentations. Dr. Keith Martin, executive director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health and a former member of the Canadian Parliament, is the keynote speaker for the event.

“The symposium is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students from all disciplines to connect with each other and share their work with the global health community of the UW-Madison campus and local community,” GHI Acting Director Christopher Olsen says. “We encourage presentations from across campus—from arts, agriculture and business, to education, engineering and humanities, to all of the health sciences and beyond.”

UW-Madison students, faculty and staff who are addressing global health and disease are invited to submit abstracts and present their work to an expected audience of more than 300 university and community members. From basic research to education to applied projects in the field, the symposium hopes to showcase the full spectrum of global health activity on campus.

Last year, almost 60 participants presented their projects in either posters or oral presentations.

Posters will be on display in the HSLC atrium during the event. Oral presentations will run concurrently after the keynote address. Audience members will have the opportunity to move between speakers and listen to presentations on a variety of topics.

The evening also includes music and a networking reception. It is open and free of charge to the UW-Madison and wider communities.

 Abstract requirements

The Call for Abstracts includes details about the presentations. The abstract submission form, Abstract Submission Form, should be emailed to Betsy Teigland at the Global Health Institute at To submit the completed form without losing your information, please save it to your computer, fill out form, resave and submit it as an attachment. Presenters are also asked to review the  Guidelines for Global Health Presentations.

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m., Friday, February 20.

For more information, please contact Teigland at or 608-262-3862 or Teaona Hasbrouck at or 608-265-9299..

By Ann Grauvogl/ January 15, 2014

Deadlines approaching for faculty, staff and students to apply for grants to further global health

The Global Health Institute (GHI) will award up to $375,000 in Seed Grant funding to University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty and staff who are launching new global health research projects.

The Institute also will make almost $100,000 in awards to fund graduate research in global health, visiting scholars and global health travel grants.

The application deadline for all grants is 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12. Seed Grant applicants must also submit a letter of intent by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1.
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GHI offers grants for faculty, staff, students and visiting scholars

The Global Health Institute (GHI) will again award grants to faculty, staff and graduate students for work that advances global health research toward equitable and sustainable health for the world, GHI Acting Director Christopher Olsen announced Wednesday, October 29.  UW-Madison faculty, staff and graduate students whose work intersects with GHI’s Mission and Vision are especially invited to apply.

“GHI is delighted to be able to offer these awards in support of the global health efforts of faculty, staff and graduate students across the campus,” Olsen says. “These awards are designed to provide seed funding for research projects, international travel necessary to scope out new research or educational activities, and to bring global health scholars from across the world to UW-Madison. It is very important that the seed grant funding be used as support for research that will go on to attract external funding.”

“These awards are designed to provide seed funding for research projects, international travel necessary to scope out new research or educational activities, and to bring global health scholars from across the world to UW-Madison.”—Christopher Olsen, GHI acting director

The awards are especially valuable for supporting global health innvoations, says Dr. Tony Goldberg, GHI associate director for research. “Often, initial funding for innovative approaches to global health problems is difficult to obtain, especially if those solutions fall in the cracks between traditional disciplines,” he says.  GHI awards are specifically designed to “jump start” new interdisciplinary efforts that will later attract outside funding.

The Institute will again offer grants in four categories:

  • Seed Grants will support efforts to launch new global health research projects and make them competitive for sustained external funding. Three to five grants of up to $75,000 each will be awarded.
  • Graduate Student Research Awards supports doctoral students pursuing work in any relevant discipline whose graduate work will enhance global activities on the UW-Madison campus and beyond. Five to 10 grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded.
  • Visiting Scholar Awards brings visitors to UW-Madison who substantially enhance global health activities on campus in collaboration with a sponsoring UW-Madison faculty member or faculty team. Five grants of up to $8,000 will be awarded.
  • Faculty and Staff Travel Awards are available for UW-Madison faculty and staff who are GHI affiliates. They can be used for international travel related to educational and research activities. Several grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded.

Previous awards allowed faculty, staff and graduate students to delve into topics from human and animal disease to agriculture and economic development. The  work led to improved medication safety in Ethiopia, looked at how to increase mango production to improve well-being in Haiti, evaluated the previously undefined prevalence of brucellosis in Ecuador, and more.

GHI grants also brought in scholars from around the world, who collaborated with UW-Madison faculty, staff and students and shared their expertise in public presentations. They also supported UW-Madison faculty and staff travel for research and educational program development.

GHI is dedicated to improving health in Wisconsin and across the world through research, education and community engagement.  Grant applications are available under the Research & Awards tab on the GHI website and are due by 5 p.m. Monday, January 12, 2015.  Faculty members who apply for seed grant funding are also required to submit a letter of intent by 5 p.m., December 1, 2014.

Ann Grauvogl/ October 30, 2014

EcoHealth, like GHI, calls for climate/health action

Communities and scientists from across disciplines must collaborate to address climate change, ensure a livable world and provide health and well-being for future generations, the International Association for Ecology and Health declared at its 5th Biennial EcoHealth Conference Aug. 11-15 in Montreal, Canada.

The declaration mirrors the commitment made by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute (GHI), a supporting sponsor of the conference, to a collaborative One Health vision that recognizes the health and well-being of people, animals and ecosystems are interdependent. Continue reading