Clockwise from left: Amanda Abunimeh, Michael Martin, Dr. Rodriguez, Gokul Veedu, Tommaso Buldone, and David Joseph at the preliminary Global Health Coalition Dinner.
The UCLA Blum Center is proud to announce its new partnership with the Global Health Coalition at UCLA, an undergraduate organization that unites the wide array of UCLA students and faculty passionate about health and international development.
Dr. Rodriguez, the organization's official faculty advisor, as well as a diverse group of undergraduate leaders, originally thought of creating the organization just a few months ago during a dinner conversation at one of the dining halls on campus. Since then, the Global Health Coalition, or GHC, as students now refer to it, has blossomed into an officially registered student group with a constitution, executive board, and ten member organizations from across campus.
By providing a forum for students to collaborate, the GHC aims to improve the University's efforts in responding to health disparities around the globe. In order to do so, the Coalition works by reaching out to global health focused organizations on campus and offering membership, and in turn provides faculty resources, consultation, scholarships, field study opportunities, and collaborative events.
The Coalition's Board of Directors includes leadership representatives from every committee: Tommaso Bulfone (Director of Membership), Jessa Culver (Director of Field Studies), Pooja Parameshwar (Director of Events), Rachel Mernoff (Director of Member Education), Pablo Simental (Director of Communications and Publicity), Tiffany Hsu (Director of External Relations), and Saul Pelayo-Bramila (Director of Fundraising and Administration). The Directors come from a wide variety of majors and organizations, including the Global Development Lab, UCLA chapter of Shot@Life, the American Medical Student Association, Fellowship for International Service and Health, the UCLA Blum Center's Student Leadership Council, the Center for World Health, and Global Brigades. This variety has enabled them to design and run such a resourceful student organization.
For more information about the Global Health Coalition, please visit https://globalhealthcoalitionucla.org/