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NC State Hosts Global Health Conference

NC State recently hosted the 2017 Triangle Global Health Consortium Conference on September 28 in Talley Student Union. This year the Global Health Initiative sponsored 32 NC State students to attend the conference to learn and build relationships within North Carolina’s global health community. Conference attendees networked, workshopped in break-out sessions, and listened to keynote and panelist speakers.

Reflected in the conference theme, “Making a Difference: Global Health and its Social, Economic, and Political Impact,” the sponsored students showed appreciation in connecting with individuals and organizations that share their passions. Macayla Wall, a NC State undergraduate student, was one of the students sponsored by the Global Health Initiative (GHI). “Being selected by NC State GHI to attend the Triangle Global Health Consortium’s Annual Conference was an honor,” Wall said. “This was my second year attending the conference and I loved having the opportunity to hear extraordinary and diverse speakers present on current issues within global health, be a part of conversations with peers, mentors, and professionals working in the field, and to have the privilege to network with these individuals as well. This conference helped me find peers who share common interests, talk to businesses and nonprofits about potential internships and careers within the field, and experience hearing presentations from great leaders within global health.”

Graduate student Takiyah Ball also enjoyed the conference agenda. “This was my first year attending the conference,” Ball said. “Something different that the conference had that I have not seen at other conferences were the 10-minute segments when speakers talked about real life experiences. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly. I was fortunate to have a follow-up meeting with one of the speakers to discuss the innovation project that I was a part of from earlier this year with the Triangle Global Health Consortium.”

The Global Health Initiative at NC State develops and supports partnerships that provide education, training, research, and engagement to NC State community members interested in global health. Dr. Andrew Stringer, Director of the GHI, was recently appointed Vice Chair of the Triangle Global Health Consortium.

The Triangle Global Health Consortium’s mission is to establish North Carolina as an international center for research, training, education, advocacy and business dedicated to improving the health of the world’s communities. The nonprofit member organization seeks to engage academic, governmental, business and nonprofit organizations in this collaborative effort.