Students Experience Global Health Innovation

Photo: Lisa M. Garland

NC State students had the chance to learn outside of the classroom at an annual meeting of the region’s source for collaborative global health education.

More than 300 global health professionals and students gathered in Talley Student Union for the Triangle Global Health Consortium’s (TGHC) Annual Conference on September 27. The Global Health Initiative, a unit of the Office of Global Engagement, sponsored 24 students to attend the conference this year.

Keynote speakers from USAID and FHI360, panelists, and poster presenters all focused their sessions around this year’s conference theme: “Looking Toward the Future: Innovation for Global Health Impact.”

The TGHC’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 consortium offers many outlets to engage in global health activities, including a career day, a mentorship program, and an annual awards program.

NC State students share their experiences at the conference

“I think it is easy to get caught up in your specific area of work and forget the big picture. The keynote speakers gave inspiring presentations that allowed me to think of how I can improve my current work and ideas for future work. I really enjoyed the breakout sessions that had more specific topics and found my peers to be just as motivated as I was. The scholarship allowed me to attend without having to weigh cost and professional benefit against each other. The decision about whether a conference is worth the registration fee is hard to decide when you are a first-time attendee, especially as a student. I would be happy to attend this conference in the future.”

  • DVM student, College of Veterinary Medicine

“I am drawn to the global health field because of its multi-faceted approach to solving health issues on a large scale. The TGHC Conference embodies these many qualities of the field, from academics to industry, social sciences to engineering. Being sponsored by the NC State GHI was a major motivator for me to attend the conference, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to network with professionals as an undergraduate.”

  • NC State undergraduate student 

Read more about the conference from WRAL TechWire.