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PHI Co-hosts San Francisco Bay Area Global Health Meet-up

July 10, 2018

On June 21, 2018, the Public Health Institute (PHI) and the International Health (IH) section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) co-hosted the first-ever San Francisco Bay Area Global Health Meet-up at PHI headquarters in Oakland, CA. Chaired by Esther Tahrir, director of PHI’s GOJoven International and Global Health Leaders programs and member of the APHA IH Section, the event was a fantastic opportunity for networking, connecting APHA members with the larger global health community, and learning more about how to get involved with the APHA International Health section. Forty-six attendees across the public, private and NGO sectors gathered to hear words from PHI CEO Mary Pittman; Michele Barry, director of the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health; Sarah Shannon, chair-elect of the APHA IH Section and executive director of Hesperian Health Guides; and Jean Armas, section councilor and communications committee chair of the APHA IH Section.

A common thread across welcome speeches and smaller conversations emerged early in the event: As home to top universities, corporations, and established non-profits, the Bay Area is a powerful hub for global health expertise, research, and innovation. The community here is a resource and there is great potential for multi-sector partnership and collaboration to drive global health change. It starts here, with meet-ups like these and many more to come. As PHI CEO Mary Pittman emphasized several times, we are stronger and more impactful when we connect and work together in global health. As an active member in APHA’s IH Section, and organizational home to past APHA President Dr. Carmen Nevarez, PHI looks forward to continuing to support the exisiting and new global health efforts and networks in the Bay Area.