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The Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy (the Center) at the University of North Florida was founded in February 2007, with the mission of promoting global understanding and collaborative action for improving health and medical care. Center objectives include:
The Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy supports, participates in and collaborates with healthcare and medical care organizations around the globe, including the World Medical Association, the World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and the Institute of Medicine. Center Director, Dr. Yank Coble travels internationally to speak on the Center’s work in global health.
Much of our work in has focused on the World Medical Association/Caring Physicians of the World Initiative (WMA/CPW), which works to improve the effectiveness of medical professionals around the world. The Center collaborated with the WMA, the international business school, INSEAD and Pfizer, Inc. to create a Physicians’ Leadership Course designed to enhance the skills and knowledge needed to advocate for healthcare reform and improved patient care. The six-day intensive curriculum focuses on proficiency in decision–making, participation in public debate and preparation to serve as spokespersons on key healthcare policy issues. The first Physicians’ Leadership Course was held in December 2007, at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. Thirty-two physicians from 22 countries participated in the course. As a result of the positive feedback from the inaugural course, a commitment has been made to sponsor an annual program.
The Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy is pleased to have Dr. Otmar Kloiber, Secretary General of the WMA, serve as its International Fellow and Advisor. Dr. Kloiber joined the Center in preparing for the 2007 Caring Community Conference at Amelia Island, Florida, and presented an inspiring lecture on global trends and challenges in healthcare human resources.Together with the WMA and the support of the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative, the Center co-sponsored and directed the Caring Physicians of the World Medical Leadership Program, with the cooperation of the European Union Business School INSEAD, in Fontainebleau, France.
The Center convenes public- and private-sector experts to collaboratively address global health issues. Center-sponsored conferences, committees and public forums provide an opportunity for leading experts (regional, national and international) to discuss issues and share knowledge in an open environment that facilitates evidence-based dialogue. The Center Director, Dr. Yank Coble, actively participates in and holds leadership roles in many national medical associations and health organizations including the American Medical Association, the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and the Institute of Medicine. Presently, Dr. Coble serves on the boards of Research!America; the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research and Medicine; the Campaign for Public Health; and the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Dr. Coble travels nationally to speak on the Center’s work in global health.
The Center serves as a focal point for global health activities within the University of North Florida and the broader community. Educational events, public forums, seminars and conferences help to increase the visibility and awareness of local, national and global health issues. The Center Director actively participates in and holds leadership roles in regional medical associations and health organizations including the Duval County Medical Society and the Florida Medical Association.
The Center planned and convened the Caring Community Conferences, where northeast Florida community leaders meet to collaborate on long-range plans to enhance the health care and biomedical economy of Jacksonville and northeast Florida. At each conference, healthcare and bioscience stakeholders discussed issues, assets and opportunities relating to the individual health, public health and economic health of northeast Florida.
Following the 2007 Conference, the Center facilitated the formation of the Healthcare and Bioscience Council of Northeast Florida (the Council). Council members were announced in April 2008. Center Directory, Dr. Yank Coble currently serves as Chair of the Council, and Center staff provides administrative support for the Council. The Council’s mission is to improve the individual and economic health of Northeast Florida by putting into action the Final Recommendations from the 2007 Caring Community Conference. The Council presented its first status report at the 2008 Caring Community Conference.
The Caring Community Conferences
Face to Face Interview Dr. Yank Coble
The Global Medicine and Public Health Initiative, May 20, 2008
Institute of Medicine of the National Academies Roundtable on Environmental Health, Sciences, Research and Medicine
Quality /Safety Forum, April 28, 2009
Global Healthcare Associations & Institutions
CPWI/WMA/INSEAD Leadership Conferences:
INSEAD December 2007
Economic Impact Study 2011
Key References in Global Health
Hot, Flat, and Crowded
The World is Flat, 3.0
A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century
The World is Flat:
The U.S. Commitment to Global Health: Recommendations for the New Administration
Read the Executive Summary
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