Improving health across our city

We recognize the deep connections between lessons learned locally and globally and encourage students to explore local health care experiences in the greater Los Angeles community. Many DGSOM faculty and staff engaged in global health are also committed to caring for local individuals that are underserved through work in county hospitals, community clinics, and other community-based health care initiatives.

Global health is not just traveling to other countries - it is a philosophy of medical practice in which health equity is central. My work in global health includes not only teaching physicians in Central America but also researching ways to improve care for limited English proficiency patients in Los Angeles. As a health care provider, there are infinite ways to be involved in global health regardless of which country or on what side of a border you are located.

Breena R. Taira, MD, MPH, Emergency Medicine

Our program is proud to sponsor the annual Los Angeles Global Health Conference (LAGHC) in partnership with USC’s Institute on Inequalities in Global Health. LAGHC brings together leading health experts, students, and trainees from every level, faculty from within and outside UCLA, and the public to discuss the most pressing health concerns facing Los Angeles and the world today. Now more than ever, we are increasing our commitment to fostering new—and strengthening existing—partnerships with local organizations to help reduce health inequities right here in our backyard.

Students who join the Global Health Equity Pathway can engage longitudinally with local partners throughout their time at DGSOM, as they learn about and help address global health inequities here in Los Angeles. Students may participate in activities such as clinical observation, advocacy, client education, and/or capacity-strengthening.

Current local partners

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Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project is a project of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles. Over the past 15 years, the organization has become one of the leading immigration-focused public interest organizations...

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LA Human Rights Initiative

The LA Human Rights Initiative is a student-run, faculty-supervised organization at UCLA. LAHRI runs an Asylum Clinic that provides pro bono forensic evaluations to asylum seekers and other immigrants and...

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The People Concern

The People Concern is a leading provider of, and advocate for, evidence-based solutions to the multi-faceted challenges inherent in homelessness and domestic violence. The People Concern provides a fully integrated system...

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