The world as we know it is getting smaller and smaller! Technology, travel, commerce, and communication have brought us together in ways that has increased our awareness and also our risks for health issues taking place on a global level. The economies of various countries, including our own in the US, demands that we also engage in a discourse related to the social determinants of health. I hope these resources help you to start this conversation in your courses!
The World Health Organization
Of course at the top of this list would be the World Health Organization! They have numerous resources. If you’re looking for data on world health, look first and foremost at this WHO page. In addition, check out these other WHO resources:
The Pan American Health Organization
This is the world’s oldest international public health agency. It’s focus is the America’s. This particular page on their site has lots of good graphed statistics regarding diseases and risk factors experienced by people in these countries.
Another resource for data, specifically as it concerns the international health of children.
The World Bank
There is a growing appreciation and understanding of the social determinants of health and the World Bank is a great resource for information related to economic policy and health.
The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)
This site has some great visual graphics covering a wide range of variables that can be socially connected to the health of people in countries around the world.
The Global Health Data Exchange
This is a massive resource of country specific surveys, reports, statistics etc. Easy to use – invaluable!
The Lancet Journal – Global Health Portal
Articles, Blogs and Multimedia
Intra Health International
Focuses on empowering health workers around the world to improve performance, strengthen health systems, harness technology and leverage partnerships.
The Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University
There are some great videos on this page including such topics as “Value Based Health Care Delivery” and “Leadership in Global Health”.
A treasure chest of resources from the Dept. of Health and Human Services.
US Global Health Programs
Reports on various US govenment initiatives.
Global Health Security
A CDC website focused on disease spread worldwide.
Global Health: Science and Practice
Peer reviewed journal with access to many full text articles online.
Global Health: The Clinton Foundation
Several exciting initiatives and collaborations!
The Following are NEW resources I discovered for the 2015-2016 academic year!
Institute of Medicine
Global Health Now
John’s Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Ethical Challenges in Short Term Global Health Training
John’s Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
This course consists of a series of ten cases to introduce trainees and others involved in global health research and service to ethical issues that may arise during short-term training experiences abroad.