5th annual CCGHR forum to be held at McMaster University

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The fifth annual CCGHR forum is being held at CIBC Hall in McMaster University on March 10, and the Brock University chapter of the CCGHR is inviting Brock students to attend the event. The forum, which will run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., will be focused on the concept of research to reality.

The CCGHR (Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research), established in 2003, was created to work as a knowledge network used to promote global health initiatives worldwide. Chapters of the CCGHR are located in different university institutions nationwide, with over 12 chapters in Ontario alone, including Brock University.

Christine Saleeb. a fourth year Medical Sciences student at Brock as the current president, vice president of promotions, and VP of finance for Brock’s chapter of the CCGHR. Saleeb discussed the importance of global health research and how we can use the privileges afforded by our global situation to help others.

“Coming into this club, we have the goal of trying to work with what we can offer and what we can do with the opportunities that we have presented to us to kind of do something for others worldwide that includes research,” said Saleeb. “Whether that’s research to reality which is what the theme of our forum is, whether that is actually going out and working with NGOs, or volunteering in the community, it’s more so about taking the opportunities that are presented to you and doing something with that to advance the health of others worldwide.”

Brock’s chapter of the CCGHR ran an event in December 2017 on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a UN initiative to better the world both economically and environmentally. SDGs are among the many different topics that pass through this knowledge network as a way of creating change for global health.

This year, the CCGHR forum include workshops on Humanitarian Ethics, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Ecological Determinants of Health, Population Health, Knowledge Translation and Integration, and Journalism in Global Health.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. Joanna Anneke Rummens, an associate professor at the University of Toronto for Equity, Gender, and Population, whose research explores the links between diversity, identity, health and well-being, with a focus on marginalized and vulnerable populations.

Brock CCGHR has also helped in organizing the event, as the event is planned with the different chapters within southern Ontario, each required to help the event run whether that be monetary or organizational in an effort to make the event run as efficiently as possible. Brock’s contribution includes some funding as well as the participation of Dr. Ana Sanchez, professor of Parasitology and Global Health at Brock, who will be running a workshop for the event.

Additionally, the forum, Saleeb suggests, may offer a varied experience from that of an academic structure.

“This provides you with a different environment where you can connect with peers your age, maybe a bit older, or even professors,” said Saleeb. “It puts you in an environment where you’re able to network and you are able to meet people who may have an impact in your future.”

Additionally, she encourages students from all disciplinary backgrounds who may be interested in global health to attend the event as much of the discussions will be based on interdisciplinary topics.

Early-bird tickets for the CCGHR forum are $15 and you can purchase them at: ticketfi.com/event/2150/2018-ccghr-forum-research-to-reality

Brock will also be offering transportation to the event for $5; the CCGHR club asks that if you would like to take advantage of the transportation to email brockCCGHR@gmail.com to reserve your seat on the bus.

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