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Committee on Global and Public Health

About the Committee

The AMA-MSS Committee on Global and Public Health (CGPH) is responsible for reviewing current domestic and global public health issues and educating medical student members of the AMA on these issues. CGPH also seeks to involve medical students in public health initiatives by facilitating local section-level implementation of public health projects.

January 2014:

The AMA-MSS CGPH is joining the AMA Foundation's mission for health literacy to use our network of students around the country to disperse health literacy kits to hospitals, clinics and organizations at the local level.  Below is more information on how you can get involved!

Interim 2013:

Friday, November 15: "How to" Succeed in Service with CSC - This informative and interactive break-out session placed emphasis on the ways in which sustainable and effective service projects could impact a community as well as the students involved.  

"MSS Section Leaders Workshop: Maxmizing Your Members Experience" in the AMA with COLRP - This program gave the students the opportunity to network with section leaders from across the country while learning about the resources available to them.  Four workshops were presented: new sections & recruiting, developing sections & getting your members engaged, grassroots advocacy at your school, and community service & giving back to the community.


Saturday, November 16: "Outbreak, Natural Disasters and HazMat Relief Teams"  - This program aimed to educate medical students about the strategies of organized interdisiplinary teams including physicians, other medical professionals and public health departments, when responding to emergencies.  This program aimed to make students better prepared for handling unpredictable scenarios.

Presenter: Virginia Dato, MD, MPH, Immediate past President of the American Association of Public Health Physicians


Committee Members

Divya Sharma, Chair
Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School

Helen Myers, Vice Chair
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Sagar Chawla
Mayo Medical School

Shima Dowla
University of Alabama School of Medicine Birmingham

Josh Eikenberg
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Nafeeza Hussain
Marshall University School of Medicine - West Virginia

Abraar Karan
UCLA Geffen School of Medicine

Peter Mittwede
University of Mississippi Medical Center

Jay Rajan
UCSF School of Medicine

Amit Suneja
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

About Public Health
Public Health Resources

Public Health Toolkits and Issue Briefs
The Committee on Global and Public Health has created a number of presentations and accompanying documents that include additional resources and/or discussion questions for MSS members to download and use at their local section level in educating students about global and public health topics.

Educational Resources
The Committee on Global and Public Health has created a guide to public health training opportunities tailored for medical students. It's our hope that you use this as a starting point for your involvement with medicine, leadership, and public health.

Information on Public Health Topics
The Committee on Global and Public Health also compiled a list of databases, books, films, and internet resources, which can provide your AMA medical student section with information about public health topics including the following: general public health overview, the uninsured, health disparities and cultural competency, HIV/AIDS, health and human rights, and environmental health and population growth.

Betty Ford Summer Institute for Medical Students Information
The purpose of the Medical Education Program is to expand participants' awareness and understanding of chemical dependency and its treatment for individuals and families.  Medical students will receive and in-depth experience of the dynamics of the disease of addiction

**Resources shared by: Joseph Skrajewski, M.A., MFT-I, Director of Medical Education Programs and Initiatives at the Betty Ford Institute