ST Medical Monday: The HEAL Initiative
On this edition of ST Medical Monday, an interesting discussion of global health -- that is, thinking about the health and well-being of the world's populations in a global context, and moreover, about how to serve those populations by improving care (and achieving equity of care) for all people. It's about seeing health care as a basic human right, and thus as something that people all over the world are fully entitled to. Our guest is Dr. Phuoc Le of the University of California at San Francisco, who also teaches in the public health program at UC-Berkeley. Dr. Le is the co-founder and director of the HEAL Initiative, which he tells us about. Per the HEAL website: "HEAL (Health, Equity, Action, and Leadership) trains and transforms front-line health professionals through building a community dedicated to serving the under-served as their lifelong choice.... We [at HEAL] believe health is achievable for even the most vulnerable populations in our world when we apply principles of equity, justice, and solidarity. We believe that people coming together can transform systems. Through the process, we also continue to be transformed."