About Us

Effective as of April 2021, the 'Global Health Outreach (GHO), Professional Chapter' will be known as the Interprofessional Global & Public Health Society (IGPHS).

 

This diverse organization includes students from the Texas A&M Health Science Center Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and the School of Public Health; as well as undergraduate and graduate students interested in the health field at Texas A&M University. Established as an interest group in 2016, at the Texas A&M College of Medicine, our newly-revamped organization strives to include people from all areas of higher education and to equip them with invaluable learning tools applicable to public health and global health initiatives. This opportunity for interprofessionalism and networking makes IGPHS unique from most student organizations on campus.

 

Throughout the school year, we venture on medical and health mission trips, both locally and internationally, where basic healthcare services are provided to underserved populations in developing countries and marginalized communities. Prior to any outreach event, the professional student representatives of IGPHS host multiple training sessions in which fundamental screening procedures and public health skills are taught to graduate and undergraduate members. No experience is required. This provides aspiring healthcare professionals with substantial learning and mentoring opportunities to prepare for health initiatives across all boundaries. To emphasize interprofessionality, we also host meetings involving guest speakers, with academic and/or clinical backgrounds, in global and public health. Additionally, an abundance of community outreach and fundraising opportunities is available for members of IGPHS. Through philanthropy and humanitarian efforts, members will become enriched and empowered to cultivate their roles as future servant leaders.

Learn more about our values, mission, goals, and how we go about making the changes we strive to see, by contacting us today. 

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Our Values 

  1. Deliver hope to people of low socioeconomic status living in underserved regions of the nation and the world 

  2. Prioritize the health needs of vulnerable populations 

  3. Provide compassionate and respectful services to people in need 

  4. Acknowledge the contribution of each team member as vital to organizational success 

  5. Cultivate leadership skills and professionalism among members

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Our Mission

Healthcare is one of the most fundamental needs of human beings. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), half of the world’s population does not have access to even the most basic of health services (WHO 2017).  When people do not have access to these services, health complications become more predominant and the overall quality of life is reduced. Here at IGPHS, we see the value of every person's life; we strive to be a catalyst for positive change by bridging the current gaps between healthcare and populations who need it.

 

Since the beginnings of our initiative in 2016, the mission of IGPHS has transformed into the following: to improve health, to ensure survival, and to enable the well-being of vulnerable populations through empathetic and transformative actions that connect health care services to medically underserved and impoverished communities across local, national, and international boundaries.

 

Together, as a society, we have the power and potential to make a difference in the lives of others by working collaboratively towards improving population health.

 

Revised April 2021,

Our Goals 

  • To improve population health at the local, state, and international level through public health initiatives such as volunteering, educating, and providing care.

  • To promote access to healthcare by establishing and/or linking health care services to underserved and vulnerable populations.

  • To engage with community stakeholders in addressing the issue of poor healthcare access through advocacy and awareness programs.

  • To provide aspiring health care professionals with opportunities for experiential education that enables them to acquire knowledge, skills, competency, and a sense of cultural awareness through holistic trainings.

  • To enrich prospective or current health care professionals in the important topic of public health and global health through education and exposure to real-life scenarios.

  • To facilitate an effective far-reaching network that helps connect aspiring professionals across the healthcare field through research, mentorship, and outreach opportunities.

  • To establish interdisciplinary cohesiveness in the health professions in order to ensure a global organizational impact across all populations.

  • To ensure a professional organization that emphasizes a high standard of healthcare ethics, transparency, and accountability in all our respective initiatives.

  • To transform lives by cultivating leaders of the future and instilling a sense of hope among individuals and families.