In 1996, a group of Department of Pediatrics faculty created the International Child Elective. Training initially was centered in Latin America, and the first decade’s strides were published in the Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine in 2006. [Federico SG, Zachar PA, Oravec, CM, Mandler, T, Goldson E, Brown J. A successful international child health elective: the University of Colorado Department of Pediatrics’ experience. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 2006 Feb; 160(2):191-6.]
That early academic/outreach effort became a foundational step in the creation of today’s Center for Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. This multidisciplinary center—one of the only tri-institutional public health schools in the country—leverages strengths of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Colorado State University, and the University of Northern Colorado to advance public health locally, nationally, and globally.
The University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Pediatrics residency program now provides global health experiences for both Pediatric and Internal Medicine residents with rotations in Guatemala and Zimbabwe.
The vision of the Center for Global Health is to work with impoverished communities throughout the world for better healthcare, better health, and a better future for children and their families.
Through the Center for Global Health’s interdisciplinary and host country collaborative activities in service delivery models, research, training, and global health policy and advocacy, we strive to improve the global standard of health consistent with the fullness of human dignity.
In 2012, the Center for Global Health was named a World Health Organization Collaborating Center to Promote Child and Family Health.