It is towards the tail end of Global Health Awareness Week and the events have been successful! As head of the finance, I have been working to fund the week’s events and attain sponsors. We have been using donated funds and grants to host luncheon events, generate publicity, acknowledge speakers, promote art, and of course, raise awareness about global health issues in urban settings. Our main fundraising event was held at Kress nightclub on April 1st. Students from USC and UCLA attended and proceeds from ticket sales were donated to the GHAW committee. Throughout the week we have used the Health Action Grant provided by the Institute for Global Health to hold various events on all three USC campuses.
My favorite lunchtime event was on Friday April 9th. A short video of Kavi was shown which was filmed by USC students, nominated for Oscars, and portrayed modern day slavery in India. Following Kavi, the volunteer coordinator from the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) gave a phenomenal presentation on modern day human trafficking in the United States. I feel that most members of the audience like myself were shocked to even find several cases of human trafficking within Los Angeles. Taja, the CAST representative, informed us that health professionals should be observant for signs of “enslaved” individuals. We discussed the issue fervently and learned of volunteer and interpreter positions needed by CAST. For more information on this issue, visit http://www.CASTLA.org
I would like to give special thanks to the following contributors to USC GHAW events:
USC Institute for Global Health
USC Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS)
Kress Hollywood nightclub
USC World Med