Art exhibit from UTIHP UTM’s first ever Global Health Gala
The UTIHP was introduced at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus in 2011, when the Mississauga Academy of Medicine was first established. Originally beginning with the High School Partnerships Program, UTIHP UTM’s development and its success has led to what is now a diverse, multidisciplinary organization united under one common goal. Urfa Arain and Serena Wang, the UTM Co-Directors for 2015-16, identify the goal as: “bringing global health awareness within our local community.” In order to promote the group and to continue the rapid expansion of the program UTIHP UTM heavily relies on networking. UTM’s extensive network now includes local physicians, health professionals, politicians and students. In 2013, UTIHP UTM held the inaugural global health gala. For UTM, the gala was a platform to expand the network and promote global health awareness both within the student body and the general community through keynote speeches, workshops and discussions. Through a series of collaborations with fellow student groups and faculties, UTIHP UTM is dedicated to creating a powerful, united and proactive global health community at the medical, graduate and undergraduate level.
According to Arain and Wang, in 2016 UTM’S UTIHP plans to make a stronger impact on campus through a two main collaborations. Firstly, the group plans to continue and further improve the “School Partnerships Program.” In 2016, the program will mainly focus on promoting health awareness within Mississauga’s community using interactive lesson plans by collaborating with “Let's Talk Science,” in an effort to have a greater outreach on key topics such as mental health, immunology and cancer biology among students within grades 8-12. Secondly, the UTIHP UTM will host the annual global health gala. The gala will combine the community with the campus through health awareness. This year, UTIHP’s theme is "Biotechnology in the Developing World," in which the group will join forces with faculty and students in the Master's of Biotechnology at UTM. Through a series of keynote speeches by faculty, local politicians and students in combination with media coverage, the gala is primarily focused on promoting the importance of biotechnology as a rising industry and its implications for alleviating issues faced by developing nations.
At the Gala, numerous physicians, community members and students produce workable solutions to global health challenges
The role of UTIHP is to carry out important health awareness duties on behalf of the entire university campus. UTM continues to carry out the role effectively and extends its meaning by aspiring to foster a close-knit community of students and local residents. By further developing relations and establishing a network, UTM contributes to international health by raising awareness for key issues and taking actions to improve them by being
At the Gala, numerous physicians, community members and students produce
workable solutions to global health challengesproactive global citizens.