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“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” ~World Health Organization
The Nursing Leadership in Global Health Symposium intends to bring renewed life to the WHO definition of health and promote the nursing model of care as a means to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable populations in resource-limited settings around the globe .
According to the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, the term “global health” indicates an area of study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. As the largest segment of the healthcare workforce, nurses have an essential role in global health. They are often the sole provider for individual patients, families and entire communities, particularly in rural and remote areas.“…. although nurses deliver 90 percent of all healthcare services worldwide, they remain largely invisible at decision-making tables in national capitals and international agencies. Their absence constitutes a global health crisis.” Davis, 2012
The goal of NLGH is to improve health and well-being among vulnerable populations by bringing nurses to the places where they can influence global health efforts and priorities.
The symposium is a call to action to:
- Empower nurses and other health providers to serve as agents of change in the global community;
- Strengthen the influence and voice of nursing in the strategic planning, design and implementation of health related programs;
- Serve as integral members and leaders of decision making bodies that formulate health/health care policy and allocate resources;
- Increase the numbers and the expertise of nurses and other frontline practitioners who comprise the global health workforce at the grassroots level; and
- Reclaim and refocus the unique contributions of the nursing profession in responding to global health challenges.