April 4, 2016
Special Guest: Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley
The theme for the 2016 Global Health Symposium and Dinner was "Global Is Local." Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, M.P.A., was the featured presenter. A silent auction was held to raise funds for medical students in the International Education Program.
Nan Whaley's career has been distinguished by her commitment to public service, civic involvement and interest in local government. First elected to the Dayton City Commission in 2005 at the age of 29, she was the youngest woman ever chosen for a commission seat in the city. She was elected mayor of Dayton in November 2013.
Mayor Whaley is committed to strengthening Dayton’s communities through thoughtful and strategic programming. She led the community in creating a county-wide land bank system to address the local housing crisis with a more regional approach and serves on the Montgomery County Land Reutilization Corporation, whose mission is "to facilitate the transition of blighted, foreclosed and abandoned properties into viable, marketable properties by working collaboratively with public and private entities in a financially responsible, transparent manner."
Whaley earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Dayton and her Master of Public Administration degree from Wright State University, where she remains involved in teaching a course on Women and Leadership, and working with university administrators and faculty on an effort to cultivate women leaders throughout the community.
The annual Global Health Symposium and Silent Auction brings distinguished speakers to share their perspectives on international health issues and raises funds to assist medical students in traveling to underdeveloped countries. Most of the money raised goes to fourth year students in the International Education Program, who are required to complete a rotation abroad. Participation in national and international medical aid, research and cultural experiences helps these future doctors gain a better understanding of the global nature of medicine and public health. The hope is that, by creating a more experienced health care team, medical care delivery and health outcomes will improve throughout the world.
The Global Health Initiative (GHI) was founded in 2000 by Boonshoft School of Medicine first-year students. GHI's mission is to enhance the education of WSU medical students by facilitating their exposure to both the medical issues facing people in other countries and the medical issues of persons in this country who have immigrated from other countries, and in so doing, inspire greater compassion, social justice and empathy within WSU's future physicians.