Great Decisions, a non-partisan discussion forum, provides education on important American policy issues. Each program features a presenter with expertise in the topic, who will set the stage for the discussion of diverse viewpoints.
Participants are encouraged, but not required, to checkout or read the desk copy of the Great Decisions briefing book — available at the Galaxie Library — prior to the program.
Great Decisions is a nationally recognized model for foreign policy discussions sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, coordinated statewide by Global Minnesota, and sponsored locally by District 196 Community Education and Dakota County Library.
All discussions will take place at the Galaxie Library.
Global Health: Progress and Challenges
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6:30–8 p.m.
The collective action of countries, communities and organizations over the last 30 years has literally saved millions of lives around the world. Yet terrible inequalities in health and wellbeing persist. The world now faces a mix of old and new health challenges, including the preventable deaths of mothers and children, continuing epidemics of infectious diseases, and rising rates of chronic disease. We also remain vulnerable to the emergence of new and deadly pandemics. For these reasons, the next several decades will be just as important — if not more so — than the last in determining wellbeing across nations.
Presenter Dr. Oscar Garza is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota's Department of Pharmaceutical Care and the Health System. In the past, he has been the director for PRAXIS Institute for Community Health and Education, a Health Equity Leadership and Mentoring Fellow of the University of Minnesota Medical School, and a recipient of the New Investigator Award from American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
Garza's research interests include brand development and marketing strategy for health care and pharmacy services and population health management strategy. While interested in cultural competency in health professional education, Dr. Garza teaches the courses Structural Violence and the Medication Experience and Global is Local: An Interprofessional Mobile Health Rotation with Migrant Farmworkers at the University of Minnesota. He especially focuses on community-engaged teaching and learning, leadership development, and social entrepreneurship throughout his profession.