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For Immediate Release

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Touro University California's Global Health Program Celebrates 10 Years of Excellence with a Robust Round of Speakers

(Vallejo, CA – October 24, 2014) – Jesse Rohde, 2008 Touro University California alum, created a nonprofit foundation for health care in rural Africa after his experience in the University’s Global Health Program. It’s a program that helps students learn and provide health care to the underserved population while producing competent and compassionate students.

 “This gives students the opportunity to take what is inside of us and turn it into tangible change in the fields of international health and global health care,” said Rohde, DO, MPH, who founded the Rohde Foundation.

So it seems fitting that Rohde will be present when Touro’s Global Health Program in the College of Osteopathic Medicine celebrates its “10th Anniversary – The Way Forward,”  at 10 a.m. on November 7 in Lander Hall A, 1310 Club Drive on Mare Island,  a program recognized nationally as one that addresses health equity worldwide through its international teachings.

To kick off the celebration of moving forward to the next decade will be special Keynote Speaker Dr. Haile Debas, Professor Emeritus, UC San Francisco, Founding Chair, Board of Consortium of Universities for Global Health Institute, Former Dean of Medicine, Vice Chancellor & Chancellor at UC San Francisco, addressing “The Role of Universities in Global Health.” Debas is recognized internationally for his contribution to academic medicine and widely consulted on issues associated with global health.

Speaking on today’s immediate concern of the “2014 Ebola Outbreak” will be Dr. Jason Wilken, Career Epidemiology Field Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention followed by Dr. Bela Matyas, Health Officer/Deputy Director of Solano County Health Department covering “Global is Local – How Globally Oriented Health Education Makes Better Physicians.”

“We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of our Global Health Program by engaging health leaders in an open discussion about trends and insights that will be necessary to lead efforts over the next decade,” said Chief Operating Officer and Senior Provost, Shelley Berkley, Touro Western Division. “These types of thought-provoking conversations help us to ensure a vibrant future for Touro’s Global Health Program.”

Since its inception a decade ago, more than 600 students in Touro’s Global Health Program have traveled to Tanzania, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Cambodia, China, Taiwan and Mexico to gain hands-on experience, develop an understanding to global health challenges and respond to health inequalities.

“Our 10th anniversary is a milestone for the University, and a great way to celebrate the innovative approaches we’ve taken oversees to close the gap between knowledge and action,” said Dr. Eiman Mahmoud, Professor and Global Health Director.  “We do this through an integrated curriculum of research apprenticeships, elective rotations, summer externships, and clinical and global health field study.”

The Global Health Program at Touro promotes the interest of students and faculty through education, research and community service.

The event begins at 10 a.m. in Lander Hall A at Touro University California, and runs through 12:15 p.m. A schedule of events can be found by visiting tu.edu.

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro University California is a Jewish nonprofit, independent graduate institution of higher learning founded in 1997 on three Judaic values: social justice, the pursuit of knowledge and service to humanity. The university, home to 1,400 students, has professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing, and education. Faculty, staff and students have a powerful commitment to academic excellence, evidence-based professional practice, inter-professional collaboration, and active engagement with a global community. To learn more, visit www.tu.edu or call 707-638-5200.