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VP Global Health

The role of the Global Health team is to promote advocacy and education among students and the broader community on social justice and equity issues related to local, national, and international health. These include (but are not limited to) the areas of Indigenous Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Displaced Peoples Health, and Environmental Health. The portfolio works with other student groups, community organizations, faculty, and medical schools nationally and internationally on these issues and to promote Global Health events, curriculum, and learning opportunities.

Yina Shan

VP Global Health Sr.

About Me

I am a first-generation settler from China who grew up on Treaty 19 and Treaty 13 territories. Prior to medicine, I studied public health and epidemiology at UofT and health sciences and global health at McMaster, which cultivated my interests in planetary health advocacy, systems thinking, and community empowerment. You can often find me exploring nature, dabbling in the arts (piano, creative writing, painting), or munching on donuts around the city.

1. Restructure the local Global Health team from position-based to project-based roles, in order to build a dynamic team that works more collaboratively and has more capacity to progress projects.
2. Advance social justice and health equity for various global and local health issues (including, but not limited to Indigenous health and rights; climate justice; migrant, refugee, and displaced people's health; LGBTQ+ health) through advocacy and education.
3. Work closely with VP EDI on equity and global health-oriented initiatives, including climate justice through the UofT Environment Committee (part of Global Health portfolio).
4. Connect with students nationally and internationally to build solidarity and collaborate on initiatives.
5. Connect and establish long-term relationships with organizations at UofT and in the community.

Year Plan and Goals

Reasons to Contact Me

1. To join or connect with the UofT Medical Society Global Health team.
2. To connect with the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) or International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA) global health networks.
3. To discuss global or local health issues and actions of interest/concern to you and collaborate on solutions. I would love to learn about what sparks your fire and work together!
4. To offer perspectives on advancing health equity and social justice in global health, particularly through an anti-oppressive and anti-colonial lens, and to reach out for support (particularly students from equity-deserving communities).

Project Pods

Governance Restructuring

Tushar Sood

VP Global Health Jr.

About Me

I am a first-year medical student and recent graduate of McMaster University where I studied Integrated Science. I first got involved with public and global health work during my undergrad, during which I pursued a fellowship in Strengthening Health & Social Systems. I am fortunate to have also been able to intern at The George Institute for Global Health in New Delhi, India. I care deeply about advancing health equity and social justice, working with and uplifting systemically excluded populations, and helping create a more inclusive healthcare system through ongoing reflection and meaningful actions. In my free time, I enjoy trying new foods, dancing, and spending time with friends and family.

Year Plans and Goals

1) Collaborate with the local Global Health team and national/international organizations to expand opportunities for students to learn about and get involved with global health (i.e., global health research and education, international electives/placements)
2) Focus on global health initiatives with a local impact, such as by advancing projects on, and advocating for, urban health, newcomer/migrant health, and Indigenous health and rights among other areas
3) Connect and establish long-term relationships with the VP EDI, UofT-based groups, and community organizations to collaborate on equity and global health-oriented initiatives

Reasons to Contact Me

1) To join or connect with global health efforts at UofT and beyond, including through the UofT Medical Society Global Health team, the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS), and International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA).
2) To discuss and offer perspectives on global and public health issues of concern

Project Pods

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Pod
Streamline Communications Pod

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