Student Alliance for Global Health (SAGH)

The Student Alliance for Global Health (SAGH) is a multi-disciplinary organization on UNMC's campus focused on service and international healthcare founded in 1995.  SAGH’s mission is to bring together UNMC students, faculty, and the surrounding community to learn about global health issues and to encourage involvement in efforts to support global health initiatives at home and abroad.  The organization features speakers and informative presentations on global health and medicine.  The OGE and SAGH also sponsor a philanthropy project every year and offer Medical Spanish classes.  They help organize and support the annual medical service spring break trips abroad for UNMC students.

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sponsored by the Student Alliance for Global Health 

The Student Alliance for Global Health is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.  To commemorate this important milestone, SAGH is hosting its first speaker series, March 22-26, which will feature a variety of medical health professionals that are impacting global health, locally and abroad.  Here is the line-up:

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March 22, 4:30-6:00 pm:  Gina Wilson-Ramírez, MD, MPH, MA and Steve Pergam, MD, MPH

In their first year of medical school at UNMC, Dr. Wilson-Ramírez and Dr. Pergam joined forces to create the Student Alliance for Global Health (SAGH) and organized the first SAGH medical service trip, which took place in March 1996.  SAGH now celebrates 25 years of continued service in the local community and abroad.  The architects of SAGH will share their wisdom and advice with all those who have a passion to explore and experience global health. 

March 24, 12:00 – 1:30 pm:  Nicholas Comninellis, MD, MPH, DIMPH

Dr. Comninellis is Dean and President of the Institute for International Medicine (INMED), located in Kansas City, Missouri.  Dr. Comninellis served inner-city citizens at Shanghai Charity Hospital for over two years and also served for two years in war-besieged Angola in southern Africa.  After six years of service in Kansas City, he launched INMED in 2003.  Dr. Comninellis will share insights into what global health might look like after COVID-19.

March 25, 12:00 – 1:30 pm:   Elizabeth Rogers, MD, MAS                     

As a UNMC medical student, Dr. Rogers served as president of SAGH and sought out numerous global health activities and experiences during her academic training at UNMC.  In her current position at the University of Minnesota, her clinical work ad research focus is on low-income minority patients locally and she is a founding board member of the non-profit group Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity.  Listen to Dr. Rogers for key takeaways and recommendations for serving patients with social vulnerabilities.

March 26, 12:00 – 1:30 pm:  Christine Ngaruiya, MD, MSc, DTMH

In addition to serving on the SAGH board and leading a SAGH border-health medical service trip, as a UNMC medical student Dr. Ngaruiya applied for, and secured, a foundation grant to develop Bridge to Care which continues to serve UNMC and has won multiple accolades.  As a physician at Yale University, her focus is on East Africa, and Kenya in particular.  Her work has involved designing, developing, assessing, and implementing novel interventions targeting individuals from underserved populations, with a particular focus on health disparities and access to care.  Dr. Ngaruiya will share several related case studies to engage the audience in the story that emerges from these studies.