Notes from the World Health Summit: Wrap-Up

By Jenna T. Nakagawa
November 25, 2011

Several weeks past the World Health Summit (WHS) and, beyond reflection, attending youth representatives collaborated together on a letter to WHS organizers and participants. In this letter, we outline our appreciation for being able to attend the conference and suggestions that we have to make the Summit more comprehensive, more inclusive, and more decisive– in a word, more powerful.

Here is a link to the letter: http://mph.sgu.edu/mphblog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/WHS-2011-Youth-Statement.pdf

After submitting the letter to WHS organizers, we received positive and very hopeful feedback: One organizer expressed enthusiastic support for our document, while others have expressed a desire to meet with our youth organizers in Germany.

At this point I’d like to thank everyone for following my blog posts, for being so interested in these issues and for supporting us from afar. I am happy to report that, although the future of global health initiatives is uncertain, the language of policy-making appears to be changing for the better. The country equivalent to an obese, rapidly-aging member of a self-help group, addicted to a fast lifestyle, cigarettes, red meat and far too many cheeseburgers, we’ve accomplished the first step toward progress– admitting we have a problem. May we not stop here, and continue to exemplify our ideals in our work so that health care improves for all people, everywhere.

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