With increasing globalization in almost all aspects of life, health is no longer a local issue. Yet most global health efforts in the US neglect the important role of human development processes in understanding, prevention and treatment of health issues.
The University of Michigan Center on Human Growth and Development (CHGD) has several strengths making global health an appropriate and timely theme for emphasis:
- The newly adopted focus for CHGD emphasizes important developmental processes likely to be important with most health issues.
- CHGD research collaborations span much of the developing (majority) world, encompassing Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa. These existing partnerships provide an excellent basis for future work.
- Many important global health questions cannot be appropriately understood and addressed without a developmental perspective. The multidisciplinary CHGD faculty brings important and distinctive strengths to the research needed to address such global health questions.