To improve health and achieve equity in health for all people in our community.
To greatly expand our service, education, and research activities in order to develop the most comprehensive global health program in the region.
The cornerstone of our interventions involves the coalescence of service, teaching, and research activities into a single location, the Global Health Building.
For more than twenty years, the Division of Infectious Diseases in the University of Louisville School of Medicine has been involved in international health issues. The activities began with the care of individuals with HIV disease in the late 1980s and the implementation of an ongoing multicenter international research study involving pneumonia and influenza in the 1990s. In 2011, work began with the Kentucky Office of Refugees and in 2012 the International Travel clinic merged with vaccine research and travel medical care to form the Vaccine and International Health and Travel clinic. During this time, it became apparent that global health was the common thread across the provision of clinical services, teaching responsibilities, and research. In late 2013, the continued growth of all components of this work prompted creation of the Global Health Initiative within the Department of Medicine. Successes in global health activities have included: