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importance of global health equity. The CSA-GHE
committee has broad plans to advance the attainment
of health for all people by promoting the existing
work of CSA members and creating additional
opportunities for meaningful, ethical, and effective
global engagement. Travel is not required.
During its first meeting, CSA-GHE committee
members outlined a four-pronged approach expanding
equitable access to health: 1) Advocacy, 2) Education,
3) Partnerships and 4) Service.
Advocacy has multiple functions. It creates a
forum for CSA members and leadership to explore,
discuss, coordinate, and inform regarding issues
of growing importance.It also serves to highlight
members' volunteerism and philanthropy. Most
importantly, advocacy advances time-sensitive
narratives emphasizing the needs of the underserved.
The CSA-GHE committee plans to advocate for
equitable access to health care, including advancing
resources, capacity, and sustainability, recognizing
that domestic health equity is inherent to global
health. Public health and societal issues are
interconnected, and physician anesthesiologists are
poised for greater involvement. Whether it's mitigating
the COVID-19 pandemic, promoting green anesthesia
practices, practicing trauma-informed pediatric care,
transgender advocacy, and physician-led care teams,
anesthesiologists are natural advocates for improving
access and safety of health care for our communities.
Education and the provision of anesthesia service
has been the mainstay of global health efforts for
years. Through patient education, educating one
another and educational exchanges with partners
abroad, education is also a key to unlocking global
health equity. Patient education serves to improve
patient outcomes and improve compassionate
healthcare delivery. Global-health advocates also
facilitate the education of partners abroad who often
suffer from limited access to educational resources,
research mentorship, publication, and presentation
prospects, as well as professional development and
networking opportunities. CSA members are in a great
position to facilitate these opportunities for others.
Democratizing access to anesthesia education and
training improves the safety and effectiveness of
perioperative care globally, especially in resourceconstrained
healthcare systems. Reciprocally, through
educational exchanges, CSA members gain access to
creative and innovative solutions when learning from
colleagues accustomed to working during resource
constraints.
As a professional society, we must educate one
another regarding the most ethical approach to global
health equity work. Good intentions matter, but we are
measured by our impact. With calls to " decolonize "
global health, we must remain vigilant, humble and
constructive in our approach while monitoring the
effects of our actions. Educating our anesthesia
residents and fellows regarding ethical global health
involvement trains the next generation of GHE leaders
in this field. Through inter-institutional sharing
between California training programs, by increased
educational offerings at CSA- sponsored events,
and CSA-GHE forum discussions, this committee
plans to expand global health opportunities across
both academic and private sectors. Additionally,
computer-based, remote options expand education
access across the globe. Several anesthesia programs
now curate open-access, high-quality, educational
resources. Utilizing these resources, CSA members
can engage in opportunities, sharing the wealth of
knowledge and experiences they have with others
utilizing virtual platforms.
Partnerships that are reciprocal and collaborative
facilitate bi-directional success. The CSA-GHE
committee plans collaboration with other CSA
committees such as the CPPC, JEDI, and Educational
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