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The Global Health Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing defines global as, "... an area for practice, study, and research that places a priority on improving health, achieving equity in health for all people, and ensuring health-promoting and sustainable sociocultural, political, and economic systems. Global health implies planetary health which equals human, animal, environmental and ecosystem health and it emphasizes transnational health issues, determinants and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes interdependence and interdisciplinary collaboration; and is a synthesis of population based prevention with individual holistic care."

At the UAB School of Nursing, global crosses our three areas of work: academics, service and research/scholarship. In every area of our work, global is part of it. Everything we do is global by this definition. From caring for a patient at the hospital who has just returned from a trip to Brazil and comes back with malaria, to packing food with the Stop Hunger Now project to send to victims of a tsunami in Asia, to community education on how to care for diabetes in Bibb county, Alabama. All of these activities are global. What we learn at the local level in rural Alabama can be applied to rural Haiti. What we learn at a hospital in Santiago, Chile, can be applied to our own work in Alabama. The world is interconnected, and so are our programs.