As communities band together to solve serious health problems, evidence-based public health policy is a critical element in creating the opportunities and conditions that afford good health and well-being for all. Each of us wants to be distinctly unique and, at the same time, wrapped in the blanket of community that makes us all very much the same. Each of us has a desire to be part of something that resonates deep down. It has always been that way whether we have lived into it or not. We carry this sense of community with us, like a talisman, and it helps us see more and care deeper. There is no better way to live than knowing you are a part of something worth keeping.


Global health reflects the realities of globalization. As the world and its economies become increasingly globalized, including extensive international travel and commerce, it is necessary to think about health in a global context. Rarely a week goes by without a headline about the emergence or re-emergence of an infectious disease or other health threat somewhere in the world. Global health concerns are not limited to infectious diseases. Non-communicable diseases, especially "lifestyle" conditions, are among the leading causes of disability worldwide. These conditions include: Diabetes and obesity, Mental illness, Substance abuse/use disorders, including tobacco use, and Injuries. We need to continuously research and find better ways to confront major health threats, throughout our world community.