In Spring 2018, UC San Diego will be hosting UC Global Health Day on April 22nd. Please join us for this event in place of Spring Quarterly Conversations this year.

The UC San Diego Global Health Program, Students for Global Health and the Global Forum are proud to bring you the “Quarterly Conversations in Global Health” series. This event is an opportunity for the Global Health community to come together and discuss relevant issues in the field from an interdisciplinary perspective. We strive to create a platform to increase interaction with UC San Diego students, faculty and local organizations to facilitate productive conversations and change.

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Join us for Winter 2018 Global Forum:

Quarterly Conversations in Global Health

The Opioid Epidemic

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

 Great Hall, UC San Diego

Opening reception begins at 3:00pm 

 Panel begins at 3:30pm


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The US is the world’s leader in opioid misuse, with 12.5 million people having misused prescription opioids in 2015, according to the US Health and Human Services Agency. During the same year, 2.1 million people misused prescription opioids for the first time and the numbers show no sign of slowing down. Come hear from experts on the topic about what this means for global health and how we can stop this crisis from becoming a worldwide pandemic.

Join us for a conversation with a panel of experts about research going on in the field  and hear what organizations are doing around the world to reduce these numbers.

During our opening reception (3:00 – 3:30pm) join us for heavy appetizers and meet with tabling organizations who have opportunities to get involved with related issues.


ivanevansIvan Evans, M.Sc, Ph.D: Professor, Provost of Eleanor Roosevelt College

Ivan Evans received his B.A. (Honours) at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught at the University of the Western Cape and UCLA before joining the Department of Sociology at UCSD. He teaches courses on change in modern South Africa; race and ethnicity; political sociology; violence and society; social movements; and environmental sociology.  Professor Evan’s current research  focuses on global climate change and the politics of water management in southern Africa.



Tim Mackey, MAS, Ph.D: Director of the Global Health Policy Institute

Dr. Mackey is the Director of the Global Health Policy Institute, an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Global Public Health, and an Investigator at the San Diego Center for Patient Safety at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He is also the Associate Director for the UC San Diego MAS Program in Health Policy & Law.



Scott Silverman, CEO of Confidential Recovery

Silverman is a 2008 CNN Hero of the Week Award recipient, nationally known for leading successful recovery programs and having over 31 years of continuous recovery himself. His team at Confidential Recovery provides ongoing support to give clients the opportunity for long-term sobriety.


_0035_IMG_6057-Loretta-StenzelLoretta Stenzel, MD, FAAFP: Director Adult Medical Services at Vista Community Clinic

Dr. Stenzel is Director of Adult Medical Services at Vista Community Clinic FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center)-general family medicine with additional expertise in treating HIV, Hepatitis C, transgender care and Medication Assisted Treatment for opioid dependency. Dr. Stenzel is also a San Diego County Medical Society Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force committee member.


Dr. Bianca Tribuzio -- PhysiatryBianca Tribuzio, DO: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine, Staff Physician at Sharp Rees-Stealy

Dr. Tribuzio practices Physiatry and Pain Management at Sharp Rees-Stealy. She offers a multidisciplinary approach to improve function and pain.  She is the co-chair of the Universal Controlled Substance Precautions Committee which works on safe prescribing of opioids. She is also a committee member of the San Diego County Medical Society Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force.

Tabling Organizations:

UC San Diego Study Abroad Office

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

The Drug Enforcement Administration of San Diego

UC San Diego Academic Internship Program (AIP)


Special thank you to event co-sponsors:logoIf you are interested in co-sponsoring one of our next events, please contact for additional information about how get involved.

See highlights from the previous Quarterly Conversations in Global Health here.

 The views expressed at this event do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors or UC San Diego. As a public university, UC San Diego is dedicated to the dissemination of information and ideas as protected by the first amendment.