President’s Perspective: International Outreach
Delegations come here from all over the world to learn about the work being done within the Texas Medical Center and the resources available to international patients and visitors. We continue to make meaningful connections with countries around the world, to help support global outreach efforts through research, education and patient care. In this issue of TMC Pulse, you will read more about the value of these relationships, both here on our campus and in locations around the globe, and the true reach of the medical center as a leader in health care and life science.
Last month, we were pleased to welcome members of Houston’s Consular Corps—the third largest in the country, with over 90 consulates—to TMCx for a Consular Forum seminar on innovation in health care, part of a series leading up to Mayor Parker’s Houston Consular Ball. Innovation is at the heart of the work being done across the medical center each day, and the forum allowed the international delegates to hear more about the campus’ commitment to leading the development of global health care solutions.
One very interesting example is the work being done by Baylor on their Emergency Smart Pod—repurposed shipping containers designed to be deployed as emergency pharmacy, lab or triage units for remote or underserved areas. While their pod was initially developed in response to a challenge earlier this year by President Barack Obama to address the Ebola crisis, the team has since been awarded a $1.5 million grant to develop the concept further to allow for broader global emergency response.
We look forward to the continued growth of our campus’ international outreach efforts, and the opportunities to partner in research, education, and patient care, to improve human health around the world. International collaboration has been and will continue to be vital to the success of our mission as a global leader in human health and life science.