Issues

Global Alliance tackles issues affecting individuals, families, and communities, particularly amongst the most vulnerable. Through interdisciplinary research, policy development, and focused action, we seek to deepen the knowledge of and change the systems and structures that perpetuate and promote injustice and inequity.

Global Alliance Areas of Focus

Currently, Global Alliance is engaged in addressing issues related to three areas of focus:

Equity | Behavioral Health | Children & Families

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Due to the interdisciplinary nature of our work and the complexity of the issues facing our world, we find that many of the issues we address fall at the intersection of at least two, and sometimes all three, of these categories. When we consider the needs of children and families, for example, we must also look at the systems that affect them, understand the inequities they face and the policies that perpetuate them, and seek ways to promote behavioral health and well-being and to advocate for proper treatment when necessary.

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Equity

One of the key values and drivers underpinning all Global Alliance work is a commitment to promote and advance equity for all people. Globally, we are aware of systems, policies, and cultural biases that maintain or exacerbate structural discrimination, often leading to inequities in physical and behavioral health and well-being for individuals and communities. We advocate for research-based systemic and structural changes that protect and restore fundamental human rights for everyone.

Global Alliance issues with a focus on equity:

  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Migrants & Displaced Persons*
   

 

Behavioral Health

The Global Alliance advocates for policies, practices, and research aimed at improving and promoting behavioral health (and the systems needed to achieve it) across the lifespan for all people. Behavioral health includes mental health, substance use, and health behaviors. In a world where we see behavioral health concerns rising, the gaps that exist in the systems intended to promote, prevent, and treat behavioral health have become more salient. We believe all people have the right to care and treatment – yet many lack access. 

Global Alliance issues with a focus on behavioral health across the lifespan:

  • Migrants & Displaced Persons*


 

Children & Families

From its inception, the Global Alliance has been committed to understanding, advocating for, and seeking improvements in social and behavioral health issues that affect children and families. We recognize that prevention is just as important as intervention and treatment when it comes to caring for the most vulnerable in our society.

Global Alliance issues with a focus on children and families:

  • Migrants & Displaced Persons*

  • Safe & Humane Schools (coming soon)

   

 

All Issues (Alphabetically)

Each issue is labeled according to area(s) of focus. (E = Equity, BH = Behavioral Health, C = Children & Families)

  • Safe & Humane Schools (coming soon) (C)

  • Indigenous Peoples (E)

  • Migrants & Displaced Persons* (E, BH, C) 

 

*Migrants & Displaced Persons includes refugees and those displaced due to violence, persecution, economic instability, food insecurity and climate change.

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