On Tuesday, August 16th, Public Works welcomes the Fourth Annual Bay Area Global Health Film Festival to our space. The Bay Area GHFF (as it’s known) is a project of IGOT, the Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology, an international organization, founded by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), dedicated to improving the health of peoples’ muscular and skeletal systems worldwide.
Phew! That’s a mouthful — lots of acronyms. But in short, the Bay Area GHFF is a film festival featuring short films from the Bay Area and beyond, all centered around the theme of improving our health — as individuals and within our communities, too.
This year’s theme is an important one: Homelessness & Mental Health Local Impact & Global Advocacy. As all of us who live in the Bay Area know, this is a matter of crucial importance affecting our region. The films at the festival will tackle this subject from a number of perspectives, including from members of the homeless community themselves.
Additionally, the GHFF is partnering with a number of local advocacy and outreach organizations, like Project Homeless Connect, Downtown Streets Team, Partners In Health, Citywide Case Management, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, HandUP, and BringChange2Mind, all of which are employing creative solutions to empower San Francisco’s homeless community from within.
Whether you’re a member of the Bay Area’s healthcare community, or simply interested and passionate in these issues, we welcome you to join us at the Global Health Film Festival and meet other folks dedicated to improving access and quality of healthcare in the Bay Area and beyond. See you there!