| Agenda | Day 1 | Friday, March 16, 2018

Welcome Session

Opening Keynote Address
The opening address by one of the world's great global health leaders will outline the growing problem of inequality between and within nations, and how we can collaborate to address these challenges. Disparities across the range of social determinants of health undermine development gains and are a threat to national and international stability. This exciting speech will lay the foundation for the next three days of the conference.

- Stephen Lewis, Co-Director, AIDS-Free World, Canada

Health Disparities: A Time for Action
Disparities across a range of social determinants of health are on the rise between and within nearly every nation. The top 1% have seen an extraordinary rise in the amount of wealth they control compared to bottom 90%. This has profound implications to people's  health and the stability of nations. This panel will delve into the impact these disparities are having on people around the world and what can be done to address them. 

- Jimmy Volmink, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

- Mary Bassett, Commissioner, New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, USA
- Stephen Lewis, Co-Director, AIDS-Free World, Canada

Health Break, Exhibits, Network


Strengthening Health Systems and Public Institutions for Humanitarian Crises: Health Workforce and Governance
Crises are unplanned, ubiquitous and unpredictable in duration and effects.  Sudden or insidious, they typically precipitate public health epidemics.  The global community recently experienced a litany of crises including natural disasters; conflicts; war; genocide; starvation; migration; outbreaks of communicable diseases, and an opioid epidemic. The resource limiting effective response to crises is the health workforce.  First to respond, last to depart, crises require sufficient numbers of health workers who are technically skilled and protected.  Recognizing the gaps, the Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth lists humanitarian crises among its recommendations.
- Marilyn A DeLucaAssociate Professor, Rory Meyers College of Nursing & Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, New York University; CEO, Global Health-Systems-Philanthropy, USA 
- Lisa Meadowcroft, Executive Director, ALIMA, USA
- Nadia M Cobb,  Associate Professor, Director, Office for Promotion of Global Healthcare Equity & Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Utah, USA    
- Juan Carlos Negrette, Director, Global Health Program, University of Utah, USA
- Marilyn A DeLucaAssociate Professor, Roy Meyers College of Nursing; Assistant Professor, School of Medicine New York University; Founder & CEO, Global Health-Health Systems-Philanthropy, USA

It Takes a Village: Supporting the Spectrum of Female Leaders in Global Health
Women comprise the majority of the global health work force, yet hold approximately one-fourth of top global health leadership positions both in the US and worldwide. This panel discussion will address the importance of female leadership in global health, with a specific focus on the breadth of global health leadership roles that can be filled by women. This panel will include leaders in the fields of nursing, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, and the NIH Fogarty International Center; and will discuss challenges specific to these fields both in the US and in international settings.

-Michele Barry, Senior Associate Dean, Global Health, Stanford University, USA 
- Jennifer Downs, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology, Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, USA 

Rose Molina, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, The Dimock Center and Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Centre, Boston, MA
Miriam Mutebi, Breast Surgical Oncologist and Lecturer, Aga Khan University, Nairobi, Kenya
Nancy Glass, Professor & Associate Director, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, USA
Roger Glass, Director, Fogarty International Center; Associate Director, International Research, National Institutes of Health, USA  

Confronting Water- and Climate Change Related Health Disparities in the Caribbean
Priority environmental health threats facing 18 million, predominantly health disparate Caribbean racial and ethnic minorities are water contamination, air quality, climate change, and a lack of EOH policies. This panel will feature four presentations: 1) the severity, burden of disease, and impact on wellbeing of water insecurity; 2) Ecosystem damage by mercury (Hg), a signature neurotoxicant associated with goldmining and climate change; 3) the impact of Hg exposure through contaminated seafood on vulnerable subpopulations especially during pregnancy and early neurodevelopment; and 4) the disproportionate consequences of climate change especially on vulnerable communities.
- Maureen Lichtveld, Professor and Chair, Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, USA 

- C. James Hospedales, Executive Director, Caribbean Public Health Agency, Trinidad & Tobago
- Paul Ouboter, Adjunct Professor, Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, USA 
- Jeffrey K. Wickliffe, Enviornmental Toxicologist, Health Risk Assessor & Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, Tulane University, USA 
-  Maureen Lichtveld, Professor and Chair, Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, Tulane University, USA 

Practicing to Save Lives: Simulation and Team Training to Manage Obstetric and Neonatal Emergencies in Low Resource Settings
A four-part workshop: Part I) Update on obstetric and neonatal emergency management | Workshop attendees will participate in a case-based review of the management of obstetric emergencies; Part 2) Review of the basics of teamwork and communication; Part 3) Provides attendees with a round robin of highly-realistic simulation scenarios and skills stations that will allow them to practice the clinical pearls and teamwork concepts and participate in a debrief; Part 4) Final discussion, highlighting the key points, lessons learned, and allowing for questions and participant self-reflection of the challenges and possibilities of implementing clinical guidelines and teamwork and communication strategies in their clinical setting.

Dilys Walker,  Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of California, San Francisco, USA
Hannah Park, Deputy Director, Maternal and Neonatal Child Health Cooperative, University of California, San Francisco, USA
- Solange Madriz, Academic Coordinator, University of California, San Francisco, USA
- Julia Raney, Medical Student, Yale University, USA
- Heidi Harris-Breeze,  Executive Director, PRONTO International, USA

Social Entrepreneurship for Health
Social entrepreneurship uses innovation, market orientation, and systems change to drive impact. Social entrepreneurship encompasses a range of tools that can be used to promote health and well-being.  For example, the SESH (social entrepreneurship for sexual health) group uses crowdsourcing contests to create more effective and engaging sexual health messages. Crowdsourcing contests have the public respond to an open call for solutions and then share the solutions with the public. The symposium will focus on implementing and evaluating social entrepreneurship projects for health. We will introduce the concept of social entrepreneurship for health, explaining pitfalls and opportunities.    
-Joseph Tucker, Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of UNC Project-China and Chairman of SESH Global, University of North Carolina, USA 

- Alice Zhang, Fourth year medical student, Unversity of Maryland, School of Medicine, Baltimore USA 
Allison Mathews, Director of the 2BeatHIV Project, Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Social Medicine and the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Disease, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, USA 
- Pablo Illanes, Partner at McKinsey's NYC Office, USA 
- Sean Young, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Executive Director of the University of California Institute for Prediction Technology (UCIPT), USA 

Pathology: The "Missing Link" in Global Health Care Delivery
Pathology is the “missing link” in global health. Its role in health care delivery has been under-appreciated especially in low resource settings in Africa. Coupled with under-resourced and poorly standardized laboratory testing, pathologic diagnosis of diseases has been compromised. Physicians are led to make presumptive diagnoses wasteful of scarce health care resources. Accurate and timely diagnosis is essential for appropriate treatment regimens for both communicable and non-communicable diseases. This panel will include global health expert pathologists living and working in Africa to discuss the challenges facing pathologists and laboratory specialists in delivering effective pathology diagnostic services on the African continent. 
- Quentin Eichbaum, Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology , Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, USA
- Ann Marie Nelson, Professor of Pathology, Duke University, USA

- Timothy Amukele, Assistant Professor of Pathology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, USA 
- Ephata Kaaya, Professor of Pahtology  & Vice Chancellor, Muhimbili University, Tanzania
- Rudo Makunike-Mutasa, Professor and Head, Department of Pathology, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
- Dan Milner, CMO, American Society for Clinical Pathology ASCP, USA


Oral Abstract Presentations: Reducing Disparities & Improving Well-Being Across the Lifespan

Moderator: TBA

- Nurse Perceptions of Facilitators and Barriers to Effective Delivery Room Neonatal Resuscitations: A Comparison Across Settings
Valerie Clary-Muronda, Thomas Jefferson University, USA 

- Factors Affecting Long Term and Permanent Contraceptive Uptake Among Post Partum Mothers at Saint Paul's Hospital Millennium Medical College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2017
Lemi Belay, Saint Paul's Hospital Millenium Medical College, USA 

- Accessibility of Medications by Chronically Ill Elderly Patients; Assessing the WHO Recommended Universal Health Coverage Among Geriatric Population in Nigeria
Amara Chizoba, Mission to Elderlies Project, Nigeria 

- Moving Towards Universal Health Coverage: An Assessment of “Unawareness” of Health Insurance Coverage Status Among Reproductive-Age Women in Rural Northern Ghana
Edmund Wedam Kanmiki, University of Ghana, Ghana

- Sex differences in Delayed ART Initiation among Adolescents and Young Adults Living with HIV in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Tania Tchissambou, ICAP at Columbia University in DRC, Congo 

Oral Abstract Presentations: Governance, Health Systems-Public Institution Strengthening

Moderator: TBA

- The Role of The Health System in Influencing Uptake of Human Papilomavirus Vaccine Among Adolescent Girls in Mbale District, Eastern Uganda
Juliet Nabirye, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda 

- Dual University System Health Research Partnership as a Foundation for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Gene Morse, University at Buffalo, USA 

- Effects of Index Client and Geo-Targeting on HIV Case identification
Echezona Ezeanolue, University of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 

- Building HRH Policies and Action Plans in the Caribbean to Meet the Health Care Needs of People
Gail Tomblin Murphy, Dalhousie University, Canada 

- Can Investment in Quality Drive Utilization? A Cluster Randomized Controlled Study in Rural Tanzania
Elysia Larson, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, USA 


LUNCH BREAK | Exhibits, Network




Overcoming Disparities to Health Aging: Winning Strategies
In older age, the full consequences of health disparities and cumulative disadvantage emerges, in terms of decades earlier disease, multimorbidity, frailty, cognitive decline and disability. Evidence now indicates that prevention and health promotion at levels of communities as well as families and individuals‎ works at every age, and into the oldest ages. Geriatrically knowledgeable health systems minimize adverse consequences and maintain autonomy at lower cost. In combination, there are large opportunities for compressing morbidity into the latest stages of human life, with resolution of health disparities as the target issue. The consequence will be to build health across longer lives, and thus unlock the opportunities of longevity.
This session will discuss the nature of health disparities that emerge in older age globally, goals and opportunities for prevention and maintaining function, and the import of health aging populations.

- Linda Fried, Dean, Mailman School of Public Health and DeLamar, Columbia University, USA

- Isabella Aboderin, Senior Research Scientist, African Population and Health Research Institute, Kenya
- Harvey Brenner, Professor, Health Behavior and Health Systems, University of North Texas Health Science Center, USA
- Luis Miguel Gutierrez, Founding Director, National Institute of Aging, Mexico


Shaping Health Systems to Reduce Disparities
This plenary will give a comprehensive review of cutting edge approaches to strengthening health systems in low resource settings from financing, supply chain and data to addressing human resources deficits. Each speaker will address a part of this complicated challenge and provide the audience with up to date information they can use.

- Ayman El-Mohandes, Dean, CUNY School of Public Health, USA

- Paulo Ferrinho, Director, Insituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
- Rejoice Nkambule, Deputy Director, Ministry of Health, Swaziland



Implementation of Cervical Cancer Screening in Low Resource Settings
Early detection and treatment of cervical cancer is critical to address the unacceptably high morbidity and mortality in low and middle income countries. Self-testing for HPV is cost effective and feasible in many low resource areas that have low screening rates and subsequent high incidence of late-stage cervical cancer. This panel will discuss strategies for the implementation of cervical cancer self-screening in low resource settings as well as how to address barriers to screening in diverse populations. The panel speakers represent experience in screening implementation in diverse settings that require innovative screening approaches.

Laura Rozek, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan, USA

- Mesrach Ayalew Kebede, Research Investigator and Lecturer, St. Paul's Hospital Millennial Medical College, Ethiopia
- Rafael Meza, Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Global Public Health Faculty Associate, University of Michigan School of Public Health, USA
- Gloria I. Sanchez, Associate Professor, School of Medicine, University of Antioquia School of Medicine, Colombia 


Health and Armed Conflicts: Perspectives on a Global Challenge
The panel explores the global health challenges resulting from armed conflicts and the importance of global south-based work. The first theme, building on research of The Lancet-AUB Commission on Syria, explores the implications of the Syria and new armed conflicts for global health, discussing how internationalized conflicts and their consequences challenge global health academia, policy and practice while opening new spaces for research, mobilization, accountability, and collaborations. The second theme builds on the work of the conflict medicine program in responding to the changing ecologies of war and the interdisciplinary efforts of medical and social science research in shaping our understanding of global health problems, including antimicrobial resistance, cancer, and the therapeutic geographies of care across the MENA region. 
- Iman Nuwayhid,  Professor and Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
- Shadi Saleh, Founding Director, Global Health Institute; Associate Vice President, Health Affairs, Professor of Health Systems and Financing, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Samer Jabbour, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
- Jennifer Leaning, Director, FXB Center for Health & Human Rights, Harvard University; FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, USA
- Ghassan Abu Sitta Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgury, Head of Division of Plastic  and Reconstructive Surgury, Co-Director of the Conflict Medicine Program, Global Health Insitute, American University of Beirut, Lebanon


Translating Research into Action in a Challenged Region: Programs to Stem the Tide of HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) is the only region globally where HIV incidence and mortality is rising. Multiple social and structural barriers to the implementation of HIV prevention and treatment have been identified, including suboptimally scaled opioid agonist therapies, inadequate harm reduction services, poor retention in care and limited treatment access for comorbidities. Thus, the epidemic is growing in the setting of multiple gaps of translation of evidence-based interventions into cost-effective programs. The NIH funded investigators in this symposium will highlight the unique aspects of the EECA HIV epidemic and the challenges to implementing evidence-based interventions in the region.
Jack A. DeHovitz, Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, USA​

Nabila El-Bassel, Professor, Columbia University School of Social Work, USA
Don C. Des Jarlais, Professor of Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai; Guest Investigator, Rockefeller University, USA
Frederick L. Altice, Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale University, USA
- Olga Morozova, PhD Candidate, Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Yale School of Public Health, USA


NIH Fogarty International Center Pathways to Global Health Research Careers: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Since 2004, the Fogarty International Center, with partners at the National Institutes of Health, have supported global health research training for over 1,000 U.S. trainees. The current Global Health Fellows and Scholars Program supports six consortia of U.S. academic institutions to provide mentored research training opportunities at international partner institutions in developing countries with robust clinical research programs. Each consortium includes four U.S. academic institutions and their respective international partner institutions, and offers global health research training in communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health and One Health. The program is open to U.S. and LMIC pre- and postdoctoral trainees from all health-related disciplines. Alumni of the three programs will discuss their research and training experiences, as well as their career paths.

​- Joeseph Zunt, Professor, Departments of Neurology and Global Health, University of Washington, USA 

- Gilberte Bastien, Clinical Psychologist & Fogarty International Clinic an Research Scholar, Haiti
Ramnath Subbaraman, Assistant Professor  & Attending Physician, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, USA 
- Hendry Sawe, Head, Emergency Medicine, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Science, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- Lisa Bebell, Infectious Disease and Critical Care Medicine Specialist, Havard University and Massachusetts General Hosptial, USA 
Mario Conejo-Olivas, Chief, Neurogenetics Research Center, National Institute of Neruological Sceince, Lima, Peru 
- Carla Chibwesha. Associate Director and Assistant Professor, Division of Global Women's Health, University of North Carolina, USA 
Jeffery Blander, Chief Innovation Officer, President's Emergency Plan for AIDS (PEPFAR), Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy, US Department of State, USA 


The Lancet Commission on Pollution & Health; Main Findings and Recommendations for the Future
Pollution is a massive cause of disease, death and environmental degradation. In 2015, pollution was responsible for 9 million deaths – three times more than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined; 92% in low and middle-income countries. Pollution and pollution-related disease (PRD) are responsible also for enormous economic costs. Yet pollution is neglected in the global health and international development agendas. To address this overlooked problem, we formed the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health. The goals were to raise awareness of pollution’s great magnitude, end the neglect, and mobilize the resources and political will needed to control pollution and prevent PRD.

- Philip J. Landrigan, Dean for Global Health, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics, Arnhold Global Health, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA

Maureen Cropper, Distinguished University Professor of Economics, University of Maryland, USA
Maureen McTeer,  Lawyer &  Adjunct Professor of Health Law, University of Ottawa, Canada 
Richard Fuller, President, Pure Earth, USA


Disparities in Access to Education and Global Health Training and How to Overcome Them Among Minorities in the US
​ A 2016 report by the U.S. Department of Education states that in order for higher education to remain “a key pathway for social mobility and economic opportunity in the United States”, equitable access to education for underrepresented populations must be a focal area for colleges and universities. Despite efforts by the leading institutions to address diversity and inclusion, there remain notable disparities in educational access to leading US academic institutions for underrepresented or disadvantaged groups. Given the need to address this timely issue in the US, this panel of well-respected scholars and practitioners will discuss the need for equitable access to higher education and the implications of healthcare inequality
in the US.


​- Anuka Das, MPH Candidate, CUGH Trainee Advisory Committee Chair, USA

- Jenny Samaan,
Senior Director, GHLO, Association of American Medical Colleges, USA
- David Himmelstein,  
Professor, City University of New York School of Public Health at Hunter College, USA
- Shannon Marquez,
Vice Provost, Director, Dornsife Global Development Scholars and Clinical Professor, Environmental & Occupational Health Drexel University, USA


Oral Abstract Presentations: Neglected Topics in Global Health

Moderator: TBA

- Fighting the Wrong Battles: Refocusing Research Ethics Paradigms Post Ebola
Nicola Gailits, University of Toronto, Canada

- Quality of Life and Complications in Lower Limb Amputees in Tanzania: Results from a Pilot Study
Sravya Challa, University of California San Francisco, USA 

- Addressing Sexual Health Among Women Who Use Substances in the Marginal Urban Communities of Latin America
Laura Glasman, Medical College of Wisconsin, USA 

- Health System Assessment for Safe Surgical Care in Rural Nicaragua
Neema Kaseje, Global Initiative for Children's Surgery, Nicaragua

- Major Depression Prevalence among Syrian Migrants Seeking Asylum in Greece
Danielle Poole, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, USA 


Oral Abstract Presentation: Planetary Health, One Health, Environmental Health, Climate & Health

Moderator: TBA

- Antibiotic Resistance and One Health
Sabiha Essack, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

- Climate Event Consequences on Food Insecurity and Child Stunting Among Smallholder Farmers in Uganda
Stephanie Ly, University of California, Los Angeles, USA 

- The Summer of Smoke: Ecosocial and Health Impacts of a Record Wildfire Season in the Northwest Territories, Canada
Warren Dodd, University of Waterloo, Canada 

- Inhaled Air Pollution Particulate Matter in Alveolar Macrophages Alters Local Pro-Inflammatory Cytokine and Peripheral IFNɣ Production in Response to Mycobacterium Tuberculosis
Srijata Sarkar, Rutgers School of Public Health, USA 

- Planetary Health in the Tropics: How Community Healthcare Doubles as a Conservation Tool
Kinari Webb, Health In Harmony, USA