Global HealthWeek to raise awareness of worldwide health initiatives, partnerships

Written by admin   // November 24, 2011   // Comments Off

Local, national and international experts will raise awareness of health care challenges, initiatives and partnerships during the Medical College ofWisconsin’s inaugural Global HealthWeek, November 28 through December 2, 2011.

Some of the topics to be addressed include injury prevention in areas with limited resources, global efforts for HIV prevention, women’s reproductive health, worldwide genomics, refugee health and improving the health of children in international orphanages.

The keynote address, “Improving African Health Where Global Meets Local,” will be presented by Ambassador John Lange (ret.), Senior Program Officer, Global Health Program for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The keynote will be accompanied by a panel discussion featuring Alonzo Walker, M.D., Ruth Teske Chair in Surgical Oncology and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Diversity at theMedical College, and panelists from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Lutheran Social Services, and the Pan-African Community Association.

The keynote and panel begin at 5:00pm Monday, November 28, and will be immediately followed by a reception. Both events will take place in the Health Research Auditorium at the Medical College, 8701Watertown Plank Road.

Global Health Week formally launches the College’s global health program, and will increase the visibility of the College’s global health activity in research, clinical care, education, and public and community health.

“We are very excited about Global Health Week here at MCW, on our campus, and in our community,” said Stephen Hargarten, M.D., chairman and professor of emergency medicine, and associate dean of the global health program. “We are very pleased with the wonderful diversity of events, speakers, and topic areas that are occurring during this week.

“We look forward to seeing learners, staff, faculty, community partners, and health care professionals actively participating in the week of events. We hope that this week will catalyze conversations, ideas, and initiatives that impact neighborhoods in Milwaukee, Africa, Belize, Shanghai, and beyond.”

The college’s vision for its global health program is to train the next generation of global health leaders and address local and global health inequities across neighborhoods and nations.

For more information about the speakers and activities scheduled during Global HealthWeek, visit the global health website

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