Global Health Events

Upcoming Events:

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Past Events:

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11:30am  Global Health Career Panel & Networking Lunch - Ida Noyes 3rd Floor Theater - Register here!

4:00pm  Global Health Research Symposium - Ida Noyes Library and Lounge

6:00pm   Global Health Day Keynote Lecture and Closing Recpetion - Ida Noyes Cloister Club - Register here!

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Past events:

Winter/Spring 2016 Global Health Lecture Series

February 18, 2016
Marc Robinson, MD: Clinical Experience in Action
Treatment of NCDs in a Resource Limited Settings: Challenges of Diagnosis, Delivery, and Equity 
4:00 – 5:00 PM | Room G115C

March 7, 2016
Clean Cookstoves: Global health implications and critical analysis of adoption
Noah Schwartz, MS4: Journal Club
4:00 – 5:00 PM | Room G115C

April 21, 2016
Habibul Ahsan, MD, MMedSc: Research In Action
Bangladesh Population Health Laboratory: A Comprehensive Approach to Global Health Research
4:00 – 5:00 PM | Room G115C

April 28, 2016
Aisha Sethi, MD: Research in Action
Refugee Healthcare : Lessons Learned and Way Forward
4:00 – 5:00 PM | Room G115C

May 2, 2016
Leyla Ismayilova, PhD: Research In Action
 Culturally congruent interventions to improve mental health functioning and reduce risk behaviors and exposure to violence among children in LMIC
4:00 – 5:00 PM | Room G115C

May 19, 2016
Kiran Pandey, MD: Research in Action
Working Toward a Patient Centered, Human Rights Based Global Tuberculosis Agenda
4:00 – 5:00 PM | Room G115C

The End of Human Rights - Friday May 1st from 12 pm to 1 pm in BSLC 109

Hear from Dr. Rishi Rattan as he speaks on the problematic nature of a rights-based approach to global health.

Dr. Rattan in his own words about the talk:

For Friday, I have a recent talk that I've been giving about the problematic nature of the rights-based approach of global health. It tends to be quite a controversial topic that generates lots of introspective discussion in a group that's somewhat well-versed or experience in global health. The thesis for the talk, that then leads to discussion, is: Human rights theory is actually a tool of imperialism and we as Western global health workers need to seriously consider abandoning our current use/concepts of human rights in our transnational justice work. It's based largely on the work of Stephen Hopgood, who I spoke with at a humanitarian conference in Germany (his book is called Endtimes of Human Rights), Amartya Sen, and Eric Posner (UChicago-based). It's quite different from the Saturday talk, so wouldn't be repetitive, and would be more focused on the global health aspect of things, given that the co-sponsoring organizations are largely global health-related.  

Inaugural Building Leadership in Health Adovocacy Conference - Saturday May 2nd 9am-4pm in BSLC.

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is pleased to invite you to the Inaugural Building Leadership in Health Advocacy Conference: a skills-focused symposium for future health advocates. This conference will take place on Saturday, May 2nd from 9am-4pm at the Pritzker School of Medicine (924 E 57th Street). The day will feature keynote speaker Dr. Rishi Rattan, Chair of Advocacy for EqualHealth (formerly Physicians for Haiti). He will be presenting on “Privilege, power and avoiding the subversion of justice”.  The day will also feature workshops on advocacy skills such as op-ed writing and strategy development, and a networking reception and poster judging session at the end of the day. Participants are invited to display their posters featuring previous advocacy and social justice actions or scholarly work. A $50 prize will be awarded for best poster. 

Registration is open to all health professions students, residents, and pre-medical students in the Chicago area. Registration fee is $5, and will cover breakfast, lunch, and appetizers during the afternoon reception. This event is supported by AMSA, the University of Chicago Center for Global Health, and by a grant from the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. 

Bio of Dr. Rattan: 
Rishi Rattan is Chair of Advocacy at EqualHealth. Dr. Rattan lectures and teaches about global health and humanitarian response at universities, medical schools, and law schools. He briefed governments and the United Nations on Haitian water security and helped write and pass a UN Security Council resolution on cholera in Haiti. The US State Department used his expertise to develop policies on Haiti. Dr. Rattan consulted on the first-of-its-kind lawsuit against the UN for introducing cholera into Haiti. Working with investigative journalists, he provided information and background for the Emmy Award-winning documentary, Haiti in a Time of Cholera. His work has been published in lay and academic press, translated into several languages, and presented internationally. Dr. Rattan is a Medical Team Manager for a federal Urban Search & Rescue Task Force for disaster response. He is currently training in trauma surgery and surgical critical care at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

SEI Social Impact Leadership Series - Operation Asha: Overcoming barriers to scale and what lies ahead - May 18th 6pm to 7:30pm at the Gleacher Center, Room 621

Join the Social Enterprise Initiative for a Social Impact Leadership Series talk with Sandeep Ahuja, AM '06, founder and CEO of Operation ASHA. Register here

As CEO, Ahuja has led the organization since 2006.  His sharp business acumen has earned praise and created a cost-effective method of treating tuberculosis. He was member of the Board of the Stop TB Partnership from 2009-12 where he represented NGOs of developing countries.

Before founding Operation ASHA, Ahuja served for many years as additional commissioner for the Government of India. He then travelled to the US, where he earned a masters degree in public policy at the University of Chicago and a certificate in health policy & administration.

During his tenure at the University of Chicago, he was awarded the Harris Fellowship. He also was selected as a McCormick Tribune Community Leadership Fellow in Chicago. Ahuja also taught a short course titled “Global Health Problems” at the University of Chicago in February 2008. He is a Member of Advisory Board at GlobeMed, University of Chicago, and an External Student Advisor for Dartmouth College, US.

2015 Women's Health Career Networking Social - Friday, May 15, 2015 from 6PM to 9PM at Mercy Hospital Pavillion Auditoruim 2nd Floor

The Association of Clinical Trial Services (TACTS) and Sista Yaa Simpson are hosting this years annual Women's Health Career Networking Social with special guest speaker National Advocate Michelle Lopez. They are raising awareness about manageable steps women can take to improve their health by working, and as well TACTS will be highlighting women and organizations who are serving in the field of health care. 

Toward an Ethical Global Health: Augustinian Insights with Daniel T. Kim - May 5, 2015 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm in J103, University of Chicago Medical Center 

Global health is widely considered to be animated by praiseworthy norms or values. Of course, not all that is said to be moral in this sense is adequately moral  (i.e., ethical). Much hinges on getting right our vision of an ethical global health. Global health practices and policies today, buoyed by powerful new advances and finances, are capable of doing much good, but also of doing much harm. My thesis is that Augustinian thought has important insights to offer for conceiving a more ethical global health. I will unpack this claim in four parts. First, I will provide a brief narrative of the historical justifications of global health in order to clarify what I take to be a key problematic of an ethical global health, namely, an adequate account of the moral life. Second, I will critically assess two contemporary accounts of health justice in light of that key problematic. Third, I will introduce Augustine’s account of the moral life, including his valuation of health and politics within that account, before, Fourth, briefly considering some of its potential implications for contemporary global health practices and policies. 

Daniel Kim is the Sr. Program Manager of the Program on Medicine and Religion, Managing Editor of the journal Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, and a PhD student in religious ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He received his master’s degrees in public health and religious ethics from Yale University in 2008.