The 2018 Global Health Landscape Symposium

November 30, 2018

FHI 360 Conference Center
1825 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20009


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Special Address by WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus


Join Us in Revitalizing the Global Health Advocacy Agenda

Global Health Council (GHC)
is proud to announce that the 2018 Global Health Landscape Symposium (GHLS18) will take place on November 30 in Washington, DC. This one‐day meeting will convene policy and program leads from global health organizations across multiple sectors. It will encourage crucial conversations that drill down on barriers and best practices to address changes in the global health landscape. Speakers and participants will be asked to propose both aspirational ideas and pragmatic solutions for the benefit of people served by nonprofit organizations, for‐profit corporations, and government institutions.

We came together at last year’s annual thought leadership symposium (see below) in anticipation of funding and political trends, but this year we will reinvigorate our advocacy agenda to address these changes to the global health landscape head-on. Key objectives at this year’s event include identifying inroads and strategies that bolster global health investments and leadership; discussing setbacks to global health support; acknowledging constraints or limitations of the current environment; anticipating other forthcoming changes to the global health landscape; committing to evolve; and gaining information and tools to inform future planning and advocacy.

Learn more about becoming a GHLS18 sponsor and ensure your participation in the symposium today!

Registration will begin October 1. View ticket types and prices below.




Check-in and late registration begin at 8:30 AM ET. Program starts promptly at 9:00 AM ET.

9:00 AM: Welcoming Remarks

Kate Dodson, Vice President for Global Health Strategy, United Nations Foundation & Incoming GHC Board Chair
Representative Ami Bera, MD, (D-CA-7)U.S. House of Representatives

9:05 AM: Taking the Pulse of the Audience
What inspires you most about the state of global health today? What is giving you cause for concern?What could the global health community be doing differently to advance our goals?

Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex

9:25 AM: Plenary

Current Landscape
As we settle into a new environment for global health, it is important to ask what we have learned this past year about challenges and opportunities for our collective advocacy. New leaders at agencies such as WHO, Global Fund, and USAID have established their vision for global health in a way that informs strategies and resources for a way forward. In addition, a number of key events rounded out 2018. How do outcomes from recent critical moments affect the future global health policy agenda? And what is the outlook for global health advocacy this coming year?

Moderator: Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex
Keifer Buckingham, Senior Policy Adviser for International Public Health, Open Society Foundations
Charles Holmes, MD, Faculty Co-Director, Center for Global Health and Quality; Visiting Associate Professor, Georgetown University Medical Center
Jennifer Kates, PhD, Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation

10:00 AM: Plenary

The Next Big Thing – Achieving Universal Health Coverage and Primary Health Care for All
Universal Health Coverage (UHC) has surfaced as a priority agenda item for the global health community. On the 40th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration, the global community is also making a commitment to the goal of primary health care (PHC) for all. What does it mean to pursue UHC as an agenda, and how does the global health community endeavor to make real progress on an important but broad issue area? Speakers will provide their perspective on how we could approach UHC objectives and how they are advancing related goals in their work.

Moderator: Roopa Dhatt, MD, Executive Director, Women in Global Health
Elisha Dunn-Georgiou, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, PAI
James Fitzgerald, PhD, Director of Health Systems and Services, PAHO/WHO
Chris Gray, Senior Director, Global Institutions, Corporate Responsibility, Pfizer

11:15 AM: Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions provide the opportunity for a deep dive on the preceding plenary presentation. We will engage on how to advance UHC/PHC priorities tactically in the U.S. and in international fora. Each breakout session will be led by facilitators who will lead an interactive discussion with participants.

Session A: U.S. Perspective on Universal Health Coverage

The UHC agenda can cover a broad set of issues, including primary health care, health workforce development, supply chain management, and health information technology, among others. This session is geared toward understanding U.S. stakeholder and policymaker views on different aspects of UHC and identifying ways to support progress on mutual priorities.

True Claycombe, Policy Associate, Kyle House Group
Danielle Heiberg, Senior Manager, Policy and Advocacy, Global Health Council
Crystal Lander, Director, Advocacy, Living Goods
Tiaji Salaam-Blyther, Specialist in Global Health, Congressional Research Service

Session B: Universal Health Coverage in a Multilateral Context

For global health advocates primarily based in the U.S., there is uncertainty around the best ways to support global progress on UHC. This session is geared toward exploring how we communicate and engage with multilateral institutions, reach out to new and non-traditional partners outside the health sector, and identify priority policy issues as the international community advances toward the 2019 U.N. High-level Meeting on UHC.

Emily Bigelow, Manager, Global Health Strategies
Ariana Childs-Graham, 
Director, Primary Health Care Initiative, PAI
Jess Daly, Director of Global Health, Medtronic
Eliana Monteforte, Coordinator, Civil Society Engagement Mechanism of UHC2030, Management Sciences for Health

12:15 PM: Lunch & Conversation with U.S. Executive Branch

Moderator: Loyce Pace, President & Executive Director, Global Health Council
Alma Golden, MD, 
Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau of Global Health, U.S. Agency for International Development
Rebecca Martin, PhD, Director, Center for Global Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Colin McIff, Deputy Director, Office of Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

1:30 PM: Plenary

Transforming Global Health Advocacy
As important as identifying what we pursue as an agenda is how we work towards those goals. What are some novel tactics advocates could use to enhance their efforts? In this discussion, speakers will present examples of models, narratives, and other innovative approaches that could help the global health community refresh its international and domestic policy campaigns.

Moderator: Eric Williams, Managing Principal, Precision Strategies
Lisa Cohen, Board Chair, Global to Local
Luc Kuykens, MD, Senior Vice President, Global Health Programs, Sanofi
Carolyn Reynolds, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, PATH
Grace Virtue, PhD, Senior Advisor, Communications, ACTION

2:45 PM: Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions provide the opportunity for a deep dive on the preceding plenary presentation. The conversations will cover the recognition and use of messaging that resonates with policymakers, and the mobilization of domestic and international grassroots advocates. Each breakout session will be led by facilitators who will lead an interactive discussion with participants.

Session C: Transforming Advocacy through Messaging

Chris Collins, President, Friends of the Global Fight
Katri Tuulia Kemppainen-Bertram, Senior Partnership Specialist, World Bank
Angelina Gordon, Academic Partnerships and Communications Director, Public Health Institute (GHFP, STAR)
Karina Lorenzana, Vice President, ideas42

Session D: Transforming Advocacy through Mobilizing

Priya Fremerman, Executive Director, GlobeMed
Rachel Hall, 
Deputy Director, Learning Tours, CARE
Aaron Emmel, American Academy of Pediatrics
Rachel Wilson, Principal, Catalysts for Change

4:00 PM: Closing Plenary

Amplifying our Agenda
Given the current U.S. and global political landscape, UHC and other forthcoming campaigns, and the opportunity to leverage new advocacy tactics, how do we expand our audience and broaden support for global health? We will hear local global health journalists’ takes on our agenda and way forward. The day will end with a recap of highlights and key next steps.

Moderator: Adva Saldinger, Associate Editor, Devex
Lena Sun, National Reporter, Washington Post
Lauren Weber, Public Health Policy Reporter, Huffington Post

5:00 PM: Networking Session

Next Gen Leaders for a New Global Health Agenda
Students and young professionals are invited to participate in conversation hubs on various global health topics and to connect with seasoned professionals.

The symposium ends at 6:00 PM ET.

Featured Speakers
Congressman Ami Bera

Congressman Ami Bera

D-CA-07, U.S. House of Representatives

Congressman Ami Bera represents California’s 7th Congressional District and is the Vice Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Bera is the longest-serving Indian American currently in Congress and has been a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee since 2013.

Bera previously served as Chief Medical Officer for Sacramento County and taught medicine at the University of California, Davis. Drawing on his extensive medical background, Bera led efforts by the Foreign Affairs Committee to address the global Zika epidemic and is a strong supporter of American leadership in global health.

On the Foreign Affairs Committee, Bera sits on the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific as well as the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights and International Organizations. Bera believes the United States has a duty to lead the world by example and is proud to work with members of both parties to strengthen America’s security and global leadership.

Dr. Alma Crumm Golden

Dr. Alma Crumm Golden

Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID

Dr. Alma Crumm Golden is senior deputy assistant administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health. A pediatrician by training, Dr. Golden has worked in private pediatrics, indigent health services, academic medicine, public health, healthcare administration and health policy. A graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Dr. Golden later became the director of pediatric services for UTMB’s Maternal and Child Health Program, establishing and managing 16 clinics in south and east Texas serving unfunded, Title V and Medicaid children and families. During her career, Dr. Golden has served as faculty at both the University of Texas Medical Branch and Texas A&M Health Science Center. She also served as a Presidential Appointee from 2002 to 2006 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Population Affairs in HHS, which included Family Planning, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Embryo Adoption, and Abstinence Education.

Dr. Rebecca Martin

Dr. Rebecca Martin

Director, Center for Global Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Rebecca Martin, PhD, serves as the Director of the Center for Global Health (CGH) at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She has worked domestically and internationally in immunization, HIV, and health system strengthening and now lead’s CDC’s global efforts to protect and improve health worldwide through science, policy, partnership, and evidence-based public health action.
Dr. Martin has over 20 years of experience in global health. Her international assignments include work in Kenya as an epidemiologist for an inter-country immunization program with WHO African Regional Office, in Tanzania as the Program Director for Strategic Information and Human Resources with CDC, and Denmark as the Regional Advisor for immunization with WHO European Regional Office. In these roles Dr. Martin led studies to strengthen national capacity, supported improved immunization and surveillance systems, and provided evidence for the introduction of new vaccines. She most recently served four years as Director of the Global Immunization Division, leading CDC’s global polio eradication efforts, vaccine-preventable disease control, vaccine introduction, and immunization systems strengthening.
Dr. Martin began her career with CDC in 1997 in the National Immunization Program, Epidemiology and Surveillance Division. Prior to joining CDC, she worked at the Maryland Department of Hygiene and Mental Health in Maryland as the immunization program epidemiologist to improve vaccine access and coverage.
Dr. Martin received her Doctorate of Philosophy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in international health. She co-authored manuscripts and global guidelines on immunization strategies, vaccine-preventable diseases and surveillance methods.



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Highlights from last year’s Global Health Landscape Symposium (GHLS17)