Groundbreaking Global Health Event Connects Global Health Professionals

Groundbreaking Global Health Event Connects Global Health Professionals

The Future of Global Health 2014

Washington, D.C. (May 9, 2014) – The Future of Global Health 2014 (#TFGH14), the first event of its kind, brought global health students and professionals across the private and public sectors to the Hamilton Live in Washington DC for an evening of discussion on the future of global health. The event provided an open and inviting atmosphere for participants to discuss important global health issues and socialize with peers and mentors in a festive environment that included music and entertainment.

TFGH14 generated substantive and critically important conversations around key global health challenges while allowing attendees to network and connect with leading organizations working in global health.  Instead of a formal panel or plenary session, participants engaged in “Conversation hubs” throughout the evening. These mentor-led hubs included topics such as:

  • Strategies to Optimize Global Health Resources in a Changing World
  • Healthy Women, Healthy Mothers
  • Building Successful Alliances, Partnerships and Collaborations with the Global South and Each Other
  • Diseases. What’s Happening? What’s Next?
  • Building Tomorrow’s Global Health Professionals
  • Using Technology to Transform Health

More than 30 mentors, all experienced practitioners in the field of global health, facilitated these dynamic conversations, engaging students and young professionals in discussion. Mentors included well-known global health professionals including Dr. Jonathan Quick, President & CEO, MSH; Annie Toro, Senior Advisor and Lead Expert, Global Health and Nutrition Advocacy, International Medical Corps; and Kelly Saldana, Deputy Director, Office of Health, Infectious Diseases and Nutrition, Bureau for Global Health, USAID.

 Executive Director of Global Health Council, Christine Sow, noted that “TFGH14 was a Global Health event unlike any other in this sector. At GHC, we are about connecting people and organizations, so it was fantastic to host this multi-sectorial event uniting three professional generations in passionate discussion around Global Health. We are excited about the new partnerships that have emerged from the TFGH14 conversation hubs and are already looking forward to TFGH15.”

Aside from the dynamic conversations around the room, the event provided an outlet for professionals in the field to define their visions of the future of global health. A world map was the focal point of the “vision wall” where all attendees were able to express their visions, aspirations, and ideas for creating a brighter future in global health. Interesting ideas included incorporating the local perspective into global health policy; curbing the effects of climate change; advancing technology in global health; and the final push needed to eradicate Polio.

According to mentor  Jim Herrington of the Fogarty Center of the National Institutes of Health, The Future of Global Health 2014 was, “…a clever event [and] well done on all counts.” In addition, TFGH14 proved to be a success with approximately 400 attendees from Washington, DC and beyond. Global Health Council, along with key sponsors such as the Global Health Fellows Program II, the United States Agency for International Development, Management Sciences for Health, and Global Impact hosted the event in a combined effort to bring together the global health community. More information about similar GHC-led events in the future can be found at www.globalhealth.org.

About Global Health Council

Established in 1972, Global Health Council (GHC) is the leading membership organization supporting and connecting advocates, implementers and stakeholders around global health priorities worldwide. The organization is the collaborative voice of the global health community on global health issues; it convenes stakeholders around key global health priorities and actively engages key decision makers to influence health policy. Currently, Global Impact serves as the Secretariat for GHC. Learn more at www.globalhealth.org.

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