Moderator: Daniel O’Neill, MD, MA(TH), Managing Editor of the Christian Journal for Global Health
Lisa M. Hilmi, Executive Director, CORE Group
Lisa has an extensive career in global health, employing both human rights and community-based participatory approaches to addressing health disparities for women, children and communities. Lisa brings a wealth of experience working at multiple levels of global health from policy, research, emergency relief, workforce development, health systems strengthening, and fund raising, from local to global levels. Lisa also adds technical expertise, as a pediatric nurse with clinical experience in hospital, community, academic, and crisis settings. She has a strong commitment to partnership and collaboration.
Lisa’s research and global projects have focused on children’s health and psychosocial well-being post-disaster and post-conflict in Asia and Africa; injury surveillance/prevention and addressing health disparities, gender and water/sanitation; women’s livelihood development to improve health and nutrition, disaster preparedness and humanitarian relief; and health concerns amongst internally displaced persons and refugees in multiple countries.
She is completing a PhD in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, and has an MPH from Columbia University, a BSN from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Political Science/Communications from Villanova. She is a Registered Nurse and nationally certified pediatric nurse.
Loyce Pace, MPH, President & Executive Director, Global Health Council (GHC)
Loyce Pace, MPH, is President and Executive Director of Global Health Council, a U.S.-based membership organization representing the collective voice of the global health community worldwide. Loyce is a leader who has worked on the ground in more than 10 countries delivering health programs and mobilizing advocates. Over the course of her career, Loyce has championed policies for access to essential medicines, testified for congressional global health appropriations, and launched the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Roundtable under GHC, which convenes organizations representing multiple issues and sectors around shared advocacy goals. Loyce holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Human Biology from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Hon. Keith Martin, MD, PC, Executive Director, Consortium of Universities for Global Health
Dr. Martin is a physician who, since Sept. 2012, has served as the founding Executive Director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) based in Washington, DC.
Between 1993-2011, Dr. Martin served as a Member of Parliament in Canada’s House of Commons representing a riding on Vancouver Island. During that time he held shadow ministerial portfolios in foreign affairs, international development, and health. He also served as Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary for Defense. In 2004, he was appointed to the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada. His main areas of focus are in global health, foreign policy, security, international development, conservation and the environment.
Dr. Martin has been on numerous diplomatic missions to areas in crisis. He served as a physician in South Africa on the Mozambique border during that country’s civil war. He has traveled widely in Africa, visiting the continent 27 times. Dr. Martin is the author of more than 160 published editorial pieces, has appeared frequently as a political and social commentator on television and radio and has spoken at conferences around the world. He is a board member of the Global Health Council, Jane Goodall Institute and Annals of Global Health. He is an advisor for the Int’l Cancer Expert Corps, Global Sepsis Alliance and McGill University’s Global Health Program and a member of the Lancet-ISMMS Commission on Pollution and Health.
World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO is hosting a webinar on how youth can influence the outcomes of the 2017 WHO Global Conference on Non Communicable Disease (NCDs).
Acting on the Call is a continuous improvement process in USAID’s drive to end preventable child and maternal deaths. The first Acting on the Call report, released in 2014, laid out a roadmap of how USAID would sharpen its effort to achieve greater impact from the scale up of key interventions in 24 priority countries to save 15 million children and 600,000 women by 2020. The 2015 report provided an update on progress in each country and went into further detail about how with a sharpened focus on Maternal Health, USAID will reach 38 million women with increased access to care during childbirth. In 2016, the report explored how to better target USAID programs by focusing on different dimensions of inequity. It found that by assuring that the poorest 50% of the population achieves the same progress that was modeled based on national averages in 2014, would allow 8 million lives to be saved from 2016 to 2020.
This year’s report focuses on health systems, which are the backbone of our efforts to save lives. While the connections between health systems and health outcomes make intuitive sense, this report represents the first attempt—through the combined efforts of USAID and UNICEF—to establish a direct linkage between investing in strengthening health systems in terms of the lives that will be saved. USAID estimates that investing in health systems will contribute to saving the lives of 5.6 million children and 260,00 women from 2016-2020.
Kelly Saldana, the new Director of the Office of Health Systems, will present on the 2017 Acting on the Call report, “Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths: A Focus on Health Systems“, and how it relates to USAID’s work. More information can be found at https://www.usaid.gov/actingonthecall.