PRESS RELEASE: TFGH16: Facilitating Connections and Solutions toward a More Equitable Future of Global Health

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — On April 14, 2016, Global Health Council (GHC), in partnership with the Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II, hosted the third annual The Future of Global Health Unconference (TFGH16) at the Hamilton Live in Washington, DC. TFGH16 featured more than 350 new and established professionals connecting with technical specialists from every sector of the global health arena. Conversation Hub Leader, Erin Hohlfelder, Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, noted that the event succeeded in “providing a unique opportunity for meaningful mentorship, relationship-building, dialogue, and debate.” This year’s event focused on global health equity, diversity and inclusion – the challenges, solutions, and skills needed to advance progress on the global health issues of our time and build a more representative next generation of professionals.

A series of 14 conversation hubs, facilitated by experienced practitioners in the field, featured dynamic discussions centered on priority topics in global health policy, including healing in humanitarian settings, healthier communities through maternal child health, and improving health through social inclusion. Distinguished leaders included Susan Rae Ross, Senior Private Sector Partnership Advisor for USAID’s Bureau for Global Health; Peter Marghella, Consultant on Medical Planning and Preparedness for the International Medical Corps; and Chandresh Harjivan, Principal in the Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences Research and Development practice at PwC.

In a series of 10-minute mentor sessions, young and mid-career professionals had the opportunity to connect one-on-one with experienced professionals in the global health field. These notable mentors came from a variety of backgrounds, and included Loyce Pace, Executive Advisor for Programs & Policy at the LIVESTRONG Foundation; Elise Mann, Lead for Performance and Career Development at the Global Health Fellows Program II; and Elizabeth Creel, Director of Advancing Partners & Communities at John Snow, Inc.

A special congratulations to Zannah Herridge-Meyer, winner of the TFGH16 photo contest for her Instagram entry, “I am passionate about leading the movement for community health through collaborating across sectors and strengthening health systems. #TFGH16 #NextGenGH #GlobalHealth #GWSPH #onlyatGW @GHFPII @USAID.”

GHC co-hosted the event with GHFP- II to bring together global health professionals and stakeholders from the private, non-profit, government, academic, and donor sectors in a combined effort to help change the world. Other key sponsors included Management Sciences for Health, IntraHealth International, and Global Impact. Photos from the event can be found here. For more information about similar and upcoming global health events, visit 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. GHC represents the collaborative voice of the community on key issues; we convene stakeholders around key priorities and actively engage with decision makers to influence global health policy. Learn more at www.globalhealth.org.

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About the Global Health Fellows Program II
The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II, led by the Public Health Institute (PHI), helps USAID address its immediate and emerging human capital needs by developing a diverse group of global health professionals to support and sustain the effectiveness of the Agency’s current and future health programs. At different stages of their careers, this cadre of global health talent is motivated, technically excellent, well-supported, representative of the diversity of the American people and committed to contributing to USAID’s success in key global health priority areas. Learn more at www.ghfp.net.

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Media Contacts
Ann Canela, Vice President
Global Impact
(703) 717-5224
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Angelina Gordon, Director, Communications, Outreach and Diversity
Global Health Fellows Program II
(202) 808-3800
agordon@ghfp.net