WASHINGTON, May. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — On April 16, 2015, Global Health Council (GHC), in partnership with the Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II, hosted The Future of Global Health event (TFGH15) at the Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C.Building on the success of last year’s event (TFGH14), TFGH15 served as an unconference featuring hundreds of emerging leaders and young professionals connecting to technical specialists and mentors from the global health arena. Among interesting discussions, a new theme around interdisciplinary approaches emerged from this event. As noted by Lily Kak, Senior Advisor for Global Partnerships and Newborn Health at USAID, “it’s about building partnerships – you need sociologists and anthropologists as well as clinicians.”

More than 30 mentors, all experienced practitioners in the field of global health, facilitated dynamic “conversation hubs” on topics around multi-sector partnerships, gender in global health, and pandemic preparedness. Mentors were distinguished global health professionals including Leslie Heyer, Founder and President of Cycle Technologies; Sarah Degnan Kambou, President of the International Center for Research on Women; and Robert Clay, Vice President of the Department of Global Health at Save the Children, to name a few.

A new addition to the program this year was the inclusion of one-on-one mentor sessions where students and young professionals had the opportunity to meet and connect with experienced professionals in the global health field. These one-on-one mentors came from a variety of backgrounds including Tina Flores, Vice President of External Engagement and Communications at Rabin Martin; Jeffrey Jordan, President and CEO of the Population Reference Bureau; and Donald Shriber, Deputy Director for Policy and Communication at the CDC Center for Global Health.

Global Health Council co-hosted the event with Global Health Fellows Program II in a combined effort to bring together all levels of global health professionals and stakeholders in ways that will help change the world. Other key sponsors included the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, IntraHealth International, John Snow, Inc., Management Sciences for Health, Novo Nordisk, and Save the Children. Photos from the event can be found here. For more information about similar 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. 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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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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