Global Health Week Begins Nov. 18!

November 12, 2019

The Global Health Center Collaborates with Multiple Schools to Present “2019 Global Health Week”

The Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health and its Global Health Student Advisory Committee are collaborating with Arts & Sciences, Brown School, McKelvey School of Engineering, Olin Business School, School of Law, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and the School of Medicine to present the fifth annual Global Health Week. This five-day event (Nov. 18-22) is designed to engage students, faculty and the St. Louis community on global health topics.

It has been a great honor to help plan this week as part of the Global Health Center and Global Health Student Advisory Committee. We were able to involve each school at the university and we have some amazing faculty and trainees presenting. I am looking forward to this week and I hope everyone can join! 

-Sandra Lee, Master of Public Health Candidate 2020, Global Health Specialization; research assistant, Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health; and vice chair, Global Health Student Advisory Committee


Events during Global Health Week include: 

Monday, November 18

12 – 1 p.m. | Her Body, Our Laws: On the Frontlines of the Abortion War from El Salvador to Oklahoma with Michelle Oberman, JD, Katharine & George Alexander Professor of Law, Santa Clara University

Professor Oberman’s work in El Salvador, along with other countries and U.S. jurisdictions, informs her 2018 book (titled above) about what will and won’t happen if abortion becomes illegal in the U.S. 

Tuesday, November 19

12 – 1 p.m. | The Microbiome in Mucosal Immunity and HIV Transmission with Adam Burgener, PhD, Public Health Agency of Canada, Associate Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Manitoba

This seminar will discuss the role of the vaginal microbiome and reproductive health in women. Dr. Burgener will review ongoing research of the vaginal microbiome in African women and how it affects genital inflammation and HIV susceptibility, as well as its interactions with HIV prevention drugs and hormonal contraceptives.

12 – 1 p.m. | Public Health Speaker Series with Joseline Marhone Pierre, PH, MD, Ministry of Public Health and Population

Wednesday, November 20

7:45 – 8:30 a.m. | Do’s and Don’ts of Working in Global Communities with George Kyei, MBChB, PhD, Assistant Professor, Medicine and Molecular Microbiology, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, and Krista Milich, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology, Washington University

Based on their extensive global research experience, Drs. Kyei and Milich will provide insights and action items on how to successfully work with communities. This will be an interactive session in which attendees can share their experiences.

12 – 1 p.m. | Overview of Tropical Diseases with Ericka Hayes, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, Medical Director, Pediatric and Adolescent HIV Program, Medical Director, Infection Prevention, Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis and Saint Louis Children’s Hospital

Thursday, November 21

8 – 9 a.m. | The Challenges of Educating Physicians for the Future of Africa with Reverend Professor Patrick Ferdinand K. Ayeh-Kumi, PhD, Provost of the College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana

Often, trained clinicians will leave their home country to practice elsewhere, sometimes leaving their homeland in dire need of high quality physicians. Dr. Ayeh-Kumi will discuss the case for cross-pollination of skills and research and the idea of “transnational engagement”: creating a network of physicians who can practice anywhere in the world.

1 – 2 p.m. | Intersections of “Poverty Alleviation and Health: Analyzing the Graduation Approach in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia” with Eva Noble, Associate Director of Research and Learning at Women for Women International

Ms. Noble’s presentation will provide a historical overview of the ‘graduation approach’ to poverty alleviation, and results of multiple RCTs that Women for Women has been leading in Afghanistan and sub-Saharan Africa.

Friday, November 22

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Air Pollution and Health: Top Ten Scientific and Public Policy Controversies with C. Arden Pope III, PhD, Brigham Young University

It is estimated that air pollution is the 5th largest risk factor contributing to global burden of disease. This presentation will review the top ten scientific and public policy controversies pertaining to the health effects of air pollution.

4 – 6 p.m. | Ignite Global Health with Washington University

Seven speakers, including Reverend Provost Ayeh-Kumi, University of Ghana, and an introduction by the Larry J. Shapiro Director of the Institute for Public Health, William G. Powderly, MD. Presentation topics include: air quality, basic science, cancer, education, HIV, healthcare, sexual and gender-based violence, sustainable fashion design, urban design, and WASH.

I am incredibly excited for the Ignite Global Health event during Global Health Week to help bring more exposure to the fantastic work being done at the different Washington University schools.  -Kyle Nicholson, B.S. Biomedical Engineering | 2020, Co-Chair of the Global Health Student Advisory Committee

All Global Health Week events are free and open to all. RSVP requested. Download the event schedule including locations.

Part of the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis, the Global Health Center works to improve global health through transdisciplinary programs and partnerships across Washington University in St. Louis and around the world.