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Community Events

The Center for Global Health co-sponsors monthly and annual events and outreach opportunities on and off campus throughout the year. Here are global health events that are happening in your community and around the world.


March 22-May 19, 2015

Ride for World Health 2015

Ride for World Health is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization founded in 2006 by medical students at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. The Ride itself is an annual full support pedal powered journey bringing global health issues to classrooms and lecture halls in small towns and big cities across America. Along the way, riders raise funds for select beneficiaries who represent their ideals and implement programs that address the very issues they lecture about.

Apply to become a rider! Go to, click on “Apply Now,” or contact Arwa Mesiwala and Dave Hartnett at

March 26-28, 2015

Mobilizing Research for Global Health

6th Annual Global Health Conference hosted by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health

Sheraton Boston Hotel | Boston, MA

The agenda for the 2015 CUGH Conference includes a stellar lineup of important global health topics and speakers, spanning nearly three full days (March 26 through 28, 2015), with the addition of special pre-conference workshops on Wednesday, March 25th.

The major plenary themes of the 3 days include:

  • Technology Revolution in Genetics, Vaccine Development and Deployment
  • Transforming the One Health Agenda
  • Drivers of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Improvement Science: From Theory to Practice
  • Big Problems, Big Ideas
  • The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

Click here to learn more!​


March 27, 2015 | 12:30 -1:30 pm

Child Health Advocacy Presentation by Judith Palfrey, MD,

Director, Global Health Program, Boston Children’s Hospital and T. Berry Brazelton Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

This presentation will review the four types of Child Health Advocacy: Clinical, Group, Legislative and Professional.

12:30-1:30 p.m.,  Reception to follow

Children's Hospital Colorado, 2nd Floor Confrence and Education Center, Mt Oxford Auditorium

For more information about the Chancellor’s John J. Conger Lectureship and Visiting Professorship, please call Bobbi Siegel at (720) 777-3936 or contact her via email:

Judith Palfrey is the T. Berry Brazelton Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and a Senior Associate in Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Palfrey received her MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She did her residency training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and was a fellow in Community Child Health at Boston Children's Hospital. From 1986 to 2008, she served as the Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital. She was the National Director of Building Bright Futures, the Director of the National Program Office of the Anne E. Dyson Pediatric Training in the Community Initiative and is a Past President of the Ambulatory Pediatrics Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Palfrey has focused her career on developing innovative clinical programs that address the social determinants of child health. She has promoted community interventions such as home visiting, school based coordination for children with disabilities and early education. She has been active nationally in expanding training opportunities for physicians to learn how to integrate advocacy into their daily practice as well as into their overall career directions. Her book, Child Health in America, Making a Difference Through Advocacy, includes information on clinical, group, legislative and professional advocacy.

Dr. Palfrey's primary research interest is in designing and evaluating programs for children with special health care needs. Her work is focused on the development of innovative systems of care and the assessment of the costs and benefits of such systems. Dr. Palfrey is a national leader in research on the medical home for children with special health care needs, having conducted the Pediatric Alliance for Coordinated Care, which established the feasibility of the medical home for CSHCN. Dr. Palfrey also founded Project School Care which produced guidelines for the safe inclusion of CSHCN in schools. She served as the Principal Investigator of the NIDDR grant, Opening Doors: The National Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs. This project was directed at improving access to early identification, community inclusion and effective transition services for children and youth from traditionally underserved communities. She and her colleagues are now exploring ways in which community health workers can help decrease health disparities for children with special health care needs.

She is currently the Director of the Global Pediatrics Program at Children’s Hospital, Boston and is working to establish training and service programs in international sites based on her experiences in the United States. Dr. Palfrey is working with an interdisciplinary group of Chilean and American partners on Recupera Chile, a program of community reconstruction after the 2010 earthquake in the Bio Bio region of Chile. She worked closely with Dr. Stephen Berman and several international colleagues on their recently published new book entitled Global Child Health Advocacy.


March 28 & 29, 2015

Global Health and Innovation Conference presented by Unite for Sight

Yale University, New Haven, CT

The Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale is the world's leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, change makers, professionals and students from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship. Follow this link to register and apply to present!​


March 30, 2015 | 6:00-7:30 pm

Voices of Experience Speaker Series, featuring Doug Jackson, Ph.D., J.D., CEO of Project CURE

The Newman Center for the Performing Arts: 2344 East Iliff Ave., Denver, 80208

Doug Jacksons will share his personal journey and personal leadership style. Learn the dynamics of this family nonprofit business, which was started 28 years ago by Doug’s Mother and Father and has grown to 17,000 volunteers nationwide. At Project C.U.R.E., they believe that business can help change the world and have a culture, purpose and passion to match their belief. Hear the stories about the children and lives that Project C.U.R.E has affected in developing countries around the world.

This event is free and open to the public. Click here to learn more and RSVP.​

April 6-10, 2015

67th Annual Conference on World Affairs

University of Colorado Boulder

5 Days. 100 Participants. 200 Events. Originally founded in 1948 as a forum on international affairs, the CWA expanded rapidly in its early years to encompass the arts, media, science, diplomacy, technology, environment, spirituality, politics, business, medicine, human rights, and so on. Roger Ebert, who participated in the CWA for four decades, always referred to the CWA as "the Conference on Everything Conceivable."

To learn more about this event and register, follow this link.

April 7, 2015 | 5:00-7:00 pm

Global Crossroads:  Engaging the Global Community

University of Colorado Denver, Student Commons Building, 1201 Larimer Street, Room 2500, Denver, CO  80204 

Denver, Colorado, serves as a global crossroads that is the intersection of education, research and business opportunities on all seven continents. Be our guest and join leaders from the business community, government, international organizations, and the university for an informative panel discussion and engaging networking opportunity. Follow this link to RSVP!​​​

April 10, 2015 | 1-5 pm

Cultivating Food Justice: a Community and University Engagement

The Terrace Room, Lawrence Street Center, 1380 Lawrence Street, Denver

The symposium will give voice to the diversity of life and struggle of those who grow, pick, transport, cook, or lack adequate access to food. A food system is just when all communities have access to healthy, fresh, culturally appropriate foods that are grown with care, respect, and dignity for workers, animals, the environment, and eaters.

To learn more about this event and register, click here​.​​​

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