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Center for Global Health

Global Health Symposium 

November 21, 2014

 The 2014 Global Health Symposium was held in the Hensel Phelps Auditorium West (Research Center 1, Room 1006) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. 


Check out the presentations!

Full Program!

PowerPoint Presentations

If the PowerPoint Presentations are available below, it is because the presenter did not use a PowerPoint as part of his/her presentation or it is not posted due to publication of results pending. 


Abuse, Neglect and Injury

9:05 am - "Public Health Research and Law: A Useful Framework for Addressing Child Maltreatment InternationallyDonald Bross, PhD, JD, Associate Director, Kempe Center Program in Pediatric Law, Policy and Ethics, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Children’s Hospital Colorado

9:20 am - “Geographic Distribution and Injury Severity of Penetrating Trauma in Cape Town, South Africa” Christina M Cutter, MSc, and Nicholas L Berlin, MPH, both students at the School of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus


Systems and Oral Health

9:35 am – “Demonstrating the Effectiveness of an African Emergency First Aid Responder System” Nee-Kofi Mould-Millman, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

9:50 am – Evaluation of the Oral Health Status of Elementary Age School Children Attending the Banasa School in Trifinio, Guatemala Elizabeth A Shick, DDS, MPH, Director of Global Health Initiatives, School of Dental Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

10:15 am – Identifying Otolaryngology Systematic Review Research Gaps: comparing Global Burden of Disease 2010 Results with Cochrane Database of Systematic Review Content Hannah Pederson, student at the School of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus


Maternal Health

10:30 am – “Comparison of Prenatal Program Delivery Using Two Iterations of the Pregnancy and Neonatal Registry from the Trifinio, Southwest GuatemalaKimberly Insel, MD, MPH, Global Health Fellow at the Center for Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health and the Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

10:45 am – A Quality Improvement Evaluation of Nepalese Women with Prior Uterine Prolapse Surgery” Pamela Prag, CNM, MS, MPH, Senior Instructor, College of Nursing, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Rajiv Sharma, MPH, Kavre District Health Officer, Kathmandu, Nepal, Hilda Ndikum, PharmD, MPH Candidate, and Suzy Lewis, MPH Candidate, both at the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus


Energy and Water

11:00 am – “Sub-Saharan Africa’s Limited Access to Electricity and the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative” Mark D Safty, Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development, School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver

11:15 am – Drinking Water Quality and Quantity in the Trifinio: A Pilot StudyIan Eisenhauer, student at the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus 


Child Health and Protocol

1:05 pm –Development of a Comprehensive Protocol for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Non-communicable Diseases in Health Centers of Northern Viet NamJoshua Solomon, MD, FCCP, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Autoimmunene Lung Center and Interstitial Lung Disease Program at National Jewish Health

1:20 pm – “ Creciendo Sanos: An Early Childhood Health and Development Program in Southwest Guatemala Gretchen Domek, MD, MPhil, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

1:35 pm – “Extended Nevirapine Prophylaxis for HIV Exposed Infants Improves HIV Testing Uptake in Kenya Abigail Nimz, student at the School of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

2:05 pm - “ Exploring Intentions to Exclusive Breastfeeding in the Hills Region of Nepal: Piloting Survey and Methodology Designs"Geoffroy Fauchet, student at the School of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus


Climate Change and Environmental Impact

2:15 pm – The Work of Colorado State University’s Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change Katie Steneroden, DVM, MPH, PHD, DAVCPM, Deputy Director, Feed the Future Innovative Lab, Colorado State University

2:30 pm – “Health Care Access and Malaria Severity in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), TanzaniaKacy Crawford MPH, Research Associate II, OMNI Institute and Deborah Thomas, PhD, Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Denver


Surgery and Technology

2:45 pm - “Using GPS Satellites and Geocoding to Assess Surgical Needs in a Refugee Setting" Yihan Lin, MD, Resident, Department of General Surgery, University of Colorado Hospital


2014 Excellence in Global Health Award - Recipients Announced!

The purpose of this award is recognize and publicly honor those individuals, institutions or organizations based in the state of Colorado that have made a significant and exemplary contribution to the sustained improvement of the health of multiple populations over an extended period of time.

Meet the Recipients of the 2014 Award!

Carl E Bartecchi, MD, MACP


Dr. Bartecchi is a Distinguished Clinical Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Professor (Honorary) Hanoi Medical University

Dr. Bartecchi has served in the department of Medicine at CU for the past 40 years as Clinical Faculty and ten years as Chairman of the Clinical Faculty Program. His academic medical career involved teaching civilian, military, medical student, house-staff and post-graduate medical programs locally, nationally and internationally.

Carl founded and has volunteered for the past 9 years at a clinic for migrant workers at Avondale, Colorado, providing medical care, administration and fund raising assistance. For the past 17 years, he has been Director of the Bach Mai Hospital Project in Hanoi, Vietnam, a 2000 bed, 3000 patient Government Hospital for the poor of Vietnam. He teaches there twice yearly, providing medical symposia for Vietnamese physicians along with western style, bedside teaching rounds. Accompanying him on these visits are 4 to 9 physicians from major teaching institutions such as the U. of Colorado School of Medicine, the Mayo Clinic, National Jewish Hospital, Denver Health and Hospitals, Colorado Children’s Hospital, etc. The major part of the program that he developed, however, is the one that brought young Vietnamese physicians to the U.S. (St. Anthony’s Hospital, Mayo Clinic and University Hospital) to be trained, for 6 to 12 months, as teachers of various medical specialties. They return to Vietnam as medical teachers and are sent out to the province and regional hospitals as teachers, for 2 month rotations, to update the knowledge and skills of the physicians and nurses in the rural areas of Vietnam. To date, the program, widely acclaimed by the Vietnamese Government, has trained 29 such teachers. Carl’s program, supported by Catholic Health Initiatives, St. Anthony’s Hospitals and Foundation and numerous private donors, has also provided the Bach Mai Hospital and other Vietnamese city hospitals with millions of dollars of high-tech medical equipment, medications, medical libraries, and recently, tri-cycle motorcycle ambulances. His experience with the Project has been recorded in his recently published book – The Bach Mai Hospital Project. For his efforts in behalf of medical care in Vietnam, Carl was awarded the Ministry of Health Medal and recently, the Freedom Medal, by the Vietnamese Government.


Susan Niermeyer, MD, MPH, FAAP


Dr. Niermeyer is a Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Neonatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health

Susan practices and teaches clinical neonatology at Children’s Hospital Colorado, University Hospital, and community hospital nurseries in the Denver area. In 2009 she completed a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology from the Colorado School of Public Health. Susan’s clinical and educational areas of emphasis include neonatal resuscitation and cardiopulmonary physiology in infancy. She has served as co-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation Program Steering Committee and is currently editor for Helping Babies Breathe, the AAP global educational program for neonatal resuscitation in resource-limited settings. Her research interests center on adaptation in the neonatal period, with a focus on cardiopulmonary adaptation and low birth weight at high altitude. High-altitude research has included study of infant oxygenation in Lhasa, Tibet, studies of infant birth weight and cardiopulmonary adaptation in La Paz, Bolivia, studies of pulmonary hypertension and cardiopathies in Peruvian children, and analysis of the relationship of maternal smoking and birth weight at high altitude in Colorado. Underlying her interest in neonatal resuscitation and high-altitude physiology in infants and children is a strong commitment to the health of children around the world, including those in isolated and less-developed regions. This is reflected in her continuing role with the American Academy of Pediatrics to help disseminate the Neonatal Resuscitation Program and Helping Babies Breathe wherever babies are born.


Calvin L Wilson, MD


Dr. Wilson is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and the Colorado School of Public Health (retired)

Dr. Wilson has been involved in the development of Family Medicine and medical education in a variety of settings for over 35 years, and in international community and medical development projects for over 25 years. Following 10 years in private family practice, Dr. Wilson developed and directed the first university-affiliated Family Medicine program in Ecuador, while at the same time directing a community health development project on the Onzole River of northern Ecuador. He then developed and served as the first program director for the University Hospital Family Medicine residency program of the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine. He has served as a training advisor for a USAID-funded primary health care project in Jordan, in which he developed a continuing education program for the Ministry of Health physicians, nurses, midwives, health workers, and laboratory technicians. He also initiated the training of the first primary health care trainers in post-war Iraq, who continued the first phase of primary health care training across Iraq. He served as the Director of the University of Colorado Center for Global Health for 6 years, and has been active as a consultant with the Center for International Health Initiatives of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He most recently has been working in Rwanda, where he worked with the National University of Rwanda to develop their specialty residency programs and a new Family Medicine program. Dr. Wilson has received several national awards in global health, including the Smilkstein Award in International Health of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the Global Family Doctor of the Month award of the World Academy of Family Medicine, and the 2005 Humanitarian of the Year Award of the American Academy of Family Physicians.


Past Awardees:

2008: Jim Jackson of Project CURE

2009: Warren Berggren, MD; Gretchen Berggren, MD; Eric Simoes, MD

2010: Robert E. Booth, PhD and Charles Steinberg, MD

2013: Thomas Campbell, MD and Michaleen (Dr Mickey) Richer, MD, DTMH  

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