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Global Health Symposium 

November 20, 2015


The 2015 Global Health Symposium was held on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in the Hensel Phelps Auditorium West (Room 1006), Research 1 North Building, 12800 East 19th Avenue; Aurora, CO 80045.

 

Program

2015 Program with abstracts; click here.  PowerPoint presentations linked below.

Community Based Participatory Research

Acceptability of Community-Based Mentor Mothers Among HIV-Positive Pregnant Women and Partners in the Context of Option B+ in Kenya”  Lisa Abougi, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine and Senior Investigator, Center for Global Health, Colorado School of Public Health both at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

“Community-based Census and Mapping in El Trifinio Guatemala”  Saskia Bunge-Montes, MD, MPH Candidate, Celgene Fellow, Center for Global Health, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

“Sharing Circles: Learning from a Community Based Psychosocial Intervention Model Implemented with Vulnerable Populations in Myanmar”  Gwen Vogel Mitchell, PsyD, Assistant Professor in International Disaster Psychology, University of Denver and Director of International & Clinical Programs for SalusWorld 

Systems and Accountability

Health Facility Challenges to the Provision of Option B+ in Kenya”  Lisa Abougi, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine and Senior Investigator, Center for Global Health, Colorado School of Public Health both at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

"Tobacco Industry Documents Research in Africa (tidocafrica.org): Creating a Community of Practice among Public Health and Corporate Accountability Advocates”  Marty Otañez, PhD, Associate Professor in Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Colorado Denver and Lily Sahaguian, Undergraduate Student Researcher, Public Health, University of Colorado, Denver 

Nutrition

"Mode of Breastfeeding Influences Early Maturation of the Infant Gastrointestinal Microbiome and Mucosal Immunity in HIV-exposed but Uninfected Infants in Uganda”  Daniel Frank, PhD, Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine, University of Colorado, Microbiome Research Consortium (MiRC)and Mucosal and Vaccine Research Program Colorado (MAVRC)  

Environmental Health/Epidemiology

"Neurobehavioral effects associated with low-level exposure to pesticides in The Gambia”  Jaime Butler-Dawson, MPH, PhD Candidate, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Iowa, College of Public Health

"Soil-Transmitted Helminths Prevalence in Refugees Arriving to Colorado in 2009-2012”  Tuan Dung Khac Nguyen, MD Candidate, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Tuong Phan, MD Candidate, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Adolescent Health

"Discovering Adolescent Health Issues in Rural Guatemala”  Randi K Johnson, MPH, PhD Candidate, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health

"The Role of Menstruation in Education Access in Rural Ethiopia”  Meseret Hailu, MS, Graduate Research Assistant, Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver  

Education

"Exclusive Breastfeeding Education and Support for Community Nurses in Trifinio, Southwest Guatemala”  Maya Bunik, MD, MSPH, FABM, FAAP, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and Medical Director, Child Health Clinic - Primary Care, Children's Hospital Colorado and Maureen Lenssen, MSN, CPNP, IBCLC, Senior Instructor with Distinction of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Child Health Clinic, Children’s Hospital Colorado

"Rapid Immersion Model for Resident Education in a Subspecialty Challenged Environment”  Mark Duster, MD, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Cardiology, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

"Resident Elective in Rural Guatemala: Developing a Global Health Curriculum”  Kelly McConnell, MD, MPH Candidate, Pediatric Global Health Fellow, Center for Global Health, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

 

2015 Excellence in Global Health Award

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 in a global health setting.   

2015 Awardees:

Blair Gifford, PhD, Professor of International Health Management in the Business School and the Colorado School of Public Health  Learn more.

Dr. Gifford administers the International Health Management specialties in the MBA/Health programs. Also, he founded and was the first Director of the Center for Global Health at UC Denver and is the Board Chair of Global Health Connections, a not-for-profit organization in Colorado. Dr. Gifford was awarded as a Fulbright/New Century Fellow in 2008, which led work in Haiti which culminated with the 2014 completion of a maternity center in Leogane by Global Health Connections. Dr. Gifford is currently involved in research on the impact of global trade in health services in India, Brazil, Thailand and Mexico. Also, he is leading the development health management education programs in Thailand, India and China. Dr. Gifford has PhD and MS degrees in Sociology (U. of Chicago) and a BA degree (economics) from the U. of California at Santa Cruz. He has had visiting professor appointments at Northwestern U. and Yale U.

 

P K Vedanthan, MD, Founder of IAS (International Asthma Services), Clinical Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus  Learn more.

After his medical education in India, Dr. Vedanthan had additional training in Medicine, Pediatrics and Allergy/Immunology. During the early years of his professional life, Dr. Vedanthan was involved in providing care in respiratory medicine during his visits to his home country of India. This experience grew into establishing International Asthma Services (IAS), a nonprofit 501 c-3 organization registered in Colorado. IAS has been active in several countries: India, Kenya, Mauritius, Myanmar, Philippines, USA, Fiji, and Argentina. The main aims are: 1) improve the care of patients with asthma and COPD around the globe, 2) transfer of technology, 3) train physicians and paramedical personnel, and 4) conduct research and provide free medications to the needy. IAS has evaluated more than 36,000 patients free of charge, and conducted more than 50 CMEs for physicians, nurses, and technicians.

Since 2006, IAS, in partnership with Christian Medical College, Vellore TN, India, established the first formal Diploma in Allergy and Asthma training program. This Diploma program has attracted national and international recognition, and has students from all regions of India, as well as neighboring countries. IAS has also partnered with Colorado Health Education and Promotion (CAHEP), Denver, Colorado, in promoting health education and providing medical care guided by the principle of a ‘medical home’ for more than 25 ethnic communities. IAS has also partnered with the Center of Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado, Aurora Colorado since 2014 to expand the global outreach.

Dr. Vedanthan during his career has also established the Northern Colorado Allergy & Asthma clinic, Wyoming Chest & Allergy clinic, Allergy & Skin clinic, Denver. Since year 2000, he has been in part time private practice in Lakewood, Colorado, as well as volunteering in a refugee clinic in Denver, and teaching at the University of Colorado.

 

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 

2014:  Carl Bartecchi, MD, MACP, Susan Niermeyer, MD, MPH, FAAP and Calvin Wilson, MD 

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