GlobeMedís Global Health Conference Connects Researchers and Students

April 5, 2010

Students with GlobeMed, a Penn State student organization dedicated to global health issues, recently organized a conference to promote global health. The third-annual Global Health Conference brought together researchers from various disciplines to discuss health issues that impact different parts of the world and ways to increase awareness of global health issues.

“GlobeMed emphasizes education, and this conference was a major effort to spread awareness on inequities in global health to the wider Penn State community,” says Paige Cross, a Nutrition major who helped plan the event.

The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Duane Alexander, senior scientific adviser for global maternal and child health research at the National Institutes of Health’s John E. Fogarty International Center for Advanced Study in the Health Sciences. One faculty member and two graduate students from the College of Health and Human Development presented at the conference: Dr. Kasia Kordas, assistant professor of nutrition, presented on the role of nutrition in environmental health issues, and Valerie King and Yewande Sofolahan, graduate students in the Department of Biobehavioral Health, presented on HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Other presenters included Dr. Donald Brown, associate professor of environmental ethics, science, and law at Penn State; Dr. Suzanne Chod, lecturer in political science at Penn State; and Basil Safi, senior program officer in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

“Global health is a relevant field, and the speakers at our conference all discussed issues that apply to undergraduate students, such as HIV/AIDS and health care reform,” says Jerry Shaeffer, a Psychology major and campaign coordinator with GlobeMed.

“We had some very positive feedback from people who attended,” says Cross. “It was a great experience.”

The GlobeMed mission is to connect the assets of a student-led network to grassroots health organizations working in communities around the world. By inspiring and training university students to mobilize resources for global health, GlobeMed seeks to build a movement fighting for a more sustainable and secure world.

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