The Northwestern University Interdisciplinary Symposium, entitled Global Health Then and Now: Equality, Development and Globalization, will feature engaging, passionate experts speaking about a variety of global health-related topics, including history, innovation, corporate responsibility, policy, and more.
Jeffrey D. Sachs will be our event's keynote speaker. His address will also be a part of the annual Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Hollister Lecture Series. This series is sponsored by Feinberg and the Instititue for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) and is named in honor of John Hamilcar Hollister (1824-1911), AM, MD, one of the cofounders of Northwestern's medical school.
Professor Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. He was called by the New York Times, “probably the most important economist in the world,” and by Time Magazine “the world’s best known economist.” A recent survey by The Economist Magazine ranked Professor Sachs as among the world’s three most influential living economists of the past decade.
Learn more about Professor Sachs' contributions to the fields of economics and global health via his official website.
Panel Session Leaders
Manisha Bhatia is a second year medical student at Texas Tech University Health Science Center
Manisha Bhatia is a second year medical student at Texas Tech University Health Science Center. As an undergraduate at Northwestern, she began her global health work in India through Project RISHI (Rural India Social and Health Improvement). She hopes to continue incorporating global health work into her medical education to understand her clinical training and apply it to global problems. Ultimately, she aspires to to work with the pediatric population abroad and local governments to improve local access to healthcare.
Ms. Rizwana Biviji-Sharma is currently pursuing her PhD studies in public health at Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, Indianapolis
Ms. Rizwana Biviji-Sharma is currently pursuing her PhD studies in public health at Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, Indianapolis. She is majoring in Health Policy and Management with a minor in Epidemiology. She is Associate Instructor and Research Assistant at Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. She received her Masters of Science degree in Applied Health Science from Indiana University Bloomington in 2008. She has been active in the field of public health for over six years with special interests in the field of maternal & child health with an international Focus. Her current research involves study of health of Serbian Roma gypsy women. In the past she worked in the capacity of Epidemiologist at Indiana State Department of Health for the diabetes prevention and control program and office of women’s health. She also worked as Health Manager at Exemplar Lifecare Pvt. Ltd., India, where she was involved in a number of research projects focusing on chronic disease prevention and management.
Dr. Paul W. Brandt-Rauf is currently the dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Paul W. Brandt-Rauf is currently the dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also holds appointments as professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, medicine, bioengineering, and public administration. Dr. Brandt-Rauf received his B.S., M.S., and Sc.D. in applied chemistry and chemical engineering, his M.D., and his M.P.H. and Dr.P.H. in environmental sciences from Columbia University. After completing his training, he joined the faculty of Columbia where he was professor and chairman of the department of environmental health sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health as well as professor of medicine, earth and environmental engineering, and international and public affairs. In 2008, he became professor emeritus at Columbia when he assumed his current position at the UIC. Dr. Brandt-Rauf’s major research interest is environmental carcinogenesis, particularly the molecular biology and the molecular epidemiology of cancer-related proteins. He has also written extensively about ethical, legal and social issues in occupational/environmental health policy and practice. He has published over 240 journal articles and book chapters, and he has served as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine since 1992. He is a former member of the board of directors of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Engineers Without Borders-USA and a current member of the board of directors of the Carcinogenesis Foundation. He has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards and has served as an advisor and consultant to business, labor, academic and governmental organizations in the U.S. and around the world.
Varshini Cherukupalli is a second-year medical student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Varshini Cherukupalli is a second-year medical student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She graduated from Northwestern with a degree in Human Biological Anthropology and has a deep interest in global health. As an undergraduate, she helped establish the Northwestern chapter of Project RISHI (Rural India Social and Health Improvement), a non-profit organization that promotes the sustainable development of rural communities in India. Her research currently focuses on determining the surgical burden of diseases in India, and understanding how community health workers can play a role in improving access to health care.
Dr. Leslie Cordes is a primary care pediatrician with experience in providing health care in Haiti since 2008
Dr. Leslie Cordes is a primary care pediatrician with experience in providing health care in Haiti since 2008. In 2013, she joined a colleague for a formative research project on umbilical cord care practices in a rural village in Haiti. This initial work led to the community campaign to introduce chlorhexidine gel for neonatal cord care in that community. She is a member of the Chlorhexidine Working Group.
Dr. Cordes received both her undergraduate and medical school degrees from Northwestern University and completed her pediatric residency training at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and is currently pursing a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology with a Maternal and Child Health concentration at the University of Illinois- Chicago.
Kasey Coyne is a third-year medical student at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Andrew is an assistant professor of family medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Andrew is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Originating from southwest Missouri, Andrew received his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and completed his Family Medicine residency and Public Health degree at UIC.
Andrew holds interests in global health policy and systems research, chronic diseases, community medicine, and health disparities. He directs the Global Community Health Program through the UIC Department of Family Medicine Residency Program and is the Director of Postgraduate Global Health Education at the UIC Center for Global Health. This program strives to foster a global health perspective for interested resident physicians. His interest in global health first developed through his experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer from 1997 to 1999 in Mauritania, West Africa. He has founded and currently directs Peace Care, a nonprofit organization, with work in Senegal, Ethiopia, and the Dominican Republic.
Andrew is married to Lauren and they live together in Chicago, IL with their daughters, Sevilla Dabel, Eliana Allison, and their dog, Bella Mango. Andrew enjoys spending time with friends and family, riding his bike, and playing the guitar.
Martin Edlund is a founding member and now CEO of Malaria No More
Martin Edlund is a founding member and now CEO of Malaria No More. During his tenure at Malaria No More, he has been instrumental in growing US funding commitments to malaria and shaping the narrative of the complex and evolving issue for leadership audiences across the globe, beginning with his work around the 2006 White House Summit on Malaria. Edlund also lived and worked in West Africa as Malaria No More’s Director of New Programs, where he helped launch innovative net distribution and health education campaigns with country leadership, and local partners in Senegal, Cameroon, and Chad. Prior to joining MNM, Martin was a political consultant in Washington, D.C., specializing in online campaign strategies, and a journalist for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New Republic and Slate, among other publications.
J. Sophia Fu is a third-year PhD student at the Media, Technology, and Society program of Northwestern University
J. Sophia Fu is a third-year PhD student at the Media, Technology, and Society program of Northwestern University. Her research interests center around interorganizational collaboration, collective action, nonprofit organizations, and information and communication technologies.
Dr. Shannon Galvin is the director of clinical programs & training for the Center for Global Health
Dr. Shannon Galvin is the director of clinical programs & training for the Center for Global Health. She coordinates and participates in clinical and research activities initiated and supported by the Center, aiming to facilitate new research projects of global import by Northwestern and partner investigators. This includes supporting existing research projects in HIV care and ART treatment, rapid diagnostics and models of clinical care in resource limited settings. In addition, Dr. Galvin assists in identifying global health opportunities both for new scientist and established scientist whose work translates to international settings. Dr. Galvin also serves as clinical advisor for any clinical activities of the Center.
Dr. Galvin has spent ten years as an infectious disease physician and HIV investigator in resource limited settings. Prior to joining Northwestern she was an Assistant Professor in Infectious Diseases at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There she spent time living and working on the UNC Project Malawi in Lilongwe, Malawi. She also served as HIV clinical advisor to IntraHealth International and worked on HIV treatment programs in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan and Namibia as well as STD projects in India and Armenia and the global Capacity Project. Her research interests include correlates of immunity to HIV, diagnosis of acute HIV and delivery of care in resource limited settings. She has been principal investigator on clinical studies in Malawi and Swaziland and understands the tasks required to ethically and effectively perform research in sub-Saharan Africa as well as the challenges and rewards of providing care to communities with high burden of disease.
Dr. Hamlet Gasoyan is a visiting lecturer at Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU, Armenia) faculty of public health and assistant professor at YSMU Department of Prosthodontics
Dr. Hamlet Gasoyan is a visiting lecturer at Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU, Armenia) faculty of public health and assistant professor at YSMU Department of Prosthodontics. He is currently also National Consultant for United Nations Population Fund. Some of his previous experiences include USAID Support to the Armenian National Assembly Program (Junior Expert in Public Health), HIV/AIDS SMS Informational Helpline organized by US Peace Corps and Armenian Red Cross Society (Program Adviser).
Dr. Gasoyan received his MPH degree from University of South Florida while pursuing US Department of State sponsored Edmond S. Muskie fellowship and DMD degree from Yerevan State Medical University. He successfully attained US National Dental Board Examinations and is certified in Public Health by the US National Board of Public Health Examiners.
Lawrence O. Gostin is University Professor, Georgetown University’s highest academic rank conferred by the University President, and directs the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and is the Founding O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law
Lawrence O. Gostin is University Professor, Georgetown University’s highest academic rank conferred by the University President. Prof. Gostin directs the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and is the Founding O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law. He served as Associate Dean for Research at Georgetown Law from 2004 to 2008. He is Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University and Professor of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University.
Prof. Gostin is the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Public Health Law & Human Rights. The WHO Director-General has appointed Prof. Gostin to high-level positions, including the International Health Regulations (IHR) Roster of Experts and the Expert Advisory Panel on Mental Health. He served on the Director-General’s Advisory Committee on Reforming the World Health Organization, as well as numerous WHO expert advisory committees on the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, smallpox, and genomic sequencing data. He is a member of the WHO/Global Fund Blue Ribbon Expert Panel entitled, The Equitable Access Initiative to develop a global health equity framework.
Professor Gostin serves on two global commissions to report on the lessons learned from the 2015 West Africa Ebola epidemic: Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework (National Academy of Sciences, supported by WHO, World Bank, Gates Foundation, and Rockefeller Foundation) and the Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola (Harvard University/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).
Prof. Gostin holds a number of international academic professorial appointments: Visiting Professor (Faculty of Medical Sciences) and Research Fellow (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies) at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom; the Claude Leon Foundation Distinguished Scholar and Visiting Professor at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; and the Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Founding Fellow of the Centre for Advanced Studies (Trinity College), University of Melbourne. Prof. Gostin served as Secretary and a member of the Governing Board of Directors of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.
Prof. Gostin holds numerous editorial appointments in leading academic journals throughout the world. His principal position is the Health Law and Ethics Editor, Contributing Writer, and Columnist for the Journal of the American Medical Association. He is also Founding Editor-in-Chief of Laws (an international open access law journal). He was formally the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics.
Prof. Gostin holds four honorary degrees. In 1994, the Chancellor of the State University of New York conferred an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree. In 2006, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Vice Chancellor awarded Cardiff University’s (Wales) highest honor, an Honorary Fellow. In 2007, the Royal Institute of Public Health (United Kingdom) designated Prof. Gostin as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health (FRSPH). In 2012, the Chancellor of the University of Sydney – on the nomination of the Deans of the Law and Medical Schools – conferred a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) in the presence of two Justices of Australia’s highest court—Justices Kirby and Haydon.
Prof. Gostin is an elected lifetime Member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine), National Academy of Sciences. He has served on the National Academy’s Board on Health Sciences Policy, the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, the Human Subjects Review Board, and the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law. He chaired the National Academy’s Committee on Global Solutions to Falsified, Substandard, and Counterfeit Medicines. He has chaired National Academy Committees on national preparedness for mass disasters, health informational privacy, public health genomics, and human subject research on prisoners.
The National Academy of Medicine awarded Prof. Gostin the Adam Yarmolinsky Medal for distinguished service to further its mission of science and health. He received the Public Health Law Association’s Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award “in recognition of a career devoted to using law to improve the public’s health” presented at the CDC. The New York Public Health Law Association conferred the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for extraordinary service to improve the public’s health.
Prof. Gostin is also a lifetime elected Member of the Council of Foreign Relations (providing independent advice to governments on foreign policy) and a Fellow of the Hastings Center (for bioethics and public policy).
Internationally, Prof. Gostin received the Rosemary Delbridge Memorial Award from the National Consumer Council (United Kingdom) for the person “who has most influenced Parliament and government to act for the welfare of society.” He also received the Key to Tohoko University (Japan) for distinguished service for human rights in mental health.
Prof. Gostin has led major law reform initiatives in the U.S., including the drafting of the Model Emergency Health Powers Act (MEHPA) to combat bioterrorism and the “Turning Point” Model State Public Health Act. He is also leading a drafting team for the World Health Organization and International Development Law Organization, Advancing the Right to Health Through Public Health Law.
Prof. Gostin’s proposal for a Framework Convention on Global Health – an international treaty ensuring the right to health – is now part of a global campaign, endorsed by the UN Secretary-General and Director of UNAIDS.
In the United Kingdom, Lawrence Gostin was the Legal Director of the National Association for Mental Health, Director of the National Council of Civil Liberties (the UK equivalent of the ACLU), and a Fellow at Oxford University. He strongly influenced the current Mental Health Act (England and Wales) and brought several landmark cases before the European Court of Human Rights.
Prof. Gostin’s latest books are: Global Health Law (Harvard University Press, 2014; Chinese Translation Due in 2016)); Public Health Law: Power, Duty, Restraint (University of California Press, 3rd ed. Forthcoming 2016); Public Health Law and Ethics: A Reader (University of California Press, 2nd ed., 2010); Law and the Health System (Foundation Press, 2014); Principles of Mental Health Law & Practice (Oxford University Press, 2010).
Paul Farmer, Partners in Health, says of his latest book: Global Health Law is “more than the definitive book on a dynamic field. Gostin harnesses the power of international law and human rights as tools to close unconscionable health inequities — the injustices that burden marginalized populations throughout the world. Gostin presents a forceful vision, one that deserves a wide embrace.”
In a 2012 systematic empirical analysis of legal scholarship, independent investigators ranked Prof. Gostin 1st in the nation in productivity among all law professors, and 11th in in impact and influence.
Dr. Gabriel Gulis is associate professor in the Department of Public Health, Unit for Health Promotion Research, University of Southern Denmark
Dr. Gabriel Gulis is associate professor in the Department of Public Health, Unit for Health Promotion Research, University of Southern Denmark. He was a Fogarty Scholar at the University of Iowa. He has organized or co-organized numerous training courses for the WHO, including Epidemiological Methods in Public Health, 1995, organized by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and WHO; Cancer Epidemiology, 1994, organized by International Agency for Research on Cancer of WHO; and Environmental Epidemiology, 1994, organized by WHO Environment and health office. His research areas include health impact assessment, health policy. global health, policy risk assessment, and environmental health.
Mark D. Huffman, MD, MPH, is an assistant professor of preventive medicine and medicine-cardiology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine
Mark D. Huffman, MD, MPH, is an assistant professor of preventive medicine and medicine-cardiology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a practicing cardiologist and scientist with an interest in global cardiovascular epidemiology, prevention, and outcomes research. He leads an acute coronary syndrome quality improvement clinical trial in Kerala, India; is the coordinating editor of the Cochrane Heart Group US satellite; and serves as the senior program advisor to the World Heart Federation for its Emerging Leaders presidential initiative, which aims to develop a cadre of investigators from around the world to help achieve the WHO's goal of reducing premature mortality from chronic diseases by 25% by 2025. He lives in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood with his wife, Katie, and two children, Virginia and Daniel.
Cynthia Kinnan is an assistant professor in Northwestern's Department of Economics
Cynthia Kinnan is an assistant professor in Northwestern's Department of Economics. Her research focuses on how households in developing countries use financial products and interpersonal networks to finance investments, save, and cope with risk. Her current projects include studying the long-term effects of microfinance and the financial consequences of health insurance in India, the impact of migration in China, and the network effects of financial access in Tanzania. She is an affiliate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Jameel Poverty Action Lab, the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, and Northwestern's Institute for Policy Research. She holds a PhD in economics from MIT.
Lawrence Loh is a family and public health physician based in Toronto, serving as senior medical consultant in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health at the Ontario Ministry of Health
Lawrence Loh is a family and public health physician based in Toronto, serving as Senior Medical Consultant in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health at the Ontario Ministry of Health. He has worked extensively in global health since graduating medical school in 2006, through his role as co-founder and Direction of Operations at The 53rd Week (53W).
53W is a Brooklyn-based non-profit that aims to mitigate the harms and improve the outcomes of short-term global health volunteering abroad through advocacy, research, and innovation. Dr. Loh has spoken at numerous institutions worldwide on global health careers for young physicians and adopting a pragmatic view towards improving short-term efforts, while overseeing 53W’s research in developing frameworks to evaluate and ensure short-term experiences abroad are ethical, locally-led, and impactful. In this role, as well as within his adjunct faculty appointment at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Dr. Loh oversees research conducted by 53W in the Dominican Republic in developing innovative collaboration networks to convert short-term to long-term, focus on targeting locally-identified, upstream interventions, and shifting the balance of benefits to the communities purportedly served.
Dr. Loh attended medical school at the University of Western Ontario before completing residency at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto’s School of Public Health, during which he also earned a Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. He is board certified in family medicine in Canada and in public health and preventive medicine in both Canada and the United States and was the 2013 recipient of the American Public Health Association’s Jay S. Drotman award. He also works clinically in urgent care medicine, and in his free time, he and his wife Jaime enjoy raising their daughter, running marathons, spending time with friends, karaoke, photography, enjoying good food, and travelling.
John Mazzeo is associate professor of anthropology and director of the Master of Public Health program at DePaul University
John Mazzeo is associate professor of anthropology and director of the master of public health program at DePaul University. Mazzeo earned his PhD from the University of Arizona in 2007 in socio-cultural anthropology. His research involves community health development activities in rural Haiti. Most recently, he has become involved in the joint DePaul – Rush Center for Community Health Equity and is developing an edited volume on this history of health disparity research in Chicago with co-authors from DePaul and Rush University.
Dr. Robert L. Murphy is the director of the Center for Global Health at Northwestern University
Dr. Robert L. Murphy is the director of the Center for Global Health at Northwestern University where he holds his primary academic appointment as the John P. Phair Professor of Medicine. He also holds an appointment as Professeur Associé de Recherche at the Pierre et Marie Curie Université-Paris in France. He is one of the five founding members of the Northwestern Global Health Foundation. Dr. Murphy’s primary research and clinical interest is in viral infections. His research includes drug development of new antiretroviral drugs and vaccines for HIV and viral hepatitis and the scale-up of therapy for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr. Murphy is special advisor to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program in Nigeria, sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health, where he has overseen the set up of 42 clinics that currently treat over 75,000 patients with HIV/AIDS. He also consults on NIH-supported antiretroviral education projects in Senegal and is principal investigator for Northwestern’s NIH/Fogarty International AIDS Training Grant based in Nigeria and Mali and the Northwestern Fogarty Frameworks grant. International activities and interests include assisting in the establishment of an AIDS Clinic in rural southern Kenya funded by the African Village Clinics Foundation of Chicago.
Dr. Murphy is the principal investigator for the National Institutes for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) at Northwestern. Within ACTG he has held numerous leadership positions including membership on the Scientific Agenda Steering Committee and Adult Executive Committee, the governing body of the group. He is a member of multiple medical societies and sits on the boards of several non-profit organizations including the Drucker Family Charitable Trust, the International AIDS Education Project, Objectif Recherche Vaccin SIDA and the Midwest AIDS Foundation, of which he is the founder.
Professor Murphy has been with Northwestern University since 1978. After receiving his AB from Boston University, he attended the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and later completed his internship, residency, and fellowship in infectious diseases at the McGaw Medical Center, Northwestern University. Professor Murphy has remained with Northwestern, becoming professor of medicine in 1999. He presently holds the distinguished post of John P. Phair Professor of Medicine.
Kara Palamountain is a research assistant professor at the Kellogg School of Management and the executive director of the school's Global Health Initiative (GHI)
Kara Palamountain is a Research Assistant Professor at the Kellogg School of Management and the Executive Director of the school's Global Health Initiative (GHI). The GHI is currently working in partnership with NU's Center for Innovation in Global Health Technologies (CIGHT) to develop and produce affordable diagnostics for resource limited settings.
Ms. Palamountain has played a crucial role in identifying the more strategic aspects of introducing diagnostics developed by CIGHT. She has managed over 50 Kellogg field research teams conducting market entry analysis in over a dozen countries (Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, China, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia).
Ms. Palamountain authored "Perspectives On Introduction And Implementation Of New Point-Of-Care Diagnostic Tests" and "Opportunities And Challenges For Cost-Efficient Implementation Of New Point-Of-Care Diagnostics For HIV And Tuberculosis" published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases and "Optimizing tuberculosis case detection through a novel diagnostic device placement model: The case of Uganda" recently published in PLOSOne.
Ms. Palamountain is also the President of the Northwestern Global Health Foundation. Prior to her work at the Northwestern Global Health Foundation and at Kellogg, Kara worked as a management consultant in Deloitte's Healthcare practice for over six years (1998-2002; 2004-2006). She received her MBA from Kellogg in 2004 and her BBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998.
Carol Pandak is the director of Rotary International's PolioPlus program
Carol Pandak is the director of Rotary International’s PolioPlus program, a position she has held since 2000. For over 20 years, Carol has worked for national and international nonprofit organizations including Rotary International and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Carol directs all aspects of Rotary’s polio eradication activities including administration, advocacy, grants management, and volunteer management. She serves as the focal point for the partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative including WHO, UNICEF, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She also supports Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee, the volunteer committee that provides strategic guidance to the PolioPlus program. By the time the world is certified polio-free, Rotary will have committed over US$ 1.5 billion and countless hours of volunteer service in support of global polio eradication efforts.
In addition to directing the PolioPlus program, Carol oversaw the development of Rotary’s new strategic partnership activities from its inception in 2009 until 2013. This included reaching out to organizations including foundations, nongovernmental agencies, private corporations and universities to secure partnerships in six areas of focus: basic education and literacy; disease prevention and treatment, economic and community development; maternal and child health; peace and conflict resolution/prevention; and water and sanitation. Under her leadership, partnerships were developed with Aga Khan University, Mercy Ships, Oikocredit and UNESCO-IHE
Carol has a doctorate degree in Adult Education and is a published author. She has been a lecturer for the International Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University located in Evanston, Illinois where for 10 years she taught a course on civil society and nongovernmental organizations from an international perspective.
Jason Rosenfeld, MPH, is assistant director for global health, Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Jason Rosenfeld, MPH, is assistant director for global health, Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. Mr. Rosenfeld is a public health professional with over 10 years of experience designing, implementing and evaluation international health and development programs, with a specific focus on community based water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) education programs. Prior to joining the Health Science Center, he served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana and worked for local non-governmental organizations in Kenya, Zambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Mr. Rosenfeld now works to improve community health in the Dominican Republic and Haiti using the Community Health Clubs model of education and behavior change.
A cognitive psychologist, founder of IDEO Chicago’s Design Research Group, and senior thought-leader in the company’s Health & Wellness domain, Amy Schwartz has over 26 years of professional experience in research, design, and innovation – 18 of them at IDEO
A cognitive psychologist, founder of IDEO Chicago’s Design Research Group, and senior thought-leader in the company’s Health & Wellness domain, Amy Schwartz has over 26 years of professional experience in research, design, and innovation – 18 of them at IDEO. Working for a diverse set of clients—from small, start-ups to industry leaders like Baxter, Medtronic, Abbott, and Geisinger to government agencies like HHS—Amy has contributed her innovative research methodologies and human insights to award-winning projects including the design of minimally invasive surgical systems, consumer health products, adherence strategies for the treatment of chronic illnesses, new services for retail-based health clinics, design thinking based strategies for translating and disseminating medical evidence, and the design of a medical simulation center for a major medical school. She excels in helping clients frame problems in new ways to inspire innovative design solutions.
Because Amy has worked closely with everyone from consumers, patients and their families, providers and their care teams, pharmacists, pharmaceutical companies, and payers, she has an empathic, holistic understanding of the entire modern healthcare ecosystem and the needs, desires, fears, and real- life contexts of a multitude of stakeholders. Amy’s current challenges: how to bring human-centered design-thinking to big, systemic health and wellness problems in the era of healthcare reform and how to apply design thinking methods to engage communities in co-design to improve their health by thinking broadly about the social and environmental determinants of health.
An engaging speaker, Amy has presented strategies for transforming healthcare and empowering both patients and care teams to the IHI Forum, ESOMAR Global Healthcare Conference, and Academy Health Annual Research Meeting. She has also lectured on design research, health trends, and behavior change and adherence at Northwestern University, the University of Michigan, and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. She serves as a Mentor to start-up teams as part of the Chicago Innovation Mentor Network and an adjunct instructor in the Northwestern Engineering, Design, and Innovation Program. Amy holds a PhD degree in cognitive psychology from Yale University and a BA in psychology from Columbia University.
S.D. Shanti is an associate professor of public health at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in Mesa, AZ
S.D. Shanti is an associate professor of public health at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in Mesa, AZ. Her areas of expertise include oral health, violence prevention, depression prevention and the use of information communication technologies for health information dissemination and population level behavior change. Her work has been supported by UNICEF and various foundations in the United States, Switzerland and the UK. She has conducted field work in St. Lucia, West Indies and Ethiopia and has extensive multi-sector experience in Switzerland, including having served as the Head of Public Health at the World Dental Federation in Geneva. She founded the NGO Woman-to-Woman International, which is based in Switzerland and is a member of Violence Prevention Alliance of the WHO. Her mental health promotion portfolio includes the book "The Time-Starved Woman's Guide to Emotional Well-Being - tools and strategies for balance." She holds a DDS from Northwestern University, PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Vermont and an MPH from Harvard University. She is licensed to practice dentistry in the United States and psychology in Switzerland.
Juliet Sorensen is a clinical associate professor of law at Northwestern Law School, where she teaches Health and Human Rights
Juliet Sorensen is a clinical associate professor of law at Northwestern Law School, where she teaches Health and Human Rights. Professor Sorensen is a founder of the Northwestern Access to Health Project, an interdisciplinary global community health partnership that works throughout the global south.
Barbara Saatkamp Taylor, MD, MS, is an assistant professor of infectious disease at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Barbara Saatkamp Taylor, MD, MS, is an assistant professor of infectious disease at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. She holds co-appointments at the University of Texas School of Public Health and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Over the past ten years, she has conducted research to identify barriers to care and improve outcomes for underserved people living with HIV in the U.S. and Latin America and she has ongoing research projects in the Dominican Republic, San Antonio, and New York.