Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Global Health Interdisciplinary Symposium Series

Symposium Schedule


Hughes Auditorium: Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center, 303 E Superior St
Thorne Auditorium: Pritzker School of Law, 375 E Chicago Ave
Feinberg Method Atrium: 300 E Superior St., 1st Floor

Thursday, November 19

Time & LocationThemePresenters & Titles

10:30 - 10:40 AM
Hughes Auditorium

Breakfast served prior

Introduction: Devora Grynspan, Director of International Program Development and Vice President for International Relations

10:50 AM – 11:50 PM, Hughes Auditorium

Milestones in Global Health: Past, Present and Future

MODERATOR: Rob Murphy, Center for Global Health, Northwestern University

  • “Africa on the Verge of Defeating Polio”
    Carol Pandak, MD, Director, PolioPlus at Rotary International
  • “The History and Case for Clopidogrel as a World Health Organization Essential Medicine”
    Amisha Patel, MD, Mahesh Vidula, BS, Sunny P. Kishore, MD, PhD, Rajesh Vedanthan MD, MPH, Mark D. Huffman, MD, MPH
  • “The Impact of Epidemics on Human Capital”
    John Mazzeo, MPH

12:00 – 1:30 PM, Thorne Auditorium

Lunch served


Introduction: Rowland W Chang MD, MPH, Professor of Preventive Medicine, Director, Institute for Public Health and Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine;

"The Path to Universal Health Coverage," Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and Health Policy and Management, Special Adviser to United Nations on the Millennium Development Goals

2 PM – 3 PM,
Hughes Auditorium


Social Justice and Social Determinants of Health

Featured Presenter/MODERATOR: Paul W. Brandt-Rauf, Dr.P.H., M.D., Sc.D.

  • “Global Health and Environmental Justice: Footprints, Fairness and the Future of the Planet”

Paul W. Brandt-Rauf, Dr.P.H., M.D., Sc.D.

  • “The Health of the Serbian Roma/Gypsies: A Research Report”
    Jelena Cvorovic, Rizwana Biviji-Sharma and Kathryn Coe
  • “Surgical Needs in Rural India: Population-Based Survey in Nanakpur, Haryana”
    Srivarshini Cherukupalli
  • “FGM’s Impact on Health, Human Capital, and Human Rights: Assessment and Intervention in Douentza, Mali,” Juliet Sorensen, J.D.

3:10 PM-4:10 PM, Hughes Auditorium

Public Health Education

Featured Presenter/MODERATOR: Martin Edlund, Malaria No More

  • “Why Mama Must Read and How to Make it Happen: Eradicating Female Illiteracy within One Generation”
    S.D. Shanti, DDS, MPH, PhD, CPH
  • “Leveraging massive open online courses to scale healthcare workforce development globally – Career 911: Your Future Job in Medicine and Healthcare”
    Melissa A. Simon MD MPH
  • “Evaluating a Community Campaign in Haiti: Neonatal Umbilical Cord Care”
    Leslie Cordes, MD

4:20 PM – 5:20 PM, Hughes Auditorium

Innovation in Global Health

Featured Presenter/MODERATOR: Amy Schwartz, Ideo

  • “Efficacy and Cost-effectiveness of Text-messaging based HIV Prevention Interventions: Study Based in Republic of Armenia”
    Hamlet Gasoyan, DMD, MPH, CPH
  • “Organizational boundary matters: Examining government officials’ intentions to adopt health innovations in India”
    Jiawei Sophia Fu, Michelle Shumate, and Noshir Contractor
  • “FoodSwitch: A mobile phone-based application for surveillance of the United States’ packaged food supply” Kasey J Coyne, Abigail S Baldridge, Elizabeth K Dunford, Bruce C Neal, Mark D Huffman

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM,
Feinberg Method Atrium


Symposium Reception

Friday, November 20

Time & LocationThemePresenters & Titles

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM, Hughes Auditorium

Catered breakfast for participants

9:40 AM – 10:55 AM, Hughes Auditorium

Partnerships and New Models for Collaboration

MODERATOR: Shannon Galvin, Center for Global Health, Northwestern University

  • “A modified healthy community partnership (HCP) framework in improving short-term global health experiences (STEGH): La Romana’s Coalicion de Salud Comunitaria (COSACO)”
    Lawrence C. Loh, MD, MPH
  • “Bridging the knowledge to action gap through innovative implementation research partnerships: implications for the US Peace Corps and Rotary International”
    Andrew Dykens, MD, MPH
  • “Public-Private Partnerships in Global Health Coordination”
    Kara Palamountain, MBA
  • “Progress and Obstacles to Scale Up and Implementation of Successful Global Health Interventions: Lessons from the Dominican Republic” Barbara Saatkamp Taylor M.D., M.S., and Jason Rosenfeld, MPH

11:10 AM – 12:25 PM, Hughes Auditorium

Re-imagining Public Health Policy and Legal Frameworks

Featured Presenter/MODERATOR: Lawrence Gostin, Law, Georgetown University

  • “Global Health with Justice: Lessons Learned from the Ebola Epidemic” Lawrence Gostin, JD
  •  “Translating Research Into Policy in Global Health and Intersectorality”
    Gabriel Gulis, PhD
  • “Translating research into policy: maximizing the impact of quantitative and qualitative research on global health”
    Cynthia Kinnan

12:30 PM

Hughes Auditorium

Symposium conclusion