2017 CUGH Conference

PROGRAM AGENDA:     Day 1 | Friday, April 7, 2017     •     Day 2 | Saturday, April 8, 2017     •     Day 3 | Sunday, April 9, 2017

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Day 2: Saturday, April 8, 2017

Registration desk opens at 8am

08:15am – 09:45am

International Ballroom Center

Saving the Planet, Saving Ourselves: Creating Healthy Ecosystems and Healthy People

The Anthropocene is marked by the massive degradation of our planet's life support systems which is affecting all species. The destruction of ecosystems and species within them is having a disastrous impact upon people’s wellbeing.  This is a critical situation that demands urgent action. This panel of experts will illustrate the impact human activity is having on the Earth's vital ecosystems and what can be done to create a sustainable future.


Moderator: Keith Martin, Executive Director, CUGH, USA


Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet, UK

Juli Trtanj, Research Lead, Climate Program Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA

Montira Pongsiri, Science Policy Adviser, Planetary Health Alliance, USA

Anderew McCabe, Executive Director, Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges, USA

09:45am – 10:30am

International Ballroom Center

Canada Gairdner Global Health Awardee Lecture

The Canada Gairdner Global Health Award is given annually to an individual who has made seminal discoveries or major scientific advances in any one of four areas of basic science, clinical science, population health or environmental health. These discoveries have made, or have the potential to make, a significant impact on health outcomes in the developing world.

Recent Awardees:

2016 – Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, USA

2015 – Peter Piot, Director, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

2014 – Satoshi Omura, 2015 Nobel Prize Winner for Medicine, Japan

2013 – King Holmes, Director of Research, Global Health, University of Washington, USA

Introduction: Janet Rossant, President and Scientific Director, Gairdner Foundation, Canada

Speaker: Cesar Victora, Emeritus Professor, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil

10:30am – 11:00am

Columbia West & Concourse Foyer

Exhibits & Network

11:00am – 12:30pm

International Ballroom East

Translating Research to Policy: Creating and Implementing Evidence-Based Policies for the Prevention and Early Detection of Women’s Cancers

More than 88% of cervical cancer deaths and 50% of breast cancer deaths occur in LMICs. Mortality rates for breast and cervical cancer are significantly higher for women in less-developed regions due to limited prevention, early detection, and diagnostic capacity. Substantial improvements in quality of life and survival could be achieved in low-resource settings. A combination of traditional and recent innovative solutions has great potential to save women’s lives around the world. This panel will address the importance of translating advances in cervical and breast cancer prevention, detection, and diagnosis into effective policies and practice in LMICs. This can drive evidence-based policy decisions to improve health outcomes of women worldwide.

Moderator: Edward Trimble, Director, Center for Global Health, National Cancer Institute of the NIH, USA


Ophira Ginsburg, Associate Professor, NYU, Langone School of Medicine, USA

Michele Bloch, Chief, Tobacco Control Research Branch, National Cancer Institute of the NIH, USA

Mauricio Maza, Chief Medical Officer, Basic Health International, USA



Room: International Ballroom West

Conversation with Donors

A discussion with representatives from leading international donor organizations about their funding priorities. in the coming years. Panelists will also share information about their granting mechanisms.

Moderator: Pierre Buekens, Chair, Board of Directors, CUGH


Jennifer Adams, Acting Assisting Administrator, Bureau for global Health, US Agency for International Development, USA

Rob Nabors, Director of Policy and Government, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA



Room: Lincoln E/W

The Insufficiently Appreciated Impact of Pollution on Global Health

Pollution related disease (PRD) is a massive and growing global problem. Diseases caused by pollution are responsible for 9 million premature deaths each year, almost three times as many deaths as result from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. More than 90% of deaths due to PRD occur in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The nature of pollution is changing. In developing countries, levels of ambient air pollution, toxic chemical pollution and soil pollution are increasing as consequence of urbanization, increasing motor vehicle use and the proliferation of toxic chemicals, pesticides and polluting industries. Pollution can be prevented. This panel will share cost effective pollution control strategies that have been developed and successfully deployed. It will also share information about the Global Commission on Pollution & Health. The Commission’s report, supported by The Lancet, and the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution, will be published in early 2017.

Moderator: Philip J. Landrigan, Dean for Global Health, Arhnold Global Health Institute at Mount Sinai, USA


Maureen Cropper, Distinguished University Professor of Economics, University of Maryland, USA

Philip J. Landrigan, Dean for Global Health, Arhnold Global Health Institute at Mount Sinai, USA

Christa Hasenkopf, CEO/Co-founder, OpenAQ, USA


Georgetown E/W

Make Your Mark: Conquering Challenges to Establish a Career in Global Health

This session will present students and trainees with a range of perspectives on creating a career in global health. A panel of professionals will share their personal experience in achieving their current positions in the field and the challenges that they faced along the way. Specifically, they will speak to conquering student debt, navigating institutional and international bureaucracy, and identifying a niche in the ever-expanding world of global health. This panel discussion will provide attendees with realistic advice on networking and engaging in the professional environment at home and abroad. The brief discussion will be followed by an extended Q&A, during which attendees will have the unique opportunity to submit questions to the speakers.

Moderator: Mary Kate LoPiccolo, Medical Student (MS3), USA


Loyce Pace, President & Executive Director, Global Health Council, USA

Sharon Rudy, Director, Global Health Fellows Program, Public Health Institute, USA

Kate Warren, Senior Director and Editor, Careers and Recruiting, Devex, USA



Export Controls and Global Health Programs

This session will explore various topics related to U.S. trade compliance in the global health arena. The speakers will discuss how their institutions support the import and export of materials as well a compliance with U.S. laws related to working with foreign nationals. Some topics that will be addressed include: Import and export licenses required for the shipment of certain biological goods and clinical care equipment; The rare instances where a license may be required in global health to share technical data with a foreign national; Dealing with institutions and citizens from sanctioned countries, in particular, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria; Understanding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Recommendations on how to establish a support system in academia for global health trade compliance will be discussed as well as resources that could be used in the absence of such support structures.

Mark Stomski, Assistant Vice Provost for Export Control, University of Washington, USA

Speakers: Kelly Hochstetler, Director in the Office of Export Contols, University of Virginia, USA

Janet Simons
, Director, Research Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA

Mark Stomski, Assistant Vice Provost for Export Control, University of Washington, USA


Oral Abstract Presentations | Planetary Health, One Health, and Environmental Sustainability

Moderator: Amira A. Roess, Assistant professor of Global Health, George Washington University, USA

·       Impacts of Environmental Change on Quality and Yield of Fruits and Vegetables: Relevance for the Global Burden of Non-Communicable Disease 
Pauline Scheelbeek, London School of Health and Tropical Medicine, UK

·       Spatiotemporal Patterns and Drivers of Landscape Change in a Semi-arid, Southern African Savanna
John Fox, Virginia Tech, USA - CANCELLED

·       Fully Integrated Thinking for Sustainable Development in Asia's Exiting and Emerging Cities
Sean Quinn, HOK, USA


·       Increasing Food Security and Nutrition Resilience in Response to Climate Change in East Africa: Findings From a Multisectoral Symposium

Paula Braitstein, University of Toronto, USA


·       Promoting Household Food Security and Resilience Through Sustainable Poultry Interventions in Game Management
Areas of Zambia’s Luangwa Valley
Sarah Dumas, Cornell University, USA


Columbia 3/4/6

Perspectives on Monitoring Progress toward Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality: What Measures Matter?

Over the course of the past year, a diverse group of stakeholders has been developing a monitoring framework to accompany the 2015 WHO report “Strategies toward ending preventable maternal mortality (EPMM).” The process has focused on identifying indicators to address both the proximal and distal causes of maternal morbidity and mortality as outlined by the 11 “key themes” in the EPMM Strategies report. This panel will examine the EPMM Strategies and its monitoring framework in light of country implementation and monitoring needs and its role within both the larger maternal health agenda (guided by the Global Strategy and SDGs) and other efforts in global health monitoring (e.g. human rights).

Moderator: Mary Ellen Stanton, Senior Maternal Health Advisor, USAID, USA


Elahi Chowdhury, Acting Director, icddrb, Bangladesh

Rima Jolivet, Maternal Health Technical Director, Maternal Health Task Force, Harvard University, USA

Ugo Okoli ,
Project Director, Maternal and Child Survival Program, Nigeria


Columbia 8/11/12

The Global Health Security Agenda

The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) was launched in February 2014 and is a growing partnership of over 50 nations, international organizations, and non-governmental stakeholders to help build countries’ capacity to help create a world secure from infectious disease threats. GHSA acknowledges the essential need for a multilateral and multi-sectoral approach to strengthen both the global capacity and nations' capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious diseases threats.  This session will review the successes and limitations of GHSA in its efforts to strengthen both the global capacity and nations’ capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to human and animal infectious diseases threats whether naturally occurring or accidentally or deliberately spread. 

Moderator: Thomas Quinn, Director, Johns Hopkins University, USA


Bonnie Jenkins, U.S. Dept. of State Coordinator, Threat Reduction Programs, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, USA

Jonathan Quick, President and CEO, Management Sciences for Health, USA

Jonna A.K. Mazet, Professor and Executive Director, One Health Institute, University of California, Davis, USA 

Catherine Machalaba, Health and Policy Program Coordinator, EcoHealth Alliance, USA

12:30pm – 02:30pm


Posters (1.00pm to 2.30pm), Exhibits, Networking

12:30pm – 02:30pm


Room: Cabinet

The GHFP-II and CUGH Recent Graduate Study

This session will discuss the results from the GHFP-II and CUGH Recent Graduates Study. The study aimed to better understand the experiences of gradutes from master’s level global health programs when seeking jobs and the fit of graduate program curricula and workplace demand. Attendees can expect to leave with clearer expectations for transitioning into the global health workforce and new tools and resources to gain in-demand skills.
Presentations and limited box lunches. Pre-registration required at: http://bit.do/RecentGradStudy


01:30pm – 02:30pm

Ceremony: CUGH Awards & Recognition
International Ballroom Center

02:30pm – 04:00pm

International Ballroom Center

How Can NIH Help Advance Global Health Research in a Changing World?

This interactive session will include introductory remarks by the panelists followed by questions and comments from the audience to help strategize how National Institutes of Health programs can help advance global health research and adapt to meet the needs of a changing world. How can progress on HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB be continued while also combatting the rising tide of cancer, heart disease, substance abuse and other chronic diseases? What new technologies can be deployed to better diagnose and treat patients living in in low-resource settings?


Moderator: Roger Glass, Associate Director for Global Health Research, NIH; Director, Fogarty International Center, USA


Pamela Y. Collins, Associate Director for Special Populations; Director, Office for Research on Disparities & Global Mental Health and Office of Rural Mental Health Research, National Institute of Health, USA

Anthony S. Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, USA

Gary H. Gibbons, Director, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, USA

Douglas R. Lowy, Acting Director, National Cancer Institute, USA

04:00pm – 04:30pm

Columbia West & Concourse Foyer

Exhibits & Network

04:30pm – 06:00pm

International Ballroom East

Toward a Breathable Feature: Managing Threats to Respiratory Health in Urban Slums

More than half the world’s population lives in urban areas, and this number is expected to increase to 5.1 billion by 2050. An estimated 863 million people currently live in urban slum conditions. The symposium will discuss community-based research in the epidemiology of chronic respiratory diseases in urban and rural regions of Latin America, Africa, and Asia. It will focus on potential strategies for implementation of interventions to improve health outcomes and quality of life for people living with chronic respiratory diseases in each country. The discussion will be grounded in an appreciation for the context-specific barriers and facilitators to effective implementation of these intervention strategies.

Moderator: William Checkley, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University, USA


Suzanne Pollard, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Trishul Siddharthan, Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Catherine Hooper Miele, Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Lee Riley, Head of Division of Infectious Disease and Vaccinology, University of California, Berkeley, USA


International Ballroom West

Global Burden of Road Traffic Injury: Opportunities and Strategies for Prevention and Control, Roles of Civil Society

The United Nations has declared 2012-2020 as the “Decade of Action for Road Safety” to achieve global progress. With nearly 1.2 million deaths each year and estimates of 20-50 million non-fatal injuries, road traffic injury (RTI) is an important but often neglected global public health burden.  Reducing the RTI problem requires partnerships and collaborations across all sectors of civil society.  The recently released global burden of disease report (Lancet, Dec 2012) and more recent CDC MMWR report outline how RTI rates are increasing in varied settings, with the major burden occurring in low and middle income locations.  This panel will inform conference participants about the global public health burden of RTI and approaches to injury prevention and control. 

Moderator: Stephen Hargarten, Assoc. Dean for Global Health, Medical College of Wisconsin, USA


Adriana Blanco, Regional Advisor on Tobacco, PAHO/WHO, USA/Switzerland

T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, Vice Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board, USA

Ann M. Dellinger, Epidemiologist and Branch Chief, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control, USA

Rochelle Sobel, President, Association for Safe International Road Travel, USA

Cathy Silberman, Executive Director, Association for Safe International Road Travel, USA


Lincoln E/W

Understanding and Managing Health Risks in the Anthropocene

Changing weather and climate patterns, biodiversity loss, land use change, and other global ecosystem changes will characterize the Anthropocene. These changes are exacerbating existing and creating new risks to human and animal health, and to sustainability, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Policy- and decision-makers need evidence of current impacts and projections of future risks and on options for preparing for and managing risks.  Panelists will illustrate not just the challenges, but also the opportunities to improve evidence-based risk management and policy development to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by collaborating across sectors; increasing the use of environmental information; identifying thresholds for action; and explicitly considering the social, cultural, and political contexts within which responses will be implemented.

Moderator: David Lopez-Carr, Co-Director, University of California Global Health Institute Planetary Health Center of Expertise; Professor of Geography, Univerrsity of California, Santa Barbara, USA


Roger-Mark DeSouza, Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, Woodrow Wilson Center, USA

Cory Morin, Acting Assistant Professor, University of Washington, USA

Clive Mutunga, Population, Environment, and Development Technical Advisor, USAID, USA

Marguerite Pappaioannou, Affiliate Professor, University of Washington, USA

David Bunn, Director, California Department of Conservation, University of California, Davis, USA


Georgetown E/W

Fake Medicines: An Unseen Threat to Global Health

What do medicines, criminals, global health and the internet have in common? With an estimated multi-billion dollar market, falsified medicines are a silent and urgent threat in health facilities, pharmacies, grocery stores, online stores, and homes worldwide. Falsified medicines expose patients, health systems, and governments to increases in morbidity, mortality, economic losses, and drug resistance. No single solution exists for securing the global medicines supply chain; rather a multi-sector “collective impact” approach is urgently required. This symposium provides perspectives from the front-line - including regulators, industry, academia, and implementers - on protecting medicines from falsification. 

Moderator: Jim Herrington, Executive Director, Gillings Global Gateway®, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA


Mustapha Hajjou, Senior Program Manager, Promoting the Quality of Medicines Program,U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), USA

Danielle Garfinkel, Communications Fellow for FPwatch, Population Services International (PSI), USA

Gaurvika Nayyar,
Global Health Consultant, University of California, San Diego, USA

Timothy K. Mackey
, Associate Director, Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego, USA

John P. Clark, Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Pfizer, USA

Douglas Stearn, Director of Enforcement and Import Operations, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), USA

Joel G. Breman, Senior Scientist Emeritus, Fogarty International Center, NIH, USA



Oral Abstract Presentations | Health Systems and Human Resources

Moderator: Raymond Terry, Sr., Assistant Professor, Global Health, Morgan State University School of Community Health and Policy, USA

·       No Internet? No Problem! Creative Approaches to Cost-effective E-Learning Delivery for Resource-limited Settings
Leslie Wall, University of Washington, USA

·       Host Perspectives on Short Term Experiences in Global Health – Isn’t it Time We Asked? 
William Cherniak, Center for Global Health, National Cancer Institute/NIH, USA

·       Assessing and Building Management Capacity to Improve the Value of Health Care Systems
Keri Wachter, Harvard University, USA


·       Strengthening the Free Healthcare Initiative through a Pharmacy and Supply Chain Intervention: Partners In Health’s Experience in Rural Sierra Leone

Sheriff Bangura, Partners in Health, Sierra Leone


·       The impact of Low Dose High Frequency (LDHF) Training Approach on Health Care Provider Capacity to Prevent, Detect and Manage Postpartum Hemorrhage and Neonatal Asphyxia
Kayla Britt, Johns Hopkins University, USA



Oral Abstract Presentations | Infectious Diseases Old and New – Implications for Global Health

Moderator: Avinash Shetty, Associate Dean for Global Health, Director, Global Health Education, Wake Forest School of Medicine, USA

·       Detection of Asymptomatic, Submicroscopic and Spatial Analysis of Malaria Pre-elimination in Eastern Indonesia
Jontari Hutagalung, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

·       Surviving Pediatric Sepsis in Tanzania: A Prospective Cohort Study to Identify Risk Factors and Barriers to Care
Teresa Kortz, University of California, San Francisco, USA

·       Modeling the Distribution of Vaccine-preventable Childhood Morbidity and Mortality
Angela Chang, Harvard University, USA


·       Prevalence of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors amongst People Living with HIV at an Urban HIV Clinic in Swaziland
Nelly Maina, Columbia University, USA


·       High Baseline Microcephaly in Rural Guatemala: Implications for Neonatal Congenital Zika Infection Screening 
Anne-Marie Rick, Children's Hospital Colorado, USA


Columbia 3/4/6

Addressing Data and Research Gaps to Advance the Health of Adolescent Girls and Young Women

This panel will focus on the research agenda needed to improve health outcomes for adolescent girls and young women. There is much we don’t know about this vulnerable population globally. Major gaps in data, including demographics, dis-aggregations, and output indicators, complicate efforts to reach adolescent girls with health programs tailored to meet their needs. There also is a stark need for R&D to discover new products and innovations. Nutrition, in particular, represents an area where much more research is needed to understand the range of issues adolescent girls face, and how programs can be built to complement other critical health interventions.

Moderator: Sara M. Allinder, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies, USA


Amie Batson, Chief Strategy Officer, PATH, USA

Asma Lateef, Director, Bread of World Institute, USA

Ezekiel Emmanuel, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, University of Pennsylvania, USA


Columbia 8/11/12

Making the Global to Local Link in Academia: Concepts and Models

Global/local initiatives reflect an effort to link the siloed fields of global health and (domestic) community engagement to help faculty and students recognize the value of bi-directional learning and the importance of providing care and conducting research in a way that supports vulnerable members of society wherever they may be.  The concepts underlying global/local education are undertheorized and universities struggle to make the global/local link in the absence of a conceptual framework or guiding models.  This panel will provide both: an understanding of the conceptual scholarship in this area to help faculty give voice to this critical movement within their own institutions and concrete models they can adapt and apply. 

Moderator: Virginia Rowthorn, Managing Director, Law & Health Care Program; Director, University of Maryland Baltimore Center for Global Education Initiatives, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA


Jessica Evert, Executive Director, Child Family Health International; Clinical Faculty, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, USA

Tracy Rabin, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Program Director for Global Health, Yale School of Medicine, USA

James Hudspeth, Director of Global Health, Boston University Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency, USA

Lisa V. Adams, Associate Dean for Global Health, Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine

Alexander Plum, Senior Program Coordinator, The Global Health Initiative at Henry Ford Health System, USA

Adam Taylor, Executive Director, Global to Local, USA

06:30pm – 08:30pm

Room: International Ballroom East

PROGRAM AGENDA:      Day 1 | Friday, April 7, 2017     •     Day 2 | Saturday, April 8, 2017     •     Day 3 | Sunday, April 9, 2017