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Creighton hosts Global Health Conference Midwest, Feb. 3 and 4

Global approaches to health care will be the message next month, as Creighton University hosts the student-run Global Health Conference Midwest 2017, Feb. 3 and 4. Global approaches to health care require motivated and committed people in medical and related fields to effect change and improve patient outcomes.

That will be the message when Creighton University hosts the student-run Global Health Conference Midwest 2017, Feb. 3 and 4. The conference, themed “Empowering Agents of Change Across Our World,” will feature presentations from physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy and public health officials, all with experience in the field of medical mission work and global engagement on key issues like clean water, sustainability and food security.

Along with three keynote addresses and 10 conference presentations, the conference will also hold panel discussions, a research symposium and a community fair demonstrating the work of local Omaha organizations focused on closing health care disparity gaps and providing care for the underserved. The conference will also screen “El Deportado,” a documentary film about the lives of migrants living on the U.S.-Mexico border, made by Creighton’s decorated Backpack Journalism program.

The Feb. 3 keynote address will be given by Sriram Shamasunder, MD, DTMH in a talk titled “The HEAL Experiment: Capitalizing the ‘E’ in Global Health Equity.” The Feb. 4 morning keynote will be delivered by Sharon Rudy, PhD, with “Planning Your Global Health Career: What It Takes to be Successful.” In the afternoon on Feb. 4, Creighton alumnus Chris Elias, BS’79, MD’83, HON’09, MPH, will give the Dr. Robert Townley Keynote Address titled “Beyond Medicine: How Markets, Data and Partnerships Shape Global Health.”

All events will be hosted at the Harper Center, 602 N. 20th St., on the Creighton campus.

For a full schedule, click here.

The Global Health Conference Midwest is sponsored by the Creighton Global Initiative, the Creighton School of Medicine, the Creighton School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, the Creighton College of Nursing, the Creighton Medical Anthropology Program and the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing.

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