On Thursday, October 12 in the BST South Foyer, University of Pittsburgh students, staff, faculty, and residents came together to engage with global health work happening at Pitt.
The evening began with keynote speaker, Dr. Vicente Y. Belizario, Jr., Professor, College of Public Health, University of the Philippines and Former Undersecretary, Department of Health, Republic of the Philippines delivering his address, Updates on Global Health: Challenges and Opportunities for Academic Health Centers (photo above). Dr. Belizario gave a thorough overview of the current state of global health and gave special attention to his area of expertise, parasitology, with a focus on Neglected tropical diseases.
After the keynote, nearly 20 students, residents, and trainees from the six schools of the Health Sciences presented global health posters during a reception. Several 2017 Global Health Travel Scholarship recipients, such as Doreen Foy, pictured above, presented posters based on the work the scholarship enabled them to do. Attendees also had the opportunity to view submissions to the Center for Global Health Photo Contest. Photos reflected the diverse experiences students had while doing global health work in countries such as Malaysia, Peru, and Uganda. Congratulations to our contest winners:
James B. Newton, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Ayako Wendy Fujita, UPMC Internal Medicine Residency (Global Health & Underserved Populations track)
Niha Idrees, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.
Global Health Day concluded with presentations on global work opportunities from University of Pittsburgh faculty members and experienced PhD candidates, as well as presentations from select oral presenters. Oral presenters for the evening were selected through a competitive process. Congratulations to the following students on their oral presentations:
Jenna Ingram & Alexandria Taylor, School of Pharmacy, Language resources at Pittsburgh community pharmacies in refugee concentrated areas
Kevin Long, School of Medicine, Pediatric Injury Profile for Children Ages 0-14 Years Old in Honduras
Omar Rahman, PharmD, Graduate School of Public Health, Improvement in fasting blood glucose with pharmacist-conducted patient education in rural Bangladesh
Thank you to all who were able to participate in the evening. For more photos from 2017 Global Health Day, please visit the album on the Pitt Public Health Flickr page.
Be sure to check back in Summer 2018 when the Center for Global Health begins to prepare for Global Health Day 2018.