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Plenary and Special Sessions [clear filter]
Monday, June 14

4:00pm EDT

Plenary: The Millennium Development Goals: Where are we now and what must be done to succeed?
A combination of voices from the North and South to review progress on the MDGs and to discuss what is working and what is not; what innovations are needed; how partnerships need to be formed; and how governments, both developed and developing, need to work together to achieve the MDGs. These are the issues that the community is talking about this year, particularly because of the UN MDG Review Summit in September when the Goals and progress-to-date will be assessed, and a plan will be created for achieving the MDGs by 2015.

Monday June 14, 2010 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Regency Ballroom
Tuesday, June 15

9:00am EDT

Plenary: How Has the Increase in Global Health Resources Had a Positive Impact on Health?
Substantial resources are being directed towards increasing the effective coverage of interventions to improve population health. In order to measure an intervention's effect, we must track in a valid, reliable and comparable way, the coverage and effective coverage of the intervention. This session will look at the effective coverage of interventions - insecticide-treated bednets, ARVs, and skilled birth attendants - to illustrate the importance of measuring effective coverage and discuss some of the methods being used for this purpose. Following from the flow of financial resources to the funding and tracking of health interventions, this session will conclude by addressing the impact of these resources and interventions on key health outcomes such as those targeted by the Millennium Development Goals. It will delve into what we really know about success in global health given increased resources, and what that might tell us about how we should pursue activities in the future. It will emphasize how measurement helps us to establish an evidence-base for progress in health, and how that can be used to help improve all of our efforts, no matter what sector we are from or individual role we may play.

Tuesday June 15, 2010 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Regency Ballroom

10:45am EDT

Special Session/Policy Track: The CSIS Commission on Smart Global Health Policy Report
On March 18, 2010, after almost a year of deliberation, the Center for Strategic & International Studies launched the final report of the CSIS Commission on Smart Global Health Policy, A Healthier, Safer, and More Prosperous World, laying out a long-term strategic vision for U.S. engagement in global health. Members of the diverse Commission will review the recommendations and solicit opinion from the GHC membership on how to carry forward this agenda into the future.

Tuesday June 15, 2010 10:45am - 12:30pm EDT
Blue Room

11:00am EDT

Special Session: What Is the Impact of Better Information on Health Outcomes?
Better decisions about healthcare strategies demand better information. Many national health information systems are not currently equipped to handle policy decisions and are ill-prepared to meet future requirements. This session will be a dialogue concerning the essential contribution that a health information system enables and how to encourage governments to include explicit strategies for system development when preparing health strategies.

Tuesday June 15, 2010 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Regency Ballroom

2:30pm EDT

Symposium: Nurses and Midwives: A Vital Part of the Maternal Health Workforce
This symposium, a collaboration of the Global Health Council, Conference Co-chair Dr. Sheila Tlou, the American College of Nurse-Midwives and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, will bring together nurses, midwives and all those working in maternal health. The interactive dialogue will focus on two issues: 1) What do nurses and midwives in developing and developed countries want from each other? 2) What educational opportunities (or lack thereof) exist for midwives from other countries in the United States, and what student clinical placements exist globally for U.S. midwifery students interested in global health careers? We welcome the participation of attendees from the ACNM conference at this symposium.

Tuesday June 15, 2010 2:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Diplomat Ballroom
Wednesday, June 16

8:00am EDT

Plenary: New Frontiers in Global Health
The burden of disease is transitioning from infectious diseases to non-communicable diseases, from acute to chronic diseases. We are also seeing demographic changes including urbanization and an aging population. This session will explore the challenges and some innovative solutions in the areas of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental health, cancer and aging.

Wednesday June 16, 2010 8:00am - 9:30am EDT
Regency Ballroom

12:30pm EDT

Luncheon Plenary/Book Chat: Globalization and Health: A Dialogue with the Author of Turning the World Upside Down: The Search for Global Health in the 21st Century
Lord Nigel Crisp explores a new vision for global health in his book. Instead of higher-income countries importing health workers from lower-income countries and exporting their ideas and ideologies about health, what if it was turned upside down. What can higher-income countries learn from lower-income countries regarding their ideas and experience about health? What about co-development, where countries learn from each other? Explore these questions and more.

Wednesday June 16, 2010 12:30pm - 1:45pm EDT
Regency Ballroom

3:45pm EDT

Plenary: After the Earthquake: Towards Building a New Haitian Health System
The massive earthquake which destroyed over 60% of Port-au-Prince and surrounding towns, while claiming over 200,000 lives, also took with it a good portion of Haiti's already fragile health infrastructure and placed extreme stresses on the remaining parts. Although no one could have predicted that such a catastrophe would occur, in many ways the human tragedy which ensued was entirely predictable given Haiti's long-term problems with weak governance, social inequality and environmental devastation. Far from a cause for despair, however, the crisis initiated by the earthquake carries with it the potential for a fundamental rethinking of Haiti's health system. The proximate issue of how best to make use of the flood of international humanitarian assistance and global attention to build a more resilient Haitian health infrastructure has put long-term reconstruction squarely on the agenda of all major parties to the relief effort. This panel convenes multiple stakeholders to the earthquake recovery effort to engage in a visionary conversation about the emerging shape of Haiti's future health system.

Wednesday June 16, 2010 3:45pm - 5:15pm EDT
Regency Ballroom
Thursday, June 17

8:45am EDT

Plenary: Getting Further, Faster: Realizing Global Development Goals through Smart Health Investments in Sexual and Reproductive Health
This session brings together the major players - NGOs, governments, youth - in laying out the road maps created by the international community on sexual and reproductive health and rights. The session will explore how sexual and reproductive health and rights are essential to achieving a range of global goals, including ICPD + 15 and the MDGs, and the near-term steps that must be taken to accelerate progress in these areas. This is an important topic to address during a year in which we are seeing a new emphasis on a women-centered approach to health.

Thursday June 17, 2010 8:45am - 10:15am EDT
Regency Ballroom

2:00pm EDT

Special Session: From Innovation to Access: Making the Connection Between Developing and Delivering Global Health Technologies and Development
Evidence from the field demonstrates that a comprehensive approach to global health can save lives, reduce costs and increase impact. Strengthening health systems requires a holistic approach to health: from developing new tools that are designed to reach the underserved even in remote areas, to increasing access to proven tools and interventions with an emphasis on strengthening health systems, to promoting an integrated approach for healthcare interventions. Panelists will present a more comprehensive approach to global health through cases examples from their work that link the entire value chain for health from early stage product research and development, through health systems strengthening, to healthcare delivery, and ultimately to economic and human development.

Thursday June 17, 2010 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Palladian Ballroom
Friday, June 18

8:00am EDT

Special Session/Book Chat: Breakfast with a Legend: D.A. Henderson
2010 marks the 30th anniversary of the certification of the eradication of smallpox. Join Dr. D.A. Henderson as he discusses his role in the global smallpox vaccination program for the world's children, resulting in the smallpox eradication, and his work to decrease the risk of biological terrorism threats. He will discuss his recently published book, Smallpox - The Death of a Disease: The Inside Story of Eradicating a Worldwide Killer.

Friday June 18, 2010 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Regency Ballroom

9:00am EDT

Special Session: Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases and the Health Workforce
In June 2009, the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease was formed in response to the growing incidence of chronic non-communicable diseases throughout the world and particularly in the developing world, and the need for coordinated research programming. The institutions comprising the alliance collectively manage approximately 80 percent of all public health research funding worldwide and are targeting their activities toward the fight against chronic non-communicable diseases: cardiovascular diseases, several cancers, chronic respiratory conditions, and type 2 diabetes. Dr. Abdallah Daar, a member of the GACD, will discuss the goals of the Alliance, and the implications on the health workforce of this increase in chronic non-communicable diseases.

Friday June 18, 2010 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Executive Room

9:00am EDT

Special Session: Sports and Health
General health and well-being is something that many people in developed countries take for granted but in the developing world, it is a serious issue. Sports have the potential to reach a multitude of people and influence their behaviors in a positive manner and empower traditionally un-empowered populations. This plenary will work to make global communities more aware of the value of sport and its overwhelmingly positive effects on health and wellbeing, and explore how sports can be an essential element to help us achieve the MDGs.

Friday June 18, 2010 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Regency Ballroom

10:45am EDT

Special Session/Policy Track: Global Health Diplomacy
Global health diplomacy is a growing field for both the global health and the diplomatic communities. This session will explore the concept and practice of negotiating health as a key component of foreign policy, from both a development and a diplomatic perspective, and how science and technology play an essential role in improving health throughout the world.

Friday June 18, 2010 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Ambassador Ballroom

12:00pm EDT

Plenary/Policy Track Luncheon: Global Health Initiative: Where Do We Go from Here?
In May 2009, the Obama Administration first announced a Global Health Initiative, a $63 billion commitment from 2009 through 2015, for global health programs. In February 2010, the Obama Administration fleshed out the initiative through a consultative document that outlined the basic principles of U.S. global health assistance - improved monitoring and evaluation, increased coordination through a health systems approach, and women and girls at the front and center of U.S. global health assistance. Learn from U.S. Government representatives about the roads to implementing this important initiative.

Friday June 18, 2010 12:00pm - 1:45pm EDT
Regency Ballroom

2:00pm EDT

Plenary: Universal Access and aids2031: The Way Forward
aids2031 was commissioned by UNAIDS to take a look a long term view and consider future options for the aids epidemic and response towards 2031, which will mark 50 years of aids. The aids2031 final report will be released in July 2010. A critical emerging recommendation is to tailor HIV prevention and treatment strategies to local needs - which are different not only across, but within countries. Prioritization will be particularly important in resource poor settings. This session will consider how locally tailored responses can help accelerate universal success - where universal access is understood as access to services for those who need them.

Friday June 18, 2010 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Regency Ballroom