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Tuesday, June 15

10:45am EDT

Research Track: The Global Health Council's Research Agenda: A Look Back at the Past Year and Ahead

Over the past year, the Global Health Council's Research and Analysis Department has highlighted several new initiatives. Our work on the integration of maternal, newborn, child and reproductive health has focused on how service integration can be accomplished. Our work on the intersection of trade and health has focused on producing a booklet and a series of briefs that provide basic information about how trade agreements work and how they related to global health. Our work on cancer has focused on understanding how cancer programming is implemented in developing countries. Finally, the Department has engaged in a university tour across five regions of the United States to reach out to academia and forge new partnerships with the Council.

In addition to examining these issues, we will look ahead to what is coming up next at the Council. One potential avenue for new work includes Global Health Delivery's GHDonline.org Communities: Connecting Practice, Research, and Policy.

Launched in July 2008 by the Global Health Delivery Project, GHDonline (http://www.ghdonline.org) is a Virtual Professional Collaboration platform where global health implementers engage in problem-solving and share information resources to improve the delivery of health care worldwide and in resource-limited settings. GHDonline is structured in communities, each focusing on specific global health challenges from adherence and retention in care to tuberculosis infection control, and moderated by experts.

Thousands of implementers, from clinicians to government employees and researchers, from 1000+ organizations in 130+ countries are collaborating in GHDonline communities, in effect connecting practice, research, and policy. In this presentation, we will demonstrate GHDonline and showcase several in-depth discussions that have yielded results and inspired various stakeholders as a new tool for the Global Health Council to further its mission and work.


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

2:30pm EDT

Research Track: Raising Awareness of Cancer in Developing Countries

This session will highlight the challenges posed by the growing burden of cancer in developing countries and featuring some initiatives to address these challenges.
Participants should be able to
Describe some of the main challenges of cancer in developing countries and some initiatives to address these challenges. Understand the policy/advocacy and research agendas related to cancer in developing countries.

Listening to GHC Members: Report out on the Global Health Council's Cancer Control Learning and Advocacy Initiative. The Initiative has several components, including focus groups conducted with key stakeholders at GHC's 2009 International Conference, a literature review, a survey of GHC members, two cancer related events on understanding cancer and barriers to cancer control in developing countries, and a series of working group meetings. The take-home message will be highlighting the cancer research and policy agendas.

Using Technology and Social Media to Support Patient Advocacy. The internet and new social media tools provide many opportunities for engagement. For people dealing with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) -- whether patients, patient groups, caregivers or healthcare professionals -- CML Earth is a global interactive social network dedicated to connecting the CML community from around the world. This session will present a demonstration of CML Earth, a global program that allows CML patients to connect with each other all over the world.

Responding to the Growing Problem of Tobacco Use. The need for effective tobacco control in developing countries is growing daily, as tobacco products are proliferated around the world. With effective messages and policies, progress can be made to stem the expansion and use of tobacco, and prevent cancer and other tobacco-related diseases. American Cancer Society uses evidence-based strategies to curb the use and subsequent harmful effects of tobacco through powerful advocacy campaigns. This presentation will offer visuals and engaging methods for mobilizing media, youth, and other players for effective campaigns.

Tuesday June 15, 2010 2:30pm - 4:15pm EDT
Capitol Room
Wednesday, June 16

2:00pm EDT

Research Track: Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) Global Health Core Competency Development Project Town Hall

Global health is public health. Due to the lack of consensus, however, on the core global health competencies expected of masters"'level students in global health programs, universities are providing varying levels of instruction and practica for their students. Meanwhile, health concerns shared across the globe are increasing. Chronic diseases, once nearly exclusive to higher"'income countries, are now on the rise in low"' and middle"'income countries, while infectious diseases (HIV, H1N1, tuberculosis) have spread easily to countries at every income level. Global health"'related infrastructure changes are already underway at many flagship universities, spurring the Association of Schools of Public Health to launch a national process to create a global health competency model. The process will take place in two phases, for two different target audiences.

Phase 1: Competencies for master's level students in global health programs.
Phase 2: Competencies for all students in a globalized graduate public health curriculum.

This town hall session will discuss the aims of the project, the competency development process, and the current status of the project.

Wednesday June 16, 2010 2:00pm - 3:45pm EDT
Capitol Room