2010 Global Health Awareness Week

Tghaw2010bhe second annual Global Health Awareness Week was an initiative to increase awareness and collaboration in global public health. The week focused on urbanization and health in different regions of the world in recognition of World Health Day and the World Health Organization’s 2010 global health campaign, “1000 Cities, 1000 Lives.”

USC Events:

Monday, April 5

Women’s Health Consortium: The Ethics of State Involvement in Women’s Health

8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. | USC Davidson Conference Center — How do the laws and policies of a nation-state affect women’s health? Is the state invested in these issues because women are seen to be bearers and nurturers of future citizens? Or are there are other concerns such as economic development, human welfare, or religious ideology that shape this engagement? What are the current and historical responsibilities of the state in addressing women’s health issues? How can they be measured and improved upon, and how do we approach the underlying ethical issues in practical and useful ways for women around the globe? Panels: The Role of Global Norms, State Policies, and International Organizations in Reproductive Health; The Gendered Consequences of Violence and War on Women’s Health; Economic Empowerment, Development, and Women’s Health; and Medical and Social Advances in Women’s Health.

Cosponsors: USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, USC Institute for Global Health and USC Center for International Studies.

WorldMed Lunchtime Event

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | USC HSC HMR Hastings Auditorium Room 100 — Dr. Marc Strassburg is an adjunct professor at USC and UCLA and has worked as a consultant for the World Health Organization. He is currently the Director of Web Informatics in the Public Health Information System, at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. We are pleased to have Dr. Strassburg share about his experiences and expertise regarding the eradication of smallpox and also his knowledge of the current issues of bioterrorism.

A Focus on Global Health: Public Health Through a Public Diplomacy Lens

Photography Exhibit presented by Paul Rockower

5:15p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | USC UPC VKC Courtyard, Exhibition shown  April 5-16 — Working at the intersection of public health and public diplomacy, USC graduate student Paul Rockower exhibits a photography project to help contextualize public health issues around the world. The exhibit draws on work from Rockower’s recent trip from Los Angeles to Panama, sponsored by the USC Institute for Global Health, as well as his other journalistic and photographic endeavors to more than fifty countries. With Guest Speakers: Neal Baer, MD, Director of the Institute for Photographic Empowerment and Showrunner and Executive Producer for Law & Order: SVU and Sandra de Castro Buffington, Director of Hollywood, Health & Society.

Tuesday, April 6

GHAW Lunchtime Event with Dr. Nafisa Abdullah on “Emergency” in Afghanistan

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | USC HSC Mayer Auditorium — Dr. Nafisa Abdullah spoke about her experiences working with the medical aid group Emergency in her native Afghanistan. Dr. Abdullah earned her medical degree in Kabul and has been a practicing physician in the US for the past 40 years. She has made numerous trips to Afghanistan since the U.S. invasion in 2001 where she has shared her skills as an obstetrician gynecologist in hospitals throughout the country.

Global Health Lecture Series: Visions for Change

Jon Cohen, Correspondent, Science Magazine: “Follow the Money: Covering the Surge of Funds for HIV/AIDS”

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | USC UPC Davidson Conference Center — Award winning journalist, Jon Cohen, presented his work investigating international funding of HIV/AIDS and the importance of investigative journalism in addressing global epidemics. This lecture was part of the Institute for Global Health’s Visions for Change Lecture series and was hosted in partnership with the Annenberg School for Journalism and the Center for Health and Medical Communication.

Global Get Down Talent Showcase

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | USC UPC Ground Zero Performance Café —The Global Get Down was a multicultural and multi-talent showcase featuring USC student cultural, dance, acapella, and comedy groups. It was a global experience of music, dance, and passion to improve global health. All donations received at the event supported GlobeMed at USC’s grassroots partner organization, Care Net Ghana, to fund the establishment of a medical laboratory to improve maternal and child health in Hohoe, Ghana.

Wednesday, April 7

Becoming “Glocal” in 2010: Bringing Global Health Home

8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | USC UPC Galen Center — This half-day conference featured panel discussions on global and local health programs and projects, informative poster displays and presentations by student and community health organizations, special guest speakers and opportunities for group discussion and networking. Some of the main goals of the event included highlighting current programs to build awareness and encourage collaboration, providing resources for those who are interested in initiating or refining projects and emphasizing the merging of solutions to global and local health issues. Co-hosted by The Community-Based Learning Collaborative and the USC Institute of Global Health.

GHAW Lunchtime Event with Dr. Edward Newton on Haiti

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | USC HSC McKibben 249 — Dr. Edward Newton, who was a part of the USC/LAC Haiti medical aid team in February, gave a short presentation and answered questions about his recent experience in Haiti. He is also a Keck SOM professor and physician chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at LAC+USC Medical Center.

Global Health Lecture Series: Visions for Change

Jon Cohen, Correspondent, Science Magazine: “Follow the Money: Covering the Surge of Funds for HIV/AIDS”

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | USC HSC Aresty Auditorium

Thursday, April 8

Opportunities Fair Featuring TOMS Shoes

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | USC Trousdale Parkway — The Opportunities and Career Fair provided undergraduate and graduate students interested in health related opportunities to meet with representatives from health organizations. Students learned about the goals and objectives of local and national health organizations and possible volunteer opportunities, internships or jobs. The fair also exhibited a TOMS Style your Sole Party. TOMS shoes is an organization that works under one premise: for every pair of shoes sold, they give a free pair of shoes to a child in need. Students supported the cause by purchasing pairs of TOMS shoes and styled them.

Global Health Career Panel

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | USC HSC McKibben 256 — A panel of speakers  hosted a presentation on health-related employment abroad with a Q&A session. Students were be able to leave the health career panel session with ideas of how others have been involved in global health efforts and how to begin or continue their efforts toward establishing a better world through health related endeavors.

Global Health Professional and Student Dinner

5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | UCLA Neuroscience Research Building — The Global Health Professional and Student Dinner brought together graduate and undergraduate students, and global health professionals from UCLA and USC to foster creative discourse on international health challenges. The keynote speech was  given by Steffanie Strathdee, Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences at UCSD, and Co-Director of the Center for Migration and Health, part of the UC Institute of Global Health. Her talk was entitled, “Borderline: Cross-border Mobility and the Link to Transmission of HIV, Syphilis and TB in the Mexico-US border Region.” After this, students and global health professionals gathered to have dinner and discuss current challenges facing global health. Each table had an experienced global health worker present to stimulate discussion and give students a chance to ask questions in an intimate setting.

Friday, April 9

GHAW Lunchtime Event Friday

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | USC HSC McKibben 249 — A screening of Gregg Helvey’s film, Kavi, was followed by a discussion of slavery in our world today.

Sick in the City: Art & Global Health

Closing Exhibition 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | UCLA CHS Courtyard — Over half the human population now live in cities. “Sick in the City” showcased unique perspectives on health in world cities through visual and performed art media. Visual art was  on display in the Biomedical Library from April 5-9. The closing exhibition on April 10 featured visual and performance art by area dancers, poets, and musicians.

Sunday, April 18

World Health Day LA: Soccer for Health

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Salt Lake Park, 3401 E Florence Ave, Huntington Park, CA — “Soccer for Health” was a community-wide soccer game and Health Fair that promoted fitness and nutrition for youth in Huntington Park. This city was chosen because the youth’s current lifestyle and environment puts them at risk for obesity and diabetes. Also, this community’s majority Latino population has close cultural ties to soccer; our hope is to use this connection to encourage nutrition, fitness, and overall better health behaviors in this population. With the support of the City of Huntington Park, Los Angeles’ two largest universities, Hollywood United, and the Los Angeles Futbol Club Foundation (LAFC), “Soccer for Health” was a groundbreaking event that featured a surprise appearance by Huntington Park American Idol Star.