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Columbia Co-Sponsors 9th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference

The 9th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health — the world’s leading academic global health conference — will take place in New York on March 16-18. Co-sponsored  by Columbia University, the Conference is titled “Health Disparities: A Time for Action” and will bring together leaders in  health, engineering, business, science and education including students from public health, medicine, nursing, the sciences, engineering, business, law, and policy for discussions on the global health landscape. Wafaa El-Sadr, director of ICAP at Columbia and the Global Health Initiative at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, and Richard Deckelbaum, director of the Institute of Human Nutrition, serve as Conference co-chairs. More than 1,800 attendees are expected.

Mailman School’s Dean Linda P. Fried is moderating a plenary panel on Overcoming Disparities to Health Aging: Winning Strategies, and Wafaa El-Sadr is moderating a debate on the issue of equity in global health and a session entitled “Ending AIDS: Hope or Hype?” Moderating the session on Best Practices for Student Field Work is Julie Kornfeld, Mailman Vice Dean for Education, and Miriam Rabkin, associate professor at ICAP, is leading a panel on Strengthening Health Systems in Chronic Emergency. Chelsea Clinton, a faculty member in Health Policy and Management, is the moderator for a plenary session focused on Strengthening Governance and Public Health Institutions.

Other Mailman School speakers include  Lynn Freedman (Approaches to Reducing Disparities in Maternal Health Outcomes); Kim Knowlton (Climate Change); Linda Cushman (Best Practices for Student Field Work); and Terry McGovern, (Sexual and Reproductive Health Outcomes for Women and Girls in Northern Nigeria).​

Stephen Lewis former UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS, and Canadian Ambassador to the UN will give the keynote address on the challenges of inequality between and within nations.

In addition to the main conference there are a series of pre-conference satellite sessions tackling big global health challenges scheduled for March 15th . Other co-sponsoring institutions include Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.  

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