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Washington to Host Global Health Leaders at 10-Year Anniversary Symposium

World leaders in global health are featured speakers at the University of Washington’s public symposium, Global Health: Next Decade, Next Generation, on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 8:30 a.m. at the UW’s Husky Union Building.


The daylong symposium marks the 10th anniversary of the Department of Global Health, housed jointly in the UW Schools of Public Health and Medicine, as well as the anniversaries of eight other Seattle-based global health organizations. There is no charge to attend the symposium and it’s open to the public.


Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, and Dr. Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and former infectious disease fellow at UW Medicine, will share their views on the challenges the world faces regarding global health policy while training the next generation of global health leaders. Additionally, two ministers of health who trained at the UW Schools of Public Health and Medicine will be featured speakers. Dr. Bernice Dahn of Liberia, who was chief medical officer during the Ebola outbreak, and Dr. Patricia Garcia of Peru, who has vowed to break down obstacles in the health system, will discuss pandemic disease preparedness and innovative approaches to education and training, respectively.

Drs. Dahn and Garcia will also jointly give the School’s Distinguished Alumni Award lecture, Leading the Health of a Nation: The Impact of a Public Health Education, at 7:30 p.m. on February 7 at UW’s Kane Hall.

To learn more and register, visit globalhealth.washington.edu/10-years/symposium. Follow the Twitter conversation at #GHNextGen. The program will also be livestreamed at http://www.youtube.com/user/UWGlobalHealth/live.