Celebrating Global Health Day 2017
Nina Martin | Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health
On March 30, 2017, The Center for Global Health (CGH) and The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health celebrated Global Health Day 2017 with students, faculty, and friends. Global Health Day is an annual celebration of Johns Hopkins University’s innovative and collaborative work around the globe.
The keynote speaker and guest was Ambassador Deborah Birx, US Global AIDS Coordinator and US Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. In the morning the Ambassador met with students to discuss her background in vaccine development, career trajectories, the challenges that will face future public health professionals, and the complexities of holding a political appointment in global health. During her keynote speech, the Ambassador spoke about the challenges and achievements of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in her tenure since 2005, and the importance of data-driven decisions in setting global policy. She also described the current efforts to integrate HIV diagnosis and care with sexual and reproductive health, gender equity and education initiatives, among others.
Following the keynote speech, students presented posters of their experiences representing work in 32 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Central Asia, Latin America, and Native Nations, to fellow students, friends, and faculty. Participants ranged from undergraduates to masters and doctoral students to medical fellows from across the Johns Hopkins University community. These experiences are supported by three CGH programs: The Global Health Established Field Placement (GHEFP), Global Health Field Research Award (GHFRA), and the Paul S. Lietman Travel Grant program.
The day was capped by a talk from Dr. Soji Adeyi, the Director of Global Practice, Health, Nutrition, and Population at the World Bank. Dr. Adeyi discussed challenges faced by 21st century health systems, the need to understand health systems from the perspective of the local context, and finding a balance between stakeholders and markets and the role of evidence in those decisions. Discussing the latter, Dr. Adeyi urged the audience that “when in doubt, insist on better equity”.
Awards were presented for student posters, judging on content, creativity, and communication. Winners were: Kristin Thomas (1st), Carolina Salmeron (2nd), and Kojo Nimako (3rd). Students, faculty, and staff were also invited to submit photos of their global travel that represented six core pillars of public health. Winners were: Garrett Matlick (1st), Andrew Self (2nd), and Samyra Cox (3rd). Visit our website to see the photos!