Celebrating Global Health Day 2019

Caitlin Noonan | The Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health

Each year, the Center for Global Health celebrates Global Health Day to recognize the accomplishments of Hopkins students, faculty, and staff in addressing pressing health challenges.

Keynote Speaker 

On March 28, 2019, the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, in partnership with the JHSPH MPH Program, welcomed Dr. Michele Barry as the 2019 Global Health Day Keynote Speaker. Michele Barry, MD, FACP, FASTMH is the Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health and Senior Associate Dean for Global Health at Stanford University. In a stirring lecture to Hopkins students, faculty, and staff, Dr. Barry discussed emerging threats to urban health resulting from climate change.

Dr. Barry began her talk by noting that although cities occupy only two percent of land globally, they are responsible for 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, 60 percent of global energy consumption, and 70 percent of waste. Because of this, cities should be a primary focus of interventions to mitigate climate change. While megacity populations tend to have higher rates of literacy and education and better access to health and social services, they also face unique environmental health challenges. Addressing such challenges, Dr. Barry noted, will require a “multisolving approach” that focuses on the intersection between planetary and human health and involves all members of society.

Dr. Barry invited lecture attendees to join her at the 3rd Planetary Health Annual Meeting at Stanford University from September 4-6 to further engage in developing creative solutions to improve planetary health. She also urged attendees to consider how they can begin to inspire change locally and globally by challenging policy makers and considering their roles in preventing climate change.  

Prior to the keynote talk, Dr. Barry held a small session with select students and junior faculty to discuss women’s leadership in global health. During this interactive presentation, Dr. Barry presented and debunked some myths around women’s leadership and strategized with participants on how to advocate within their institutions.

Mentorship Awards

Global Health Day also provides a time to recognize the faculty members who play a critical role in shaping international student experiences. Nominated by students, these mentors are recognized for their passion, dedication, and expertise in guiding students through global health research. This year, the Center for Global Health recognized four outstanding mentors, selected from a nomination list of nearly 20 faculty members across Johns Hopkins University:

Poster Presentations

At the afternoon poster session, 94 students and trainees across the Schools of Public Health, Medicine, Nursing, Arts and Sciences, Business, and Advanced International Studies presented on their global health experiences. Students showcased a wide range of projects––including field observations, laboratory-based work, qualitative and quantitative research––carried out in over 30 countries over the past year. Over three quarters of these projects were funded by the Center for Global Health through the Global Health Established Field Placements, Paul S. Lietman Global Travel Fellowship, Global Health Established Multidisciplinary Sites, and Global Health Field Research Award. Additionally, eighteen students presented on their MPH field experience. Awards were presented to the top three posters, and to the highest scoring photographs submitted to the annual schoolwide global photography contest.

Zaina Kiragu, MPharm, MPH '19 describing her field work in Kenya

2018 GEMS team presenting their work on integration of HIV Care Delivery
into Microfinance Groups in Western Kenya

Poster Contest Winners

Photo Contest Winners

1st Place: Joanne Katz, “Newborn infant with grandmother” Pidari, Nepal

2nd Place: Vanessa Burrowes, “Through the Crowd” Puno, Peru

3rd Place: Marisa L. Henry “Playtime in Islas Flotantes de los Uros” Lake Titicaca, Peru


The Center for Global Health would like to thank the following individuals for their contributions to a successful Global Health Day:


Stefan Baral, MD MPH,MBA,MSc

Director, Key Populations Program

Caitlin Kennedy, PhD MPH,BA

Co-Director, MPH concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health; Associate Director, Center for Qualitative...

Noreen Hynes, MD MPH

Director, Geographic Medicine Center of the Division of Infectious Diseases

Yukari C. Manabe, MD

Associate Director of Global Health Research and Innovation

Joanne Katz, ScD MS,BSc

Associate Chair, Director of Academic Programs

Robert Bollinger Jr., MD MPH

Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE); Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global...

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