Final Call for Abstracts: Global Health & Innovation Conference

12 October, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

We hope to see you and your colleagues at the upcoming 17th annual Global Health & Innovation Conference<> at Yale University on April 4-5, 2020, which is the world’s largest and leading global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference. Register during October <> for a highly reduced registration rate.

Confirmed speakers: Learn from more than 250 speakers who are committed to effective, responsible programs in health, development, entrepreneurship, and education. See the confirmed 2020 conference speakers<> to date.

Call for Abstracts:Abstracts are currently being accepted for research presentations, program presentations, and for the social impact pitch presentations, including submissions for the $10,000 and $5,000 GHIC Innovation Prize. For those submitting a research or program abstract, the final deadline is October 15th.<>

Global Health & Innovation Conference

April 4-5, 2020

17th Annual Conference

At Yale University and the Historic Shubert Theater

in New Haven, Connecticut<>

The conference will include over 250 speakers, and the confirmed speakers to date as well as some presentation titles include:

Keynote Addresses

* Arlene Blum, Founder and Executive Director, Green Science Policy Institute

* Sanjiv Chopra, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

* Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University; University Professor, Columbia University; Director, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network; Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General, António Guterres

* Additional Presenters TBA

Design Thinking Speakers

* Cal Bruns, CEO/Chief Innovationist, Matchboxology

* "Design Thinking for Greater Impact," Stefani Zimmerman Drake, Public Relations Manager, Water Mission

* Additional Presenters TBA

Education and School-Based Program Speakers

* "Illuminating Connections in the Child-Centered Classroom," Julie Mountcastle, Head of School and Grade 2 Teacher, Slate School

* "Teaching Empathy Through Play," Alison Porcelli, Staff Developer, Katonah-Lewisboro Schools; Co-Author, Purposeful Play: A Teacher's Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day

* Rebecca Winthrop, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution

* Additional Presenters TBA

Environmental Health, Food, Nutrition, and Agriculture Speakers

* Additional Presenters TBA

Healthcare Delivery Models and Impact Measurement Speakers

* David Aylward, Community Vitality Advisor; Former Executive Director, mHealth Alliance

* James Clarke, Ophthalmologist and Medical Director, Crystal Eye Clinic, Ghana; Unite For Sight Ghana Medical Director

* Bernice Dahn, Vice President for Health Sciences, University of Liberia; Former Minister of Health, Liberia

* Michael Ekuoba-Gyasi, Ophthalmologist and Medical Director, Saint Thomas Eye Clinic, Ghana; Unite For Sight Partner

* Abdissa Kabeto, Clinical Program Manager, Partners in Health - Liberia

* Unni Karunakara, Assistant Clinical Professor of Public Health, Yale School of Public Health; former International President of Médecins Sans Frontières

* Roger Ohanesian, Founder and President, Armenian Eye Care Project

* "Community Health Integration: Updates from the Frontlines of Partners In Health," Daniel Palazuelos, Director of Community Health Systems, Partners In Health; Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

* Lindsay Palazuelos, Senior Program Development Officer, Partners In Health

* Sarang Samal, Founder, Kalinga Eye Hospital, NYSASDRI, India; Unite For Sight Partner

* Cliff Schmidt, Executive Director, Amplio

* "The Evolving Role of Community Health Workers,"Adam Schwartz, Senior Health Program Manager, BRAC USA

* "Nurses and Doctors for Rural Regions: What Educational and Retention Strategies are Needed?" Sten Vermund, Dean and Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Public Health, Yale School of Public Health; Professor of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine

* Seth Wanye, Ophthalmologist and Medical Director, Friends Eye Clinic, Ghana; Unite For Sight Partner

* "FXBVillage Model: Integrated Approach to Poverty Alleviation," Karina Weinstein, Senior Program Consultant, FXB USA

* Additional Presenters TBA

Health Policy & Advocacy Speakers

* Asaf Bitton, Executive Director, Ariadne Labs; Assistant Professor of Medicine, General Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Assistant Professor of Health Care Policy, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School

* David Bryden, TB Advocacy Officer, RESULTS

* Sam Daley-Harris, Founder and Principal, Civic Courage, A Program of RESULTS Educational Fund

* Dan Pawson, Vice President, Global Health Strategies

* Michael Schmoyer, Assistant Deputy Secretary for National Security and Director, Office of National Security, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

* "Struggles for Human Rights in Health in an Age of Neoliberalism: From Civil Disobedience to Epistemic Disobedience," Alicia Ely Yamin, Leader, Global Health and Rights Project, Harvard University; Adjunct Lecturer on Law and Global Health and Population, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

* Additional Presenters TBA

Health Systems Strengthening Speakers

* Magnus Conte, Executive Director, Community Health Academy, Last Mile Health

* Anatole Manzi, Director of Clinical Practice and Quality Improvement, Partners In Health

* David Wofford, Executive Vice President, Meridian Group International, Inc. (Evidence Project)

* Additional Speakers TBA

Injury and Violence Prevention Speakers

* Woodie Kessel, Senior Scholar, Koop Institute, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College; Professor of Pediatrics, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College; Professor of the Practice, School of Public Health, University of Maryland

* Additional Presenters TBA

Maternal and Child Health Speakers

* Myralyn Nartey, Adjunct Faculty, Occidental College

* Lindsey Pollaczek, Vice President of Programs, Fistula Foundation

* Additional Presenters TBA

Non-Communicable Diseases Speakers

* Linda Fried, Dean, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; DeLamar Professor of Public Health Practice and Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, Columbia University; Senior Vice President, Columbia University Medical Center

* Grace Humbles, Communications Officer, LifeNet International

* Additional Presenters TBA

Nursing and Global Health Speakers

* "The Year of the Nurse and Midwife: Implications for Global Health," Patricia Davidson, Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

* Additional Presenters TBA

Philanthropy, Investment, and Organizational Management Speakers

* "Doing Good Work and Having Good Vision: Is that Enough?" Jane Aronson, Pediatrician; President and CEO, Worldwide Orphans Foundation

* Sanjiv Chopra, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

* Additional Presenters TBA

Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Speakers

* Lisa Hirschhorn, Director of Implementation and Improvement Science, Ariadne Labs; Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Harvard Medical School

* Naz Karim, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship, Brown University

* Daniel Ollendorf, Director, Value Measurement and Global Health Initiatives at the Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health, Tufts Medical Center

* "Making Systematic Reviews Interactive: How Might I as an End-User Benefit?" Ian Saldanha, Assistant Professor, Brown University School of Public Health

* Additional Presenters TBA

Social Entrepreneurship Speakers

* Dean Cycon, Founder and CEO, Dean's Beans Organic Coffee Co.

* Paul Ellingstad, Managing Partner, PTI Advisors

* Meagan Fallone, CEO, Barefoot College International

* Cleveland Justis, Principal, Potrero Group

* "The Design of Multi-Sided Platforms to Solve Global Problems," Ted Ladd, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Hult International Business School; Dean of Research, Hult International Business School; Instructor, Harvard University

* Ted London, Vice President and Senior Research Fellow, Scaling Impact Initiative, the William Davidson Institute (WDI); Faculty, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business

* Mark Roithmayr, CEO, Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation

* Additional Presenters TBA

Social Media, Communications, and Marketing Speakers

* "Lili, Tilou ak Zanmi (Lili, Tilou and Friends): Using Video to Promote Socio-Emotional Learning in Haiti," Charlotte Cole, Executive Director, Blue Butterfly Collaborative

* Firdaus Kharas, Chairman, Chocolate Moose Media and Culture Shift

* Alexandra Kendall, Vice President, Global Health Strategies

* "The Evolution of the INSIGHTS (International Surveys Investigating Global Health Information Trends) Research Program for Guiding Global Health Promotion Efforts," Gary Kreps, University Distinguished Professor, George Mason University; Director, Center for Health and Risk Communication, George Mason University

* Steven Rubin, Associate Professor of Art, Deparment of Photography, School of Visual Arts, Penn State University

* Additional Presenters TBA

Surgery & Global Health Speakers

* Scott Corlew, Global Health Consultant; Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

* "Global Surgery 2020: Opportunities and Realities Or, So You Want to be a Global Surgeon?" John Tarpley, Head of Department, Surgery Faculty, Medicine University of Botswana

* Additional Presenters TBA

Technology in Global Health Speakers

* "Transforming Primary Health Care Through Digital Innovations," Smisha Agarwal, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

* Pam Bolton, Head of Partnerships, Tech Care for All

* Bobby Jefferson, Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, DAI Global Health

* Ashok (AJ) Kumar, Chief Scientific Officer, Jana Care

* Arti Varanasi, President & CEO, Advancing Synergy, LLC

* Additional Presenters TBA

University Education Initiatives in Global Health and Social Entrepreneurship Speakers

* David Bouslough, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Director, Global and Public Health Curriculum, Physician Assistant Program, Bryant University; Medical Educator and Acute Care Consultant, LBJ Tropical Medical Center, American Samoa

* Kaveh Khoshnood, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health; Program Director of the BA-BS/MPH Program in Public Health, Yale University; Faculty Director, InnovateHealth Yale

* "Innovating Faculty Mentorship: A New Program Model at the University of Zambia," Marie H. Martin, Associate Director, Education and Training, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health; Director, Global Health Track, Master of Public Health Program, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

* "Ethical and Practical Educational Strategies for Developing Human Capacity," Harsh Sule, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine; Associate Director, Office of Global Health, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

* Margaret Tarpley, Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Botswana

* Additional Presenters TBA

Interactive Workshops

* Sam Daley-Harris, Founder and Principal, Civic Courage, A Program of RESULTS Educational Fund

* Cleveland Justis, Principal, Potrero Group

* Firdaus Kharas, Chairman, Chocolate Moose Media and Culture Shift

* "The Art and Science of Non-Profit Leadership," Mark Roithmayr, CEO, Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation

* Lisa Russell, Emmy-Winning Filmmaker and Founder, Create2030

* "Global Health 101: 56 Countries Later, Global Lessons for the US 'Health System'," Richard Skolnik, Former Director for HNP, South Asia Region at the World Bank; Former Lecturer, Yale University and The George Washington University; Author, Essentials of Global Health/Global Health 101; Instructor, Yale/Coursera - 'Essentials of Global Health'

* Additional Presenters TBA

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