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Foundations of Global Health Series

The Foundations of Global Health series offers a learning platform that supports the development of global health professionals and shapes attitudes around global health through equality and collaboration.

Global Health is a varied and exciting field to which many health care providers, researchers and faculty aspire to being professionally engaged. Worldwide issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic immediately illustrate the importance of bringing health care professionals together to solve global health issues.

The Foundations of Global Health (FGH) is a programming series that connects residents, students, learners and faculty with leaders in global health. FGH offers a platform for learning that supports the development of global health professionals of the future while shaping its participants’ attitudes about global health through equality and true collaboration.

Year-long programming features KU Medical Center's faculty, researchers and clinician experts in the field of global health along with our international partners and community partners. Presentations will share personal journeys, educational background, mentors, books and articles that gave inspiration, challenges, lessons learned, successes, epiphanies, life-changing moments and heartbreaks.

Series topics include global health research, philosophy, approaches, attitudes and the varied efforts in the areas of health disparities, health inequities and community health.

Submit an application to give a Foundations of Global Health presentation.

Foundations of Global Health Objectives

  1. The learner will gain foundational information on pathways into global health and will be challenged to deepen knowledge on equality and mutualism which garners true collaboration and global health exchange for everyone's equal benefit.
  2. The learner will examine existing attitudes around global health so that we at the University of Kansas Medical Center are trendsetters who move beyond the "us vs. them" "haves vs. have not" mentality.
  3. The learner will be able to appraise global health including global health research, philosophy, approaches, attitudes, and the varied efforts in the areas of health disparities, health inequities and community health.

KU Medical Center students who participate can earn points toward the Global Scholars Distinction Program. All who attend the sessions can earn a certificate of attendance from the Office of International Programs.

2020-2021 Schedule*

Upcoming Speakers

POSTPONED/RESCHEDULING "Global Health Career Chat: "Adaptability for Maximizing Global Experiences and Impact" with Lisa Mische Lawson, KUMC Professor of Occupational Therapy Education
Monday, February 22 | 1:00 p.m.

*Additional Speakers and Dates announced as scheduled.

Resources

View past sessions on the FGH Playlist.
Additional Global Health Resources.

Global Health at KUMC
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Past Speakers

"Post-Covid Global Health"
with Dr. Nicholas Comninellis, Dean of Institute for International Medicine (INMED)
Thursday, June 3 |Noon

"A Student Panel on International Educational Global Health Experiences"
Thursday, April 22 | 5 p.m.

"Introduction to the School of Medicine at Universidad de Antioquia"
with Dr. Julián Franco, Director of International Relations, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia
Tuesday, May 4 | Noon

"International Exchange between Peru, Ghana and the USA"
with Dr. Anthony Kovac, KUMC Professor of Anesthesiology
Thursday, April 15 | Noon

"Lessons Learned from THEM"
with Dr. Mani M. Mani, KUMC Professor Emeritus of Plastic Surgery
Thursday, April 1 | Noon

"Cross-Cultural Relations: Where are the fellow Global Citizens?"
with Dr. Gabrielle Malfatti, Director of Global Engagement, University of Missouri
Wednesday, March 10 | Noon

"Global Health Career Chat: An insider's secrets to starting a career in Global Health"
with Eric Halsey, Captain, U.S. Public Health Service
Infectious Diseases Physician with the Malaria Branch
at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta
Monday, Feb. 8 | Noon

"Infectious Disease Global Health Research"
by Nathan Bahr, KUMC Professor of Internal Medicine-Infectious Disease
Monday, Jan. 25 | Noon

"A Day in the Life of Dr. Méndez"
by Dr. Francisco Méndez, Medical Director of Hospital San Pedro
Tuesday, Jan. 19 | 5:30 p.m.

"Global Health Career Chat"
with. Allen Greiner, KUMC Professor of Family Medicine
Tuesday, Dec. 1 | 4 p.m.

"Shaped by experience: International Experiences Guiding US Clinical Practice"
by Dr. T. Ryan Smith, KUMC Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Monday, Nov. 9 |Noon

"Mayan Epidemiological Profile"
by Dr. Francisco Méndez, Medical Director of Hospital San Pedro
Wednesday, Nov. 18 | 5:30 p.m.

"Traditional Mayan Medicine"
by Dr. Francisco Mendez, Medical Director of Hospital San Pedro
Tuesday, Oct. 27 | 5:30 p.m.

"Global Health Career Paths and Options"
with. Sarah Finocchario Kessler, KUMCProfessor Family Medicine
Wednesday, Sept. 30 | Noon

Academic and Student Affairs

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