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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.

2021-2022 Schedule*


Upcoming Speakers

"Career Chat"
with Super Bowl LIV champion Dr. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
Friday, April 22 | 12:00 p.m.

"Breast Cancer and Nicaragua Health System"
by Dr. Jeannine Nilges
Friday, May 6 | 12:00 p.m. 

*Additional Speakers and Dates announced as scheduled.

Resources

View past sessions on the FGH Playlist.
Global Health at KUMC
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Past Speakers

"Bottom-Up Approach to Healthcare Delivery for Kenya"
with His Excellency the Deputy President of Kenya Honorable William Samoei Ruto, PhD
Friday, March 4 | 12:00 p.m. CST/9:00 p.m. EAT

Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Community Health, and Infectious Disease
Global Health Pathway’s Series

"Disparities in the Global Covid Response-Experiences from Southern India"
with Dr. Haarshdeep Acharya, KUMC Visiting Researcher Family Medicine and Community Health
Wednesday, February 16 | 12:00 p.m.

"Global Health Career Chat"
with Ms. May Maloba, RN, MPH, CRC, PhD Fellow, Country Director for Global Health Innovation-Kenya
Thursday, December 2 | 11:00 a.m.

"Global Health Career Chat"
with Dr. Halinder Mangat, KUMC Associate Professor of Neurology Division of Neurocritical Care
Wednesday, October 10 | 12:00 p.m.

"Fulbright Experience in Kyrgyzstan"
by Dr. Lisa Mische Lawson, KUMC Professor of Occupational Therapy Education
Thursday, October 28 | 12:00 p.m.

Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Community Health, and Infectious Disease
Global Health Pathway’s Series
"Global Respiratory Health"
by Dr. Mario Castro, Professor of Medicine, Vice Chair for Clinical and Translational Research, Department of Medicine, Chief, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Wednesday, September 15 | 12:00 p.m.

"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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