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The Global Health Virtual Conference of the Americas 2020

This year, global health has come to the forefront with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting lives around the world.

At the Global Health Consortium at Florida International University’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, our goal is to provide a platform to evaluate and propose policies and solutions that ameliorate the world’s most urgent public health concerns. This year, we have seen how a quickly a virus can spread and how it can affect society and the economy.

We know we must do better and the Global Health Conference of the Americas aims to ensure that top experts from throughout the world have the opportunity to work together to find solutions and determine recommendations to implement those solutions that will work to make communities healthier and safer.

During the conference, we will discuss issues related to immunizations, non-communicable diseases and diabetes, arboviruses, asthma as a priority in public health, climate change and health, among other topics of great interest. We will include among the speakers, representatives from the Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as researchers, university experts, and health leaders from throughout the world.

Join the conference and our community as we go virtual for the first time.

2020 REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

The registration fee has been waived for GHC 2020 virtual conference

Registration is now closed.
The Conference starts on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 8:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (find your local time )

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Keynote Speakers

IVÁN DUQUE MÁRQUEZ
President of Colombia
KIM SIMPLIS BARROW
First Lady of Belize
Today, the world best knows Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow as the spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize, the Right Honorable Dean O. Barrow, and as a woman who wears many hats: activist, advocate, convener, fundraiser and visionary. As her nation’s Special Envoy for Women and Children, she has defended the human rights of all people in Belize and the inclusion of those marginalized because of their poverty, gender, youth or disability. Mrs. Simplis Barrow holds two master's degrees, International Business and Hospitality Management, from Florida International University


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ASHISK K. JHA, MD, MPH
Dean, Brown University School of Public Health


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PETER J. HOTEZ, MD, Ph.D.
Dr. Hotez is the Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine where he is also the Director of the Texas Children’s Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) and Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics. He is also University Professor at Baylor University, and Fellow in Disease and Poverty at the James A Baker III Institute for Public Policy.


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HEIDI J. LARSON, MA, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project. Director of European Initiatives at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).


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DAVID E. BLOOM, Ph.D.
Dr. Bloom is Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Bloom is an economist whose work focuses on health, demography, education, and labor. In recent years, he has written extensively on primary, secondary, and tertiary education in developing countries and on the links among health status, population dynamics, and economic growth.


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The topics

COVID 19

Addressing various aspects and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will include discussions on social and economic inequalities, national strategies to control COVID-19, policy and best practices, the importance of health communication, education during a pandemic, and how we can do better.

Vector-Borne Diseases

The COVID-19 pandemic greatly impacted vector-borne disease prevention and management, the conference will include topics that include the potential effect on the Dengue Integrated Management Strategy and ongoing malaria control programs.

Immunization

Participants will discuss vaccine development for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), program implementation and vaccine access, the pandemic's impact on national immunization programs, vaccination in the life course, and vaccine confidence.

Antimicrobial Resistance

Advances in preventing antimicrobial resistance will be discussed, including molecular epidemiology in ASP surveillance as well as current challenges facing prevention efforts.

The conference is available with simultaneous translation in both English and Spanish.

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Scientific Committee

Carlos Espinal, MD, MS

Dr. Carlos Espinal is the director of the Global Health Consortium and the interim chair for the Department of Health Policy & Management at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work at Florida International University. He earned his degree in medicine at the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia. He continued his academic career as a fellow at both the New York University School of Medicine and the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, where he specialized in tropical geographical diseases, epidemiology and malaria vaccine development. Additionally, he also earned a certificate in Public Health and Vaccinology from the Carlos Slim Health Institute in Mexico.

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Tomás R. Guilarte, Ph.D.
Dean, Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work
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Andria Rusk, Ph.D., MScGH
Research Assistant Professor
Florida International University
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Francisco Becerra-Posada MD, MPH, DrPH
Advisor to GHC/FIU

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Event's official networking App

to access event information and interact with other attendees (coming soon)

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This event is also available on the Mobile App. You can live-stream the conference and interact with other attendees pre and post conference on your phone wherever you go by using the app.

  • SEE THE REAL-TIME PROGRAM AGENDA
  • VIEW ANNOUNCEMENT ALERTS
  • SAVE WORKSHOPS TO CALENDAR
  • VIEW SPEAKERS
  • TAKE NOTES
  • CONNECT WITH SOCIAL MEDIA
  • UPDATE YOUR PROFILE
  • CONNECT WITH PARTICIPANTS
  • SAY-HI, IN-APP MESSAGING, AND PRIVATE GROUP CHAT
  • PLAN YOUR NETWORKING
  • WATCH LIVE-STREAMING SESSIONS

Network with other attendees and make valuable connections by using the conference app. You can search by keywords including company name or title. You can click attendees in the list, and see their professional profiles. You can take a note, or request contact information.

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