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In 2020 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 have discussed 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 have included 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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