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Monday, September 14th: Environmental Health

11:00AM-12:00PM @ Open Grounds

Keynote: Health & Place: Environmental Design As A New Tool For Public Health
Dr. Matthew Trowbridge, MD, MPH

Utilizing examples from his own research, Dr. Trowbridge will provide an overview of how environmental design impacts health and wellness outcomes at multiple spatial scales — from land use / transportation planning (e.g. urban sprawl) to architecture and even interior design. Dr. Trowbridge will also talk about his new work with the U.S. Green Building Council and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to bring health and wellness focused design to scale by leveraging the market transformation capacity of the green building industry.

2:00PM-3:00PM @ Center for Global Health Corner Building

Emergency Preparedness: Perspectives of the American Red Cross
Bill Brent, Executive Director of the Central Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross

Join us for a critical discussion on emergency preparedness in the US. In this small-group discussion, Mr. Brent will share his experience working with the American Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations during disasters like Hurricane Katrina and how emergency preparedness factored into response and recovery efforts.

5:00PM-7:00 PM @ Open Grounds

Architectural Design in Post-Disaster Communities: A Design Thinking Workshop
Anselmo Canfora, Director, Project reCOVER; Professor, School of Architecture

In this design thinking workshop, students will work in small groups to create design proposals to serve victims of a natural disaster during the relief phase of a post-disaster scenario. Professor Canfora will engage all the design teams throughout the process and will help lead a feedback session of the final design proposals. Through this design thinking session, participants will be challenged to consider the impact of the built environment on the health and wellbeing of disaster victims.  Participation in the session does not require previous knowledge or experience in design.

8:00PM-9:00PM Center for Global Health Corner Building

Environmental Justice on a Global Scale
Hosted by Lia Cattaneo and Climate Action Society                                                                                                                      

From local to global scales, low-income and minority communities are disproportionately affected by environmental degradation and pollution. The health, resilience, and economy of these communities can be linked to policies that put polluters’ interests above the community’s. We’ll discuss the concept of environmental justice, focusing on case studies and trends related to landfill siting.

Tuesday, September 15th: Maternal and Child Health

11:00AM-12:00PM @ Open Grounds

Keynote: Transnational Motherhood: Global and Local Implications for Families
Emma McKim Mitchell, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Coordinator of the CNL MSN program, Director of Community-based Research for the Cancer Control & Population Health Core

In this talk we will discuss the health implications of economically driven migration, specifically of transnational motherhood. We’ll discuss health implications for mothers who travel or migrate to financially support families in their country of origin, children who remain in their country of origin, and children who travel to join their mothers and families. We’ll highlight global and local considerations in understanding this complex phenomenon.

2:00PM-3:00PM @ Center for Global Health Corner Building

Mind, Heart, Passion: A Dialogue on Family, Resiliency, and the Profession of MedicineKeynote:
Hosted by Compassionate Awareness and Living Mindfully (CALM) Va
How resiliency practices be incorporated into the medical profession? What challenges do female health providers face in balancing the stress of the medical profession and life at home?  Hear from physicians, nurses, and health professionals who are caregivers at work and their homes.

5:00PM-7:00 PM @ Open Grounds

Gender Based Violence in ‘Healthy’ Communities
Edward Strickler, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences

What is gender-based violence and how does it manifest itself in our communities? What challenges have hindered efforts to eliminate violence against women and children? What role do we play in prevention and elimination? Join us for this interactive discussion where participants will be asked to step into the role of community members themselves through case studies. We will analyze current issues and lessons from practice, and together through dialogue will begin taking steps to evoke change.

8:00PM-9:00PM Center for Global Health Corner Building

A Provocative Dialogue on Women’s Health: College and Beyond
Led by Sustained Dialogue

Join us for an open and provocative discussion about women’s health and safety on college campuses and within the professional world. The discussion is meant to be open and provocative. We have a host of case studies to consider including male birth control and female reproductive rights, controversial statements about women in the media, and women’s support networks at UVa. The discussion aims to generate tangible ideas for improving women’s health and safety here at the University. This event will be co-hosted with Sustained Dialogue. Snacks will be provided.

Wednesday, September 16th: Mental Health

11:00AM-12:00PM @ Open Grounds

Keynote: Stigma & Mental Health: Schizophrenia as a Case Study
Larry Merkel, MD, PhD, Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences

How is schizophrenia viewed across cultures around the world? How has the history of mental health institutions within the US influenced how we view patients with schizophrenia today? In this talk we will explore schizophrenia from a social, historical, and medical lens. Using schizophrenia as a case study we will discuss how the stigma within societies around the globe influences patient outcomes. Join us for this fascinating talk by psychiatrist and medical anthropologist, Dr. Larry Merkel.

2:00PM-3:00PM @ Center for Global Health Corner Building

Mental Health at UVa: Where are We Now?
Cosponsored by Active Minds CIO, the Patronus Project, and Residence Life

If you have a lot to say about mental health but never quite found the right platform, then this event is for you. Join students as we talk about mental health on Grounds, the challenges students face inside and outside the classroom, and the pressures at UVA. This event promises to be informative, and inspiring, as students in the audience are invited to participate in an open discussion hosted by a student panel featuring Active Minds, The Patronus Project, Resident Life, and The Curry School.

5:00PM-7:00 PM @ The Amphitheatre

Tranquil Mind and Body: Yoga Meditation in the Amphitheatre
Led by Wade Oakley

What’s the best way to rejuvenate the mind? What’s the best way lighten your load? What’s the best way to center yourself? You guessed it – yoga. Join us for a yoga class in the Amphitheater, hosted by Wade Oakley (UVA Class 2015). All you need is comfortable clothes and an hour to spare!

8:00PM-9:00PM Center for Global Health Corner Building

It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Film clip and discussion hosted by To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA)

450 million people globally have a mental health condition. Join us for this award-winning 2010 film starring Zach Galifianakis and Emma Roberts, as we watch the personal journey of a clinically depressed teenager who checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward. Our discussion will allow us to consider many questions. How are people accepted or rejected? What is mental health care like? Who is helping? – See more at:

Thursday, September 17th: Innovations in Policy & Technology

11:00AM-12:00PM @ Open Grounds

Keynote Panel: mHealth: Leveraging Mobile Technology in Developing Countries – Opportunities and Challenges
Pamela Riley, JD, Principal Associate, International Health Division, Abt Associates
Rachel Lenzi, MPH, Research Associate, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences Division, FHI360
Lesley-Anne Long, Global Director, mPowering Frontline Health Workers

This talk will feature promising uses of mobile phones to train and support health workers, strengthen health program management and educate clients and consumers about health issues in low resource settings.  Topics will include global trends, emerging evidence of impact, and key challenges.  Participants will learn how mobile partnerships are changing the public health landscape and lessons from the field.

2:00PM-3:00PM @ Center for Global Health Corner Building

Ebola, Up Close
Tim Cunningham, RN, MSN

August 2014, the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a public health emergency of international concern.  A year later in the wake of the epidemic, nations face the enormous task of rebuilding not only health systems and the economy, but also social institutions down to the level of the family.  What was the world’s initial response to this epidemic?  How might it be improved in the future to prevent such devastating outbreaks?  Join us this Thursday with Tim Cunningham to analyze these questions in an open discussion.

5:00PM-7:00 PM @ Open Grounds

Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare
Carolyn Engelhard, Public Health Sciences

Despite our nation’s enormous annual investment in healthcare, preventative diseases exacerbated by the worsening obesity epidemic continue to plague the United States.  What can be done to make our current system more efficient? How can we shift the status quo from profit-driven procedures and pharmaceuticals to long term disease prevention through a commitment to a healthier way of living?  Join us this Thursday for a screening of “Escape Fire,” a documentary which investigates the downfalls of what many claim our broken, “disease-care” system.  Following the film, stick around for a discussion led by Professor Engelhard, director of the Health Policy Program in the Department of Public Health Sciences, here at the University of Virginia.  The discussion will further explore these topics, as well as the changes that will come as a result of the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

8:00PM-9:00PM Center for Global Health Corner Building

Rethinking Community Collaborations: Where Technology fits
Professor David Edmunds, Global Development Studies

How can technology be used to promote collaborative learning between local and global communities? In this interactive discussion, we will explore how technology can aid in bridging social, cultural and geographic boundaries. The triadic relationship between the Haven, the University of Virginia, and the University of Cape Town in South Africa will be used as a case study to discuss the benefits and challenges of tech-driven collaboration overseas.  This event is especially targeted to students with an interest in public health research and community development in the future, including projects through JPC, Harrison, CGH, or other University funding sources!

Friday, September 18th: Global Health Passion and Profession

CGH Scholar Symposium (Full Schedule)

12:00PM-3:00PM @ MINOR HALL (Room 125 and Lobby)

Keynote: Social Entrepreneurship and Global Water Solutions
Kate Clopeck, CGH Scholar Alum and Founder/Executive Director of SAHA Global

CGH Scholar Alumnus, Kate Clopeck, will speak on her work as Executive Director of SAHA Global. SAHA Global empowers women in rural communities to solve their village’s need for clean water and electricity by providing business opportunities.To date, Saha Global has launched 78 clean water businesses and 15 solar electricity businesses, which empower 191 women entrepreneurs who serve approximately 40,900 people. 100% of these businesses are still in operation today.

CGH Scholar Poster Presentations

Announcement of CGH Photo Contest Winners