HUBweek: Four Global Health Threats, Four Global Health Opportunities – October 5, 2015

Join faculty from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for a wide-ranging discussion examining four major global  health threats that are challenging the lives and health of people in the US and globally. Learn what new research and public policy solutions can begin to solve these threats on a large scale for millions of people.
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Event Location:
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA 02115

AGENDA: 4 Global Health Threats, 4 Global Health Opportunities

Old and New Pandemics: Developing tools to reverse killer diseases

In today’s world, boarding an international air flight can spark the risk of deadly infectious pandemics, as the recent Ebola crisis demonstrated.  Infectious diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria – which frequently can be prevented and treated with medications and changes in behavior – still kill millions of people across the world.  Join the discussion with a panel of experts to learn how the latest science and public health efforts are working to overcome some of these threats to everyone’s health.

Harmful Physical and Social Environments: Preventing Pollution, promoting healthy communities

Some of the world’s biggest health challenges emerge as a result of a complex combination of factors, ranging from air and water pollution, poverty, and even relative affluence and lifestyle choices.  Chronic conditions like heart and respiratory diseases, diabetes, and certain cancers – not to mention public health crises like gun violence and suicide – are health problems that we know can be caused, and sometimes prevented or controlled, by human actions.  Join the discussion with panelists who will examine existing and new solutions to prevent these diseases in the US and around the world.

Poverty and Humanitarian Crises: Advancing health as a human right

Wars, natural disasters, genocide, and other tragedies prevent people from reaching their full human potential.  Global humanitarian aid is a $160- billion-a-year effort that employs 240,000 people in thousands of organizations across more than 100 countries. But too often, would-be humanitarians are ill equipped to deal with the difficult and dangerous situations they find, including entrenched poverty and violence, blocked transportation routes, armed militias, masses of displaced people on the move, and disorganized or corrupt local and national governments. Learn from experienced experts how humanitarian relief personnel are dealing with these kinds of challenges, and discuss efforts to improve the ability for all people to exercise their right to health and safety in even the most dire circumstances.

Failing Health Systems: Leading change, changing leaders

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa demonstrated the complex nature of health systems and the terrible consequences of their failures.  In the U.S., we spend more money on healthcare than any other nation, yet our citizens do not live as long or with as good a quality of health as other countries that spend far less.  Because healthcare in the U.S. and around the world can be inefficient and inaccessible to millions, transforming health systems in this country and globally will take both powerful ideas and effective leaders to put them into action.  Share insights with panel members who will examine some of the exciting efforts underway to make this transformation possible.

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Contact information for this event:
Media contact: Julie Rafferty
Registration: Michelle Giuliana
Registration: Cristin Martineau