2015 Global Health Symposium Spotlights Local and International Health Efforts

Monday, February 23, 2015

During the third annual Global Health Symposium from Feb. 9-12, members of the Rush University community discussed how they’re building a healthy, safe, more prosperous and equitable world in relation to a roadmap called the Millennium Development Goals.

More than 400 faculty, students, staff and visitors attended the events throughout the week to engage with faculty and student presenters from across all four Rush University colleges. Keynote speaker Janet Lin, MD, MPH, from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Medicine, challenged the audience to think beyond 2015. After a brief overview about the history of the Millennium Development Goals, she discussed her work in global health. She highlighted the importance of improving access and delivery of health care in resource-limited areas through education of the community, local health care providers and health promoter networks.

On Wednesday, Feb. 11, Ruth W. Messinger, president of the American Jewish World Service, gave audiences a call to action to pursue global justice in any way they could, and she stated that inaction is no longer an option. While Messinger cautioned the community not to be overwhelmed by the world’s problems, she shared realities that humanity simply cannot overlook. 

Faculty and student presentations featured several topics, including female genital mutilation, radiology in resource-limited regions, autism in China, universal health coverage in Taiwan, hepatitis B immunizations in India, and Rush-sponsored global health experiences in Belize and the Dominican Republic. There was a 50 percent increase in poster submissions compared to the previous year. On Thursday, Feb. 12, the event’s final day, two awards were presented to students for their scholarly work in global health:

  • Sandeep Nayak, a student in the Graduate College’s master’s in clinical research program, earned Best Podium Presentation for “Patterns of Birth Dose Hepatitis B Immunization Practices in India.”
  • Christine Scullywest, a first-year Rush Medical College student, won Best Poster Presentation for “The Role of Evarcha Culicivora in Malaria Vector Control.”

This event was sponsored by Academic Affairs, Global Health, the Office of Student Life, Division of Student Affairs, LGBT Health Committee, Diversity Leadership Council and Section of Global Health. If you would like to be involved in Global Health at Rush, contact Stephanie Sacriste, department manager, Academic Affairs, at global_health@rush.edu.