Announcing the 2020 Global Health Conference of the Americas

The 2020 Global Health Conference of the Americas will take place from Oct. 6 – 9, 2020, presented by the Global Health Consortium (GHC) at Florida International University’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work (Stempel College). In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s conference has gone completely virtual – offering attendees the opportunity to learn about global health research and trends from the safety and comfort of home.

“As we look to improve community health and increase the practices that lead to disease prevention, it is vital that there be a platform where health experts can gather, share experiences, work together to develop new solutions – the Global Health Conference of the Americas is that platform,” said Dr. Carlos Espinal, director of the Global Health Consortium and interim chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at Stempel College. “Our partnership with the Pan American Health Association gives us the opportunity to include world-renowned speakers and have deep discussions that are vital to the needs of populations throughout Latin America and the world.”

The conference recently announced several speakers, including Dr. David E. Bloom, 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. Peter J. Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine; Kim Simplis Barrow, activist, advocate, and first lady of Belize; Dr. Heidi J. Larson, anthropologist and the founding director of the Vaccine Confidence Project; and Dr. Ashish K. Jha, K.T. Li professor of Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of the Harvard Global Health Institute.

Additionally, the conference will highlight speakers from within FlU, including Dr. Tomás R. Guilarte, dean of Stempel College; Luis Guillermo Solís, former president of Costa Rica and director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center; and Dr. Brian Fonseca, director of the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy.

This year’s conference will also include sessions focusing on research topics that are central to the GHC’s mission including antimicrobial resistance, vaccinations, and vector-borne diseases and how the pandemic is impacting global health development. The conference is available with simultaneous translation in both English and Spanish.

This year the conference is free and open to the public. To learn more about the 2020 Global Health Conference of the Americas and to register, visit the Global Health Consortium.

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