International Programs, University of Iowa; College of Public Health, University of Iowa; Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa; University of Iowa Center for Human Rights; Iowa United Nations Association; Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility
Global Health Studies Students and faculty as well as others with an interest in international affairs; health care providers interested in working in international crisis situations; members of the general public with an interest in foreign affairs. Additional audience will be addressed through a special theme edition of International Journal of Global Health , published by University of Northern Iowa.
Our world is increasingly interconnected and prone to significant social, political or economic disruption in the wake of violent conflict, environmental disasters, and infectious diseases anywhere on the planet. Such phenomena do not respect local political differences, human-drawn boundaries, or national borders and often spill over elsewhere with unpredictable ripples of effects. Responding to such catastrophic events provide challenges and opportunities with short and long term costs and consequences to both the sending and receiving nations.
The provision of healthcare is increasingly seen as a means to influence national and world opinion. In struggles over power, autonomy, and resource allocation it can represent a political currency that reflects positively on the donor. The goal of this conference is to explore the manner in which international politics and global healthcare are inextricably intertwined. We hope that this will lead to further debate and inquiries, with a result we can all agree on: better foreign policies that lead to a more peaceful, secure and prosperous world.