The University of Iowa

2006: Conference Schedule

Friday, October 20

3:30-4:00 pm - Registration

Room 1110 A Sahai Auditorium
Medical Education and Research Facility Building
The University of Iowa

4:00-4:30 pm - Welcome and Conference Kickoff

Paul Greenough, PhD, Director Global Health Studies Program
Congressman Jim Leach, U.S. House of Representatives

4:30-5:00 - Introduction

Thomas Novotny, MD, UCSF, Institute for Global Health
Global Health Diplomacy

5:00-5:15 pm - Q & A

5:15-6:30 pm - 1st Plenary Panel

Linking Health Care and International Politics: Doing Good for the Benefit of All Players

Examples of initiatives
Moderator: Mark Sidel, JD, Professor of Law at The University of Iowa


David Walton, MD, Partners in Health - Confronting Structural Violence with Preferential Care for the Poor;
Diane Appelbaum, RN, FNP, MS, Director of MEDICC (Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba) - Exporting Health, The Cuban Model;
Michael Schulz, Deputy Permanent Observer to the UN of the International Federation Red Cross/Red Crescent - Humanitarians' Perspectives on, and Responses to, Complex Emergencies

6:30-7:00 pm - Q & A

7:00 pm - Adjourn for day

8:00 pm - Special Sneak Preview 90-Minute Film

Salud: Cuba and the Quest for Health

[A central part of the film is training of new global workforce].
Location: 101 BCSB. Discussion to follow with Diane Appelbaum of MEDICC and Jennifer Kasper of Doctors for Global Health.

Saturday, October 21

8:30- 9:00 am - Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 2nd Plenary Panel

Providing Vital Health Services During & After Violent Conflict

Targeting Care Giving, Care Givers, and Patients
Moderator: Maureen McCue, MD.


Sheri Fink, MD, Harvard School of Public Health, Physicians for Human Rights - Aid, Ethics and Politics in Conflict Zones;
Jen Kasper, MD, President of Doctors for Global Health - Conflicts and Politics: Persistent, Pervasive Disparities in El Salvador and Mexico;
Monk Elmer, MD, Fox Cities Sister Cities Program - Cold War Aftereffects, Cleaning Up Toxic Debris, Preventing Future Harm

10:00 am - Q & A and Break

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Break, visit posters and displays

10:45 - 11:45 am - Discussion Breakouts (Choose one)

Breakout #1 (Room 2117)

The World’s Response to the Pakistan Earthquake: the epicenter of politics mixed with conflict and disaster. Discussants: Paul Greenough, Diane Appelbaum and Ken MacDonald

Breakout #2 (Room 2189)

The African Continent: Developing and Prioritizing Appropriate and Effective Interventions with So Many Humanitarian Crises. Discussants: Robin Paetzold, Robin Beining, Edgar Thornton.

Breakout #3 (Room 1110A)

Working Together, Maximizing Synergy, Avoiding Misperceptions. Discussants: Mark Sidel, Dave Walton, Jennifer Kasper

Breakout #4 (Room 1117)

Iowans Respond to the Darfur Crisis. Discussants: Maureen McCue, Peggy Harris, Des Moines for Darfur, Kate Karacay, Co-Director, Iowa United Nations Association

11:45 am - 3rd Plenary Panel

Infectious Disease- Preventing Pandemics, Advancing Public Health - Collaborations Between Nations for Common Good

Moderator: Christopher Squier, PhD, Dean Research UI Dental College.


Seth Foldy, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, via video conferencing - Preparing for Pandemics While Downsizing Public Health Infrastructure Globally;
Paul Greenough, PhD - Director Global Health Studies Program, UI - The Politics of Cease-fire Immunization Campaigns, 1984-2005;
Excerpts from Film: The Value of Life featuring UNAIDS Envoy Stephen Lewis

1:00-2:30 pm - Lunch (Atrium of MERF)

Speaker - Michael Renner, Senior Researcher Worldwatch: Disasters in Conflict Areas, How Politics Determine the Outcomes

2:45-3:45 pm - 4th Plenary Panel

Natural Disasters: Providing Emergency Assistance, Embedding Political Influence - Issues of Effectiveness

Moderator: Robin Paetzold


Edgar Thornton, MA, USAID, Office of Poverty Elimination - Working Across Sectors to Eliminate Poverty and Prevent Disaster;
Kenneth Iain MacDonald, PhD, University of Toronto, Canada - Transnationalism and the Politics of Disaster Relief;
Mary Gilchrist, PhD, former director University of Iowa State Hygienic Lab - Iowans Join Much of the World in Katrina Response

4:00-5:00 pm - Breakout sessions (Choose one)

Breakout #5 (Room 1117)

Halting and Preventing Pandemics, Responding to the threat of Avian Flu and the Challenge of HIV, Discussants: Maureen McCue, Mary Gilchrist

Breakout #6 (Room 1110A)

A Tale of 2 Doctors, Medical Neutrality Caught in the Cross Fire. Preview & Critique Film on Iraq War (28 minutes): Discussants: John Rachow, PhD, MD, Kevin Kelley, Videographer

Breakout #7 (Room 2117)

Conflicts and Disasters, Refugee Priorities. Discussants: Amy Weismann, Nelle Brown and Michael Schulz.

Breakout #8 (Room 2189)

Redefining Security, Working Toward Global Community. Discussants: Monk Elmer, Michael Renner, and Marion Birch

Sunday, October 22

8:30-9:00 am - Continental Breakfast


9:00-10:00 am - Calculating Aid Equity in Humanitarian Crisis Responses: Assessing Impacts of Political Motivations, Timing


Moderator: Paul Greenough, PhD, Director Global Health Studies


Steve Miles, MD, Professor of Medicine and Bioethics, University of Minnesota - Bioethics Challenged by Global Ill Health and a Frightened Empire;
Marion Birch, MPH, Director of Medact, U.K. - Securitization of Health by Foreign Policy Agendas: Implications;
Nelle Temple Brown, PhD, External Relations Officer, WHO - Health as Human Security & Health as a Bridge for Peace

10:00 am - Q & A

10:15-11:15 am - Concluding Plenary Panel

UI Graduate Students Share Research, Experience and Insights Abroad

Moderator: Maureen McCue, MD PhD


Gina Clark, PhD, medical student at University of Iowa College of Medicine, Migration and HIV vaccine development in Masiphumelele, Western Cape, South Africa;
Robin Beining, PhD Candidate - Congo’s Curse: HIV/AIDS, Poverty & Conflict - The Past, Present & Future;
Mary-Justine Todd, Master’s Candidate - Protecting the Rights of Women Refugees in Tanzania

11:30-12:30 am - Discussion Breakouts

Breakout #9 (Room 1117)

Health Care Providers, Ethics and Dual Loyalty Considerations in a Variety of Settings. Discussants: John Rachow, Steve Miles

Breakout #10 (Room 2117)

Working to Prevent or Respond to AIDS in Difficult Environments.
Discussants: Christopher Squier, Mary-Justine Todd, Gina Clark.

Breakout #11 (Room 1110A)

Incorporating Students into Clinical Care Situations for Poor, Vulnerable & At Risk Populations.
Discussants: Maureen McCue, Jennifer Kasper

Breakout #12 (Room 2189)

ONE Foundation Responding to AIDS
Discussants: Robin Beining and Heather Byers

12:30 pm - Concluding Comments From Final Breakouts and Conference Organizers

1:00 pm - Adjourn