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Past Events - 2010

Spring 2010 Events

Workshop in Natural Disasters and Public Memory in South Asia Oct. 7-9

(152:125: SCA Topics In Global Health)

This workshop focuses on a particular phenomenon that occurs in the unfolding of natural disasters in the present: the opening of a new or blank space for representation and narrative after a disaster. Briefly, this is the space arising between those who directly bear the pain of great losses (i.e. the victims or affectees) and the outsiders who opt to spring forward to relieve, reverse, report, interpret and sometimes exploit the punishing blows of a disaster. These outsiders (journalists, researchers, bureaucrats, political representatives and others) can interpose or frame—whether by accident or by design and simply by virtue of their greater resources and power— their own versions of events. Not surprisingly these versions can become the enduring and most widely circulated public memory of events, even to the extent of infiltrating and altering the affectees’ own memories.

Learn more about this workshop.

GH/Innovate 2010 Global Health and Innovation Conference

Registration rates increase after January 1st, 2010

Presented by Unite For Sight, 7th Annual Conference; Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Registration and details (registration rates increase monthly)
Date: Saturday, April 17 - Sunday, April 18
Keynote Speakers: Seth Godin, Agent of Change; Jacqueline Novogratz, Acumen Fund; Jeffrey Sachs, Professor and Director of Earth Institute at Columbia University; Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, Health Coordinator, Millennium Village Project


Call for Applicants: Global Health and Social Entrepreneurship Idea Incubator Workshop

Date: Friday, February 12
Time: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Unite For Sight headquarters in downtown New Haven (across the street from Yale's Whitney Humanities Center)
Who: Students and professionals are eligible to apply.  Successful applicants will have demonstrated an interest in global health.
Complete workshop details and application instructions online

Do you have an idea for a program, project, or organization? Unite for Sight's Founder and CEO will hold a 1/2-day workshop to help you develop and launch your idea.  The workshop will focus on effective healthcare delivery and the importance of best practices in global health, successful strategies of social innovation and social entrepreneurship, and mentoring and guidance on how to establish new initiatives and organizations.  What strategies can be applied to effectively provide healthcare for the world's poorest people?  Through case discussions, the workshop discusses the realities and complexities of global health, innovation and social entrepreneurship in healthcare delivery, and evidence-based design and measuring outcomes.  The workshop will be a small, intimate forum with a limited capacity of 10 participants.


2010 Health Care & Promotion Practices Study Tour to Great Britain

Date: Thursday, March 11 - Sunday, March 20, 2010
The overall purpose of this popular study tour to Great Britain (offered since 1989) is to foster more health-related linkages and partnerships between the United States and England and Wales. A major focus of this study tour is having the participants become engaged in an in-depth professional and cultural experience to include planned, individualized work shadowing (practical experience) opportunities. Check out the program brochure to learn more!


"Health in Haiti: the Case of Léogane Before and After the Earthquake"

Date: Friday, April 9, 2010
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Room 1117, International Commons
Presenter: Professor Nanette Barkey

Barkey conducted ethnographic research on health care in the city of Léogane throughout 2009 and returned there for two weeks in March 2010. Léogane was near the epicenter and more than half the homes and buildings were destroyed.

In this presentation, she will discuss the health care options in Léogane prior to the earthquake and compare them with services available after the disaster. Drawing on her extensive contacts within Haitian health care providers in Léogane, and her observations and discussions with foreign providers, Barkey will compare the attitudes and understandings of local health conditions and highlights the larger health and political issues arising from the sudden influx of foreign aid to Haiti.

The formal presentation will be followed by a group discussion.

The UI Global Health Studies Program and International Programs at the UI are co-sponsoring the discussion. For more information, contact Heidi Vekemans at 319-335-3862.


Fall 2010 Events

Global Health Fall Reception

The Global Health Studies Program and The Global Health Students Club invite you to our annual reception on Thursday, November 11, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, 1117 University Capitol Centre (International Commons). Join us for a buffet supper, student presentations, and good company!

For more information, please contact: Christopher Squier, Director, Global Health Studies Program,