Global Health Summit

Colleagues Dr. Ranjita Misra and Dr. Susan Newfield prepare to answer questions from discussion moderator Alice Aluoch.

Summit held on Friday, Oct. 11 2019
Health Sciences Center campus, Morgantown, WV

Many thanks to all who participated in the inaugural Global Health Summit at WVU Health Sciences.  Full recordings of presentations and discussion throughout the day are now available to stream:

Morning Session:

  • Welcome – Why do we invest in global health, and what do we reap beyond our initial investment? 
    • Speaker: Clay Marsh, MD, Vice President & Executive Dean for WVU Health Sciences
  • Plenary Address: Achieving Mutually Beneficial Outcomes in Global Health
    • Speaker: Kathryn Kell, DDS, President, FDI World Dental Federation
  • Panel Session I: Equity through Health: How can we leverage the initial investment in healthcare delivery to achieve social justice?
    • Moderator: Alice Aluoch, Global Health Organizer at RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund
    • Ranjita Misra, PhD, Professor, WVU School of Public Health
    • Susan A. Newfield, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, Chair of Family and Community Health & Associate Professor, WVU School of Nursing

Keynote Address:

  • The Role of Trust and Empowerment in Program Success
  • Speaker: Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, University Professor at Georgetown University, Founding O'Neill Chair in Global Health Law; Faculty Director, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law; Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National & Global Health Law 

Afternoon Session:

  • Panel Session II: Justice through education: How can we reframe professional education (clinical, technological, academic, etc.) to best benefit the global community
    • Moderator: Keith Martin, MD, PC, Executive Director, Consortium of Universities for Global Health
    • Amelia Adcock, MD, Assistant Professor, WVU School of Medicine, Telestroke and Teleneurology Medical Director
    • Rich Fletcher, PhD, Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School
    • Doug Slain, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, FASHP, Chair and Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Global Affairs Liaison, WVU School of Pharmacy

Sponsored by the Global Engagement Office (GEO) at Health Sciences, this annual, free event is meant as a forum for emerging topics in Global Health and an opportunity to nurture connections in the region and nationally focused on global health from which West Virginia can leverage partnerships and make resource investments go further.  Because we share an awareness that many health outcomes in our state mirror those of low resource settings globally and that broad global engagement is necessary to the development of our economy, our emphasis on global health is not just timely, it is imperative to understanding potential solutions to West Virginia problems. 

Information on the upcoming Global Health Summit will be available in Spring 2020.  


A photo of Joanna DiStefano.
Joanna DiStefano, MS
West Virginia University
Program Manager, Global Engagement Office (GEO)
Event Planner/Executive Assistant, Administration