Conference Learning Objectives:

  • Consider more effective approaches for the utilization of limited resources - financial, work force, technology, etc. – in low-resource settings
  • Discuss the capacity for delivering social justice through healthcare
  • Build a multidisciplinary network to promote, establish, and implement collaboration in the field of Global Health
  • Participate in a dynamic forum for Global Health in the state of West Virginia

Conference Agenda

8:00 a.m. — Registration, Poster session

8:30 a.m.  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

8:45 a.m.  Plenary Address: Achieving Mutually Beneficial Outcomes in Global Health

Speaker: Kathryn Kell, DDS, President, FDI World Dental Federation

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how national and international health policies and regulations impact health service delivery, citing specific examples to highlight the dynamic and interprofessional nature of global health work
  • Identify both initial and ongoing challenges to working with diverse groups with varied operational objectives in international settings
  • Define the elements of successful complex global health initiatives in which multiple parties have an interest
  • Describe a framework of basic programmatic best practices to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes in global health projects

9:30 a.m. —  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
  • 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
  • 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

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the concept of social justice, specifically as it relates to healthcare, and what is meant when the term social justice is applied to low resource regions where healthcare systems are not well developed
  • Outline how the various types of human, financial, and technological investments affect not only health outcomes but also privileges and opportunities for self-determination in low resource settings
  • Differentiate between those global health policies, structures, and actions that reinforce human rights and equality and those that do not
  • Discuss ways to promote social justice as a fundamental building block for collaboration and improving health outcomes

11:00 a.m.   Lunch, Poster session oral presentations

12:30 p.m.   Keynote Address: The Role of Trust and Empowerment in Program Success

Speaker: Lawrence O. Gostin

Learning Objectives:

  • Compare and contrast the role of poverty as a social determinant of health both within and outside of Appalachia
  • Illustrate examples of global health laws that reinforced negative stereotypes associated with poverty and poor health and thus legitimized prejudice
  • List instances of global health laws serving as a powerful catalyst to transform health landscapes and address the consequences of implicit bias associated with poverty
  • Relate the importance of personal trust, compassion, and accountability, in fulfilling the promise of global health law to transform cultures of endemic poverty

 1:30 p.m.  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, Pappalardo Fellow in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Doug Slain, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, FASHP, Chair and Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Global Affairs Liaison, WVU School of Pharmacy

Learning Objectives:

  • State a working definition for justice as it relates to global health
  • Describe the role that clinical and non-clinical education has on advancing health outcomes in low resource settings
  • Explore the role that clinical training, technological training, and public health education plays in advancing global health benchmarks
  • Identify the common themes of efficacious health education initiatives currently in action and ways in which they can continue to adapt to change in global settings

3:00 p.m. — Recognition, Awards Presentation

3:30 p.m. — Departure