Global Health & Innovation Conference

Are you interested in global health and international development, public health, medicine, social entrepreneurship, nonprofits, philanthropy, microfinance, human rights, anthropology, health policy, advocacy, public service, environmental health, or education?

If you are, then you should attend

GH/Innovate 2010
Global Health & Innovation Conference
Presented by Unite For Sight, 7th Annual Conference
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Saturday, April 17 – Sunday, April 18, 2010

“A Meeting of Minds”–CNN

Only 4.5 hours away from Middlebury, in New Haven, Connecticut, you will spend two days listening to and learning from 200 speakers, including keynote addresses by Seth Godin, Jacqueline Novogratz, Jeffrey Sachs and Sonia Sachs. There will also be social innovation sessions by CEOs and Directors of Acumen Fund, Partners in Health, WaterPartners, Save The Children, HealthStore Foundation, and many others.

The Global Health & Innovation Conference convenes more than 2,200 students and professionals from 55 countries.

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New Call For Social Enterprise Pitches: Do you have an innovative idea or a new program in development?  Submit your idea for presentation.  Complete details on conference website.

Keynote Speakers

“Using The Power of Stories and Tribes to Spread Your Messages and Change The World,” Seth Godin, MBA, Agent of Change; New York Times Bestselling Author of Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us; Founder,

Jacqueline Novogratz, MBA, Founder and CEO, Acumen Fund

Jeffrey Sachs, PhD, Director of Earth Institute at Columbia University; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University; Special Advisor to Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon

Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, MD, MPH, Health Coordinator, Millennium Village Project

Leaders in Social Entrepreneurship Speakers

Gene Falk, Co-Founder, Executive Director, mothers2mothers

“Franchising Healthcare in Africa,” Scott Hillstrom, Chairman of the Board, CEO and Co-Founder, HealthStore Foundation

Kevin Jones, Co-Founder, Good Capital

“Creating Viable Enterprises For The Base of the Pyramid,” Ted London, PhD, Senior Research Fellow; Director, Base of the Pyramid Initiative, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan

“From Ideas To Action Workshop: Creating Viable Enterprises For The Base of the Pyramid,” Ted London, PhD, Senior Research Fellow; Director, Base of the Pyramid Initiative, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan

“Doing More With Less,” Nancy Lublin, CEO, Do Something

“Innovation in PIH Implementation Sites,” Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Partners in Health; Director, Institute for Health and Social Justice; Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School; Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Ajay Nair, MBBS, MPH, Portfolio Associate, Acumen Fund

“Enabling Prosperity by Improving Lives,” Julia Novy-Hildesley, Executive Director, The Lemelson Foundation

“Achieving Global Health Through Community Wealth,” Billy Shore, Founder and CEO, Share Our Strength

“Investing in Local Social Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries,” Jennifer Staple-Clark, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Unite For Sight

“Solutions That Can Go Big: How To Think About Scalability,” Kevin Starr, MD, Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program, Mulago Foundation

“WaterCredit: Driving Financial Innovation in Water Supply & Sanitation For The Poor,” Gary White, Executive Director, WaterPartners

Andrew Wolk, CEO, Root Cause

Plus 200 Featured Speakers, including:

“Management of Macular Degeneration in 2010,” Ron Adelman, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Yale University Eye Center

“HIV Medication to Empower Communities: An International Model,” Jesus Aguais, Executive Director, Aid for AIDS

“Reconciling the WHO’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health with the Multi-dimensional Resilience Index,” Astier Almedom, DPhil, Professor of Practice in Humanitarian Policy and Global Public Health

“Large-Scale Effectiveness Evaluations of Maternal and Child Programs in Low-Income Countries: A New Approach,” Agbessi Amouzou, PhD, Assistant Scientist, Institute for International Programs, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Tom Arnold, CEO, Concern Worldwide

“Three Unique Models For Services For Orphans and Vulnerable Children: Worldwide Orphans Foundation in Ethiopia, Vietnam, and Bulgaria,” Jane Aronson, MD, Director, International Pediatric Health Services; Founder and Executive Officer, Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO); Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Weill Medical College of Cornell University

“Workshop — How To Create an NGO That Does Community Work With Children Abroad: The Ins and Outs, The Ups and Downs,” Jane Aronson, MD, Director, International Pediatric Health Services; Founder and Executive Officer, Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO); Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Weill Medical College of Cornell University

“High-Impact Entrepreneurship,” Elmira Bayrasli, Policy & Outreach, Endeavor

Bob Bollinger, MD, MPH, Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health; Director, Center for Clinical Global Health Education, Johns Hopkins University

“Meeting The Global Physician Shortage: The Contribution of Cuba’s Latin American Medical School,” Peter Bourne, MA, MD, Visiting Scholar, Oxford University; Vice Chancellor Emeritus, St. George’s University; Formerly Special Assistant to the President of the United States for Health Issues; Chair, Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC)

“Medical Innovation in Humanitarian Situations: The Work of Medecins San Frontieres,” Jean-Herve Bardol, MD, Former President of MSF-France; Former Board Member, MSF-USA

“Surgery and Global Health – Are We There Yet?” Kathleen Casey, MD, FACS, Director, Operation Giving Back, American College of Surgeons

“The Latin American and Carribean Initiative for the Integration of Prenatal Care with the Testing and Treatment of HIV and Syphilis,” Arachu Castro, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Social Medicine; Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School / Partners in Health

James Clarke, MD, Ophthalmologist and Medical Director, Crystal Eye Clinic, Ghana

Luz Claudio, MD, Associate Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine, Chief of the Division of International Health, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

“Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Health Care Systems,” Paul Cleary, PhD, Dean of Public Health, Chair, Epidemiology and Public Health; Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Public Health, Yale University School of Public Health, Yale School of Medicine

“One Size Does Not Fit All: Models of Collaboration for Improving Global Health,” Brenda Colatrella, Executive Director, Office of Corporate Responsibility and Global Policy, Merck

“Diagnosis and Treatment of Glaucoma For Persons on Medical Missions,” Gustavo V. de Moraes, MD, Research Assistant Professor, NYU School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

“From a Village Clinic to a Health System: Implementation Science in the Millennium Villages,” Prabhjot Dhadialla, PhD, Program Director of Health Systems, Development and Research, Columbia Center For Global Health and Economic Development, Community Health Worker Advisor, Millennium Village Project

“Building a Distributed Village Model,” Zoravar Dhaliwal, CEO, Community Lab

“Partnerships – Are We There Yet,” Amir Dossal, Executive Director, UN Office for Partnerships

Margaret Duah-Mensah, RN, ON, Ophthalmic Nurse, Crystal Eye Clinic, Ghana

“America’s Vital Interests in Global Health,” Harvey Fineberg, MD, PhD, President, Institute of Medicine of The National Academies

“Pediatric Vision Screening in Hunan Province, China,” Susan Forster, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Medical Studies, Department of Ophthalmology, Yale School of Medicine; Chief, Ophthalmology, Yale University Health Services

Pape Gaye, President and CEO, IntraHealth International

“Gender and Eye Health,” Ilene Gipson, PhD, Senior Scientist, Schepens Eye Research Institute; Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

“Simple Solutions To Complex Problems: How A Text Message Can Save A Life,” Ashifi Gogo, Co-founder, Sproxil; Holekamp Family PhD Innovation Fellow, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth

“Workshop: How To Advance Global Health Through Technology and Social Entrepreneurship,” Ashifi Gogo, Co-founder, Sproxil; Holekamp Family PhD Innovation Fellow, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth

“Obstetric Fistula – The Ultimate Indignity, Gender Inequality, and Poverty,” Kate Grant, Executive Director, The Fistula Foundation

“Using Human Rights To Improve Global Health Efforts: Examples, Challenges, and Opportunities,” Sofia Gruskin, JD, MIA, Associate Professor in Health and Human Rights Director, Program on International Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health

“Managing the African Glaucomas: Should We Incise or Instill?” Michael Gyasi, MD, Ophthalmologist, Ghana

“Presentation Patterns of Glaucoma in Rural and Urban Ghana,” Michael Gyasi, MD, Ophthalmologist, Ghana

“Authentic Corporate Engagement in Global Health,” Laura Herman, Managing Director, Social Impact Advisors

“Preterm Birth: Global Prevalence and Opportunities for Intervention in Middle- and Low-Income Countries,” Christopher P. Howson, PhD, Vice President for Global Programs, The March of Dimes Foundation

“Prospects and Challenges of Genetic Manipulation of Mosquitoes for Malaria Control,” Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena, PhD, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Malaria Research Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

“War and Public Health: What is the Role of Public Health Professionals?” Kaveh Khoshnood, PhD, Assistant Professor in Public Health Practice, Division of Epidmiology of Microbial Diseases, Yale School of Public Health

“Ending Health Apartheid: How Universities Can Make a Difference,” Rachel Kiddell-Monroe, President of the Board, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines

“Siyajabula! The Challenges of Developing Empathic Care Intervention Methodology for Children and Guardians Affected by HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa,” Jamie Lachman, Clowns Without Borders

“Food Security and the Right to Health,” Robert Lawrence, MD, The Center for a Livable Future Professor, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Health Policy, and International Health; Director, Center for a Livable Future, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Bill Livermore, Executive Director, Somaly Mam Foundation

“Meeting the Reproductive Health Needs of Marginalized Urban Populations in Kenya,” Pamela Lynam, MD, Country Director Kenya, JHPIEGO – Johns Hopkins University

“An AIDS Vaccine: Progress To End The Epidemic,” John McGoldrick, JD, Senior Vice President, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)

“Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis: Equity in Treatment & Research,” Carole Mitnick, Sc.D., Instructor, Department of Global Health and Social medicine, Harvard Medical School

“Society, Migration, Culture and Women,” Mini Murthy, MD, MPH, MS, MPhil, CHES, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Global Health Program Director, New York Medical College School of Public Health

“Sustainable Development for Persons with Disability Living in the Poorest Countries in the World,” Ron Nabors, Chief Executive Officer, Christian Blind Mission-USA

“The International Activities of the American Academy of Pediatrics: Caring For All Children,” Cliff O’Callahan, MD, PhD, FAAP, Pediatric Faculty, Family Practice Group; Director of Nurseries, Middlesex Hospital; Chair, AAP Section on International Child Health

“Workshop: Good and Better Ways To Participate Globally: Partnering To Empower Communities,” Cliff O’Callahan, MD, PhD, FAAP, Pediatric Faculty, Family Practice Group; Director of Nurseries, Middlesex Hospital; Chair, AAP Section on International Child Health

“Role of Inflammation in Retinal Degeneration,” Santa Ono, PhD, Sr. Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Academic Affairs, Emory University

“The Unfinished Child Survival Agenda,” David Oot, Associate Vice President for Health, Save The Children

“Eye Care Needs and Solutions in South Korea,” Sung Chul Park, MD, Glaucoma Fellow, New York Medical College, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

David Paton, MD, Founder, Orbis

“Contemplations on American Health Care Reform,” Matthew Paul, MD, Danbury Eye Physicians and Surgeons

“Global Health Partnerships–Critical Success Factors and Lessons Learned From A Private Sector Perspective,” Steven Phillips, MD, Medical Director, Global Issues and Projects, ExxonMobil Corporation

Maryse B. Pierre-Louis, MD, MPH, MH/HSA, Lead HNP Specialist, Human Development; Coordinator, Booster Program For Malaria Control in Africa, World Bank Africa Region

“Vision 2020/USA and The Future of Collaborative Efforts in Blindness Prevention,” Louis Pizzarello, MD, MPH, Secretary General, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

“Online Innovation and Trends in Global Health,” Suzanne Rainey, Forum One Communications

“Leveraging Advances in Nanotechnology and Consumer Electronics to Detect Infectious Diseases at the Point of Care,” Rebecca Richards-Kortum, PhD, Stanley C. Moore Professor and Chair of Bioengineering, Rice University

“Modifying 21st Century Surgery For The Developing World,” Aron Rose, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Yale University School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; Associate Clinical Professor, Yale University School of Nursing

“ A Film and New Media Initiative to Improve Maternal Health,” Lisa Russell, MPH, Filmmaker

“Partnership Models in International Health, The Yale Experience,” Majid Sadigh, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

“How To Develop a Sustainable Eye Care Plan For Rural Regions,” Sarang Salam, Kalinga Eye Hospital, Orissa, India

Sarwat Salim, MD, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Tennessee-Memphis

“Corporate Governance Approaches to Global Health Investments and Social Entrepreneurship Partnerships,” Georgia Sambunaris, Senior Advisor to the Director, Office of Economic Growth, US Agency for International Development

Elizabeth Scharpf, MBA, MPA, Founder and Chief Instigating Officer, Sustainable Health Enterprises

“Avoidable Blindness and Eye Care in Latin America and the Caribbean,” Juan Carlos Silva, MD, MPH, Regional Advisor in Prevention of Blindness, PAHO-WHO

“Integration of Surgery Into Population-Based Healthcare in Learning Models of Integrated Care,” David Spiegel, MD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

“Where There Is No Light: Using Solar Power to Reduce Maternal Mortality in Nigeria,” Laura Stachel, MD, Bixby Center for Reproductive Health, UC Berkeley School of Public Health; Founder, WE CARE Solar

“CSR and The Global Health Agenda: Can Business Really Help Heal The Planet?” John E. Tedstrom, PhD, President and CEO, Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GBC)

“Trabeculectomy Glaucoma Surgery: Clinical Pearls,” James C. Tsai, MD, Robert R. Young Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine; Chief of Ophthalmology, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Seth Wanye, MD, Ophthalmologist, Eye Clinic of Tamale Teaching Hospital, Ghana

“Can We Eliminate Blinding Trachoma by 2020?” Sheila West, PhD, El-Maghraby Professor of Preventive Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

“Innovation in Global Health Research,” David Zakus, BSc, MES, MSc, PhD, Director, Centre for International Health; Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health; Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation; Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada

Derek Yach, Vice President of Global Health Policy, PepsiCo

“The Global Fight Against Malaria: U.S. Strategy for Combating Malaria Around The World,” Rear Adm. Tim Ziemer, U.S. Malaria Coordinator, President’s Malaria Initiative

Call For Applicants: Social Enterprise Pitch

GH/Innovate 2010 will include special sessions where selected participants will present their new idea or program-in-development in the format of a 5-minute social enterprise pitch.  Following the pitch, there is a 5-minute period for questions and answers, as well as feedback from the audience.  This will provide participants with an opportunity to formulate and present their idea, collaborate with others interested in their idea, and receive feedback and ideas from other conference participants.  Complete details about submitting a social enterprise pitch online at

Young Leader of Social Change Speakers

Young Leaders of Social Change Speakers are students and young professionals engaged in global health research and effective program delivery.  Approximately 20 student and young professional speakers will be selected.

Conversation Panels

In addition to their individual presentations, select speakers will also participate as discussants on special panels that include six panelists and extensive Q&A with the audience.

  • Advice From The Experts: Careers in Global Health
  • Innovating in Global Health
  • Challenges and Success in Establishing International Partnerships
  • Others to be announced

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