Global Public Health

A North Central College Faculty Workshop Hosted by CIS and the Global Health Initiative


10:15AM                     Welcome & Coffee

10:30AM                     Introductions                 Jamie Bender
Center for International Studies

’Sola Olopade
Global Health Initiative

11:00AM                     Presentation I               ’Sola Olopade

Global Health: What is it and why are there USA and UCMC GHI Initiatives?

“Area of study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide.” (Koplan JP, Bond TC, Merson MH, et al; Consortium of Universities for Global Health Executive Board. Towards a common definition of global health. Lancet. 2009;373:1993-1995.)

Global health promotes interdisciplinary collaboration beyond health sciences and calls for actions to influence the global forces that determine the health of people. There is a widening global health disparities gap between affluent and developing countries globally that is more profound in sub-Saharan Africa. While Africa has 25% of the global burden of disease, it has only 3% of the health care force needed to make a difference.

‘Sola Olopade is a pulmonologist with expertise and special clinical interests in asthma, chronic obstructive lung diseases (chronic bronchitis and emphysema) and sarcoidosis. His research focuses on determining appropriate or best practices for asthma management through collaborative and multi-center clinical research projects. Dr. Olopade’s current asthma research focuses on the relationship between environmental and genetic factors and how they affect the expression of asthma–particularly in a developing country setting, such as Nigeria. Additionally, his research provides a comprehensive look at regional differences, comparing rural and urban settings, and ultimately comparing similar settings to inner city Chicago. Dr. Olopade received the American College of Chest Physicians Humanitarian Award for his work on stemming the spread of HIV/AIDS among university students in Nigeria in 2006, and again in 2010 for his work to protect women and children from the hazards of exposure to indoor pollution related to the use of biomass for cooking.

12:30PM                     Break for Lunch (on your own)

1:30PM                       Presentation II               Joshua Garoon
It’s Not Easy Being Green: The Intersections of Conservation, Development, and Health in Sub-Saharan Africa 

In this presentation, I used the case of community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) in Zambia to trace how current global environmental discourses – and their translation into the practices of “green development” and broader programs to address transnational issues such as climate change – are affecting a range of health and welfare outcomes in communities in which environmental and developmental demands converge. Such communities are located not just in rural Zambia, or even just in Africa, but also in nations such as India and China – where literally billions of low-income rural residents will have both their daily lives and their aspirations to modernity challenged by the implementation of programs that share the governing ideologies of CBNRM.

Joshua Garoon is an Instructor and Researcher in the Department of Health Studies at the University of Chicago, where he has affiliations with both the Global Health Initiative and the Urban Health Initiative. He completed an MPH in International Health and a PhD in Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He subsequently served as a postdoctoral fellow under the Kellogg Health Scholars Program. His work employs ethnographic and epidemiological methodologies to investigate how the interactions of physical, social, and policy environments foster differentials in population health and welfare. His dissertation, “Animals I Never Saw,” explored the impact of community-based natural resource management on the lives and livelihoods of people living on the border of Zambia’s North Luangwa National Park.

3:00PM        Open Discussion

3:30PM        Program Conclusion


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