Category Archives: Western Regional International Health Conference Reports

Videos of Keynote and Plenaries

The keynote lecture, “‘Nothing Less than a Revolution: Why I’m Preoccupied with Inequality, Social Justice and Health” by Kavita Ramdas is now available as well as plenary talks on global mental health and climate change. http://blip.tv/uw-global-health

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Are we helping people abroad or just using them as a means to an end?

If you thought you were going to the Western Regional International Health Conference to pat yourself on the back about being a “do-gooder”, you were likely set straight by Sunday’s closing session. The afternoon was a humility boot-camp for humanitarians. … Continue reading

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Ever heard of frog? Part of panel “Global Health and Communication Outreach”

Moderator Tom Paulson with the Humanosphere blog, kicked off the session by saying the global health narrative is narrow and clichéd and the media has not moved into serious coverage of issues, such as controversies and fights over power. But … Continue reading

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Vector-Host and their connection to climate change

By Joshua Chin On Sunday’s 9th International Health Conference, one of the topics addressed is the Vector-Host Interactions, introducing audiences to the recent invasive disease such as Bluetongue that decimated farmers’ livestock. With the assistance of moderator Judith Wasserheit, a … Continue reading

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Overlooked Diseases: An Epidemic of Neglect

By: Megan Manning With prevalent diseases such as AIDS threatening both impoverished and developed nations alike and demanding the attention of the medical world, many other proportionately fatal health problems are being abandoned on the wayside. At the 9th Annual … Continue reading

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“Queering Global Health”

By Peder Digre | @pederdigre Professor David Allen, chair of the Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies department at the University of Washington moderated the session entitled “Queering Global Health” in which a broad range of queer issues related to global … Continue reading

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Effectively using technology to improve global health

By: Erin Flemming In developed countries, technology can help streamline the healthcare system. But, extending technological innovation to international communities can be a challenging feat, especially in the areas of usefulness and affordability. Paul Yager, the Hunter and Dorothy Simpson Endowed … Continue reading

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Researchers fight HIV Stigma and Discrimination

by Sean Duncan A panel of three speakers shared research and findings about HIV stigma in foreign countries Saturday in a session at the WRIHC, Chloë Waters, assistant to the executive director at I-TECH, shared her research results from a study … Continue reading

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Interdisciplinary collaboration in understanding environmental health issues

By Sandi Halimuddin “Titanic: 2,208 people; 16 lifeboats. Earth: 7,000,000,000; no lifeboats,” UW associate professor Benita Beamon said to the audience, who burst out in laughing. In response, Beamon joked that the crowd was overly optimistic about the realness of … Continue reading

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Mental health care requires evidence-based treatment

By: Teo Jion Chun Evidence-based treatment must be introduced to help people living with mental health and counter the stigma that are facing, said experts in a plenary session that took place at University of Washington (UW) yesterday evening. “As … Continue reading

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