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Volume 9, Number 5Space holderFebruary 4, 2005

Conference to focus on politics, social justice, and global health

Politics, social justice, and global health will be the central themes of the third Western Regional International Health Conference, held this month at the UW. The conference is organized by Puget Sound Partners for Global Health, UW medical and health sciences students, and the Global Health Resource Center.

The interdisciplinary event will feature lectures, panel discussions, and screening of an award-winning documentary on AIDS, A Closer Walk. Events will be held from Friday evening, Feb. 18, through Sunday afternoon, Feb. 20, at several campus locations, including the Health Sciences Lobby, Hogness Auditorium, the HUB Ballroom, South Campus Center and Kane Hall.

On Friday evening, Mirta Roses Periago, director of the Pan American Health Organization, will give the keynote address, From Health for All to the Millennium Development Goals: The Crucial Role of Health Systems for Equity and Social Justice.

The event will include panel discussions on response to the recent earthquakes and tsunamis in South Asia, war and ethnic conflict, health of indigenous peoples, and women's health around the globe. An panel at 7 p.m. Saturday will feature Iraqi health professionals discussing the health of Iraqis. The panel, From Basrah to Seattle: Bringing Home the Iraqi War and Occupation, is open to the community.

The event's closing address will be given by U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle. Paul Ramsey, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, and Pat Wahl, dean of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, will discuss the new UW Department of Global Health, to be governed jointly by the two schools.

Registration for the whole conference is $25 for students and $50 for all others. For more information and to register, call 206-616-1159 or see the Web site at

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