Upcoming meetings and conferences

Here are two upcoming meetings/conferences that may be of interest to global health professionals. The first is a meeting, the second a call for papers for a conference in October in Costa Rica.

Monitoring Progress towards Universal Health Coverage
Featuring Dr. David Evans and Dr. Ties Boerma (World Health Organization) and Dr. Tim Evans (World Bank)

The meeting will give civil society organizations an opportunity to comment on the recent draft report by the World Bank and the World Health Organization, “Monitoring Progress towards Universal Health Coverage at Country and Global Levels: A Framework,” and discuss health in the Post-2015 development agenda.

When: Tuesday, 21 January 2014, 08:30 – 12:00 EST / 14:30 – 18:00 CET
Coffee will be available at 08:30 / 09:00, with event starting promptly at 14:30 / 15:00.

Where: United Nations Foundation, 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC
International Labour Organization, 4 route des MorillonsCH-1211 Genève 22 Switzerland

Toll-free dial-in access also available. For more information or to RSVP, email unfevents@unfoundation.org. Space is

III International Higher Education Congress
III Congreso Internacional de Educación Superior
October 6-10, 2014 San Jose, Costa Rica
Call for Papers

Knowledge Crossing Borders: Building Partnerships Through Shared Knowledge

The Knowledge Crossing Borders Planning Team is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 2014 KCB conference. You are encouraged to participate in the “Knowledge Crossing Borders: Building Partnerships through Shared Knowledge,” a multi-institutional conference to be held on the campus of the Universidad National (UNA), Heredia, Costa Rica. Program participants will share effective scholarly, pedagogical, and administrative practices with their international counterparts.

Program Objectives
The International Higher Education Congress seeks to build a sustainable future through global partnerships in higher education. The conference theme-Knowledge Crossing Borders, Building Partnerships Thorough Shared Knowledge – includes the research, pedagogical, outreach, and administrative functions of higher education. The conference will examine how knowledge transactions across regional and international borders create challenges and transformative opportunities for cooperation, change, creativity, and innovation.

Travel Support
Individuals will be required to support the expense related to their participation from their own funds toward the cost of participation. We encourage participants to anticipate their costs and apply to their institution, departments or professional associations for any financial support.

The conference especially seeks papers that focus on border-crossing perspectives in broad contexts.
Topics should address at least one of these topics of inquiry:

  • Communication and Information Technologies in Higher Education
  • World Peace and Higher Education
  • Higher Education and the Reduction of Poverty
  • Ethics and the Role of Higher Education
  • International Cooperation and Institutions of Higher Education
  • Higher Education and Advances in the area of Health Worldwide

Applicants should submit proposals that comply with the following structures:

  1. Individual presentations not to exceed 20 minutes
  2. Panels or workshops that may be structured with three or more presentations for a total of 60 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes of audience response
  3. Poster sessions that will include 60 minutes of scheduled presence and dialogue with conference attendees

Submissions should be in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font. Full papers (15-20 pages) will receive blind peer review evaluations. Notification will be sent in May. Please include a one paragraph abstract and a few sentences of biographical information about yourself. Applications will be reviewed by peer selection committee. Decisions will be based upon quality and alignment with conference goals.

Deadline for receipt of complete applications: April 1, 2014.

Upcoming conferences: New Frontiers in Global Health Leadership Conference and World Health Care Networks (WHCN) Conference

NEW FRONTIERS IN GLOBAL HEALTH LEADERSHIP: Building Strong Health Systems to Respond to Non-Communicable Diseases

Register Online at: http://ghi.arizona.edu/reg_elp

Partners:  The Global Health Institute at Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health University of Arizona, Tohono O’odham Dept of Health & Human Resources, the US-México Border Health Commission and the Arizona Public Health Training Center

Where: Tohono O’odham Nation and The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson
When: March 28 – April 1, 2012
What: This 5-day Forum features presentations by global experts and global and local case studies of working models in NCDs prevention and health systems strengthening, including; quality assurance, health work force development, integration and health information systems & referral.  Delegates will apply the local and global best practices & evidence during facilitated small group discussions. Site visits show-casing NCD prevention & care models will take place each day. Transportation will be provided. A professional training toolkit with all instructional content will be disseminated following the Forum.
Who: Public health policy makers, program managers, community health clinic coordinators, health systems managers, work force development specialists, community health workers & leaders

Speakers: Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States and Distinguished Professor, University of Arizona, Richard Smith, Director, UnitedHealth Group & former editor British Medical Journal, Gene Bukhman, MD, PhD Harvard Medical School, Director, Program in Global Non-Communicable Disease and Social Change & Partners In Health, Catalina Denman Champion, PhD, former President, El Colegio de Sonora, James Hopkins, LL.M./ITP, UA College of Law, Neeraj Kak, PhD, URC – University Research Co., LLC, Francisco Garcia, MD, MPH, Director, University of Arizona’s National Center of Excellent in Women’s Health, Susan Kunz, MPH Mariposa Community Health Center, Martha Moore-Monroy, MA Pima County REACH, and the Tohono O’odham Nation Leadership.

Special Attractions: Located 70 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, surrounded by Native American lands, and hosting the largest proportion of Peace Corps graduates; Tucson, The University of Arizona & Tohono O’odham Nation provide an appropriate site for the study of global & local, as well as understanding the role of culture and community in integrated prevention and health systems. Delegates will be welcomed at the Tohono O’odham Nation Cultural Center & Museum at the foot of the sacred Baboquivari Peak near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Early Registration Rate of $400 extended until February 29, 2012. Registration includes lunches, receptions, transportation to TO Nation and site visits. Rate increases by $50 thereafter and ends March 15, 2012. (Please contact KAHeckert, PhD, Forum Chair about limited partial scholarships at kheckert@email.arizona.edu.)

CONTACT US: Global Health Institute & Health Promotion Sciences Division,
Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, The University of Arizona
(+1) (520) 626-3877

Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, www.publichealth.arizona.edu
Tohono O’odham Nation (www.tonation-nsn.gov) and the Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau (http://www.visittucson.org/


The Australian General Practice Network (AGPN) is hosting the second biennial World Health Care Networks (WHCN) Conference in 2012. WHCN was founded by the AGPN and General Practice New Zealand (GPNZ) in 2010 in recognition of the role that clinically–led and organised general practice and primary health care plays in health planning, resource allocation and health system development more broadly.

The 2012 Conference will explore how health care networks are forming and maturing and, more importantly, the integrative and coordinating roles and functions they fulfill in creating a well-developed primary health care system.

WHCN 2012 fuses health and social care policy, research, program implementation and service development to explore the value of networks at the micro, ‘meso’ and macro levels. The Conference will examine the capacity of networks in improving health service delivery and outcomes; attracting health system managers, researchers, policy makers and clinical and community leaders from around the world.

Keynote speakers include:

• Professor Jan De Maeseneer (Belgium)
• Dr Brian Evoy (Canada)
• Professor Helen Keleher (Australia)
• Dr Judith Smith (UK)
• Professor Philip Davies (Australia)
• Dr Jason Cheah (Singapore)
• Dr Johnny Marshall (UK)
• Ms Fiona Thomson (New Zealand)
• Dr Emil Djakic (Australia)
• Dr Bev O’Keefe (New Zealand)
• Mr Mark Boutros (US)