141st APHA Annual Meeting

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Envisioning the future of the global health professsional

Sunday, November 3, 2013 : 2:35 PM - 3:10 PM

Sharon Rudy, PhD , Global Health Fellows Program, Public Health Institute, Washington, DC
This presentation will focus on public health practice within the global context, focusing on activities both domestic and abroad. Interactive exercises will be incorporated to emphasize the power of values and culture in international development and, in particular, global health. Participants will be taken through various activities to help them pull up unspoken values related to differences such as gender, power, outsider/insider dynamic. These scenarios will offer an increased understanding of the role these aspects play in global health work. Case examples will also showcase innovative ideas in the field and. Through these discussions and exercises participants will be privy to the knowledge needed in the field and this will help participants to recognize the applicability of their public health course work. The presentation is aligned with the overall goal of this course which is to help students hone their public health leadership skills to be effective assets to global health work. This session will also incorporate information gathered from the “Summit on the Future of the American Global Health Professional”. In the Summit key representatives of three segments of the global health industry will convene including the schools and universities who train, teach and prepare people coming into the field of global health, the non-profit, for-profit public and private sector companies and organizations who hire and in which many global health professionals implement their work and the donors and governments who fund the work and whose strategic vision influences the course of global health. Outcomes from this meeting include showcasing real world competencies that represent all three perspectives and ways to ensure diversity of the American global health professional. All of which will frame this training for the participants. Ultimately, the session will prompt students to start thinking of potential ways they can impact the field of global health.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Define Global Public Health Explain common but challenging scenarios in implementing global health work

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: She now runs a $210,000,000 USAID-funded, highly rated project, the Global Health Fellows Program-II, working with a talented staff that are strengthening the pipeline of diverse global health professionals at all levels. She believes that organizational change starts on the inside; that good international development changes us; that it is always 3 steps forward, 2 steps back; that is it important to celebrate small victories.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.