February 5, 2010

Global Health Forum on tap

Global Health Forum on tap

How to build successful and sustainable health programs will be discussed during the second annual Tennessee Global Health Forum on Friday, Feb. 12, at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center.

Hosted by the Vanderbilt University Institute for Global Health (VIGH), the daylong forum is open to the public and will feature a keynote address by Victoria Hale, Ph.D., founder of two pharmaceutical companies that provide low-cost medicines to underserved populations around the world.

Other speakers include James Henderson, M.D., medical director of Nashville's Siloam Family Health Center; Janet Jones, president and CEO of Alive Hospice; the Rev. Becca Stevens, chaplain of St. Augustine's Chapel; and Alfredo Vergara, Ph.D., associate director for Program Implementation at VIGH.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for groups and individuals involved in global projects from all over Tennessee to come together and share ideas and best practices,” said VIGH Director Sten Vermund, M.D., Ph.D. “We hope to improve the long-term sustainability of Tennessee overseas partnerships by linking like-minded potential collaborators.”

The forum will begin with registration and announcements at 7:30 a.m., and will conclude following a networking reception at 5:30 p.m. Standard registration fee is $35. Free parking will be available.

For more information and to register, visit the institute's Web site at http://www.globalhealth.vanderbilt.edu/ and click on “2010 Tennessee Global Health Forum” on the left-hand menu.