Press Release

Updated: January 27th, 2015

Today, the University of Michigan’s Culture of Medicine Club is pleased to announce a Global Health Symposium: From Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Achievements to highlight the importance of global health in the Millennium Development Goals and its probable importance to the Sustainable Development Goals. The event will be held in the Great Lakes Room of Palmer Commons on February 6th and 7th, 2015.

The United Nations’ agreed Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are set to end in 2015. The MDGs were proposed to bridge the social, economic and health inequalities that exist between countries. Goals three through six are health-related in nature: promoting gender equality and empowering women, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other communicable diseases. Collectively, these reinforce the importance of efficient, affordable and accessible health-systems to improve the lives of impoverished peoples across the globe. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are set to follow the MDGs in their effort to continue improving the livelihoods of our world’s most disadvantaged peoples. The SDGs are presently being negotiated and will be released in late 2014.

A major focus of this symposium is to investigate the successes and failures of the MDGs to educate Michigan students, many of whom will become the next generation of public health advocates and policy experts.

The event will open with a short student research symposium on Friday, February 6th. This will be open to undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students working on global health issues. It will then continue with an opening keynote by Professor Rachel Snow, Associate Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. On Saturday, February 7th, the event will conclude with presentations on MDG 4, 5 and 6, followed by a closing keynote presentation by Dr. Margaret Kruk, Associate Professor of Global Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Through this symposium we hope to expose U of M students to the challenges of global health work, along with expert insight on strategies that work. Strategies that can have a substantial, lasting effect to improve the lives of our global population.

Who we are:

The Culture of Medicine Club (CMC) is a sponsored student organization at the University of Michigan keen on examining the intricate relationship between culture, bioethics and healthcare. The Program in International and Comparative Studies officially sponsors CMC and fully supports its Global Health Symposium. Other University of Michigan entities supporting our symposium include: the International Institute, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Office of Global Public Health at the School of Public Health and the African Studies Center.

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