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Join us on Zoom for a series of conversations about the state of child health around the world.

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Under-5 Mortality: Keeping Kids Alive
9:30–10:30am | Register
Rajesh K Daftary, MD, MPH
Globally, the rate of under 5 mortality was halved from 1960 to 1990 but more recently there has been a slowing in the reduction. Dr. Rajesh Daftary identifies current progress in mortality reduction and identifies effective interventions. Dr. Daftary is a pediatric emergency medicine physician at UCSF.

The Changing Landscape of Global Health: Through the Lens of Peru, 2020
10:50–12:00 | Register
Holly Martin, MD
Dr. Martin is the inventor of the BREATH device (Baby Resuscitation Enhanced - A Tech Helper), an app and sensor designed to improve and guide neonatal resuscitation in low-resource areas. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and serves as the Director of Education for Pediatrics at San Francisco General Hospital. She is a mentor for residents in the Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) track.


Into the Global Health Weeds: Why I Became Interested in Things I Hated as an Intern
8:00–9:00am | Register
Joshua Bress, MD
Joshua Bress is a pediatrician whose primary focus is the care of neonates. He graduated from medical school at Vanderbilt University in 2007 and completed his pediatric residency at UCSF.

From 2011-2012 he worked with Global Strategies in the Eastern Congo — continuing their efforts in Pediatric HIV and prevention of HIV transmission from mother to child while expanding into areas of neonatology and severe malnutrition. He is currently a neonatal hospitalist and President of Global Strategies.

NoviGuide in Eastern Uganda
10:00–12:00 | Register
Joshua Bress, MD & Mary Kakuru Muhindo, MBChB, MPH
Mary Muhindo is a 2019 PTBi post-doctoral fellow at UCSF who began her research career at the Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration (IDRC), a joint effort of Makerere University in Uganda and UCSF.

She identified the challenges nurse-midwives face in delivering high-quality care to newborns. Working with Global Strategies, she conducted a mixed methods research study testing the feasibility and acceptability of Ugandan nurse-midwives using the Global Strategies-developed NoviGuide, a mobile health technology for the management of neonatal care, helping clinicians accurately dose medications, intravenous fluids and nasogastric feedings for sick babies. She worked with Ugandan experts to align NoviGuide with Uganda newborn care guidelines and brought the nurse-midwives aboard.


Landscaping Global Health Academic Resources at UCSF
Teresa Moeller
Teresa Moeller is staff at UCSF's Institute for Global Health Sciences, where she develops and sustains resources to support researchers. In this talk, Ms. Moeller will orient new residents to the tools available to UCSF academicians.

Improving Pediatric Emergency Care with the African Federation for Emergency Medicine
9:00–10:00 | Register
Carol C Chen, MD, MPH
Lack of emergency medical care is an important factor contributing to lower survival rates of critically ill children in low resource settings, such as in Tanzania. Dr. Carol Chen, MD FAAP, works with the African Federation for Emergency Medicine (AFEM) working group of pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) and global health experts to create freely available curriculum to train providers across the continent of Africa.
Carol C Chen, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, and Affiliate Faculty at the Institute for Global Health Sciences. Her medical training was at Duke University, she earned an MPH at Johns Hopkins. She served a residency at UCLA and trained in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Global Health in fellowships at Baylor. She was awarded a Hellman Fellowship in 2018, allowing her to evaluate a novel pediatric emergency medicine curriculum in Tanzania.

Global Health Simulation Activity: Cognitive and Emotional Workflows in Different-Resourced Settings
10:30–12:00 | Register
Carmen Cobb, MD
Due to the nature of this simulation activity, registration will be extremely limited. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting, pending availability.

Dr. Carmen Cobb is a hospitalist at UCSF. Her interests include immigrant and refugee health, health care of LGBTQ populations, and global health. She is also interested in medical education, particularly the development of curricula and simulation training.
Cobb earned her medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia and completed a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin, serving as chief resident. Before joining UCSF, she worked as a hospitalist at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she co-directed the global health track for pediatric residents.

SUGARPREP is a suite of free educational products used to prepare medical providers to work in resource-limited settings. The SUGAR Sim Cases are a simulation-based curriculum used to prepare medical providers for common challenges (both practical and emotional) faced when working in resource-limited settings.


Advocating for Adolescents in Roatan, Honduras through Peer-to-Peer Education
8:00–9:00am | Register
Trudy Hilton, Nika Darvish, Ailyah Behimino & Daniela Brissett, MD
Family planning is central to gender equality and women’s empowerment and is a proven key factor in reducing poverty. Roatán Peer Health Exchange was created to spread awareness of the necessity of contraceptive and family planning for the entire island of Roatán, a region that currently has no form of reproductive health education within any of its nearly 80 schools, has the second-highest incidence of AIDS in the country, and an alarming rate of teenage pregnancy, with nearly one-half of women pregnant before age 20. By enabling women to delay pregnancy, avoid childbearing, or space births, effective family planning programs are not only fundamental to women’s health but also their upward mobility, advancing women’s education and economic self-sufficiency.

Daniela Brissett, Administrative Director & Co-Founder of Roatan Peer Health Exchange
Currently a PGY-3 Resident (2020-21) and serving in the Pediatric Leadership For the Underserved (PLUS) program. Daniela attended UC Berkeley, participating in the Health and Medical Apprenticeship Program (HMAP) where she delved into public policy. In Roatan, she was lead investigator for the Transdisciplinary Immersion in Global Health Research and Education (TIGRE) a multicampus global health lab for interprofessional health training and research, Daniela worked alongside her Honduran counterparts to build the Roatán Peer-Health Exchange.

Trudy Hilton, Executive Director & Co-Founder of Roatan Peer Health Exchange
Born and raised in Roatan, an island with a vast income disparity and devastated by AIDS. Trudy was granted a scholarship to private schools on the island. It was her education “that changed [her] world.” She went on to work for her local AIDS program which facilitated her attendance at AIDS2012 -the first time she had ever left her country – an event reinforced her drive to educate. After returning from college in the US, she mobilized an afterschool program for youth which blossomed into a partnership with Roatan Peer Health Exchange.

Nika Darvish, an undergraduate at Berkeley studying Public Health. She volunteers at UCSF and with Roatan Health.

Improving Risk Prediction and Operationalizing Kangaroo Care among Small and Sick Newborns in Africa
11:00–12:00 | Register
Melissa Medvedev, MD, MSc
There are 2.5 million neonatal deaths each year; the majority occur within 48 h of birth, before stabilization. Evidence shows that kangaroo mother care (KMC) significantly reduces mortality in stabilized neonates. Launched in January 2020, the OMWaNA trial aims to determine the effect of initiating KMC before stabilization on mortality within seven days relative to standard care at four hospitals in Uganda.

Dr. Melissa Medvedev (Morgan) is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Neonatology at UCSF. Her research focuses on evaluating and implementing interventions to improve care for babies and mothers in low-resource settings. She has worked in Uganda, Kenya, and India conducting studies on KMC, neonatal pulse oximetry, and simulation-enhanced nurse mentoring. Her PhD thesis from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine was "Informing the design of a trial of KMC initiated before stabilization amongst small and sick newborns in a sub-Saharan African context using mixed methods."


Simulation-Based Training for Prehospital Providers in Botswana
8:00–9:00am | Register
Nicolaus Glomb, MD, MPH
Nicolaus Glomb, MD, MPH, has been working with the University of Botswana, Princess Marina Hospital, since 2014, developing long-term capacity, relevant curricula, and training programs in adult and pediatric Emergency Medicine. More recently, he has been working with the hospital and Botswana Ministry of Health and Wellness to optimize a mix of ​prehospital simulation-based training, long-distance mentorship, and on-sight relationship building.

Dr. Nicolaus Glomb is an assistant clinical professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics as UCSF. He received his medical training at East Carolina University, and an MPH at Chapel Hill. He served his residency at Carolinas Medical Center (now Atrium Health)/ Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, NC. and fellowships in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Global Health at Baylor College of Medicine.

Practicing Global Health: A Structural Analysis of the Patient in Front of You
9:15–10:30 | Register
Robin Goldman, MD
Registration will be limited for this session to allow for an intimate conversation. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting, pending availability.

Dr Goldman is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UCSF. She works as an internal medicine hospitalist at the San Francisco VA and as a pediatric hospitalist at Washington Hospital. In addition to her clinical work, she is the Assistant Director of Curriculum and Mentorship for the UCSF HEAL Initiative, is the co-founder of the San Francisco chapter of the Social Medicine Consortium.

Dr. Goldman is a founding member of the HEAL Initiative, and completed a HEAL fellowship working with Zanmi Lasante (Partners in Health) at a hospital in rural Haiti. She completed her MPH at UC Berkeley, and was a member of the inaugural class of the UCSF GHS MS program, working in rural Kenya with Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES).

Quality Improvement Initiatives in the Global South
11:00–12:00 | Register
David Gordon, MD, MPH
Dave Gordon MD MPH currently works as an Associate Physician at ZSGH, and as a remote collaborator on quality improvement projects abroad. His international focus is on medical education/ residency and operational research/ quality improvement.
Dr Gordon trained in medicine at the University of Vermont, and with an internship and residency in Pediatrics at UCSF. He holds an MPH from Boston University, and completed medical elective rotations in Mumbai, India, Maseru, Lesotho, and Migori, Kenya. He worked for the Peace Corps in Turkmenistan, and the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Gondar, Ethiopia.


Youth-Led Health Education during the Pandemic
8:00–9:00am | Register
Priya Shankar, MD, MPH & Ricky Sharma, MPP
Gender inequality is deeply entrenched in Indian society and results in poor health outcomes for India's over 110 million adolescent girls. Additionally, critical dialogue and education about the health issues affecting girls are often lacking in schools for a variety of cultural and social reasons.

To address these issues, Girls Health Champions is an innovative, peer-to-peer education model where adolescent girls in India are trained to directly educate their peers about these important health topics, including nutrition, mental health, gender-based violence, menstruation, and reproductive health.

Our peer educators ("Champions") are trained in focused curriculum which were created in partnership with leading pediatricians, psychiatrists, obstetricians and gynecologists, educational specialists, and school teachers in both the United States and India.

Priya Shankar MD, MPH, Co-Founder, is a resident with the UCSF Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) program. She completed her training at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is a 2009-2010 Fulbright-Nehru Scholar to India where she studied maternal and child health policy. Priya has worked in the field of maternal, adolescent, and child health in India for the past fourteen years as a researcher and teacher and has published several articles on gender-based violence, reproductive rights, nutrition, and mental health.
Ricky Sharma MPP, Co-Founder, completed a Social Enterprise Fellowship and Master in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. He has extensive experience in private equity and investment banking, and an interest in promoting women and girls’ health in India. He believes that gender equity requires male engagement and leadership. Ricky has worked in the past with several non-profit organizations in India and the United States. He is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Choose (or Create) Your Own ‘Global Health Fellowship’
9:15–10:30 | Register
Yousef Turshani, MD
Yousef Turshani MD is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, and an Affiliate Faculty member at IGHS. Born to Libyan immigrants in Louisville, he developed his passion for teaching and global health as a medical student at the University of Chicago. His pediatric residency began with UCLA's "Community Health and Advocacy Training" and completed at UCSF in 2009 when he joined the faculty as a neonatal hospitalist at California Pacific Medical Center, directing the newborn nursery rotation for medical students.

International experiences include: HIV consultant in Zimbabwe for "Doctors without Borders" collaborating with ICRC, UNICEF and local partners to hand over a regional center Pediatric HIV project to the Ministry of Health, Evaluating community health workers in Nicaragua, Disaster relief work in Iceland and Peru, Pediatric resident rotation in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and Former Chair of Pediatrics at the only hospital on Saipan

Climate change, Health, and Equity
11:00–12:00 | Register
Lisa Patel, MD, MESc
In California’s clinics and hospitals, we see the damage climate change is doing. Wildfire season is beginning earlier, due to abnormally hot and dry conditions. With their developing lungs, children are particularly vulnerable to the terrible smoke that has become a routine yearly occurrence. We’ve seen displaced families with children suffering from toxic stress that places them at a higher lifetime risk for chronic illness.
The medical community has written and pleaded with public officials to take this crisis seriously. But greenhouse gas emissions, sanctioned by our own government, continue at an alarming pace.

These past months we have watched as the world acted swiftly and boldly in response to COVID-19, utilizing science and public health principles that ultimately flattened the curve. But our federal government's approach has resulted in an explosion of cases and the highest number of COVID-19 deaths worldwide.

The pandemic was not caused by our government, but inaction has proved deadly. In the case of climate change, the government is literally promoting the cause of rapid and destabilizing warming through continued reliance on fossil fuels. And unlike this microscopic virus, there is an existing cure to the climate crisis: Decarbonize now.

Dr Lisa Patel is a clinical assistant professor at Stanford. She received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford, a Master’s in Environmental Sciences from the Yale, and her medical degree from Johns Hopkins. She completed her residency in pediatrics at UCSF. She was a Presidential Management Fellow for the Environmental Protection Agency, coordinating the US Government’s efforts on clean air and safe drinking water projects in South Asia in collaboration with the WHO. She is Climate Change and Health Task Force Co-Chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Managing Sepsis in Low Resource Settings
9:00–10:00am | Register
Teresa Kortz, MD, MSc
Pediatric sepsis has a high mortality rate in limited resource settings. Sepsis protocols have been shown to be a cost-effective strategy to improve morbidity and mortality in a variety of populations and settings. Teresa Bleakly Kortz will discuss interventions at Dhaka Hospital in Bangladesh.

Teresa Kortz, MD, MS, is a pediatrician and assistant clinical professor in the UCSF Division of Pediatric Critical Care, investigating severe pediatric illnesses in resource-challenged settings. She is collaborating on projects investigating causes of non-malarial fever in Malawi, pediatric sepsis in Tanzania, and the cost-effectiveness of bubble CPAP for pediatric pneumonia in Malawi. She graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine Global Health Track, completed clinical training in Pediatrics and Critical Care at Stanford University. She completed the master’s program in Global Health Sciences at UCSF in 2015. She currently has two active projects in East Africa, one evaluating pediatric sepsis outcomes, the second on the etiology and management of non-malarial fever.

Preventing Malaria in Ugandan Children
10:30–12:00 | Register
Paul J Krezanoski, MD
Paul Krezanoski, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and an IGHS Affiliate at the UCSF. Dr. Krezanoski has 15 years experience working on global health research projects in Madagascar, Uganda and Swaziland with multiple first-author publications. He has an expertise in malaria prevention and innovative global health technologies. He is the inventor of SmartNet, a novel tool for studying adherence to antimalarial bednets. He is also the Founding Director of Opportunity Solutions International (, a non-profit focused on using rigorous research approaches to evaluate innovative solutions for improving global health. He attended Middlebury College as an undergraduate and is a former Peace Corps volunteer in Madagascar. He attended the Boston University School of Medicine and completed his residency training in the Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics program at Massachusetts General Hospital.


Multi-faceted Approach to Improving Outcomes for Kids with Cancer in Vietnam
8:00–9:00am | Register
Michelle Hermiston, MD, PhD & Sunya Akhter, MSc
Dr. Hermiston will speak about her involvement in developing infrastructure for pediatric oncology in Vietnam.
Dr. Michelle L. Hermiston is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco. She is interested in understanding the mechanisms of chemotherapy resistance and translating these findings to children through clinical trials. She is the clinical director of the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Pediatric Immunotherapy Program and director of the School of Medicine’s Core Inquiry Curriculum. She also performs outreach work in Vietnam focused on developing infrastructure for care of children with cancer and blood diseases. She earned her medical degree and doctorate in developmental biology at Washington University School of Medicine and the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences. Hermiston completed a fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology and a residency at UCSF before joining the faculty in 2002.

Perspectives on the Impact of COVID-19 on Service Provision for Prevention and Management of Developmental Disabilities in LMIC
9:15–10:15 | Register
Susanne Martin Herz, MD, PhD & Louisa Chikara Mudawarima, MBChB, MMed Paediatrics
Dr. Martin Herz' scholarly work focuses primarily on the prevention of neonatal brain injury and developmental delay/disability and the epidemiology of developmental disability in low-resourced settings. She has more than 15 years’ experience working with early childhood development (ECD) programs in Zimbabwe and continues scholarly work and consultation in this area and in global neurodevelopmental assessment. She has a strong background in quality improvement and systems work, including on projects to reduce disparities in access to neurodevelopmental diagnostics and services. Dr. Martin Herz is Co-Investigator on a study of the impact of improved neonatal resuscitation on newborn survival, fresh stillbirth and rates of adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes in urban Harare, Zimbabwe and was Co-Primary Investigator on the recently completed Health and Neurodevelopment follow-up study, nested within Preterm Birth Initiative Kenya in rural Migori County Kenya.

Dr. Martin Herz has been a consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on neurodevelopmental strategy and programs since September 2016 and was a technical advisor on an American Academy of Pediatrics/USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) project “Strengthening Services in the Context of the Zika Epidemic in the English-speaking Caribbean” in 2018-2019. She is a member of the World Health Organization's Nurturing Care Framework Implementation Working Group and the American Academy of Pediatrics' Global Early Childhood Development Project Advisory Committee (GECD-PAC).

Dr. Susanne Martin Herz is Associate Professor and Associate Clinical Director in the Division of Developmental Medicine, Department Pediatrics, and Affiliate Faculty in the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences and the UCSF Program in Bioethics.


Pediatric Tuberculosis: Diagnosis, Management and Prevention
9:00–10:00am | Register
Devan Jaganath, MD, MPH
Devan Jaganath, MD, MPH, completed his clinical fellowship in the UCSF Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Global Health. His research focuses on improving the care of children with tuberculosis (TB), in particular through the evaluation of novel diagnostics and biomarker discovery. In this talk, Devan will review the current approach and challenges to the diagnosis, management and prevention of TB in children, while highlighting future directions to reduce the global burden of disease. Devan completed his MD at UCLA, MPH at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins.

Global Adolescent Health
10:30–11:30 | Register
Jason Nagata, MD, MSc
Jason Nagata, MD, MSc, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at UCSF, and Affiliate Faculty at IGHS. He is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the International Association for Adolescent Health Young Professionals Network. He will discuss research priorities for adolescent health in low- and middle-income countries based on work he conducted with the World Health Organization. Since 2008, he has conducted food insecurity and nutrition research in Kenya and will discuss recent research on adolescent health in collaboration with the Shamba Maisha study.


The Household Model for Community Health Workers in Neno, Malawi: a Path to Universal Health Coverage
8:00–9:30am | Register
Emilia Connolly, DO, MPH & Basimenye Nhlema
Community Health Workers- CHWs are the foundation of PIH’s work. In Malawi’s Neno District—a region so isolated that native Malawians will tell you, “If you’re not from Neno, you don’t know Neno”—PIH supports two hospitals and 12 health centers, working to reduce high rates of maternal deaths, HIV, malaria, malnutrition, and more. CHWs in Neno are selected in their communities, by their communities, to serve among their friends, family members and neighbors.
Only 8 percent of men in Neno have completed secondary school, and the rate is even lower for women—just under 5 percent. In one of the poorest districts in one of the world’s poorest countries.

Basimenye Nhlema is community health director for PIH in Malawi, and oversees the community health worker, community engagement and Program for Social and Economic Rights (POSER) programs in Neno for over 4 years. In this role, she has overseen the transition of the community health worker program from a disease based model to a polyvalent public health model with coverage of every household in the district starting in 2016 through 2018 in a step-wedge model. Now, there are >1,200 CHW's following almost all of the 138,000 people in the district with support for active case finding, linkage to care, psychosocial support and disease follow up with some of the best case finding, retention in care and disease outcomes for HIV and non-communicable disease (NCD) in Malawi.

Emilia Connolly DO, MPH is a pediatrician and public health implementor working as the Chief Medical Officer at Partners In Health in Neno Malawi and a hospitalist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. As part of the inaugural cohort of the UCSF's HEAL fellowship, she served at Tséhootsooí Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona and at Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo in Malawi. Her residency was completed at Jefferson University Hospital, Wilmington, DE. She recieved her MPH from Berkeley, and her medical degree from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.


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