Category: Local / Regional Health Events

Single-Payer Healthcare? March 2nd Talk at UW.

March 2rd, 5:30PM Turner Auditorium D209
Single-Payer Healthcare?
Are you a little frustrated that the US has the same life expectancy as Cuba, yet spends $8160 per person compared to Cuba’s $251? (Hint: the purchasing power difference is much less than 32.5x).
Do you find it surprising that over 50 million Americans (16% of our population) are uninsured despite the US spending the most in the world on healthcare–17.3% of GDP compared to the next highest, France, at 11.2%? (France insures all of its citizens).
A key question to ask is whether a National Healthcare Plan/Single-Payer System/Universal Coverage is the solution to these maladies.
The UW Health Equity Circle would like to present an opportunity for students to meet Dr. Quentin Young, MD, the national coordinator for Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), and hear a talk about why he and PNHP believe the US desperately needs a National Healthcare Plan.
A presentation aimed at students will take plan in Turner Auditorium, D209, at 5:30PM on March 2nd (Fri). Please join!
Physicians for a National Healthcare Program believe that a Single-Payer National Health Insurance would save money by cutting down the wasted administrative spending by insurance companies and provide everyone with health insurance coverage while preserving freedom of choice of hospital and doctor.
Dr. Quentin Young, MD, graduated from Northwestern Medical School and has a number of accomplishments including serving as the American Public Health Association’s President, being inducted as a Master of the American College of Physicians, served as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s physician during his visits to Chicago, co-founding and chairing the Chicago-based Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, and blogging for the Huffington Post.
A second larger presentation will be open to the public will be given and is entitled “Health Care and Social Justice: How we get there, where we came from, and where we are” on March 3rd (Sat) at 7:00PM in Kane Hall, Rm 120. He will be joined by Amy Goodman, the host of Democracy Now; Teresa Mosqueda, Legislation and Policy Director of the WA State Labor Council; and Jim McDermott, US Congressman from Seattle. A flier of this event is attached.
We encourage all of you to attend.
Your UW Health Equity Circle Team

Pathway to Medicine event Feb.16th at UW!

Date: Thursday, February 16th Time: 6:30 PM Place: Otto Miller Hall 109
What is it? Pathway to Medicine is an event to inspire pre-medical students through the stories and advice of medical students and physicians.
Why should you go? This is a chance to hear from physicians and medical students, and then meet them afterwards!

Register NOW! 9th Annual Western Regional International Health Conference April 27-29, 2012 University of Washington, Seattle

Registration now open for this exciting global health conference in Seattle!
9th Annual Western Regional International Health Conference (WRIHC) at University of Washington, Seattle campus April 27-29, 2012.
“At A Crossroads: Choosing Hidden Paths in Global Health”
This exciting student-led conference aims to discuss topics in global health that often fall under the radar. The WRIHC will be a venue to bring undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, faculty, and community members together for a great keynote address by Kavita Ramdas, 3 plenaries, 18 panel sessions, film showings, poster presentations, community organization tabling, and networking. As in past years, we are expecting a large turnout. Register early to secure your spot! We expect to have representation from universities around the Pacific Northwest, West Coast United States and Canada, and beyond. We encourage students, faculty, and professionals from all disiciplines to attend, as this is an interdiciplinary conference, seeking input from a wide variety of participant perspectives. For more details about the conference, visit our website cfulp.
As this is a student-led conference, we have worked to make it very affordable!! These are our early registration rates, which will increase as the conference date grows nearer.
Early bird rates until March 15!
Student/Medical Resident Price: $50
Non-Student/Community Member Price: $100
TO REGISTER follow this link-
Confirmed Speakers Thus Far:
Keynote Address by Kavita Ramdas- Stanford University, Executive Director of Ripples to Waves: Program on Social Entrepreneurship and Development at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL)
Plenary Speakers
* Benita Beamon-University of Washington, Associate Professor, Industrial Science and Systems Engineering; Adjunct Associate Professor, Global Health * Paul Bolton- Johns Hopkins University, Associate Scientist, Applied Mental Health Research Group; Center for Refugee and Disaster Response; Department of International Health * Susan Bolton- University of Washington, Professor, Forest Resources; Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Adjunct Professor, Global Health * Timothy Brewer- McGill University, Director, Global Health Programs * Lori Hunter- University of Colorado at Boulder, Assistant Professor, Sociology; Faculty Research Associate, Environment and Society Program * Guy Palmer- Washington State University, Director, School for Global Animal Health * Deepa Rao- University of Washington, Research Assistant Professor Department of Global Health * Joanne Silberner-University of Washington, Artist in Residence, Department of Communication * Jaime Sepulveda- University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Executive Director, Global Health Sciences * Judith Wasserheit- University of Washington, Vice Chair, Department of Global Health
Register Today!! We look forward to seeing you in Seattle April 27-29, 2012!

UW Women in Science & Engineering Conference 2012

It’s time for the annual Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) conference at the University of Washington. The conference will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2012. If you haven’t attended in the past, this conference is focused toward the woman scholar who is interested in and/or pursuing engineering and science from high school through graduate level. 

Workshops and presentations will be offered all day that speak to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) educational and career opportunities as well as professional and personal development. A few areas of discussion that will be shared include: identifying a major, career pathway, transition into higher education, challenges and benefits of STEM fields. The workshops run simultaneously so the individual student can tailor the conference for their interests. We encourage students of science and engineering at all levels to attend. The registration fee is minimal, and there are great opportunities to network and explore opportunities.


Cathryne & Lyudmila

Cathryne Jordan, Director

Lyudmila Arseniy, Conference Assistant

WiSE Conference Committee

UW College of Engineering

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Save the Date! 1/31/12 WGHA Discovery Series Lecture on mHealth

Washington Global Health Alliance Discovery Series Presents:
“mHealth and Global HIV/AIDS Control: What Works And Where Is It Going?”
Richard Lester, MD, FRCPC Assistant Clinical Professor Division of Infectious Diseases University of British Columbia
Details on the WGHA Discovery Series lecture are as follows:
Location: Bioengineering Building (Foege North), Room N130, University of Washington, 3720 15th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98195 Time: Tuesday, January 31, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Reception: Vista Court Café, in Foege Building South, 4:30-5:30 p.m
Biography Dr. Richard Lester is an assistant clinical professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of British Columbia and the Medical Head of STI/HIV control at the BC Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver, Canada. He founded of WelTel while living for five years in Kenya doing his HIV research fellowship with the University of Manitoba and University of Nairobi. While there, he was the principal investigator of WelTel Kenya1, a randomized clinical trial among HIV/AIDS patients in Kenya that provided some of the first evidence that using mobile phones and text messaging via SMS to support patient care could significantly improve health outcomes in resource-limited settings. These findings, published in the Lancet in 2010, have been widely discussed in global media such as The Economist and Nature magazines, and he has presented his work at the World Health Organization’s meeting on Retention in HIV Care and at the US Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator. He is currently working to advance health outcome evidence for mobile health (mHealth) in multiple global settings and to scale-up WelTel as a service in Africa.
For information about the WGHA Discovery Series, contact Ashlee Choi at ashleech or 206.685.7362.

The Science of Sleep

The Neurobiology Club presents to you “Neurobiology: Mind”; a series of faculty presentations and panel discussions focusing on reaching out to students who are interested in some of the so-called “emergent” properties of the brain such as consciousness, free-will, emotion and memory. We’re hoping to create an informal discussion format (including FREE snacks and coffee) where students from fields as diverse as philosophy, biology, engineering and computer science can ask knowledgeable faculty questions about the brain.
On Wednesday, January 18th at 6:30 PM in the Allen Auditorium we will feature Dr. Ralph Pascualy giving a talk titled “The Science of Sleep”. Further details are enclosed in the attached flier.
This event is hosted by the Neurobiology Club, a club run by undergraduate Neurobiology majors dedicated to encouraging the community at large to get excited about neuroscience! For more information, visit our website: nbioclub

Peace Corps HIV/AIDS Panel Discussion Information

In recognition of World AIDS Day the Peace Corps will be hosting a panel discussion with returned volunteers on HIV/AIDS. You are invited to attend this conversation to see how you can make a difference in combating HIV/AIDS. It will be held at the University of Washington, in Gowen Hall, Room 201 from 5:00-6:30PM on Wednesday, December 7th.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Andreas Hewitt • Peace Corps Event Coordinator • University of Washington Career Services Center, 134 Mary Gates Hall, Box 352810 Seattle, WA 98195-2810 Direct 206-616-5801 Celebrating 50 years of world peace and friendship in 2011!

Physicians Assisting Abroad Panel

Interested in pursuing a career in the health field…abroad?! Then this is an event you do not want to miss.
Operation Smile at UW will be holding an open panel discussion between students and doctors. PHYSICIANS ASSISTING ABROAD PANEL When: Thursday, Dec. 1st Time: 6pm-8pm Where: Architecture Building, Room 160 Cost: This is a donation based event. All proceeds will go to Operation Smile to help create smiles. Free Food!! Come experience this great opportunity to have an one-on-one Q&A session with local doctors. Any concerns or questions will be answered by medical professionals themselves. Attached is a flyer for more information.
Please e-mail us at opsmile if you have any questions.
Thank you.
-OPSUW ~Changing Lives One Smile at a Time…

How Inequality Fuels the Global AID S Pandemic”

World AIDS Day panel and discussion: “Unequal Infection: How Inequality Fuels the Global AIDS Pandemic”
This event aims to highlight the relationship between global inequality and the AIDS epidemic. HIV/AIDS is an affliction of inequality, continuously striking the most vulnerable and marginalized then and spreading rapidly among the poor. Inequality drives the epidemic – from the social conditions that provoke HIV transmission to the global politics of pharmaceuticals, healthcare, safety nets, and foreign aid that shape the public health and medical response. The Critical Development Forum (CDF) and the Global 99 have assembled a panel of AIDS activists and public health practitioners experts to describe how the Occupy movement is also a part of the struggle for equity in addressing the AIDS crisis in the United States and around the world.
Thursday, Dec. 1, 3:30-5:30, Smith 120
Panelists include: Renee McCoy, Senior Prevention Manager at Lifelong AIDS Alliance; Phil Bereano, Co-founder of Seattle chapter of ACT-UP; Scott Hix, community activist living with AIDS; and graduate students and doctors from around the world who have worked with HIV/AIDS in their own countries.
There will be a special guest performance by local Hip-Hop and R&B artist, Scribes, who has collaborated with artists like Macklemore and Pearl Jam.
Following the discussion there will be an opportunity to break into groups to organize future events and activities.

December 8! Global WACh Launch w/ WGHA Discovery Series Lecture on Women, Adolescents, & Children

Please join us on Thursday, December 8, 2011 for the launch of Global WACh (the Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children) in conjunction with the Washington Global Health Alliance Discovery Series lecture with Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN, President and CEO of JHPIEGO, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University (see link for more information).
Dr. Mancuso will be giving a lecture entitled, “Women, Adolescents, and Children: Improving Health Over the Lifecycle.” Come and learn more about JHPIEGO, Global WACh, and the Washington Global Health Alliance Discovery Series! There will be music and a free networking reception to follow the presentation.
WHEN: Thursday, December 8, 4-5:15 p.m. (reception from 5:15-6:30 p.m.) WHERE: Foege Auditorium S-060 (lecture), 3720 15th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA, and Vista Café (for the reception; directly upstairs from Foege Auditorium).
Dr. Leslie Mancuso is President and CEO of JHPIEGO, an internationally known advocate for accessible and affordable health care delivery systems. Jhpiego, a NGO affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, has worked for nearly forty years with front-line health workers to design and implement effective, low-cost, hands-on solutions to strengthen the delivery of health care services to vulnerable women and their families throughout Africa, Asia, the Near East, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.
No RSVPs are required. We hope to see you there!
Michael A. Ruffo Program Manager Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children Box 359909 325 Ninth Avenue Seattle, WA 98104 Phone: (206)685-9659