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ICAP at CUGH: March 15-18, 2018

When: March 18, 2018

Where: New York, New York


ICAP at CUGH 2018

New York Hilton Midtown
New York, New York
Main Conference March 16-18 | Satellite Sessions March 15
Host institutions: Columbia University, Stellenbosch University, University of Peradeniya

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Thursday, March 15

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Room: Murray Hill East

Nursing Leadership in Global Health: Implications for the Future of Nursing Education, Scholarship and Interprofessional Practice

Through panel discussions and plenary Q&A and debate, this satellite will provide a dynamic and interactive forum for nursing education leaders to convene and discuss current challenges and opportunities in nursing leadership which drives improved global health.


  • ICAP at Columbia University
  • Yale University School of Nursing
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • University of Washington Center for Global Health Nursing
  • in collaboration with CUGH and AFREHealth


  • Registration is free but required, and available on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Maximum registrants = 200
  • Registration for the satellite session is separate from registration for the CUGH conference.
  • To register, please email cughnursingsatellite@gmail.com

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
560 West 168th Street, New York City, 10032
(between Broadway & Audubon Avenue)

A Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Advanced Practice Nursing, Columbia Nursing has established global clinical practicum sites for its students and has formed research and programmatic partnerships with institutions across 16 countries in southern and eastern Africa, the eastern Mediterranean, Latin-America, and the Caribbean. Columbia Nursing’s Global Health Program aims to contribute to global health equity by addressing health disparities through service, practice, education, research, and leadership. It looks forward to highlighting a few of their programs and learning about yours.


Questions? Contact Erica Diehl at 212.305.0623 or email med2382@columbia.edu

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Friday, March 16

Exhibition hall open all day
Americas Hall 1/Third Level, Hilton Midtown
Booth #19

11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Room: Sutton Center

Oral Abstract Presentations: Reducing Disparities & Improving Well-Being Across the Lifespan


  • Sex differences in Delayed ART Initiation among Adolescents and Young Adults Living with HIV in the Democratic Republic of Congo
    Tania Tchissambou, ICAP at Columbia University in DRC

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Room: Grand Ballroom East / West

Overcoming Disparities to Health Aging: Winning Strategies

In older age, the full consequences of health disparities and cumulative disadvantage emerges, in terms of decades earlier disease, multimorbidity, frailty, cognitive decline and disability. Evidence now indicates that prevention and health promotion at levels of communities as well as families and individuals‎ works at every age, and into the oldest ages. Geriatrically knowledgeable health systems minimize adverse consequences and maintain autonomy at lower cost. In combination, there are large opportunities for compressing morbidity into the latest stages of human life, with resolution of health disparities as the target issue. The consequence will be to build health across longer lives, and thus unlock the opportunities of longevity.

This session will discuss the nature of health disparities that emerge in older age globally, goals and opportunities for prevention and maintaining function, and the import of health aging populations.


  • Linda Fried, Dean, Mailman School of Public Health and DeLamar, Columbia University, USA


  • Isabella Aboderin, Senior Research Scientist, African Population and Health Research Institute, Kenya
  • Harvey Brenner, Professor, Health Behavior and Health Systems, University of North Texas Health Science Center, USA
  • Luis Miguel Gutierrez, Founding Director, National Institute of Aging, Mexico

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Room: Beekman

Translating Research into Action in a Challenged Region: Programs to Stem the Tide of HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) is the only region globally where HIV incidence and mortality is rising. Multiple social and structural barriers to the implementation of HIV prevention and treatment have been identified, including suboptimally scaled opioid agonist therapies, inadequate harm reduction services, poor retention in care and limited treatment access for comorbidities. Thus, the epidemic is growing in the setting of multiple gaps of translation of evidence-based interventions into cost-effective programs. The NIH funded investigators in this symposium will highlight the unique aspects of the EECA HIV epidemic and the challenges to implementing evidence-based interventions in the region.


  • Jack A. DeHovitz, Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, USA


  • Nabila El-Bassel, Professor, Columbia University School of Social Work, USA
  • Don C. Des Jarlais, Professor of Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai; Guest Investigator, Rockefeller University, USA
  • Frederick L. Altice, Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale University, USA
  • Olga Morozova, PhD Candidate, Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Yale School of Public Health, USA

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Saturday, March 17

Exhibition hall open all day
Americas Hall 1/Third Level, Hilton Midtown
Booth #19

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Room: Grand Ballroom East / West

Global Health Debate

Two exciting global health leaders will debate the question, “Equity is the defining objective of global health in the 21st century.” The audience will have a chance to engage the debaters and determine who the “winner” is.


  • Wafaa El-Sadr, Director of GHI and ICAP, Professor of Epidemiology & Medicine, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, USA

Arguing FOR the statement:

  • Cheryl Healton, Director, NYU Global Institute of Public Health; Dean, College of Global Public Health, New York University, USA

Arguing AGAINST the statement:

  • Richard Horton, Editor, The Lancet, UK

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Room: Sutton South

Innovative Approaches to Reducing Disparities in Maternal Health Outcomes

Maternal mortality and severe morbidity has emerged as a truly global problem characterized by deep disparities by race, class, caste and citizenship status. This panel will focus on innovative ways that local government, NGOs, and university-based action-research projects are generating new data to illuminate both evolving clinical causes of mortality and morbidity and broader institutional, social and political dynamics that lead to disparities. By amplifying and centering women’s own experience of childbirth, these initiatives are generating new evidence to reshape public health strategies, promote respectful care, and advance reproductive justice.


  • Mary-Ann Etiebet, Executive Director, Merck for Mothers, USA


  • Lynn Freedman, Professor of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia Unversity, USA
  • Deborah Kaplan, Assistant Comissioner, Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, USA
  • Aakash Ganju, Co-Founder, Avegen/Almata, India

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Room: Sutton North

Oral Abstract Presentations: Young Scientists 1


  • Dawd S. Siraj, Professor of Medicine; Director, International Travel Clinic, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA


  • EPIC: Assessment of Risk Factors for Sexually Transmitted Infections in High-Risk Communities in Santo Domingo and La Romana, Dominican Republic
    Catherine Nicholas, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, USA

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Room: TBA


4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Room: Murray Hill

Toward Best Practices for Student Field Work in Global Health

This panel will explore strategies for effectively engaging public health students in international fieldwork during their training so that they both learn and contribute to their site’s agenda in a sustainable and meaningful way. Our focus is on practice experiences that address the structural determinants of health in a setting outside a student’s home country, which requires careful and intentional attention to a number of issues including orientation to the social and political context, some understanding of the social determinants of health in a given setting, and cultural awareness and humility. The panel will be relevant for educators and health professionals involved in developing, implementing, and supervising student fieldwork in diverse global settings.


  • Julie Kornfeld, Vice Dean for Education, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, USA


  • Linda F. Cushman, Associate Dean, Field Practice, Professor,Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, USA
  • Harriet Nuwagaba-Biribonwoha, Research Director ICAP Swaziland; Associate Research Scientist Columbia University, USA
  • Other speakers to be announced

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Room: Sutton Center

Oral Abstract Presentations: Global Health Law, Human Rights, and Conflict Prevention

Moderator: TBA


  • Preventing Violence Against Conflict-Affected Adolescent Girls: Findings from Ethiopia, DRC and Pakistan
    Lindsay Stark, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, USA
  • The Impact of Plural Legal Systems on Sexual and Reproductive Health Outcomes for Women and Girls in Northern Nigeria
    Terry McGovern, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, USA

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Sunday, March 18

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Room: Grand Ballroom East / West

Climate Change and Environmental Degradation Impacting Health Outcomes

Climate change affects everyone but has a particularly negative impact on the world’s poorest. Extreme weather events, conflict, food insecurity, migration, biodiversity losses and worsening disease patterns attest to these changes which pose an existential threat to humans and indeed many species. This panel of leaders in the field will outline some of the newest science about the problems and present solutions that individuals, communities and countries can adopt to halt the worsening warming of the planet and mitigate against its consequences.


  • John Balbus, Senior Advisor for Public Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, USA


  • Kim Knowlton, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council, USA
  • James C. Hospedales, Executive Director, Caribbean Public Health Agency, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Madeleine Thomson, Senior Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia University, USA

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Room: Grand Ballroom West

Technology in the Service of Humanity: Can It Enable Reaching Those Left Behind?

Cost effective innovative approaches to reduce disparities and assure access of all communities to advanced technologies are needed globally. This panel will review examples of geoenvironmental engineering, chemistry, and medical products and services that can improve lives and well-being of populations in underserved urban and rural settings.


  • Richard Deckelbaum, Director, Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University, USA


  • Patricia Culligan, Co-Director, Urban Design Lab, Earth Institute, Columbia University, USA
  • Bernard Olayo, Founder, Center for Public Health and Development, Kenya
  • David Berry, Partner, Flagship Ventures, USA
  • Molly Case, Deputy Development Director, Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL), USA

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room: Grand Ballroom East / West

A Discussion with Global Health Leaders

Global health leaders from around the world will highlight the exciting opportunities academia, government, NGOs and the private sector can capitalize on to reduce health disparities and enable us to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This panel will crystalize action steps across the conference’s eight subthemes that attendees can advance in their home countries.


  • Keith Martin, Executive Director, Consortium of Universities for Global Health, USA


  • Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Upul B. Dissanayake, Vice Chancellor, University of Peradeniya, Sir Lanka
  • Ambassador Deborah Birx, Global AIDS Coordinator & U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State, USA
  • Nicholas Lemann, Director, Columbia Global Reports, Columbia University, USA
  • Patricia Garcia, Dean, School of Public Health, Cayetano Heredia University, Peru

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Room: Gramercy

Ending AIDS: Hope or Hype?

Dramatic progress has been made in responding to the more than three-decade long global HIV epidemic. More than half of the people living with HIV now have access to life-saving antiretroviral drugs and the number of new HIV infections has continued to decline. These achievements have motivated discussion of the potential to end AIDS. A panel of global health thought leaders will status of the global HIV response, look ahead to potential to end AIDS, with an emphasis on challenges ahead and how to overcome them. Emphasis on the importance of involvement of multiple stakeholders in confronting this threat including community engagement. Lessons learned of relevance to confronting other health threats will be emphasized.


  • Ambassador Deborah Birx, Global AIDS Coordinator & U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State, USA
  • Wafaa El-Sadr, Director, ICAP at Columbia University, USA


  • Jessica Justman, Senior Technical Director, ICAP at Columbia University , USA
  • Harriett Nuwagaba-Biribonwoha, Director of Research ICAP in Swaziland
  • Solange Baptiste, Executive Director International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC)
  • Rejoice N. Nkambule, Deputy Director of Health Services, Ministry of Health, Swaziland

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Room: Beekman

Chronic Emergency: Strengthening Health Systems to Provide Non-Communicable Disease Services to Refugees and Displaced Populations

By end-2016, 66 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide. While relief agencies and health organizations traditionally focus on provision of shelter, food and water, prevention of infectious diseases, and treatment of acute illness, today’s displaced people (DP) also need access to a broader range of health services, including services for non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Panelists will discuss findings from an ongoing study on Syrian refugees’ ability to access NCD services in host countries; examine current international governance structures; and share examples of health service delivery in the face of growing demand and instability.


  • Miriam Rabkin, Associate Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, USA


  • Fouad M. Fouad, Assistant Research Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences and Co-Director of the Refugee Health Program, Global Health Initiative (GHI), American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • Michael Doyle, Director of Columbia Global Policy Initiative, Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, USA
  • Hala Ghattas, Assistant Research Professor, Center for Research on Population and Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • Paul Spiegel, Director of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, USA

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