The first two sessions will focus on education of the issues. The third and fourth sessions will focus on responses and actions. We are capping the breakout sessions at 20 people to facilitate meaningful discussions.

Session I (Friday-Educating about the Issue)

  • 1. Pandemics: Exploring their Past, Present and the Future
    • National History Honor Society Seniors Tanya Eathakotti and Sydney Sariol have put together a panel discussion for this exploratory session that examines the past, our current relationship with pandemics and what can be done in the future to avoid them.
  • 2. Debate: Who is Responsible?
    • Carrollton’s varsity debate team will examine the most effective method for intervention over public health in Africa – Who is best suited?
      The United States of America or The People’s Republic of China?
  • 3. Critical and Historical Perspectives on Global Health
    • Alumnae Catherine Mas ‘08 will give a lecture, followed by discussion, situating global health in the longer history of medicine and humanitarianism. Using historical examples that range from medical missionaries in the nineteenth century to corporate philanthropy in the twentieth century, this breakout session invites participants to grapple with the power dynamics that often structure health care in resource-poor settings.
  • 4. The PIH Model: Research, Teaching, Service, Advocacy and Accompaniment
    • Katie Kralievits, Chief of Staff to Dr. Paul Farmer, Partners In Health will highlight the current projects and initiatives underway at Partners In Health, while sharing ways for students and young adults to embark on a non-clinical career path in global health.

  • Session II (Friday-Educating about the Issue)

  • 1. Children at Work:
    • IB Language and Literature students use their reading of Hard Times by Charles Dickens as a springboard for a variety of presentations on the ongoing issue of child labor worldwide.
  • 2. Exploring Ebola Through an Artistic Lens: How does an Epidemic in Sierra Leone Plead for a Paradigm Shift?
    • International Baccalaureate Visual Art students studied the effects of the Ebola epidemic of 2014 in a country that did not have the adequate health systems needed to combat it. They explored the biological,economic, and social conditions through research and then created found object sculptures to express their findings.
  • 3. Hunger in Latin America: The Venezuelan Crisis
    • AP Spanish Language and Culture students researched the current food shortage crisis in Venezuela that is decimating the infant population. Students will share their research, followed by group discussion on how to take action.
  • 4. Nonprofits that Work for for the Right to Health Care
    • Johnny Dorsey, Emerson Collective-Director, Innovation and Policy
  • 5. (Session Closed) Framing the conversation
    • Ebony Rhodes,Director of Community Partners and Lillian Solis-Silva, Coordinator of Junior-Senior Pathways will explore – How do the value systems inherent in our own identity and unique perspective in the world inform our understanding of global health inequity? Before we can begin to discuss solutions, which concepts must we unpack? How do judgements on race, ethnicity, and class cloud our approach of the subject? How can we restructure the dated notions of first world versus third world countries? Join us in a conversation about our journey as a school community to first address these questions amongst ourselves, in hopes of leading our students toward constructive social justice.

  • Session III (Friday-Action and Response to the Issue)

  • 1. Choosing to Serve or Merely Shutdown: Exploring Engagement in Social Justice
    • Psychology students conducted an exploration of literature and examined data on the different aspects of service to others. What are the benefits and why do some of us “shut down?”
  • 2. Malnutrition and Neurological Disorders Exacerbated by Global Health Inequality
    • Science National Honor Society students will present research about malnutrition and its consequences, namely how it can lead to the development of neurological disorders or exacerbate existing ones. The session will focus on conditions that affect many of the children at Misioneros Del Camino orphanage in Sacatepéquez, Guatemala. A solution for implementing a sustainable food source at the home and its potential impact will be discussed.
  • 3. Statistics Speak a Thousand Words
    • Sophomore Math students will discuss issues impacting global health, through the vehicle of statistics. Each group will present a statistic linked to global health, followed by an interactive discussion of their impact and suggestions for the next steps in addressing the issues raised.
  • 4. The Economics of Global Health Equity and How to Make Foreign Aid More Effective
    • Abbey Marks Gardner, Senior Adviser, Aid Delivery Support Initiative

  • Session IV (Friday-Action and Response to the Issue)

  • 1. Dazzle Them with Data: Engaging Global Health and Development Statistics for the Layperson
    • International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge students will share and discuss:
      • Hans Rosling’s spectacular dynamic visual graphics revealing a creative and educational perspective on human development progress. Makes the case for a broader public exposure to and understanding of development challenges and achievements. Will explore his internationally-renown Gapminder online site.
      • Joel Selanikio’s TEDTalk “The big-data revolution in healthcare.” The focus is on the advancements in the acquisition, analysis and reporting of timely, comprehensive and accurate global health data. We will explore the MAGPI online site, founded by Selanikio, now used for health education, outbreak response, program coordination, monitoring, evaluation, and more.
  • 2. (Session Closed) Contemplative Action: Examining the Power of Collective Consciousness through Prayer Flags
    • Sophomore Catholic Sacred Scripture students will create prayer flags as a way of practicing mindfulness and concern for others. Through the study of scripture, students learn the value of interconnectedness and that we are all part of one body, the Body of Christ. Prayer is one of the many forms of action we can use to connect with others, be active in our faith and our community, and apply what we learn to real life situations.
  • 3. Catholic Social Teaching: Perspectives on the Right to Health Care Insurance Coverage
    • Senior Catholic Social Teaching students evaluated each healthcare plan from the standpoint of the seven themes of Catholic Social Justice teaching as well as recent Church documents. Based on the research, they developed solutions to the problem of healthcare inequity.
  • 4. Mary’s Meals: A Simple Solution to World Hunger
    • Patricia Farrell Burns, Executive Director of Mary’s Meals
    • Diane DiScipio Driscoll, Head of Communications for Mary’s Meals USA
      • A global grassroots movement that is named for the Blessed Mother, Mary’s Meals provides a daily meal to 1.25 Million children on a daily basis in their place of education. Learn about the effects of stunting in the first 1000 days of a child’s life, discuss how feeding children in their place of education addresses many issues surrounding school attendance and school success. Join in the global mission to end childhood hunger.
  • 5. Medicaid Expansion: the Moral and Economic Issues
    • Florida is one of the 19 states that has still not extended health care coverage to low income uninsured adults under the Affordable Care Act. As a result, over half a million Floridians have no path to affordable coverage. The session will explore the moral and economic issues of the coverage debate. We will talk about the people who are suffering unnecessarily in Florida and other non-expansion states—mostly people of color and most of whom are in the South—and what can be done.