Dr. Paul Farmer’s Keynote Address

Paul Farmer, MD, PhD

Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world’s poorest people. He is Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that since 1987 has provided direct health care services and undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Dr. Farmer and his colleagues in the U.S. and abroad have pioneered novel community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings. Read more here

Bending the Arc: A Discussion Between Suzanne Cooke RSCJ and Dr. Paul Farmer MD, PhD

After watching the award winning documentary Bending the Arc, Sister Suzanne Cooke RSCJ and Dr. Paul Farmer discussed the issues of global health inequality and how to address them.

Breakout Session Videos

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?”

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.

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.

The Economics of Global Health Equity and How to Make Foreign Aid More Effective

  • Abbey Marks Gardner, Senior Adviser, Aid Delivery Support Initiative

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.

Varsity Debate Team – 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?