Thursday, March 3, 2016

Reimagining Social Medicine Conference - Registration Open


The  highly-anticipated upcoming conference, “Reimagining Social Medicine: Transformative Education and Social Action for Health Equity,” will take place April 30th, 2016 on the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota.  The conference will provide a forum for engaged, global conversation on understanding and responding to the social determinants of health, which heavily shape societal health outcomes throughout the world.  Social medicine, a discipline with a rich and storied history of efforts to address the social determinants of health, promotes health equity by integrating the voice and vote of patients, families and communities, taking a multidisciplinary approach that involves social science, ensuring an equity agenda, and using deep understanding of local context to inform global policy.  In the spirit of global dialogue, we anticipate the participation of invited international guests from Uganda, Rwanda, Lebanon, Haiti, and Zimbabwe.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B99ebkG0WZZQMzhldjZJS2FhelNYUkxZNTVLbGozeVAwRWhR/view?usp=sharing

The program will include keynotes from Dr. Paul Farmer (Founder of Partners in Health), Dr. Joia Mukherjee (Medical Director of Partners of Health and University of Minnesota Medical School alumnus), Dr. Heidi Behforouz (Director of Innovation at Martin Luther King Outpatient Center), Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan (Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy, Professor of Pediatrics, and Co-Director of the George Washington University Health Workforce Institute), Dr. Sande Ojara (Physician at St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor in Gulu, Uganda and SocMed Board Member) and other leaders from the Global South, and Dr. George Thibault (President of the Macy Foundation and Federman Professor, Emeritus at Harvard Medical School).  In addition, smaller breakout sessions on topics such as "Narrative Medicine and Social Medicine Practice, "Social Medicine Education and Advocacy," and "Community Voice and Human Rights" will be offered. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B99ebkG0WZZQWEhDQXdJMWx6a3c4SWZzTlA0aVRUc3BzSDQw/view?usp=sharing

SocMed (www.socmedglobal.org) and EqualHealth (www.equalhealth.org), two non-profit organizations with extensive experience training health professionals on the social determinants of health, are leading this effort in partnership with the University of Minnesota Global Health Pathway.  The Macy Foundation (www.macyfoundation.org), dedicated to improving the health of the public through health professional training, is providing significant financial support for this event.

Registration is now open at https://www.tickets.umn.edu/northrop/online/article/socmedsymposium. Additionally, more information about the conference may be found at socialmedicineconsortium.org/conferencedetails .  Please feel free to spread this email and the attached publicity poster with any other individuals or organizations that you feel may be interested.
                                                                            
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