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World Health Summit
WHS Regional Meeting Montreal 2017

Newsletter April 2017

WHS Regional Meeting - North America, May 8-9, Montreal

  • Three Canadian Ministers
  • Health and Healthcare Delivery in Pluralistic Societies
  • Special Symposium on SDGs and Health
  • Final Ticket Sale

WHS Community Bulletin

  • Hacking Global Health
  • End of an Era: Interview with Dean Michael J. Klag
  • Global Health – The International and the German Agenda

Three Canadian Ministers

About 90 speakers from 11 countries will bring expertise to the WHS Regional Meeting in Montreal. Among them are these distinguished Canadian Ministers: 

Gaétan Barrette
Minister of Health and Social Services, Quebec, Canada

Geoffrey Kelley
Minister responsible for Native Affairs, Quebec, Canada

Jane Philpott
Minister of Health, Canada

Health and Healthcare Delivery in Pluralistic Societies

To deliver healthcare in today’s pluralistic societies we have to adjust efforts in every dimension of the issue. The WHS Regional Meeting 2017 in Montreal will therefore focus on the question of human diversity in the practice, education, research, and field of public policy as it pertains to global and public health.

Learn more about all sessions and topics >

Special Symposium on SDGs and Health

SDGs and Health:
A Vision For Public Policy

Panel Discussion
May 08, 2017, 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM
Room 3

In 2015, 194 countries signed on to the universal and transformational Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The multi-sectoral, inter-disciplinary SDGs validate a comprehensive approach to health and its social determinants. For stakeholders in global health, the “first 1000 days” of SDG implementation present an opportunity to capitalize on the momentum and demonstrate that health is central to achieving Agenda 2030.

This session presents informed and current perspectives on the impact of SDG roll-out on national and international health governance.

Ilona Kickbusch
Director, Global Health Program, Graduate Institute, Switzerland

Peter Taylor
International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Associate Director, Think Tank Initiatives, Canada

Luiz Augusto Galvão
Center for International Relations / Fiocruz, Brazil

Ali Mehdi
Fellow, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), India

Francis Omaswa
Executive Director, African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation, Uganda

Christina Zarowsky
Director of the Department of Social & Preventive Medicine, Université de Montréal, Canada

All details on speakers and sessions are available in the interactive Program Planner >

Final Ticket Sale

Badges, World Health Summit

From May 8-9, 2017, the global health community will focus its attention on the WHS Regional Meeting in Montreal. About 700 participants and 90 speakers from 11 countries are expected to attend.

A few tickets are still available on a first come, first serve basis:

WHS Community Bulletin

Hacking Global Health:

Improving Urban Health in Africa, Asia and Latin America

From October 15-17, the KfW Development Bank > will organize a hackathon at the World Health Summit. In it, small teams made up of members from a range of disciplines will create and develop ideas on how to improve urban health in Africa, Asia and Latin America. At the end of the event, they will present their results to an audience of experts from all over the world.

Your innovative idea might be the one that makes a difference. Learn more about the hackathon and how to apply >

End of an Era:

Interview with Dean Michael J. Klag

Dean Michael J. Klag, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), reflects on his 12 years at the helm and what’s next for him and the School.

"One of my goals was to make a Bloomberg School education available to more people from outside the U.S., and we’ve done that through programs in Barcelona, India, China, the Mideast, Japan and Africa."

(c) Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine

Read the entire interview with one of Global Health's key figures and previous WHS President here >

Dean Klag will continue to actively support the World Health Summit as an elected member > of the M8 Alliance Executive Committee responsible for 'Strategic Co-operation and Stakeholder Liaison'.

Global Health – The International and the German Agenda

May 17, 2017, 16.00 - 22.00h, Berlin

In mid-May, Berlin will transform into the capital of Global Health, with Germany presiding over this year’s G20 Summit and the G20 Health Ministers meeting on May 19 and 20.

In this context, a high-ranking panel will discuss Germany’s role and responsibility in Global Health. Following this session, there will be a reception to honour the recipients of the first-ever “German Global Health Award.”

Program and registration >

Joint organizers of this event are:

WHS Regional Meeting North America

Montreal, Canada
May 8-9, 2017

World Health Summit

Berlin, Germany
October 15-17, 2017

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