Global Health Week at Yale University

This past week at Yale University included a series of events organized and executed by a dedicated group of students in order to raise awareness and catalyze discussions on important issues ranging from wastewater treatment in the developing world, to global access to clean drinking water, to preventable vector-born diseases and AIDS.

A Global Health Education Gala Reception was held on Thursday night, February 7, in the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library on the Yale campus. Richard Skolnick, Director of the Center for Global Health at the George Washington University, gave a keynote speech. Several students from across Yale University, undergraduate and graduate students alike, presented their work in the form of poster presentations.

Global Health Symposium 2008 Program

    • Alexander Harding
  • Contamination and Corruption Challenges to Providing Safe Drinking Water in Muisne, Ecuador
    • Crystal Castaneda
  • Cultural and Social Impacts of Diagnosing, Treating, and Living with Autism in Brazil
    • Breanna Jedrzejewski
  • Arts and Public Health in Action: Study of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland

    • Maggie Montgomery
  • In Pursuit of Clean Latrine: Assessing Effectiveness of Environmental Interventions in Preventing Trachoma in Rural Tanzania
    • Matthew Durstenfeld
  • A Rapid Evaluation of the Ghana Boat Clinic Program: Perspectives on Mobile Rural Health Outreach
    • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Richard Skolnik
  • The Unfinished Agenda in Global Health, or If you only had $100 to spend Mr. Minister, how would you spend it?

The crowd then had the opportunity to mingle and meet each other, and speak in more detail with each of the presenters. The Symposium covered a broad range of topics, and drew people from all sectors of the University: students, faculty, and staff, from the College, Faculty of Engineering, Graduate School, and Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Forestry, Nursing, and Law.

The initiatives of Global Health Week continue on Saturday, February 23, with an event called iDANCE, a dance marathon to raise funds for two non-profit organizations founded by Yale students and alumni, Nyaya Health, providing public health services to poor communities in Nepal, and Amman Imman, building permanent water sources for the Azawak people of Niger. More information about each group can be found online, at and respectively.

For more information on Global Health Week at Yale, click to visit their website. Global Health Week and iDANCE are activities of the Party for a Cause Foundation, a non-profit organization to enhance charitable giving on college campuses, with its beginnings at Yale University. For more information, click here.

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