|Global Health Council Summit 2020|
|Our FULL virtual GHC summit agenda and speaker information is now LIVE! Join us on November 19-20 in our discussions focused on three pillars: Pandemics, Politics, and Privilege. These conversations will take a critical look at how we approach global health investments and initiatives with a stronger focus on equity, justice, and humility. Session topics include:Unpacking Race, Privilege, and Intersectional Bias as Drivers of Global Health Policy Building Back Better After COVID-19…to What and for Whom?Reimagining U.S. Global Health Initiatives in Light of Pandemics, Politics, and Privilege Furthermore, we’ll host a leadership dialogue with global health executives from programmatic and philanthropic organizations and urge decision-makers to commit to racial equity beyond checklists and statements. For a more in-depth preview of these sessions and what they will entail, click the image above.|
Caya Lewis Atkins
Founder and Principal, GlobalDC Strategies
Vice President, Global Fund for Women
Executive Director, American Public Health Association
Executive Director, UNAIDS
Ngozi Erondu, PhD
Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House
Jamila Headley, PhD
Chief of Staff, The Center for Popular Democracy
Science Lead, Toeroek Associates, Inc.
Deputy Director, Women in Global Health
Executive Director, Global Affairs, Pathfinder International
Executive Director, Thousand Currents
Curator & Editor, AfricanFeminism.com
Founder & Lead Consultant, PopWorks Africa
Joanne A. McGriff
Associate Director of the Center for Global Safe WASH, Emory University
Regional Director, WHO Regional Office for Africa
John Nkengasong, PhD
Director, Africa CDC
President and Executive Director, Global Health Council
Dorothy Peprah, PhD
Senior Global Health Security Agenda Advisor, USAID
Regional Advocacy Director, Africa, Global Health Advocacy Incubator
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst Global Strategies, LLC
Managing Director, DRASA
Thursday, November 19
Unpacking Race, Privilege, and Intersectional Bias as Drivers of Global Health Policy
What would it look like to be “anti-racist” in global health? And, why is that so radical? Building on our dialogues with Black leaders this and last year, we’ll be creating space to have deeper reflections on how institutions and individuals move beyond the current colonial framework in U.S. global health.
Keynote: Solome Lemma, Executive Director of Thousand Currents
Presentation: Stephanie Kimou, Founder of PopWorks
10:00 Breakout Sessions*
Building Back Better After COVID-19… to What and for Whom?
We thought we were ready for this moment and, yet, when COVID-19 hit the world was tested in unanticipated ways. Join us for a real time post-mortem on the global response and our active recovery, with conversations on the Global Health Security Agenda’s highlights and lowlights as well as findings from the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response. We’ll offer country and community perspectives from downstream and shine a light on governments that got it right, challenging our assumptions about readiness and resilience.
Keynote: Dr. Matsihidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa
Panel Discussion: Dr. Ngozi Erondu, Dr. Jamechia Hoyle, Dr. Joanne McGriff, Dr. John Nkengasong, Dorothy Peprah, Niniola Williams
13:00 Breakout Sessions*
Reimagining U.S. Global Health Initiatives in Light of Pandemics, Politics, and Privilege
We’ll be hearing from country and community leaders their take on existing U.S. global health policies and how they perpetuate a culture of colonialism. How could we revisit what might not be working as well as we thought, particularly in a post-COVID world? Beyond a set of principles, what are specific proposals we can put in front of a new presidential administration or congressional leaders that correct those shortcomings? Policymakers will be on hand to respond to recommendations and offer their take on immediate opportunities for change.
Keynote: Rep. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (invited)
Panel Discussion: Caya Lewis Atkins (confirmed), Travis Adkins, Linda Etim (invited)
16:00 Breakout Sessions*
Friday, November 20
8:30 Virtual Networking Session
9:30 Recap of Day 1
Keynote: Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS
10:15 Concurrent Roundtables (invite-only)
Power: Global Solidarity
Building on the Day 1 topic of colonialism and racism in global health, this interactive session will inspire and rejuvenate attendees by recognizing participants’ links to one another, drawing resources from a wide community of global health practitioners to find power in our collective action and envision a new way forward for global health. Hear from a globally diverse panel of movement leaders who are rejecting the status quo and engaging in creative, visionary and models of transnational solidarity in their global health practice. The writer Arundhati Roy has written of how “historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different.” As mainstream media outlets are openly and incredulously questioning why some health systems in Africa or Asia have been able to deal with the pandemic more effectively than others in the West, we must double down on efforts to interrogate, unpack, question, and overturn definitions and hierarchies that have accompanied traditional global health practices. We’ve urged countries to learn from each other. Now, we need to learn from them.
Policy: A Call to Action for the Next U.S. Presidential Administration
This closed door, ‘roll up your sleeves’ interactive discussion will bring together U.S. government global health implementers and key Congressional staffers who are trusted allies of global health policies and programs to debate lessons learned from the field and implementation strategies for operationalizing GHC’s Big Ideas recommendations.
Practice: Racial Equity & Leadership
More than organizational pledges or internal taskforces, industry leaders must confront the realities of inequities in global health leadership and programs to address their root causes and consequences once and for all. This session will follow on a closed door precursor to the summit on November 18th by asking executives how they are tackling racial justice through their work today and what lessons they are learning real time about critical, urgent change.
*Due to technological restrictions, breakout space will be limited and available to GHC member orgs or their employees on a first come, first served basis. However, all panels or keynotes will be public and allow for Q&A or other active audience participation.