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Global Health Awareness Week Begins April 5

The impact on health of growing urbanization in different regions of the world is the focus of events on the University Park and Health Sciences campuses during the second annual Global Health Awareness Week April 5-9 and April 18.

Presented by USC, UCLA and the Global Health Review, the week’s activities will recognize the World Health Organization’s 2010 global health campaign, “1,000 Cities, 1,000 Lives.”

Unless otherwise noted, events are sponsored by the USC Institute for Global Health, and RSVPs for events go to For more information, visit

Monday, April 5
8:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Davidson Continuing Education Center, UPC, food provided: A seminar will examine “The Ethics of State Involvement in Women’s Health.” Among questions to be discussed: How do the laws and policies of a nation-state affect women’s health? How can they be measured and improved upon and how do we approach the underlying ethical issues in practical and useful ways for women around the world? Sponsored by the USC Institute for Global Health, the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, and the USC Center for International Studies. RSVP at

Noon to 1 p.m., HMR Hastings Auditorium, Room 100, HSC, food provided: The event will feature Mark Strassburg, adjunct professor at USC and UCLA and a former consultant for the World Health Organization. Currently director of Web informatics at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Strassburg will share his experiences and expertise regarding the eradication of smallpox and his knowledge of the current issues of bioterrorism.

5:15-7 p.m., Von KleinSmid Center Courtyard, UPC, food provided: An opening reception features the photo exhibition A Focus on Global Health: Public Health Through a Public Diplomacy Lens. USC graduate student Paul Rockower exhibits photography from his recent trip to Panama, sponsored by the USC Institute for Global Health, as well as his other journalistic and photographic endeavors.

Tuesday, April 6
Noon, Lab Gastropub, UPC, food provided: Students may have lunch and a group discussion with award-winning journalist Jon Cohen, who has covered infectious diseases while traveling around the world.

Noon, Mayer Auditorium, HSC, food provided: Nafisa Abdullah will speak about her experiences working with the medical aid group Emergency in her native Afghanistan. A practicing obstetrician gynecologist in the United States for the past 40 years, Abdullah has made numerous trips to Afghanistan since the U.S. invasion in 2001 to share her skills in hospitals throughout the country.

5-7 p.m., Davidson Continuing Education Center, food provided: Journalist Jon Cohen will present his work investigating international funding of HIV/AIDS and the importance of investigative journalism in addressing global epidemics. This lecture is one of two that Cohen will give as part of the USC Institute for Global Health’s Visions for Change Lecture series and is hosted in partnership with the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and the Center for Health and Medical Communication.

7:30-9 p.m., Ground Zero Performance Caf�, UPC: Global Get Down will be a multicultural and multi-talent showcase featuring USC student cultural, dance, a capella and comedy groups. All donations received at the event will go to GlobeMed at USC’s grassroots partner organization, Care Net Ghana, to fund the establishment of a medical laboratory to improve maternal and child health in Ghana.

Wednesday, April 7
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Galen Center, food provided: A conference on “Becoming ‘Glocal’ in 2010: Bringing Global Health Home” will highlight current programs to build awareness and encourage collaboration, providing resources for those who are interested in initiating or refining projects and emphasizing the merging of solutions to global and local health issues. Co-hosted by the Community-Based Learning Collaborative and the USC Institute for Global Health. RSVP to

Noon, McKibben 249, HSC, food provided: Edward Newton will give a short presentation and answer questions about his recent experience as part of the USC/L.A. County Haiti medical aid team. He is a Keck School of Medicine of USC professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at LAC+USC Medical Center.

5-7 p.m., Aresty Auditorium, HSC, food provided: Journalist Jon Cohen will present his second lecture about international funding of HIV/AIDS and the importance of investigative journalism in addressing global epidemics.

Thursday, April 8
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Trousdale Parkway, UPC: An Opportunities and Career Fair will provide undergraduate and graduate students interested in health-related opportunities to meet with representatives from local and national health organizations. The Opportunities Fair also will feature a TOMS Style Your Sole Party. For every pair of shoes sold, TOMS will give a free pair of shoes to a child in need.

Noon-2 p.m., McKibben 256, HSC, food provided: A panel of speakers will present health-related employment abroad with a Q&A session.

Friday, April 9
Noon, McKibben 249, HSC, food provided: A screening of Kavi will precede a discussion of modern-day slavery. The film focuses on a boy in India who is forced to work in a brick kiln instead of going to school.

Sunday, April 18
1-5 p.m., Salt Lake Park, 3401 E. Florence Ave., Huntington Park, food provided: Soccer in the Streets is a community-wide soccer game and health fair that promotes fitness and nutrition for youth in Huntington Park. This city was chosen because the youth’s current lifestyle and environment puts them at risk for obesity and diabetes and because this community’s majority Latino population has close cultural ties to soccer. With the support of the city, USC, UCLA, Hollywood United and the Los Angeles F�tbol Club Foundation, the event will feature mobile health booths, medical services and professional f�tbol coaches. Volunteers from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC will hand out dental hygiene kits (toothbrushes, paste, floss) and provide dental health education.

Global Health Awareness Week Begins April 5

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