Harvard to Host Global Health Networking Forum

The state of global health is an issue that concerns everyone, ranging from the impact of malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS in the developing world, to lack of adequate health coverage even in the developed world.

On the African continent, the AIDS epidemic continues to spread, affecting over 27 million individuals. Over 40,000 people die everyday from diseases directly related to drinking polluted water. In the United States, one in six people do not have health insurance. Fortunately, people and organizations from several different disciplines, for-profit and non-profit, and volunteers are coming together to make a difference. As we’ve learned in just the first few days of Managing for Creativity, no better opportunity for innovation exists than when several diverse disciplines come together to create solutions. Harvard, as it often does, is leading the charge by providing a forum for students and organizations to come together to explore potential career and volunteer opportunities. Even if you are not currently seeking employment in this field, it is a great way to learn more about what some of these organizations are doing to approach these issues.

“This is the first time a conference like this has been held. We’re really excited to see the enthusiastic participation of several key organizations and students from across various disciplines. It is a great opportunity to connect interested individuals, with the hope that those connections will lead to engagement and solution. We expect this to be the first of many great events like this.” -Kate Condliffe, (NE)

The forum is being sponsored by the Harvard Business School Public Health Interest Group (a subgroup of the Social Enterprise Club), in connection with the Harvard Initiative on Global Health. The Public Health Interest Group has recently hosted Bill Walczak, founder and president of Codman Community Health Center, who discussed social entrepreneurship opportunities in public health. It will also be welcoming Dr. Paul Farmer and Dr. Jim Kim in the near future to discuss the Partners in Health model and the work they are doing to develop public infrastructure and combat AIDS crisis in places like Haiti, Peru and Rwanda. They are also the first group from a business school to get involved with the Universal Access to Essential Medicines campaign www.accessmed-msf.org.

The Global Health Networking Forum will be held Thursday, February 1 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event will take place on the Harvard Business School campus, in both Aldrich and Spangler. It is an open event and attendees are expected from the Harvard Business School, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, Kennedy School of Government, the Graduate School of Education, Harvard Law School, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, MIT Sloan School of Management, Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Boston University Graduate Programs. The event will include representatives from Abt Associates, Bienmoyo, Boston Consulting Group, BroadReach, Clinton Foundation, D-Lab, Family Health International, John Snow, Inc., Management Sciences for Health, Medicine in Need, McKinsey & Co., NIH, Partners in Health, Pathfinder, Public Health Institute, and STRIDE, as well as others to be announced shortly.

The event will begin with presentations from the organizations in various Aldrich classrooms, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Participants can attend up to three 30-minute presentations of their choice, which will also include a mix of Q&A. A networking portion will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Williams Room (Spangler).

The event is a great opportunity for students to learn more about current initiatives in public health, career and internship opportunities, and volunteer and field study possibilities. To learn more, visit www.globalhealth.harvard.edu and/or RSVP to mosborne@mba2007.hbs.edu. For a schedule of presentations, visit www.geocities.com/marcusao. The conference is free for students.

Harvard University-Wide Global Health Career and Networking Forum
Thursday, February 1
4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Harvard Business School
Williams Room, Spangler Building
RSVP to: catherine_rosseel@harvard.edu or mosborne@mba2007.hbs.edu