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International Health Care Experts to Participate in Pitt-Johnstown Global Health Forum

International Health Care Experts to Participate in Pitt-Johnstown Global Health Forum

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     The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown will host a visit by international health care experts on Tuesday, February 24 as part of the campus’ first-ever Global Health Forum.  The event, which is being held in partnership with Windber Research Institute, the World Health Organization (WHO) Winter School 2009, and the International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services (HPH), will include panelists from Denmark, Germany, Taiwan, and the United States.  The forum is free and open to the public.

     In announcing the event, Pitt-Johnstown President Dr. Jem Spectar offered, “We are honored to work with the Windber Research Institute, the World Health Organization and the Network of Health Promoting Hospitals, on this vitally important initiative to support health promotion in our community and around the world.  We are particularly proud of the opportunity to develop an ongoing relationship with these outstanding organizations, which will enable Pitt-Johnstown to expand real-world opportunities for our students while contributing in a very positive way to the improvement of health care delivery in our communities.”

     The forum, which will begin at 7:15 p.m. in the Living/Learning Center, will provide a rare opportunity for community members to engage international health care experts on important issues including disease prevention, health reform, and health promotion.  Panelists will include:

Hanne Tønnesen, Professor, MD, DMSc

  • CEO of International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals & Health Services (HPH) Secretariat, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Head of Research, WHO Collaborating Centre; Copenhagen, Denmark

Tim Neumann, MD, DMSc,

  • Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Universitatsmedizin (Campus Virchow-Klinikum and Campus Charité Mitte Charité ); Berlin, Germany.

Shu-Ti Chiou, MD, MSc, PhD

  • Head of Board, Taiwan HPH Network
  • Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Health at National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan.

Jesper Krogh, MD

  • Research Assistant, Psychiatric Department, Bispebjerg University Hospital; Copenhagen, Denmark.

Matthew G. Masiello, MD, MPH

  • Coordinator, HPH Network of Pennsylvania
  • US Coordinator, WHO Winter School 2009
  • Director, the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Windber Research Institute

     The February 24 event is part of the campus’ new GLOCAL Society Series (GSS), which will focus on pressing global and local (GLOCAL) issues of our time.  In a world where global and local are increasingly and sometimes vexingly intertwined, the GLOCAL Society Series will bring focus on how the pressing global issues of our time are affecting our communities, as well as how the latter can leverage the positive aspects and mitigate the negative features of the processes of globalization.

     Speakers, panelists, and discussants will explore key issues in our interdependent, globalizing world and their impact on our localities.  The series will address topics including, but not limited to:

  • global economic conditions and international development,
  • global health,
  • international conflict, violence, terrorism and intercultural strife,
  • sustainability, global resources, energy and environmental governance,
  • population, migration and international refugees,
  • world religions,
  • human rights and the protection of vulnerable persons,
  • international trade,
  • technology and globalization, and
  • other international political and economic issues.

     Additional information on the Global Health Forum is available at:

     Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment, Pitt-Johnstown offers a high quality educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.

Posted by Knipple, Robert on 2/18/2009 2:25:00 PM