The Challenges of Global Aging

Des Moines , IA US
October 12, 2011

Target Audience

Des Moines University students, faculty, staff, and adjunct global health faculty. Students and faculty from HGHC member schools (Central College, Drake University, Iowa State University, Mercy College of Health Science, Simpson College, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa and Des Moines University) and community members are also invited to attend.


  • Learn about the challenges of global aging.
  • Identify action steps in addressing the global aging population.
  • Question how society can assist in promoting a healthy lifestyle for the elderly.


10:30 am Registration 
11 am Lunch and Student Poster Presentations
12:30 pm 

Overview of Heartland Global Health Consortium (HGHC)

  • Christopher A. Squier, PhD, DSc, Director, Global Health Studies, University of Iowa; President, HGHC
  • Mary Mincer Hansen, PhD, Director, Masters of Public Health, Des Moines University
12:45 pm 

Angela W. Franklin, PhD, President, Des Moines University

12:50 pm Greeting
Terry Branstad, Governor, Iowa
1 pm The Opportunities for Aging in Iowa
 Donna Harvey, Director, Iowa Department on Aging
1:30 pm Making Sense of Cross-National Differences in Aging and Disease
Robert B. Wallace, MSc, MD, Director, Center on Aging, The University of Iowa
2 pm Question and Answer Session
2:15 pm Break
2:30 pm Introduction of Speaker Panel Members
Dawn Bowker, RN, MAN, ARNP, WHNP-BC, Assistant Professor, Mercy College of Health Sciences
2:45 pm Brain Wellness for the World
Robert L. Bender Jr, MD, Medical Director, Healthy Aging and Memory Clinic, West Des Moines; Geriatrician, Des Moines
3 pm Longevity and Global Aging
Peter Martin, PhD, Dr. Phil, Dipl. Psych, Professor and Director, Gerontology Program, Iowa State University
3:15 pm What is it Like to be a Senior Citizen in Thailand
Prathana Langkarpint, Former Dean, School of Nursing, Payap University, Thailand
3:30 pm

Community Health Workers and the Epidemiological Transition

  • Abigail Koker, DO'14, Des Moines University
  • Hiral Patel, DO14, Des Moines University
4 pmCommunities Learning from Communities
Timothy G. Ihrig, MD, Medical Director, Palliative Care Services, Iowa Health Physicians
4:15 pmWHO Global Network of Age Friendly Cities
 Yogesh Shah, MD, Associate Dean of Global Health, Des Moines University; Founding Chair, HGHC
4:30 pmDeveloping Livable Communities for Successful Aging
Brian Kaskie, PhD, MA, Associate Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy, The University of Iowa
4:45 pmQuestion and Answer Session
5 pmAdjourn

Student Poster Session Guidelines

We are excited to announce the Heartland Global Health Conference will be offering a poster session and all students attending are invited to participate. Our conference theme for this year is “The Challenges of Global Aging”.  However, poster topics are not limited to our conference theme.  Students may present on any topic, experience, or research in the field of global health.

Categories and Prizes

Poster session participants will compete among their undergraduate and graduate student peers.  Within these two groups, participants will have the opportunity to win a cash prize of $250 in each of the following three categories:

  • Best focus on the conference theme
  • Best focus on benefits at the community level
  • Other 

Deadline to register your poster is:  Wednesday, September 28, 2011.



  • Students from HGHC member institutions – Central College, Des Moines University, Drake University, Iowa State University, Mercy College of Health Sciences, Simpson College, University of Iowa, and University of Northern Iowa
  • Des Moines University faculty, staff, and global health adjunct faculty
  • Heartland Global Health Consortium  committee members


  • All other attendees
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.50 AOA Category 2­A
  • 3.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 3.90 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/12/2011 - 12:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
10/12/2011 - 5:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Olsen Medical Education Center
Des Moines , IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 3.50 AOA Category 2­A
  • 3.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 3.90 IBON


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