7th Annual Global Health Conference: Educating for Sustainable Global Health

Des Moines, IA US
October 14, 2015



Students, Faculty, and Staff from Heartland Global Health Consortium Member Schools

Heartland Climate and Health Consortium Members

All Other Attendees

  • $25
  • Please contact DMU CME at 515-271-1596 to register.



Ignorance and misinformation can cause a world of hurt. That’s certainly the case when it comes to maintaining and enhancing health. How can we educate people and populations for sustainable global health? The conference will include panels on service learning, ways to prepare students for global health experiences and social determinants of health. Students can participate in a poster presentation during the event.  

Target Audience

Students, faculty and staff from Heartland Global Health Consortium (HGHC) member schools (Central College, Des Moines University, Drake University, Grinnell College, Iowa State University, Mercy College of Health Sciences, Simpson College, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa and William Penn University) and community members are also invited to attend.


8:30 amRegistration
9 am

Introductions and Announcements
Patricia Singer, PhD
Professor of Biology, Simpson College; President, HGHC

9:05 am

Host Institution Welcome and Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Christa Olson, PhD
Vice Provost for International Programs, Drake University

9:10 am

Keynote Address: The Other Side of the Coin: Perspectives from a Global Experiential Learning Site
Fatima Suleman, B.Pharm, M.Pharm, PhD
Associate Professor, Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Health Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa); Global Practitioner-in-Residence, Drake University

9:45 amQuestions
9:55 amBreak
10 am

Concurrent Panels: Session One

  • Panel 1: Service Learning from the Community Partner Perspective
    Presenters: Ryan Crane, Prior Development Director, Primary Health Care/ The Project of PHC and Carly Ross, Director, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Des Moines Field Office
    This panel session will focus on the community partner perspective in working with service-learning students and other volunteers.  Topics will include the needs of the community partners, the challenges of working with students and volunteers and the benefits of a positive working relationship between community partners and the organizations and individuals that contribute via service learning and/or volunteerism.  
  • Panel 2: Food Insecurity, Waste, and Next Course, the Food Recovery Program at Drake
    Presenters:  Ben Simon (Food Recovery Network) and Ellen Yee (Drake University Law School)
    Ben Simon will share from his experience as the founder of Food Recovery Network in 2011 while he was a student at University of Maryland, College Park. He served as FRN's Executive Director for its first 4 years. Under Ben’s leadership, FRN became the largest student movement against hunger with chapters at over 150 colleges.  Ben is a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur and won a Do Something Award on VH1. Today, Ben is still involved in FRN's certification and consulting work. He is based in Oakland, CA where he is CEO at Imperfect, America's leading consumer brand for ugly produce. Imperfect is on a mission to find a home for the 6 billion pounds per year of produce that is currently wasted because of looks.  
  • Panel 3: Social Determinants of Health
    Presenters: Yogesh Shah (Associate Dean of Global Health, Des Moines University), Noreen O’Shea (Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Des Moines University), and Tom Benzoni (Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Des Moines University)
    Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) are well recognized, with a robust body of literature to support them. Less appreciated is how they actually play out in the lives of people. This panel will discuss how SDOH work. Panelists will bring to bear experience in Appalachia, governance in Federally Qualified Health Centers, primary care offices and Emergency/Trauma Departments. Speakers intend to engage the audience and provoke conversation; this is not a lecture. Expected outcome will be an individual resolution to change just one thing.
10:45 amBreak
10:50 am

Concurrent Panels: Session Two

  • Panel 4:  Development in a Global Context: Summer Internships in Mysore, India
    Presenters:  Rachel Maggi, University of Iowa student and Summer 2015 intern, and Karmen Berger, PhD, Academic Coordinator/ Senior Academic Advisor for International Studies, Global Health Studies and Latin American Studies Programs at The University of Iowa
    Karmen Berger has long been involved in organizing, orienting, and selecting the University of Iowa students who spend time at the Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies (VIIS) in Mysore, India.  The faculty and staff of both institutions have worked collaboratively for many years.  The Vivekananda Institute itself is constantly changing to address the changing and interconnected world in which they operate. 
  • Panel 5: A Partnership Model for Service-Learning Based on Authentic, Holistic Community Dialogue
    Presenters: Cheri Doane, Director of Community Based Learning at Central College; Valerie Grimsley, Program Director in Merida, Mexico, for Central College; Ellen DuPre, Biology Professor and Health Professions Coordinator at Central College; and Grant Gustafson, Biology major, Chemistry minor, Pre-Med Senior at Central College
    This presentation will discuss a partnership model for service-learning that is based on authentic, holistic community dialogue. At root, the academy must rethink the many hierarchical structures, intellectual concepts, and even calendaring principles that stand in the way of real transformation for the academy and community.  The paradigm shift that follows from this new understanding of relationships re-centers our work, keeping the best interest of community partners as the motivating force and deepening community impact. This approach, a departure from traditional service-learning pedagogy, recognizes community expertise and has resulted in accelerated positive change for both college and community.  Session attendees will acquire a deeper understanding of best practices in international and intercultural service-learning.
  • Panel 6: Service Learning, Voluntourism, and Ensuring that Communities Benefit as Much as Students 
    Presenters: David Campbell, Henry R. Luce Professor of Nations and the Global Environment and Chair of Environmental Studies at Grinnell College; Susan Sanning, Director of Service Learning and Civic Engagement at Grinnell College; and Cori Jakubiak, Assistant Professor of Education at Grinnell College.
    This panel will discuss the issue of "voluntourism" and how to prepare students for service learning opportunities that will not only provide them with invaluable experience, but will also benefit the communities they visit over the longer term. Professor Campbell's research is in the ecology and species composition of tropical and subtropical forests in both the Paleotropics and Neotropics. In Belize he has 43 study sites, including one at Terra Nova, the world's first medicinal plant reserve, and one at El Pilar, a Late Classic ruined Maya city of forest-covered temples and pyramids, where he and his students are investigating the 1,200 year old signature of the collapsed Maya Civilization on the species composition of the Maya forest. Susan Leathem Sanning provides direct leadership for curricular and co-curricular service-learning initiatives, collaborative community service partnerships, and local civic engagement activities. She also supervises CLS staff members who advise students about post-graduate service opportunities, manage the Grinnell Corps and the Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize, and administer various student and alumni service awards, and she has led service trips with students many times. Cori Jakubiak guides students and pre-service teachers in studying and teaching English as a Second Language. 
11:35 amLunch
12:15 pmStudent Poster Presentations
1:15 pm

Concurrent Panels: Session Three


  • Panel 7:  EMBARC and Educational Aspects of its Work
    Presenters: Rachel Vannice, M.Sc., Advocacy Program Manager with EMBARC and Michelle Mages, pharmacy major at Drake University
    The panel will provide a brief overview of EMBARC (Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center) and how its work can relate to having students learn about global health through community service opportunities in refugee/migrant health.  A Drake student will share how the service opportunity related to a learning opportunity and further educational interests and career plans. 
  • Panel 8: Medication Use on Medical Mission Trips
    Presenters: John Rovers (Drake University) & Fatima Suleman (University of KwaZulu-Natal), Hazel Seaba (University of Iowa.)
    This panel will cover what planners and participants need to do before, during, and after a trip that involves medication use.  Discussion will include preparation for medical mission trips; what, how much, and where do you get medications; how do you handle medications through customs, as well as any leftovers and other issues pre-departure, upon arrival, and post-trip.
2 pmBreak
2:05 pm

Recorders Report Back Main Themes From Panel Discussions
Facilitated by Patricia Singer, PhD, HGHC President

2:45 pmPoster Winners Announced and Prizes Presented
3 pmAdjourn

Keynote Speaker


Fatima Suleman (B.Pharm, M.Pharm, PhD) is an Associate Professor in the Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in the Department of Clinical Sciences (2009-2015) at Drake University, and co-collaborator for the AIDS Online International course with Dr Sharron Jenkins at Purdue University. She was a national executive member of the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (2008 – June 2012) and a Fulbright Alumnus (Fulbright Scholar 2002-2004). Her previous appointments include being a member of the South African Primary Health Care Essential Drugs List Review Committee (1997 – 1998) and of the KZN Provincial Essential Drug Programme Coordinating Committee (1997 – 1998). In 2009 she was appointed by the National Minster of Health to the Medical Products Technical Task Team from as well as to the Procurement Task Team. She was awarded the Distinguished Teachers’ Award in 2010 by the University of KwaZulu-Natal for her role in curriculum development and innovative teaching practices. Her research has been published in several journals and has been presented at a number of national and international conferences. She has received numerous grants from the National Research Foundation, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the Medical Research Council and the National Institute of Health. She is a Y-rated researcher by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF), and is coordinating two online Masters programmes in the School of Health Sciences. She has been appointed by the Minister of Health to serve on the National Pricing Committee (2010-current), and is currently the Chair of the Pricing Committee and has been appointed on the World Health Organization Pricing Policy Guideline Committee (2011-2012). She also has collaborations with the Oslo Cochrane Centre, in the field of pharmaceutical policy.

Full Biography

Student Poster Sessions

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 Educating for Sustainable Global Health”; however, poster topics are not limited to the conference theme. Students may present on any topic, experience, or research in the field of global health. The deadline to register your poster is Thursday, October 8.

CLOSED - SUBMIT your poster abstract.

VIEW an abstract example. 



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. Posters will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Visual/Technical – Title, author(s), affiliation, and contact information. Poster design logical and easy to follow with appropriate visuals (methods, results, etc.) text easy to read, understand and free of errors, and graphics clearly contribute to the overall presentation. Good use of the space of the poster with section on introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion and relevance of the research in the field of study.
  • Content (original research) – Research topic clearly described with adequate introduction and a clear hypothesis. Work demonstrates clear focus and well developed materials and methods. Analysis of data comprehensive and discussion appropriate to findings. Conclusion supported by findings and linked to relevance in the field of study.
  • Content (literature review/experience) – Work includes background that leads to reason for the literature review/experience.  Work demonstrates clear focus, well developed and comprehensive review of literature/experience. Literature/experience review provides valuable addition or insight and linked to relevance in the field of study. 
  • Presenter(s) – Able to communicate in-depth technical information in an easy-to-understand manner, able to interpret the data properly, and clearly answer questions related to project, recognize limitations of the project’s procedures. Courteous and professional.


Poster Guidelines

Posters should be no more than 5′ wide and 4′ high. Materials to hang your poster will be available onsite. On the day of the program, posters must be displayed by 9 am and removed by 3:30 pm. 

General Information About Poster Construction

The poster session will provide attendees the opportunity to learn more about a research project, and personalize their learning experience by speaking one-on-one with the student creators of posters that capture their attention. The following web site serves as a great resource on how to create an effective poster – http://ncsu.edu/project/posters/.

Parking at Drake University

Non-Drake participants are able to use the Olmsted Visitor Parking Lot (located north off University Avenue between 28th and 29th Streets). Please arrive by 9 am and let the security person know that you are attending the HGHC Conference.  There also is parking on nearby streets.

Drake University Campus Map


Conference Committee Chair

David Skidmore, PhD
Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations, Drake University

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.75 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/14/2015 - 9:00am CDT
Event ends: 
10/14/2015 - 3:00pm CDT
Drake University
2875 University Avenue
Parents Hall, Olmsted Center (Upper Level)
Des Moines, IA 50311
United States

Available Credit

  • 3.75 CE Contact Hour(s)


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