On April 13, 2013 I was invited to be a speaker at the 2013 Global Health & Humanitarian Summit held at Emory University’s School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. (http://www.ghhs2013.org). It details its mission to “bring the local and global humanitarian community together for an educational and inspiring forum, fostering sustainable, world-changing humanitarian action. The Summit strives to improve the delivery of humanitarian services, raise awareness of organizations committed to creating better world and to inspiring the next generation of activists and volunteers.”
The Summit consisted of three days of panels, keynote speeches, musical performances, thought-provoking roundtables, exhibits, and films. It was a packed schedule – three speakers in an hour, four sessions going on at once time – but it offered something for everyone, especially motivation to continue to do the good work.
I was only able to attend a few of the sessions and visit the exhibit hall but here are some of my impressions.
- Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro: R.E.A.L. Life Lessons, One Step at a Time. Debra Corbett, LPC took us on a journey of discovery and meeting challenges as she relayed her experience climbing the famous mountain with a group of fellow Rotarians. Her REAL lessons include: Resonate, Engage, Affirm, Lead & Learn. www.Choose2Grow.com
- Walking & Spreading a Culture of Volunteerism: The Canto Cidadao Hospital Clown Troupe from Brazil. Dr. Raviolli Bem-te-Vi and Dr. Ispaguetti Saracura traveled via sponsorship of Delta Airlines from Brazil to share with us the language of the clowns and the healing energy of joy. Powerful and inspiring I invite you to “share” their insights and their site: www.cantocidadao.org.br.
- Digital Identity & Global Health in a Digital World. My presentation explored the concepts of digital identity, digital health, digital global health concerns, and solutions & lessons learned. Although I was the last speaker for the day the attendees stayed around and engaged with me on the topic. A shout out to Ramotalai Coker, a DPHE Fellow at the Office of Minority Health in Montgomery Alabama, who was excited to see this “missing” topic finally part of the conversation.
I have embedded the powerpoint slide of my presentation below as well as the .pdf of the slides to download. Enjoy and more importantly be part of the conversation. How is digital affecting your health, your family’s health, global health?