January 20th, 2018


UCF MedPACt's 7th annual student-run Global Health Conference

Co-presented by UCF KNIGHTS Clinic


The human right to health guarantees a system of health protection for all ensuring “the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health,” according to the World Health Organization. Having a human right to healthcare constitutes access and availability to hospitals, clinics, medicines, and doctors’ services on an equitable level as necessary guided by quality standards and control mechanisms. Health policies and programs have a responsibility to protect this human right to healthcare through their implementation and design. Despite this human rights approach, the vulnerable and marginalized groups in societies usually have the higher prevalence of health problems due to less access and participation. This conference will focus on implementing clinical knowledge in the face of medical challenges caused by an inadequate access to healthcare, as well as the role of the medical professional in advocating to address various healthcare disparities.

Learn about our other global health initiatives

Who's it for?

We encourage students and faculty from all healthcare fields (Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, etc.) who are interested in global health to attend.

When is it?

Saturday, January 20th, 2018
8:00am - 4:30pm
See the full schedule

Where's it at?

UCF College of Medicine
6850 Lake Nona Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827
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What's there to do?

  • Talks by Experts in the Field
  • Clinical Simulations
  • Interactive & Advocacy Workshops
  • Networking Opportunities

What about research?

The GHC Research Committee welcomes student and professional researchers to submit abstracts no later than January 15th for poster presentations.
Submit your abstract here!

Who benefits?

100% of the proceeds from this conference will support charitable causes. See below for more details about our charity partners this year.

Cindy Nelly's Work in Jordan

This year, a portion of the proceeds from the Global Health Conference will be donated to Cindy Nelly's StandWithMe initiative in the Middle East. Ms. Nelly is a certified midwife and nurse practitioner who diligently works to support Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey, and Iraq. She provides obstetrical, gynecological, and primary care in these regions. If this cause is meaningful to you, please consider donating directly to her campaign.

Conference proceeds will also benefit Grace Medical Home in Orlando and MedPACt's clinics in Apopka, Florida. Grace Medical Home is a medical care facility that has provided comprehensive, primary and specialty care for Central Florida's uninsured population since 2008. Patients have ongoing long-term relationships with their physicians and a place to turn to for medical care here, even when they cannot afford it. In addition to acute sick visits, doctors perform well care check-ups and provide health education.

The Apopka Clinics were started in 2016, in partnership with the UCF College of Nursing, as way to provide essential healthcare to the residents of Apopka, namely farmworkers and their families who would otherwise go without healthcare. Multidisciplinary team of students and faculty, from specialties ranging from internal medicine to physical therapy, regularly offer free services to this population.



Picture of Mashiro Morikawa, MD, MPH

Masahiro Morikawa, MD, MPH

Director for Global Health Track

Dr. Mori J Morikawa is the Ann S. & Anthony J. Asher professor in Family Medicine & Community Health, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. Dr. Mori has worked with both governmental and non-governmental organizations to help rebuild primary care in post-conflict communities in Afghanistan, Guatemala, Kosovo, Laos, and Sudan.

Picture of Panel Discussion

Panel: Culture & Reality in Access to Care

A Panel Discussion about Policy Solutions

Hosted by UCF Social Work Healthcare Education and Leadership Scholars (HEALS) fellows under the Social Work Healthcare Education and Leadership Scholars Grant, funded by the National Association of Social Work (NASW) and the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE) with support from the UCF School of Social Work.

Keynote Speech

This year's keynote speaker is Masahiro Morikawa, MD, MPH, the Ann S. & Anthony J. Asher professor in Family Medicine & Community Health, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. He received his medical degree at Tokyo Medical University, Tokyo, Japan. While in the medical school, Dr. Mori participated in medical relief for Cambodian refugees and disaster relief for the 1985 Ethiopian famine. Those experiences convinced him to become a physician who could take care of the young and old, men and women, both acute and chronic conditions either in a hospital or in communities.

He completed his first residency in trauma/critical care at Nippon Medical University and he is board certified as a trauma surgeon. Then, he came to the US and received his MPH at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1992. Dr. Mori continued on to his second residency training in family medicine at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio and joined the Department as faculty in 1998 to lead the Global Health track in the residency program and inpatient service. He is the former Medical Director and the Vice-chair of KinderBerg International, a leading secular humanitarian NGO in Germany.

Dr. Mori has received numerous awards. Some of them are the Humanism in Medicine Award in 2002 from the Association of American Medical Colleges and Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative, the 2011 Family Medicine educator of the Year from the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, and the 2012 Exemplary Teaching Award by AAFP. He delivered 2017 Annual Ostergaard memorial lecture in Global health at the AAFP global health workshop in Houston in October. Dr. Mori is most passionate about helping the next generation of global health practitioners through his bedside teaching.

Panel Discussion

Culture and Reality in Access to Care, A Panel Discussion About Policy Solutions: this panel will engage us in a discussion about cultural barriers to healthcare and whether there are potential policy solutions that could help facilitate healthcare access. We will bring stakeholder voices into this conversation, with healthcare leaders and legislators. Panelists include healthcare leaders and advocates for uninsured, Deaf, and culturally diverse patients, with a wrap-up reflection by one of our State Representatives.

  • W. Marvin Hardy, IV, MD
    Mission Director & Pediatric Medical Director
    Grace Medical Home
  • Swannie Jett, DrPH, MSc
    Health Commissioner and Director
    Brookline Health and Human Services
  • Debbie Gibson, CI, CT
    Signs of Excellence, LLC
  • Amy Mercado
    Florida State Representative
    House District 48

Simulations & Workshops

New details about simulations and workshops are added regularly!

Rescue worker during a catastrophe

Disaster Management: Triage


Physician performing an ultrasound procedure

Using POC Ultrasound


Soldier tending to children in war zone

Fighting for Healthcare Rights in War-Torn Areas


A red ribbon in the palm of a hand

Advocacy and Congress


People waiting in line at a free clinic

Drug Accessibility as a Human Right


Pine trees surrounding a river in mountainous terrain

Wild: Improvised Medicine with Limited Resources


A young girl looking through a bamboo fence

Fight Against Human Trafficking


Hands grasping a chain-link fence

Rights for Patients Behind Bars



Full conference schedule

  • A sunrise

    8:00am - 9:00am

    Check-In, Poster Setup, Breakfast

    Check into the conference, set up your poster if you've got one, and have a bite to eat!

  • Conference attendees listening to a speech

    9:00am - 10:30am

    Introduction & Keynote Speech

    Begin the morning with a brief introduction to the conference, followed by a keynote speech by Dr. Mori Morikawa. The keynote speech is free and open to the public.

  • Conference attendees and speaker

    10:30am - 12:00pm

    Panel Discussion

    Join us for an interactive session on the intersection of culture and reality in access to care, hosted by UCF HEALS, with support from the HEALS grant, the NASW, the CSWE, and the UCF College of Social Work.

  • Lunch foods

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Lunch & Poster Session

    Enjoy a leisurely lunch at noon while browsing research posters.

  • A standardized patient being treated in a simulation

    1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Workshop & Simulations

    Workshop and simulation blocks one, two and three begin at 1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm, respectively.

  • A crowd of people sitting before a stage and screens

    4:00pm - 4:30pm

    Awards, Raffle & Closing Remarks

    End the day by helping us congratulate award winners from the poster competition.

  • Be Part
    Of The

An overview of the UCF COM building layout

See the Layout of the Building


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