The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken people and institutions worldwide – healthcare is no exception. New challenges associated with healthcare delivery are being discovered and old ones are now even more visible. As we look forward to a post-pandemic world, a new kind of healthcare provider emerges. Armed with the understanding that patient care goes beyond the clinic, the new guard finds ways to advocate in the governments, businesses, and streets of the world.
Workshops & Simulations: Session 1
Workshops & Simulations: Session 2
Workshops & Simulations: Session 3
Research Awards and Closing Remarks
Dr. Christine Ngaruiya is a researcher, emergency physician and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) at Yale University.
Ngaruiya was born in Nebraska; her parents studied in the Midwest before returning to Kenya because they wanted their children to be familiar with the country and its culture. Ngaruiya attended elementary, middle, and high schools in Kenya and entered the University of Nebraska as a freshman in 2002, at the age of 15. She went on to medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Her journey to medicine began in her home country of Kenya, where she lost family members and loved ones to preventable diseases and afflictions. These cases have informed her passions in medicine. Ngaruiya advocates in both her medical practice and her writing for increased access to health care for marginalized populations and for more action on non-communicable diseases, which have eclipsed infectious disease as the leading cause of death around the world.
Follow her twitter: @c_ngaruiya
Researcher, Emergency Medicine Physician
Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM), Yale School of Medicine
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS (Oral and/or Poster Presentations):
1. Deadline: November 21st, 2021
2. Intro, Objectives, Methods, Results (300 word maximum)
IF CHOSEN TO PRESENT: Acceptances of both oral and poster presentations will be notified by email on a continuous basis leading up until the deadline of November 21st. Presenters will have the option to present in-person or virtually, although in-person presentations are highly encouraged. If the conference is changed from a hybrid to completely virtual format, presentations will be virtual only.
MedPACt (Medical Students Providing Across Continents) is an organization dedicated to providing education and mentoring for students to become actively engaged within communities of need both locally and abroad, and to promote awareness and participation in improving the health-related needs of people throughout the world.
I think they’re bringing really, really good speakers, really relevant speakers to not only the medical students, but other fields – marketing, financial, technology, engineering – and I really appreciate that. I like that it’s interdisciplinary – because global health, at its core, is interdisciplinary. And I like the enthusiasm.
I think this is a really good conference because it puts different professionals and different backgrounds [together]. Because – I’m a pre-med student. But the people around me – there’s nurses, medical students – there’s a lot of different backgrounds. So, getting different points of view in the discussion when we’re doing the workshop, I think is really good. Because I learned a lot from the different feedback from other people.
Before attending the Global Health Conference, I never understood the intricate needs and wants of healthcare in general. Finding out that so many different local and global health groups are blocked from basic access to even basic healthcare taught me about the need to act – now.
Tackling the issues in global health is fundamentally a multidisciplinary effort, and this conference emulates the teamwork and collaboration that is necessary to make strides in global health. [...] Change starts with small steps, and I can only hope that this conference raises awareness and encourages the attendees to pave the way for a better future in global health.