Welcome to the 2017 Global Health Conference!
January 21st, 2017


UCF MedPACt's 6th annual student-run Global Health Conference

Exploring the effect of climate change on the health of the world's most vulnerable populations

Environmental determinants of health, such as clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter, are all affected by climate change. The World Health Organization predicts, in the next two decades, climate change will significantly increase the cost of healthcare globally due to its effects on basic human needs, such as agriculture, water, and sanitation. Areas affected most by climate change will include developing countries with weak health infrastructure. This conference will focus on implementing clinical knowledge in the face of medical challenges caused by climate change, as well as the role of the medical professional in advocating to address climate change.

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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 21st, 2017
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 18th for poster presentations.
Submit your abstract here!

Who benefits?

100% of the proceeds from this conference will support disaster relief efforts in Haiti. See below for more details about our charity partner this year.

Partners in Health Logo

This year, all of the proceeds from the Global Health Conference will be donated to Partners in Health (PIH), an organization that has established longitudinal health care centers and resources for developing countries. In particular, their presence in Haiti, a country which has been devastated by several natural events, most recently Hurricane Matthew, has had a tremendous impact on the health and well-being of the most vulnerable populations there. Please consider donating directly to Partners in Health!



Picture of Sten Vermund, MD, PhD

Sten Vermund, MD, PhD

VP of Global Health at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Vermund is internationally renowned for his leadership and research efforts focusing on global health issues. Most recently, he has founded numerous NGO's to improve HIV, HPV, and cervical cancer prevention and treatment in developing countries in Africa and Asia. In addition to his work in global health, he is also the Amos Christie Chair and Professor of Pediatrics.

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Porter Delaney

Founding Partner of Kyle House Group

Porter DeLaney is the Founding Partner of the Kyle House Group. He has been a chief architect of lobbying and advocacy campaigns that resulted in multi billion-dollar increases in U.S. government funding for global health on issues ranging from HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB to vaccines, nutrition and international family planning.

Keynote Speech

This year's keynote speaker is Sten Vermund, MD, PhD, the Amos Christie Chair in Global Health, Director of the university-wide Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health since 2005, and, more recently, the Vice President for Global Health at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. For the past two decades, Dr. Vermund has focused on global health issues. In developing countries, where Pap smears are not routine, his team promulgated a technique using acetic acid to visually detect cervical lesions and built a major screening program in Zambia that has become a global training center for individuals from more than 20 countries. In 2000, he founded the Centre for Infectious Disease Research, now one of Zambia's largest NGOs, which currently supports more than 330 clinics that play an instrumental role in the prevention of maternal-fetal HIV transmission and the implementation of antiretroviral therapy. He also founded Friends in Global Health in 2006, an NGO in Mozambique and Nigeria that has provided HIV-related care to over 140,000 individuals. His recent work includes research on HIV prevention in intravenous drug users in Pakistan; cervical cancer prevention at Tanzanian HIV clinics; HIV prevention in China in men who have had sex with men; and maternal-fetal HIV transmission in Nigeria.

Simulations & Workshops

New details about simulations and workshops are added regularly!

Rescue worker during a catastrophe

Respond to a Mass Casualty Incident in North America!


Woman holding a small child

Save a Child in South America


Hot air balloons floating above a warm European climate

Heat Wave Strikes Europe!


Farmer standing in front of field

Climate Change, Food Shortage and Malnutrition


Two smoke stacks polluting the air

Living with Air Pollution


A woman's bare arms and hands

Climate Change and Skin Conditions


A young boy looking out the window of a train or bus

The First US Climate Refugees


Partners in Health logo among tiled pictures of people

PIH Advocacy Workshop


Faculty members networking with one another

Faculty Networking Event



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. Sten Vermund. The keynote speech is free and open to the public.

  • Conference attendees and speaker

    10:30am - 12:00pm

    Advocacy Talk

    Join us for an interactive session on how healthcare professionals can spur global health and climate change advocacy, hosted by Porter DeLaney, founding partner of the Kyle House Group.

  • Lunch foods

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Lunch & Poster Session

    Enjoy a leisurely lunch at noon while browsing research posters.

  • Several groups of people talking

    1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Faculty Networking Event

    Faculty are invited to network, exchange ideas, and discuss controversies and concerns in Global Health education.

  • A standardized patient being treated in a simulation

    1:00pm - 4:15pm

    Workshop & Simulations

    Workshop and simulation blocks one, two and three begin at 1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:25pm, respectively.

  • A crowd of people sitting before a stage and screens

    3:00pm - 3:15pm

    Research Awards & 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


Thanks for attending the 2017 Global Health Conference! We'll see you next year!

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