Mount Sinai to Host 8th Annual Global Health Conference

Published February 22, 2010
Contact: Mount Sinai Newsroom, 212-241-9200, NewsMedia@mssm.edu

(New York – February 22, 2010) Leading global health experts will gather at the 8th Annual Global Health Conference on February 26th and 27th to tackle a critical yet neglected topic in healthcare – the unique concerns of indigenous populations. The symposium, hosted by The Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Global Health Center, will provide a forum for physicians, students, academics, activists, and community members to discuss health issues facing this underserved population both in the United States and across the globe.

There are an estimated 370 million indigenous peoples living in more than 70 countries worldwide. They represent a rich diversity of cultures, religions, traditions, languages and histories; yet continue to be among the world’s most marginalized population groups.

Indigenous populations face significant adversity and bear a disproportionate burden of the world’s most common diseases. Through this conference, the Mount Sinai Global Health Center strives to bring these issues to the forefront of the medical community to encourage current and future generations of medical professionals to improve healthcare for these vulnerable groups.

The event will include several speakers, as well as small group discussions of the topics. Winona LaDuke, past-nominee by Time magazine as one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under 40, will speak about her work with White Earth Land Recovery Project (WELRP). The WELRP works to restore indigenous seeds and food systems as a way to combat diabetes in Native American populations. The conference will also feature a screening of The Battle for Whiteclay, a documentary film that follows Indian activists in their efforts to end alcohol sales to the dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation from its border town of Whiteclay, Nebraska. The filmmakers, Mark Vasina and Frank LaMere will also be present to discuss the issues highlighted in the documentary.

Other speakers at the conference include:

Dr. Ricardo Palma: Health Care in Indigenous Populations – The Xingu Indian Park Experience

Steven Donziger: Impact of Oil Contamination on the Health of Indigenous Peoples: the Case of Ecuador’s Amazon

Dr. Cynthia Lindquist: Cultural and Educational Lessons Learned in Providing Health Care to Native American Populations

Dr. Emily Senay, director of the Master of Public Health Program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine who has over 20 years experience in broadcasting with CBS News, will be moderating the conference proceedings. To register for the conference, please visit http://2010conference.eventbrite.com.

About The Mount Sinai Global Health Center

The Global Health Center at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine is dedicated to improving the health care of the underserved around the globe by training tomorrow’s global health leaders. An inter-departmental effort, the Global Health Center offers training and mentorship to students and physicians , emphasizing the importance of well-designed research, evidence-based practice, and interventions that empower physicians to produce lasting, positive change. Each year, the Mount Sinai Global Health Center hosts a conference to provide an opportunity to explore recent scientific developments and to create a forum for interdisciplinary interactions. Past conferences have explored such relevant themes as International Development and Aid, Environmental Health, and the Health Consequences of the War in Iraq. For more information, please visit www.mssm-ghc.org.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. Founded in 1852, Mount Sinai today is a 1,171-bed tertiary-care teaching facility that is internationally acclaimed for excellence in clinical care. Last year, nearly 50,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients, and there were nearly 450,000 outpatient visits to the Medical Center.

Mount Sinai School of Medicine is internationally recognized as a leader in groundbreaking clinical and basic science research, as well as having an innovative approach to medical education. With a faculty of more than 3,400 in 38 clinical and basic science departments and centers, Mount Sinai ranks among the top 20 medical schools in receipt of National Institute of Health (NIH) grants. For more information, please visit www.mountsinai.org.

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