Registration Information

The conference will be free to University of Oregon students, $25 dollars (non-UO) undergraduate and graduate students, $50 dollars for non-students.

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Featured Speaker Series: Dr. Michele Barry

Michele Barry, MD, FACP, FASTMH is Professor of Medicine and Tropical Diseases at Stanford University. She is the Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health and Senior Associate Dean for Global Health. She is also a Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute and the Woods Institute for Environmental Studies. As one of the co-founders of the Yale/Stanford Johnson and Johnson Global Health Scholar Award program, she has sent over 1500 physicians overseas to underserved areas to help strengthen health infrastructure in low resource settings.  As a past President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), she led an educational initiative in tropical medicine and travelers health which culminated in diploma courses in tropical medicine both in the U.S. and overseas, as well as a U.S. certification exam.  Dr. Barry is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and National Academy of Sciences since 2002. She has been selected for Best Doctors in America and currently sits on the NAM Board on Global Health. She is the 2019 Chair-elect of the Board of Directors for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) and is a recipient of the Ben Kean Medal given every three years by the ASTMH to the outstanding tropical disease educator in the U.S. She is also 2018 recipient of AMWA’s highest award – the Elizabeth Blackwell award for mentoring women in the U.S. She has over 180 publications in the areas of tropical diseases, travel medicine, ethics of research overseas and impact of climate and globalization on health.



Featured Speaker Series: Dr. David Bangsberg

David Bangsberg, MD, MPH, is the Founding Dean of the joint Oregon Health & Science University – Portland State University School of Public Health. He is a native Oregonian and formerly a Professor at Harvard School of Medicine, Professor at Harvard School of Public Health, Visiting Professor at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda, and Visiting Professor at Vellore Institute of Technology in India. After completing a masters degree in Philosophy of Science from King’s College London and medical school at Johns Hopkins, his research and advocacy focused on mitigating the harms caused by poverty, mental illness, substance use and HIV. He completed his medical residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in north Harlem to care for patients afflicted by urban povery, violence and HIV. Upon moving to the University of California, San Francisco and completing fellowships in infectious disease and AIDS prevention as well as Master’s Degrees in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, he became the leading expert in HIV and homelessness.

Dr. Bangsberg’s research discovered successful strategies for treating HIV infected homeless people which neutralized concerns that that they should not be treated with antiretroviral therapy out of fear that incomplete medication adherence would create new strains of drug resistant HIV. Based on the inspiration of a student, he then turned to sub-Saharan Africa to find that the poorest HIV-infected people in the world had some of the highest levels of HIV treatment adherence. His work was described by President Bill Clinton as the “nail in the coffin” on the debate as to whether HIV-infected people in sub-Saharan Africa would adhere to antiretroviral medications and neutralized the major criticism to providing multinational funding for global HIV treatment. As Director of Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health, he brought together the expertise of Harvard and MIT to improve physical, mental, social and economic health to the poorest regions of the world in several signature areas, including: HIV care, disaster response, cancer care, and medical technology innovation. He received the Clifford Barger Mentoring Award, given annually to 5 of the 12,000 Harvard Medical School Faculty. He has raised over $70 million dollars to advance public health, was the second highest NIH HIV/AIDS RO-1 funded investigator worldwide in 2008, and has helped over 25 junior investigators secure NIH funding. He is a member of the Association of American Physicians and has published over 390 manuscripts generating over 29,000 citations and an h-index of 86.


Featured Speaker Series: Dr. Chunhuei Chi

Chunhuei Chi is a professor of the Global Health Program, Health Management and Policy Program, and the Director of Center for Global Health at College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University. He completed his MPH in International Health from University of Texas School of Public Health, and Sc.D. in Health Policy and Management from Harvard School of Public Health. He established the Master of Public Health in International Health (renamed Global Health in fall 2016), and MPH in Health Management and Policy Program at Oregon State University in 1993. He planned the Center for Global Health at OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences, and became its first Director in January 2014. His expertise and research includes health systems finance, critical evaluation of IH programs, equity in health development, and equity in health and financial burden of healthcare, governance and priority setting in health programs and system, and community ownership approach to health systems strengthening. His peer-reviewed publications focused on equity in health, health care, and financial burden of health care in Bangladesh, Chile, Ecuador, and Taiwan, in addition to community oriented health development in Zambia and critical international health.

His professional experiences include developing a model graduate international health program for the Japanese Ministry of Education while at University of Tsukuba in 1999. In 2002, he assisted Taiwan to develop its first graduate international health program at National Yang-Ming University, which in 2003 became OSU’s partner university.   He has been teaching at National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan for intensive courses since 2010, and global health workshop at Taipei Medical University since 2015. He won several awards, including OSU’s International Service Award and Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award. He also initiated and/or engaged in community initiatives for health development in Ethiopia, The Gambia, Haiti, and Zambia, and is developing new initiatives with partners in Chile, Malawi, and Taiwan. He served as a consultant or policy advisor for Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Administration, Taiwan’s Health Promotion Administration, as an advisory committee member of Bureau of International Collaboration of Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare. He also volunteers for Physician for National Health Programs (PNHP) Oregon Chapter, Health Care for All Oregon (HCAO), Mid-Valley Healthcare Advocate, and testified at Oregon’s Legislature three times to promote universal healthcare in Oregon.



Featured Speaker Series: Dr. Mehra Shirazi

Mehra Shirazi is assistant professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University. Dr. Shirazi is a bicultural, bilingual community-engaged scholar with a broad background in health behavior. Her work is grounded in postcolonial feminist scholarship that focuses on health in the global context of race, gender, immigration, and environment.

Her particular focus is on health inequities among immigrant/refugee women, specifically on the socio-cultural barriers limiting access to breast health and lifesaving prevention and care through the utilization of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR). Shirazi’s scholarship also addresses transnational praxis and pedagogy through critical studies of culture, lived experience, and narratives of decolonization with publications on Muslim mothering, family relationships in Iranian film, anti-racist pedagogy, and gendered Islamophobia. Her work has been published in the Journal of International Women’s Health, Journal of Psycho-Oncology, the Journal of Religion and Health, Progress in Community Health Partnerships, and Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, Films for the Feminist Classroom, and Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture, and Social Justice.

About the Keynote, Dr. Araceli Alonso

Araceli Alonso is Co-Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison UNESCO Chair on Gender, Wellbeing and Culture of Peace. She is a faculty member in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, the School of Medicine and Public Health, and the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States where she teaches classes on women’s health and women’s rights. Dr. Alonso is the Founder and Director of the United Nations Award Winning Nikumbuke-Health by Motorbike (N-HbM), a comprehensive health program for women and girls that provides medical services and health literacy to women and girls from remote and isolated villages in Africa. Alonso is also the Director for Gender, Health and Clinical Practice of the University of Wisconsin’s research-to-action and local-to-global STREETS Initiative (Social Transformation to End the Exploitation and Trafficking for Sex). Alonso’s research expertise is on women’s global health and human rights. In 2015 Alonso was named one of the 100 most influential women world leaders in Global Health.


Abstract Submission

Abstracts for Poster Presentation: Accepted abstracts are research, program or clinical based and must have data and reportable outcomes. Abstracts that are chosen will be invited via email to present at the poster session during the conference weekend, April 20th– 22nd. Both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit.

Abstract Categories:

  • Global Health
  • Scientific and Medical Laboratory-Based Programs
  • International Development
  • International Education
  • NGO and Community-Based Health Programs
  • Advocacy for Women in Global Health
  • Advocacy and Health Policy
  • Women and Gender Studies

How to Submit

  • No longer than 250 words.
  • Must be registered for conference once registration opens in January.
  • Method of presentation is poster display only. Exceptions to this will be reviewed on an individual basis.
  • Must include design and methods, original data and results, a conclusion about why this abstract is important to the field of global health
  • Abstract acceptance does not ensure monetary support from WRGHC.
  • Due March 1st, 2018

Submit abstracts here