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Drake University hosts annual Global and National Public Health Week

April 1, 2014

Global and National Public Health Week at Drake University will begin Wednesday, April 2, and continues Monday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 9. Five events will be held throughout the week—all of which are free and open to the public.

The week will kick off on April 2 with a panel discussion on careers in public health. The discussion will take place at 6 p.m. in Olmsted Center, Rooms 312-313. The panel will feature:

Laura Jackson, executive vice president, Wellmark
Julie McMahon, retired division director, Iowa Department of Public Health
Michael Bousselot, health policy advisor for Gov. Terry Branstad
Andy McGuire, president/CEO, Meridian Health Plan of Iowa

An interactive web discussion with students from Des Moines University will occur immediately following the panel.

The events continue on April 7 with a viewing of the Academy Award-nominated documentary, Born into Brothels. The film will begin at 7 p.m. in the Sussman Theater located in Olmsted Center.

On April 9, two final events will be held. The first event is a lecture by Vijay Chawla, a pediatric physician at Mayo Clinic. Chawla will present “Experiences and Encounters with Child Abuse: A Pediatrician’s Perspective,” at 3 p.m. in the Sussman Theater located in Olmsted Center.

There will be a panel discussion immediately following Chawla’s lecture. The panel will feature:

Vijay Chawla, Mayo Clinic Health Systems
Kenneth McCann, Blank Children’s Hospital
Laurie Gherke, Blank Children’s Hospital

Health sciences students will present posters following the panel from 5–6 p.m. in Harvey Ingham Hall.

All events are sponsored by the Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship at Drake University (PFGCGC), College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Heartland Global Health Consortium.