Transformative Global Health: Impact and Accountability

The 3rd annual UT Southwestern Office of Global Health Conference – Transformative Global Health: Impact and Accountability – took place February 8–9, 2014, at UT Southwestern Medical Center's North Campus. The presentations were tailored to physicians, scientists, allied health care professionals, public health professionals, medical students, nurses, employees of non-governmental organizations, non-profit foundations, and grant organizations.

The Symposium highlighted best practices including evidence-based health programs and key metrics for measuring the impact of Global Health efforts. Speakers featured their work around the world and offered students opportunities to see the impact being made in low-resource countries covering diseases like AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and specialties including emergency surgery and other innovations that are transforming lives across the globe.

  • Eric G. Bing, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., posited that health care accessibility is a business problem during his presentation titled “Making Health Care as Common as Coke.”
    Bing biography
    Bing presentation
  • Mark Kline, M.D., discussed how sustainable programs that make an impact around the world are possible in “Sustainable Program Development in Pediatric AIDS: Lessons from the Field in Romania and Sub-Saharan Africa."
    Kline biography
  • Scott Kellermann, M.D., M.P.H., T.M., presented “Global Health and the Batwa Pygmies: A Decade of Intervention.” The presentation covered the impact his work has had on the Batwa pygmies as well as the people in the Southwestern region in Uganda who utilize the services of Bwindi Community Hospital.
    Kellermann biography
  • Malick Diaria, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., presented “Workplace Accountability: Addressing Global Health Issues at Exxon Mobil.” The presentation showcased how companies are being accountable and protecting communities and employees who travel around the world.
    Diaria biography
  • John Tarpley, M.D., shared his experiences in the amply titled “Some Lessons Learned from Elective International Surgery Rotations: Bring ‘em Back Alive.”
    Tarpley biography
    Tarpley presentation
  • Mark Harris, M.D., discussed the challenges of global surgery and discussed the work he and his team are doing in Kumasi, Ghana, in “Transforming Global Health with Sustainable Global Medical Education.”
    Harris biography
    Harris presentation
  • Robert Riviello, M.D., M.P.H., shared metrics he and his team have used to measure impact in global health in “Understanding What We are Doing in Global Health – An Approach to Metrics.”
    Riviello biography
    Riviello presentation
  • Jotam Pasipanodya shared insights from his public health experiences in a presentation titled “Individualization of TB Care for Patients in Developing Countries are Feasible and Cost Effective.”
    Pasipanodya biography
  • Sarah Cotton Nelson approached impact and accountability from the funders perspective in a presentation titled “Logic Models, Theories of Change, and Strategic Plans: How to help Funders Understand Impact."
    Cotton Nelson biography
    Cotton Nelson presentation
  • Lee Ponsky mesmerized the students with the story of how he founded MEDWish International. Having spent a summer as a surgical intern in Nigeria and observing the lack of surgical equipment, he created an organization that collects unused medical supplies for donation to developing countries: therefore repurposing medical surplus that would otherwise be discarded.