Community invited to third annual Global Health Conference at DMU

In conjunction with the esteemed World Food Prize Symposium in October, Des Moines University (DMU) will host “The Challenges of Global Aging” on October 12.

Speakers include:

  • Robert Bender, medical director, Healthy Aging & Memory Clinic
  • Donna Harvey, director, Iowa Department on Aging
  • Timothy Ihrig, medical director, Palliative Care Services, Iowa Health Physicians
  • Bryan Kaskie, associate professor, Health Management & Policy, University of Iowa
  • Prathana Langkarpint, former dean, school of nursing, Payap University, Thailand
  • Peter Martin, director, Gerontology Program, Iowa State University
  • Hiral Patel & Abbie Koker, DO ’14 students, Des Moines University
  • Yogesh Shah, associate dean, Global Health, Des Moines University
  • Robert Wallace, director, Center on Aging, University of Iowa

“There will be international and regional talent and insight in the room! We are thrilled to offer such a great conference at DMU with our global health colleagues in Iowa. We hope everyone interested in the topic is able to attend and share thoughts,” said Yogesh Shah, M.D., associate dean of global affairs at DMU and founding chair of the Heartland Global Health Consortium.

The Heartland Global Health Consortium (HGHC), a collaboration of eight Iowa colleges to offer and expand international health learning experiences for students, coordinates the conference. Attendees will get to see poster presentations from students who’ve had global health experiences through Iowa universities.

The event runs from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and includes lunch. It is open to the public for $50. Registration is required by September 30 at


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