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6th Annual Global Health Conference: Climate, Nutrition and Health

Wednesday, October 15 at 8:30 AM
Drake University Parents Hall, Olmsted Center (upper level), Des Moines, IA, 50311 Show Map

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Target Audience

Students, faculty and staff from HGHC member schools (Central College, Des Moines University, Drake University, Grinnell College, Iowa State University, Mercy College of Health Science, Simpson College, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa and William Penn University) and community members are also invited to attend.


8:30 am Registration 
9 am Introductions and Announcements

  • Cheri Doane, Director, Center for Community-Based Learning, Central College; President, HGHC
9:10 am Host Institution Welcome and Introduction of Keynote Speaker

  • David Maxwell, PhD, President, Drake University
9:20 am Keynote Address: Climate Change and Health

  • Carlos Dora, MD, PhD, World Health Organization
9:50 am Question and Answer Session
10:15 am Panel on Climate, Nutrition and Health

  • Cheri Doane, Central College (Moderator)
  • David Courard-Hauri, PhD, Environmental Science and Policy, Drake University
  • Frank Cownie, Mayor of Des Moines
  • Maureen McCue, MD, PhD, Global Health, University of Iowa
  • J.D. Polk, DO, Dean College of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines University
11:15 am Question and Answer Session
11:30 am Lunch and Table Discussion Facilitated by HGHC Members and Speakers
12:15 pm Poster Viewing and Networking
1:15 pm Introduction of Keynote Speaker

  • Patricia Singer, PhD, Simpson College, Incoming HGHC President
1:20 pm Keynote Address: Climate Change: The Driver of Human and Planetary Health

  • James Hansen, PhD, Earth Institute, Columbia University
2 pm Question and Answer Session
2:30 pm Poster Winners Announced and Prizes Presented
2:45 pm Concluding Thoughts

  • Dr. Simon Estes, World-Renowned Baritone and Philanthropist
3 pm Adjourn

Want to hear Dr. James Hansen a second time! You’re invited to join him at 4:30 pm in the Sheslow Auditorium, Old Main at Drake University for the following presentation, “Tenant Farming to White House Arrests: A Scientist’s Perspective on the Unfolding Climate Crisis and Opportunity”. Attendance is optional and no registration necessary.

Keynote Speakers

Carlos Dora, MD, PhD


A medical doctor and epidemiologist (MD-PhD) by training, Dr Carlos Dora has a distinguished career in public health and environmental issues. At WHO, he is coordinator of the Unit “Interventions for Healthy Environments” which is part of the Department of Public Health and Environment. In this capacity, he has spearheaded efforts to bring together the various types of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) at the global level, in particular by organising the April 2010 conference in Geneva, which focused on HIA in Cities and HIA in Extractive Industries. Dr Dora works on the interface between knowledge and practice. At WHO, he previously developed a programme on the environmental health implications of transport policies, and before that he worked on environmental health problems in Eastern Europe. He has also served as a senior policy analyst at theWHO Director General’s office. As part of the WHO transport programme, he has led assessments of the evidence for transport and health links, has analysed economic and policy implications of not taking health into account of those policies, including how the situation may be improved by international law. Before joining WHO, he worked in environmental epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where his Ph.D. thesis involved a retrospective cohort study on risk factors for cardiovasculardisease in developing countries. Before that, he worked in internal medicine, in post-graduate medical training and in the organization of local preventive and health care services in Brazil and the United Kingdom.

James Hansen, PhD

Website and CV

Dr. James Hansen, formerly Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is Adjunct Professor and at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he directs a program in Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions. He was trained in physics and astronomy in the space science program of Dr. James Van Allen at the University of Iowa. His early research on the clouds of Venus helped identify their composition as sulfuric acid. Since the late 1970s, he has focused his research on Earth’s climate, especially human-made climate change. Dr. Hansen is best known for his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in the 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of the global warming issue. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995 and was designated by Time Magazine in 2006 as one of the 100 most influential people on Earth. He has received numerous awards including the Carl-Gustaf Rossby and Roger Revelle Research Medals, the  Sophie Prize and the Blue Planet Prize. Dr. Hansen is recognized for speaking truth to power, for identifying ineffectual policies as greenwash, and for outlining actions that the public must take to protect the future of young people and other life on our planet.

Special Guest

downloadDr. Simon Estes

Complete biography and Simon Estes Foundation

A native of Centerville, Iowa, Internationally renowned opera star Simon Estes enjoys the ecstatic praise of music lovers around the globe.   Since winning the Bronze Medal in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky competition in 1966, he has performed with 84 of the major international opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala Milan, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Paris Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Florence Opera, and the State Operas of Hamburg, Munich and Vienna as well as the Zurich Opera House. Through the Simon Estes Foundation in Des Moines, Iowa, Simon Estes is working in partnership with the United Nations Foundation to raise funds to help eliminate malaria in Africa. On December 15th, 2013, Simon Estes gave a benefit concert at the Hilton Coluseum in Ames, Iowa to support those efforts.  Performing with Dr. Estes were 1,100 students from 52 high schools across Iowa.  The choir was named the “Iowa Students Care Choir” and was conducted by Dr. James Rodde.  The Des Moines Youth Symphony also performed under the direction of Maestro Joseph Giunta. The benefit concert raised $100,000 which the Simon Estes Foundation donated to the United Nations Foundation‘s, Nothing But Nets Campaign. In January 2014 Simon Estes was presented the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Achievement Award by Governor Terry Branstad. In February of 2014 Dr. Simon Estes was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the United States Department of Agriculture.  The Des Moines University gave to Dr. Estes a certificate of appointment as Adjunct Clinical Professor of Global Health.

Student Poster Sessions Guidelines

We are excited to announce the Heartland Global Health Conference will be offering a poster session and all students attending are invited to participate. Our conference theme for this year is “Climate, Nutrition, and Health”; however, poster topics are not limited to the conference theme. Students may present on any topic, experience, or research in the field of global health. The deadline to register your poster is: Thursday, October 9, 2014.


Poster session participants will compete among their undergraduate and graduate student peers.  Within these two groups, participants will have the opportunity to win a cash prize. Posters will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Visual/Technical – Title, author(s), affiliation, and contact information. Poster design logical and easy to follow with appropriate visuals (methods, results, etc.) text easy to read, understand and free of errors, and graphics clearly contribute to the overall presentation. Good use of the space of the poster with section on introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion and relevance of the research in the field of study.
  • Content (original research) – Research topic clearly described with adequate introduction and a clear hypothesis. Work demonstrates clear focus and well developed materials and methods.  Analysis of data comprehensive and discussion appropriate to findings.  Conclusion supported by findings and linked to relevance in the field of study.
  • Content (literature review/experience) – Work includes background that leads to reason for the literature review/experience.  Work demonstrates clear focus, well developed and comprehensive review of literature/experience.  Literature/experience review provides valuable addition or insight and linked to relevance in the field of study.
  • Presenter(s) – Able to communicate in-depth technical information in an easy-to-understand manner, able to interpret the data properly, and clearly answer questions related to project, recognize limitations of the project’s procedures.  Courteous and professional.

Poster Guidelines

Posters should be no more than 5′ wide and 4′ high. Materials to hang your poster will be available onsite. On the day of the program, posters must be displayed by 9 a.m. and removed by 3:30 p.m. The Heartland Global Health Consortium will print the poster for you at no cost if you submit your digital poster file by October 8. If you decide to construct your own poster, material costs and printing costs will not be reimbursed.

General Information About Poster Construction

The poster session will provide attendees the opportunity to learn more about a research project, and personalize their learning experience by speaking one-on-one with the student creators of posters that capture their attention. The following web site serves as a great resource on how to create an effective poster – www.ncsu.edu/project/posters/.

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Nothing But Nets

nothing-but-netsEvery 60 seconds a child dies from malaria. In sub-Saharan Africa, families worry that their children will get bitten by a disease-carrying mosquito, but a bed net can mean the difference between life and death. With our help, Nothing But Nets is working to distribute nets where they are needed most. During registration, give back by donating $5 to Nothing But Nets where 100% of the proceeds will protect a family against malaria.  Nothing But Nets website

Parking at Drake University

Non-Drake students who use the Olmsted Visitor Parking Lot (#56) may have parking validated.  Please bring your receipt to registration and request a “lot dot” to put on the back.  Then turn in your receipt as you exit.  This lot is located north off University Avenue between 28th and 29th Streets.  There also is parking on nearby streets.

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  • Free – Students, faculty and staff from Heartland Global Health Consortium member schools: Central College, Des Moines University, Drake University, Iowa State University, Mercy College of Health Sciences, Simpson College, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa and William Penn University
  • Free – Heartland Climate and Health Consortium members
  • $50 – All other attendees

Cancellation Policy

  • All cancellations must be received in writing at cme@dmu.edu.
  • A nonrefundable administrative fee (50% of registration fee) will be charged for all cancellations.
  • No refunds will be given three (3) business days prior to the activity start date.
  • Cancelled registrations can be transferred to another individual for the same activity.
  • Individuals who fail to attend the activity (no-shows) will not be entitled to any refund. Forfeited fees may not be applied to subsequent activities.



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Additional Information

Conference Committee Co-Chairs

David Skidmore, PhD

Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations, Drake University


Yogesh Shah, MD Associate Dean, Global Health, Des Moines University



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Chris Catrenich
Administrative Secretary, Global Health, Des Moines University