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UGA and Haifa University to Present Global Health Conference

The University of Georgia Center for Global Health and the University of Haifa have organized a collaborative global health conference planned for September 7-8, 2011 at UGA in Athens involving faculty from both institutions.  Entitled “Globalization of Health Care: Common Problems – Seeking Common Solutions“, the 2-day conference will feature 5 faculty members from the University of Georgia paired with 5 faculty members from the University of Haifa.  A keynote speech will be given on the first day of the conference at the Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences followed by a reception, and day two of the conference will be held at the Tate Student Center Reception Hall

The Israeli participants include Dr. Itzhak Zaidise, Deputy Director General of the Sheba Medical Center and Head of the Department of Health Policy and Administration; Dr. Manfred Green, Head of School of Public Health; Dr. Shai Linn, Dean of the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences; Dr. Orna Baron-Epel, Head, of the Department of Health Promotion and Health Education; and Dr. Shira Zelber-Sagi, Nutritional Epidemiologist.

UGA officials point out that relationships between Israeli organizations and the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health are helping the college’s Center for Global Health carry out its mission of identifying best practices of health care to support their dissemination, adaptation, and then adoption throughout the world in order to improve health care for all.

“Israel is a fascinating developed country that has a successful health care system that can be a model to seek best practices of health care.  We as nations share similar health problems, and working together to seek common solutions is valuable.  The Center is hopeful that continuing student and faculty exchanges, joint teaching, and research between the two universities will foster further collaborations between the two nations,” noted Center Director Dr. Richard Schuster.

Dr. Harold S. Solomon, who graduated from the University in 1961 and his wife, Milly Pincus Solomon, who also attended UGA, gave a gift to fund these initial collaborations.  For more information about the conference and registration, click here.

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