The goal of the 2013 conference is to illustrate that public health truly knows no borders. It affects each one of us, whether we are from Baltimore or Botswana, and it is just as related to the field of biomedical engineering as sociology. This year more than ever, the conference seeks to bring together students from all disciplines who have an interest relating to public health. This one-day conference will feature student poster presentations, student oral presentations, an opportunity to dialogue with public health professionals, and a keynote speech by a renowned professional in the field.
Date: April 19th, 2013 | Time: 9AM-3PM | Location: Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, Glass Pavilion
Our Keynote Speaker:
Jody Olsen MSW, PhD
Olsen started in the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Tunisia in 1966; she taught English and developed community health programs. She moved up the ranks to country director, then to regional director, and, in 1989, to chief of staff, a position she held for three years. By statute, Peace Corps staff members serve for no more than five consecutive years, a policy inherited from the first director, Sargent Shriver. The rule ensures that the organization has a fresh perspective, and Olsen believes that the turnover is a good idea. During her time out of the Peace Corps, she served as senior vice president at the Academy for Educational Development; executive director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars; and president of the University of Maryland Alumni Association. In 2002, George W. Bush tapped Olsen to be deputy director of the Peace Corps.
The Utah native received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Utah; she earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland and a PhD from Maryland’s College of Education.
The PHSF is excited to present a breakout session with public health professionals during the 4th Annual Undergraduate Conference in Public Health on April 19th! Students and attendees will have the chance to participate in interactive, small group discussions with the professional of their choosing over lunch – a great way to gain personal insight into a particular aspect of the field! We are proud to host:
Dr. Lucy Wilson, chief of the Center for Surveillance, Infection Prevention, & Outbreak Response for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Dr. Clifford Mitchell, assistant director for Environmental Health and Food Protection in the Maryland DHMH.
Mr. Rene Najera, epidemiologist and State Influenza Surveillance Coordinator for the Maryland Department of Health.
Dr. Rupali Limaye, director of the Global Program for HIV/AIDS at the Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs.
Mr. Adam Schneider, Coordinator of Community Relations at Health Care for the Homeless