By Hope O'Brien (Monday, Jan 17, 2011)
Why do you go to Conferences? I go to be inspired by the speakers, informed about issues, and energized by the other participants. Given the speakers who have agreed to present, the 2011 PHR National Student Conference promises to be truly inspirational.
I’m thrilled to announce that Jack Geiger, MD, M Sci Hyg – a pioneer in human and civil rights, a founding member and past president of PHR, and the creator of the model of Community Health Centers, which now serves millions of low- and middle-income patients – will speak. He has graciously agreed to accept the Leon and Carola Eisenberg Award for a lifetime of dedication to health and human rights education.
Throughout the day, the speakers will offer thought-provoking insight into how to design a career that will make a difference. Join us to hear presentations from these physicians, public health practitioners, researchers, human rights activists, media analysts, and policy specialists:
- Howard Zucker, MD, JD, LLM – A senior advisor to the Division of Global Health & Human Rights at Massachusetts General Hospital; formerly Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health.
- Jennifer Leaning, MD, SMH – The Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University and former PHR Board member who revealed the mass grave at Dasht-e-Leili, Afghanistan, and investigated systematic rape in Darfur, Sudan.
- Khassan Baiev, MD – As a wartime trauma surgeon, Dr. Baiev treated thousands of civilians and combatants in Chechnya.
- Mohammed Ahmed Eisa, MD – Awarded the 2007 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for his clinical and humanitarian work in Darfur, Sudan.
- Gloria White-Hammond, MD – As a pediatrician, minister, and activist, Dr. White-Hammond has worked with marginalized communities in the U.S. and overseas.
- Richard Sollom, MPH, MA – PHR Deputy Director and public health researcher whose reports on Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, and Burma are redefining how human rights violations are tracked.
- Susannah Sirkin – As PHR Deputy Director since 1987, Ms. Sirkin has led the fight against genocide, violence against women, and incarceration of prisoners of conscience.
- Parveen Parmar, MD, MPH – A physician with a background in humanitarian response who uses her clinical skills to demonstrate human rights violations in Bangladesh and Burma.
- Nathaniel Raymond – A human rights investigator at the new Satellite Sentinel project initiated by George Clooney; former Director of PHR’s Campaign Against Torture and lead investigator on the Dasht-e-Leili case.
- Christy Fujio, JD, MA – PHR’s Asylum Program Director oversees the network of health professionals who use their clinical skills to validate the claims of asylum seekers and survivors of torture.
- Sarah Kalloch – A policy advocacy and education specialist; currently leads campaigns at Oxfam America.
Register today to hear these inspiring speakers on February 12 at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston!