Leaders in humanitarian health efforts will gather on campus September 8 through 10 to discuss better ways to respond to complex emergencies such as the conflict in Darfur, the tsunami in Asia, and Hurricane Katrina. The inaugural Humanitarian Health Conference: Challenges and Opportunities in Disaster Response, is being organized by Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) in conjunction with Harvard University's Humanitarian Health Initiative. Principal organizers at Dartmouth include Professor of Community and Family Medicine James Strickler '50, DMS '51; former Dartmouth Trustee and correspondent for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS Susan Dentzer '77; Adjunct Associate Professor of Community and Family Medicine Sharon McDonnell; and Assistant Professor of Medicine Mary Turco, MALS '78.
Samantha Power, author of "A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide, will deliver the keynote address for the conference's signature event, the "Boathouse Lecture."
"This conference is important because it will give approximately 80 representatives of major agencies and nongovernmental organizations dealing with complex emergencies an opportunity to discuss, propose, and publish solutions to some of the main programmatic challenges," says Turco.
In addition to DMS, other Dartmouth sponsors include the Dickey Center for International Understanding, and the New England Center for Emergency Preparedness at Dartmouth. Additional support comes from the International Rescue Committee; the Global Health Council; Save the Children USA; AmeriCares; the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation; Merck & Co.; Inc.; Baxter International, Inc.; and Pfizer.
By STEVEN J. SMITH
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Last Updated: 12/17/08