Student Workshop: Charting a Path in the NTD World

This workshop, co-hosted by the Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences, the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ END7 campaign, was held in conjunction with the Baker Institute conference "The U.S. and Mexico — Addressing a Shared Legacy of Neglected Tropical Diseases and Poverty." 

The workshop introduced students to NTD prevention, control and elimination efforts and give them concrete advice and tools to get involved and make a difference while still in school. A panel of expert guests, representing fields from research to resource mobilization, provided students with advice on pursuing a career in global health. Student leaders shared their personal experiences in NTD research, advocacy, education, and fundraising in “TED Talks.” Special guest Dr. Greg Martin from This Week in Global Health led a training session on using new media to drive progress in global health, followed by an interactive small group competition.

The workshop was free and open to all undergraduate and graduate students, who were also encouraged to attend the main conference program and the keynote address  


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Student Talks


1:00 pm



Welcome and Introduction

Jennifer Herricks, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow in Disease and Poverty, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine

Emily Conron
Student Outreach Coordinator, END7 Campaign; Resource Development Associate, Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, Sabin Vaccine Institute

1:10 pm



Panel: Charting a Career in Global Health

Moderator: Neal F. Lane, Ph.D.Senior Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, Baker Institute

Sarah Marchal Murray
Chief Operating Officer, the END Fund

Policy Formulation
Kirstin Matthews, Ph.D.
Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, Baker Institute

Clinical Care/NGO
Carina Perotti Fux, M.D.
Medical Coordinator, Doctors Without Borders, Mexico

Mitchell I. Wolfe, M.D., MPH
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Global Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

2:00 pm



Student “TED Talks": Get Inspired to Make a Difference

Moderator: Jennifer Herricks, Ph.D.

NTD Research
Nathan Lo
Stanford Medical School

NTD Advocacy
Anjali Bhatla
Rice University

NTD Education/Awareness-building
Jennifer Nguyen and Emmy Sun
Western University, Ontario, Canada

NTD Resource Mobilization
Tahseen Karim
UT Health Medical School

3:00 pm



Training: Global Health Communication – Using "New Media"

Global Health and New Media: How to Engage Your Audience
Greg Martin, M.D., MPH, MBA
Host, This Week in Global Health; Consultant, World Health Organization

END7 Campaign – "Greatest Hits" of END7's Social Media Outlets
Emily Conron
Student Outreach Coordinator, END7 Campaign; Resource Development Associate, Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, Sabin Vaccine Insitute

3:45 pm



Small Group Activity – NTD Awareness Week Challenge

How would you make NTDs ‘go viral’ during the first-ever NTD Awareness Week (January 24-30, 2016)?

Come up with an idea for a crazy challenge, viral video, campus rivalry contest, social media stunt or other creative concept to advance NTD awareness, fundraising or advocacy. Students will be placed in groups that will work together to come up with a pitch for using new media to address the challenge above. 

4:15 pm



Campaign Presentations and Voting

Student participants will pitch their ideas to communications and social media professionals.

 5:00 pm    

Public Reception


Tue, Sept. 29, 2015
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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