Scheduled Events

2021 Global Health Symposium:
Fostering Resilience
Through Indigenous Wisdom & Scientific Knowledge
April 14, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Virtual Event

Join us to explore the many ways to advance health across the world at the 16th Global Health Symposium, presented virtually on April 14, 2021. Indigenous scholars and community members join University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty, staff, clinicians and students to share local to global research, education and outreach projects.

This year’s symposium, “Fostering Resilience Through Indigenous Wisdom & Scientific Knowledge ,” will explore the intersection of traditional practices that advance well-being and academic research, education and outreach projects that also promote health. Local and global scholars and practitioners, including from Wisconsin’s Native Nations and the UW-Madison, will showcase the complexities of health challenges and the many kinds of expertise needed to address them.

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Indigenous scholar Mariaelena Huambachano, Ph.D., M.A., will present the keynote address, “Resistance and Resilience: Indigenous philosophies of collective-being as a recipe to living well.” She is an assistant professor in Civil Society and Community Studies in the School of Human Ecology and a native of Peru with strong cultural connections to the Maori of Aotearoa New Zealand. She is also lead author of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and a delegate of the United Nations Permanent Forum of Indigenous Peoples’ Issues.

The day will feature live and pre-recorded sessions, including:

  • Danielle Yancey, M.S., director of the UW Native American Center for Health Professions, will moderate a live panel discussion on “Indigenous Knowledge, Wisdom & Resilience: Perspectives from Wisconsin’s Native Nations.”
  • Janis P. Tupesis, M.D., an emergency physician and GHI associate director, will moderate a live panel discussion on “On the Front Line for COVID: What We Have Learned.”
  • The GHI Leadership team will be available for conversations on a variety of topics in several breakout rooms.
  • Virtual poster presentations will be available throughout the day with live Q & A sessions with selected presenters.

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