November 30, 2018  |  8:30 AM - 6:00 PM ET

FHI 360 Conference Center
1825 Connecticut Avenue, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20009


The Global Health Landscape Symposium (GHLS) is Global Health Council's annual thought leadership event, which convenes policy and program leads from global health organizations across multiple sectors to engage in crucial conversations that drill down on barriers and best practices to address changes in the global health landscape. Speakers and participants will be asked to propose both aspirational ideas and pragmatic solutions for the benefit of people served by nonprofit organizations, forā€profit corporations, and government institutions.

We came together last year in anticipation of funding and political trends, but this year we will reinvigorate our advocacy agenda to address these changes to the global health landscape head-on. Key objectives at this year’s event include identifying inroads and strategies that bolster global health investments and leadership; discussing setbacks to global health support; acknowledging constraints or limitations of the current environment; anticipating other forthcoming changes to the global health landscape; committing to evolve; and gaining information and tools to inform future planning and advocacy. View the preliminary agenda below. Speakers to be announced soon. 

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Check-in, late registration, and light breakfast will begin at 8:30 AM ET. Program starts promptly at 9:00 AM ET.


Kate Dodson, Vice President for Global Health Strategy, United Nations Foundation & Incoming GHC Board Chair
Representative Ami Bera, MD, (D-CA-7), U.S. House of Representatives


Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex


Current Landscape
Where are we now? What have we learned in the last year and how did global health leaders fare? How is global health positioned for the upcoming year, in the context of the 2018 U.S. elections?

Moderator: Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex
Keifer Buckingham, Senior Policy Adviser for International Public Health, Open Society Foundations
Dr. Jennifer Kates, Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation
Dr. Charles Holmes, Faculty Co-Director, Center for Global Health and Quality; Visiting Associate Professor, Georgetown University Medical Center


The Next Big Thing – Achieving Universal Health Coverage and Primary Health Care for All
Universal health coverage (UHC) has surfaced as a priority agenda item for the global health community. On the 40th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration, the global community is also making a commitment to the goal of primary health care (PHC) for all. What does it mean to pursue UHC/PHC as an agenda, and how do we broaden engagement?

Moderator: Dr. Roopa Dhatt, Executive Director, Women in Global Health
Elisha Dunn-Georgiou, Vice President of Programs, PAI
Chris Gray, Senior Director, Global Institutions, Corporate Responsibility, Pfizer


Breakout sessions provide the opportunity for a deep dive on the preceding plenary presentation. We will engage on how to advance UHC/PHC priorities tactically in the U.S. and in international fora. Each breakout session will be led by facilitators who will lead an interactive discussion with participants.

Session A: U.S. Perspective on Universal Health Coverage

The UHC agenda can cover a broad set of issues, including primary health care, health workforce development, supply chain management, and health information technology, among others. This session is geared toward understanding U.S. stakeholder and policymaker views on different aspects of UHC and identifying ways to support progress on mutual priorities.

True Claycombe, Policy Associate, Kyle House Group
Danielle Heiberg, Senior Manager, Policy and Advocacy, Global Health Council
Crystal Lander, Director, Advocacy, Living Goods
Tiaji Salaam-Blyther, Specialist in Global Health, Congressional Research Service

Session B: Universal Health Coverage in a Multilateral Context

For global health advocates primarily based in the U.S., there is uncertainty around the best ways to support global progress on UHC. This session is geared toward exploring how we communicate and engage with multilateral institutions, reach out to new and non-traditional partners outside the health sector, and identify priority policy issues as the international community advances toward the 2019 U.N. High-level Meeting on UHC.

Eliana Monteforte,Coordinator, Civil Society Engagement Mechanism of UHC2030, Management Sciences for Health 
Emily Bigelow, Manager, Global Health Strategies
Ariana Childs-Graham, Director, Primary Health Care Initiative, PAI
Jess Daly, Director of Global Health, Medtronic



Moderator: Loyce Pace, President & Executive Director, Global Health Council
Dr. Alma Golden, 
Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau of Global Health, U.S. Agency for International Development
Dr. Rebecca Martin, Director, Center for Global Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Colin McIff, Deputy Director, Office of Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Transforming Global Health Advocacy
What are some new approaches, messaging, and tactics we can use to enhance advocacy? In this panel presentation, speakers will present innovative examples and discuss how the community can use such examples in advocacy.

Moderator: Eric Williams, Managing Principal, Precision Strategies
Lisa Cohen, Board Chair, Global to Local
Dr. Luc Kuykens, Senior Vice President, Global Health Programs, Sanofi
Dr. Grace Virtue, Senior Advisor, Communications, ACTION


Breakout sessions provide the opportunity for a deep dive on the preceding plenary presentation. The conversations will cover the recognition and use of messaging that resonates with policymakers, and the mobilization of domestic and international grassroots advocates. Each breakout session will be led by facilitators who will lead an interactive discussion with participants.

Session C: Transforming Advocacy through Messaging

Chris Collins, President, Friends of the Global Fight
Katri Tuulia Kemppainen-Bertram, Senior Partnership Specialist, World Bank
Angelina Gordon, Academic Partnerships and Communications Director, Public Health Institute (GHFP, STAR)
Karina Lorenzana, Vice President, ideas42

Session D: Transforming Advocacy through Mobilizing

Priya Fremerman, Executive Director, GlobeMed
Rachel Hall, 
Deputy Director, Learning Tours, CARE
Aaron Emmel, American Academy of Pediatrics
Rachel Wilson, Principal, Catalysts for Change


Media Spotlight
Given the current U.S. and global policy and political landscape, UHC and other priority challenges, and the opportunity to leverage new advocacy tactics, how do we expand the conversation to broader audiences and amplify support?

Lauren Weber, Public Health Policy Reporter, Huffington Post
Lena Sun, National Reporter, Washington Post



Next Gen Leaders for a New Global Health Agenda
Students and young professionals are invited to participate in conversation hubs on various global health topics and to connect with seasoned professionals as mentors.

The symposium ends at 6:00 PM ET.

Registration Fees