Conference Focuses on Health Care for the Poor

UCSF will host the 7th Annual International Health Conference, "Health Care for the Poor" at its Parnassus campus on Saturday, April 2. The purpose of this one-day regional conference is to promote public awareness, scholarship, and practical action in the field of international health. Event co-sponsors are the UCSF School of Medicine and the UC Berkeley Bixby Program in Population, Family Planning and Maternal Health. Participants include faculty, students and residents, professionals in the field and NGO representatives. The morning plenary speaker this year is Prasanna Hota, Health and Family Welfare Secretary, Government of India, who will speak on "The Challenge of Health Care for One Billion People." Two UC Berkeley faculty members also will present "Opportunities to Help the Poor" and "Where the Poor Go to Get Health Care." The morning speakers will address the conference theme of health care for the poor. International and national authorities will review current obstacles to service delivery and based on innovative program experiences, suggest ways to overcome them. The afternoon program will entail two blocks of concurrent interactive breakout sessions on a variety of international health topics, student posters and a networking lunch with display tables from some 20 Bay Area NGOs. Representatives will discuss their work with conference participants. The registration fee is $25 student and $50 professional. To register and get more information, go here.