Global Health Summit 2013


March 6-8 @ SPHTM


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France Donnay, MD, FACOG, FRCOG, MPH

France DonnayDr. France Donnay is a senior program officer for maternal and child health with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Donnay practiced obstetrics and gynecology in public and private hospitals as well as family planning clinics in Brussels for 15 years. Because of her interest in maternal health in developing countries, she also worked as a consultant to the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). As MCH Specialist with Doctors without Borders, she practiced in places such as Chad and Cambodia. She was Visiting Professor at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium. In 1994, Dr. Donnay joined UNICEF and worked on safe motherhood policies and programs. She transferred to UNFPA in 1999, where she was in charge of reproductive health technical support at Headquarters from 1999 to 2005, before leading the UNFPA office in Pakistan from 2005 to 2008. She has visited and worked in many countries in all regions of the world. She joined the Gates Foundation in 2008.


Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH

Karen DeSalvoDr. Karen B. DeSalvo is the City of New Orleans Health Commissioner and serves as senior health policy advisor to Mayor Mitch Landrieu. In this role, she directs the Health Department, whose mission is to protect and promote the health of New Orleanians, and she also advises Mayor Landrieu on health policy matters. As commissioner, she has undertaken a major effort to transform and modernize the City Health Department into one more effective and capable of improving the public’s health. Dr. DeSalvo brought to the role more than 20 years of experience in medical practice, research, and policy aimed at improving access to quality, affordable community health care for all. She envisioned and led the effort to create the nationally recognized model of neighborhood-based medical homes for low income, uninsured and other vulnerable populations in the New Orleans area following Hurricane Katrina. She led and represented the community effort to reform the health system in New Orleans, which was recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Dr. DeSalvo was also named a Woman of Excellence in Health Care by the Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus.


Candy Chang

Candy ChangMs. Candy Chang is an artist who is passionate about public spaces and personal well-being, and is most well known for her I Wish This Was and Before I Die community projects. By combining public art with activism and introspection, she has been recognized for her provocative projects to improve our communities and ourselves. She is a TED Senior Fellow (watch her TED Talk), a Tulane Urban Innovation Fellow, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and was named a “Live Your Best Life” Local Hero by Oprah Magazine. Her work has been exhibited in the Venice Biennale, the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and the Southbank Centre. She has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Black Rock Arts Foundation, and the European Capital of Culture, and she has created public art commissions for civic institutions, international airports, and creative organizations. She speaks internationally and has been featured on NBC, CNN, and NPR. Her parents immigrated from Taiwan to the United States and she was born in Pittsburgh. After years in New York City and Helsinki, she now lives in and is in love with New Orleans. She is currently working on projects about sanctuaries, deep time, and pilgrimages. 


Panel Speakers


Lisa Fitzpatrick

Lisa Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, is a former healthcare executive who has more than 20 years of management and public health policy experience. She has also owned and operated a regional technology company and is the founder of APEX Community Advancement, Inc. and The APEX Youth Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition, Lisa is a United Methodist pastor and currently serves as Associate Pastor of First Street Peck Wesley United Methodist Church in Central City. In addition to her management technology experience, Rev. Fitzpatrick has extensive experience in the arts. Dancing and singing since age three, Lisa’s resume includes stage and television appearances throughout the U.S. and Mexico, in top venues in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, New York and more. She has toured the United States with a professional stage group, as well as appearing on stage, film and television. After an injury ended her professional entertainment career, Lisa founded The Early Parenting Center in Southern California. The Center offered education and ancillary support services for women and their families as well as physician and staff training at major hospitals and medical facilities throughout Southern California, to improve outcomes for pregnancy and early childhood, lower healthcare costs, and increase accessibility for low-income families to quality family care. The board of advisors for The Early Parenting Center included some of the most well known names in Women/Infant/Children care including Dr. William Sears and Dr. Karin Cadwell.


Johanna Gilligan

Johanna Gilligan is a Tulane University alum. She is the founder of Grow Dat Youth Farm. She has worked in the field of food education for the past 8 years, starting at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. In 2006, she moved back to New Orleans and began working for the New Orleans Food and Farm Network. While working for NOFFN, she began laying the ground work for Grow Dat. Grow Dat is a teaching farm that engages New Orleans youth, and creates job opportunities for high school students in the field of urban agriculture. 


Susan Hutson

The City of New Orleans welcomed Susan Hutson as the Independent Police Monitor in June of 2010. Prior to accepting the position in New Orleans, Ms. Hutson worked at the Los Angeles Police Commission’s Office of the Inspector General as an Assistant Inspector General from June of 2007 until May of 2010. Ms. Hutson holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Tulane University School of Law. After law school, she joined a small firm of lawyers, where she had a general practice. She left private practice to join the Corpus Christi City Attorney's Office where she served as an assistant city attorney prosecuting cases in the Municipal Court. She became Chief Prosecutor and later moved to the Employment Section, where she advised city directors on numerous employment matters, including disciplinary, constitutional, discrimination, and compensation issues. Her primary responsibilities were consulting with the Chief of Police, the Fire Chief, and other supervisors on misconduct investigations and representing the city during arbitrations and civil service hearings. While in Corpus Christi, Ms. Hutson also taught university-level courses to both undergraduate and her experience in dealing with Internal Affairs and civil service law led her to the Office of the Police Monitor in Austin, Texas. She began as the Assistant Police Monitor in August of 2004 and took over as the Acting Police Monitor in January of 2006. While working in Austin and Los Angeles, Ms. Hutson published reports for these offices, which provide valuable information to the community about how their police departments monitor themselves.


Anna Hybryk

An alum of TUSPH (2003) Anna,has been working on public health issues since 1998. She started fresh out of college as an HIV/AIDS educator in southeast New Mexico. From there she went on to work in small villages in northeast Brazil. In 2003, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) recruited her to serve in their India program. After the Asian Tsunami of 2004, Anna was asked by CRS to head up the Tsunami response for the South India office managing 3 states and 10 islands. From 2004-2006 she worked with a complex set of stakeholders (government, Catholic Church and local women's groups) to rebuild 10,000 homes including non-polluting sanitation facilities in addition to designing programs to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, prevent trafficking and increase community based disaster preparedness. She returned to New Orleans in 2008 to contribute her skills to the revitalization of the region. She is currently working as a Program Manager for the Refinery Efficiency Initiative.


Happy Johnson

Johnson is President of Team Happy Foundation (THF) based in New Orleans, which he co-founded in December 2005. After the conclusion of his service as a first responder, the non-profit organized thousands of volunteers to rebuild Orleans Parish homes and led local efforts to distribute emergency blankets to earthquake-stricken hospitals in Haiti.Expanding upon its earlier mission, THF mentors youth at Disaster Prep Academy and publishes children’s books about hurricane readiness and coastal restoration. He received his B.A. from Georgetown University and Management Certificate from Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness.


Megan Nuismer

Megan Nuismer is an alumnus of Tulane University. She is currently serving the position as Infectious Disease Epidemiologist at Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, and is the program manager for the NOLA Fruit Tree Project. The New Orleans Fruit Tree Project is a sustainable, community-based solution to food insecurity in the greater New Orleans area. Megan worked previously for Holygrove Market and Farms, Portalnd Farmers Market, and the Prevention Research Center.


Ilana Scherl

Ilana Scherl received her Masters in Education and Development from American University. She is a clinical assistant professor at Tulane University SPHTM where she designed a course on community organization and community work for social justice. She has worked as a community development advisor in Mozambique and an education development coordinator in Timor Leste. She has also worked for Oxfam as a Gulf Coast Field Representative.


Monique Verdin

Monique Verdin is a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans. A native of southeast Louisiana. Her photo and video documentation offers an intimate window into Louisiana`s indigenous Houma nation, exposing the complex interconnectedness of environment, economics, culture, climate and change. Since 1998, her photography has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Since hurricane Katrina in 2005, international researchers, artists and activists have sought out Monique to guide them into south Louisiana`s complex landscape. My Louisiana Love is her first documentary video project.


Erica Washington

Erica Washington received her MPH from Tulane University SPHTM. She is currently serving as the Board Chair at Luke's House: A Clinic for Healing and Hope and holds a position as an Epidemiologist in the Infectious Disease Department of the Louisiana Office of Public Health. Her previous work includes a position with LSU Health Sciences Center in the Department of Plumonary and Critical Care, a former position in the LA Office of Public Health, and work in the Tulane University Epidemiology Department.


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