VIP Access: Gatekeeping in Global Health

A Focus on Access

Friday Reception

Friday Reception

5:30 PM – 6:15 PM: Hors d’oeuvres and 3rd annual UConn Global Health Symposium reception

6:20 PM –  6:30 PM: Opening remarks and introduction to Ms. Rachel Bridges

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: “Multilateralism Matters: Global Cooperation for Global Health Problems” Keynote Address by Ms. Rachel Bridges, MPH, Communications Manager for Global Health, United Nations Foundation; Former Public Affairs Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development

7:30 PM – 8:00 PM: Q&A mediated by Dr. John Redden of UConn Physiology & Neurobiology Department

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Socializing and networking time


Saturday Symposium

9:30-10:00: Check-in / Registration and Breakfast

10:00-10:10: Opening Remarks

10:10-10:55: “Political and Economic Determinants of Access to Health Care: Who gets to decide what and how much care we get?” Keynote Address by Prof. César E. Abadía-Barrero, DMD, DMSc; Assistant Professor at UConn Department of Anthropology & Human Rights; Director of Undergraduate Programs, Human Rights Institute 

10:55-11:10: Q&A

11:10-11:25: Break

11:25AM – 12:15PM: Breakout Sessions

  • Global Health Activism and Advocacy: Using Political Engagement as a Tool for Change (SU 324)


      1. Akshayaa Chittibabu, Marshall and Truman Scholar, Oxford University; UN Foundation Global Health Fellow; Washington Leadership Program Scholar; Newman Civic Fellow; Founder & Former Executive Director, UConn Global Health Symposium

  • Breaking Barriers to Healthcare Access: Migrant Farm Worker Clinic (SU 310)
  • Katia Daley, Medical Interpreter and Coordinator, UConn Migrant Farm Worker Clinics; Intern, Hispanic Health Council; Census and Civic Engagement Organizer, Connecticut Students for a Dream
  • Jessica Rubin, Vitals Station Lead, UConn Migrant Farm Worker Clinics; Member, AmeriCorps
  • Creating a Community for Mental Health Care (SU 316)


      1. Becky Feldman, ENG ‘21; Undergraduate Student Government Mental Health & Wellness Subcommittee Co-Chair

  • The Business of Healthcare (SU 317)


    1. Orkan Olgac, President, Healthcare Management Society 

12:15-12:30: Break

12:30-12:40: Global Health Symposium Series, Dr. Adam Silverman, Director, Center for Global Health Connecticut Children’s

12:40-12:45: HackUConn 2020: Sustainability, Jody Kung, Student Lead, HackUConn 2020 Planning Team

12:45-1:00: Global Health Trivia 

1:00 PM-2:00 PM: Lunch, Student Union South & North Lobbies

  • Catered lunch available for pre-registered UConn students with ID, several affordable lunch options available at Student Union main floor
  • Involvement Fair
  • Research Poster Presentations

2:00 PM -3:00 PM – “Medical Care in Low Resource Areas” Panel

  • Dr. Chris Hughes, MD, MPH, Pediatric Plastic Surgeon, Connecticut Children’s; Plastic Surgeon, Hartford Healthcare; Assistant Professor of Surgery, UConn Health
  • Dr. Varalakshmi Niranjan, MD, MBA, FACP, Dip. ABOM, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Internal Medicine, Primary Care, UConn Health
  • Dr. Santhanam Lakshminarayanan, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology, UConn Health; Chief, Division of Rheumatology; Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Program, UConn School of Medicine; UConn Musculoskeletal Institute
  • Dr. Adam Silverman, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UConn Health; Director, Center for Global Health; Pediatric Critical Care, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Connecticut Children’s

3:00 PM-3:15 PM – Break

3:15 PM-3:55 PM – Access Simulation I

  • Check your engraved “access” key to discover which room you’ll be in:
  • A (SU 310), B (SU 324), C (SU 316), D (SU 317)

4:00 PM-4:30 PM – Access Simulation II

  • Check your engraved “access” key to discover which room you’ll be in:
  • 1 (SU 310), 2 (SU 324), 3 (SU 316), 4 (SU 317)

4:30 PM-5:00 PM: Closing remarks and Call-to-action