Midwestern Universities for Global Health

Indiana University hosts the Midwestern Universities for Global Health 8th annual conference that brings together faculty and students from more than 30 academic institutions across the US Midwest and their global partners to discuss global health issues, share best practices, and network with colleagues. 

Theme: Healthcare System Resiliency in the Face of Health Disasters

October 7
9 am-12 pm (EDT) 



Conference Agenda

Opening and Welcome – Adrian Gardner, MD, MPH, associate dean for Global Health, Indiana University School of Medicine; and director, Indiana University Center for Global Health

Keynote – Lukoye Atwoli, MMed Psych, MBChB, PhD, dean, Aga Khan University Medical Colleage, East Africa

Keynote Q&A Session moderated by Hilary Kahn, PhD, associate vice chancellor for International Affairs, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Professor Lukoye Atwoli

Session #1: Reciprocal Innovation for Health Systems Resiliency 

1a. Building a reciprocal innovation program: experiences of the Indiana CTSI--Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) Reciprocal Innovation Leadership Team

1b. Reciprocal Innovation in Practice: Bringing Health Equity Home

Sonak Pastakia, PharmD, MPH, PhD, professor, Purdue University College of Pharmacy, Center for Health Equity  

Rakhi Karwa, PharmD, associate clinical professor, Purdue University College of Pharmacy 

Jeffrey Samuel, PharmD, Global Health Equity fellow, Purdue University College of Pharmacy

Session #2: Live Q&A with three poster presenters related to the Healthcare System Resiliency theme

Session #3: Two tracks offered concurrently

3a. COVID Impacts on Short-Term Electives in Global Health (STEGH): what did we learn, and how can we use this time as an opportunity for re-evaluating partnerships?

Brett Hendel-Paterson, MD, director of the University of Minnesota Global Medicine Pathway

Ashti Doobay-Persaud, MD, co-director, Institute for Global Health Education, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Mike Sundberg, MD, MPH, assistant professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Minnesota

3b. A quantum complexity informed approach to community engagement to improve health care

Megan Seneque, MEd, consultant, World Health Organization

Asiya Odugleh-Kolev, MPH, technical officer, World Health Organization

Paul Cheh, MPH, program consultant, Western Pacific Regional Office, World Health Organization

John Parrish-Sprowl, PhD, director of the Global Health Communication Center, Indiana University

Virtual Poster Session – Opens 10/6--See call for posters below.

Women in Global Health – Midwest Chapter’s Fall Meeting

The Women in Global Health - Midwest Chapter will host their annual meeting virtually from 12-3 pm EDT immediately after the MUGH Conference. The Women in Global Health group is an international network aiming to achieve gender equality in global health leadership through advocating for gender transformative leadership.


  • Introduction to Women in Global Health and the chapter 
  • Panel discussion  
    • Jepchirchir (Chiri) Kiplagat, PhD, assistant program manager, AMPATH Kenya and Fogarty Global Health Fellow
    • Kara Wools-Kaloustian, MD, director of research, IU Center for Global Health; do-director of research, AMPATH Kenya; and co-PI of the International Epidemiologic Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA) East Africa Consortium
    • Laura Ruhl, MD, MPH, assistant professor of clinical medicine and Stephanie and Craig Brater Investigator in Global Health
  • Breakout sessions 

Call for Poster Presentations

We are seeking virtual "poster" presentations in a slide-deck format with no more than 8 slides and no more than 5 minutes of recorded audio using your own template or the provided PPT template.

Submissions may be of any category (case presentation, quality improvement, primary research). These presentations can be new works in progress, a summary of a global health topic(s) of interest (including topics related to education, care and/or research), or papers that have been published in the last year. Please note that abstracts and traditional poster files are not required.

Of special interest are posters related to the conference theme of Healthcare System Resiliency. Three virtual poster presentations that focus on the conference theme will be featured with a live session during the conference. As part of this live session, the three selected poster presenters will be asked to answer questions and engage in discussion after their pre-recorded slide videos are shown live on October 7.

All presentations will be part of a Virtual Poster Exhibit Hall that will open the day before the MUGH Conference.

If you are interested in this opportunity you will need to:

  • Create a 5-minute (maximum) oral slide presentation in a slide-deck format with no more than eight slides. You may use your own template or the provided template.
  • Upload your virtual poster presentation file to this folder or email to Stacy Robinson (starrobi@iu.edu) by no later than September 20, 2021. This is a hard deadline. Submissions selected for the live session at the conference will be notified by Sept 24.

Please follow the instructions below:

  • Use your own slides or the provided slide template (i.e., 1 title, 5 core content, 1 acknowledgement)
  • Remember that small fonts and busy slides do not translate well to online presentations on the average 13-inch laptop monitor.
  • Keep your recording to a maximum of 5 minutes and use the option to insert your own video into the slide file, if you have the proper software (requires a recent version of PowerPoint).
  • Prepare/save the file in a .mp4 format. This is most easily done by recording your presentation in a Zoom meeting which should create an .mp4 format automatically.
  • Presentations that exceed the 5 minutes will not be posted so please watch the time closely.


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