VIII Annual Atlanta Summit on Global Health: Cities and Health

For the first time in history, more than half the people in low- and middle-income countries now live in cities. As urbanization continues to accelerate, particularly in poorer nations, it is time for a global commitment to make those cities livable and healthy for their inhabitants.

The VIII Annual Atlanta Summit on Global Health will explore the theme of urban environments and health, including HIV/AIDS, non-communicable and infectious diseases and digital health.

Panel 1: HIV/AIDS in Atlanta and other American Cities

Atlanta is home to four of the 48 focus counties of the President’s ambitious campaign, “Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for the United States.” How will this plan play out in Altanta and America’s other, predominantly southern, cities which are hotspots of the epidemic?


Rashad Burgess, Executive Director, HIV Prevention, South-West Super Region for Gilead

Tori Cooper, Founder and Executive Director, Advocates for Better Care  

Dr. Angelica Geter Fugerson, Chief Health Officer, City of Atlanta  

Dr. Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH, Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Dr. J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director, Global Health Policy Center, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)


Keynote Address: The Rising Threat of Infectious Disease Outbreaks in Urban Centers

Dr. Rebecca Martin,  Director, Center for Global Health (CGH), CDC 

Panel 2: Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), Urbanization and Inequality

In 2015, nearly 48 percent of NCD deaths in low- and middle-income countries were premature and preventable. The burden of NCDs in these countries is concentrated in predominantly urban areas, where diet and environmental factors differ dramatically from rural areas. What are the innovations necessary to encourage decision makers to implement policies that combat obesity and diabetes, reduce sedentary behavior, narrow inequalities, and improve programs to identify, treat, and monitor urban residents with NCDs? 


Dr. Ann Aerts, Head, Novartis Foundation

Dr. Yara Baxter, Consultant, Better Hearts Better Cities

Pape Gaye, President and Chief Executive Officer, IntraHealth International 

Dr. K.M. Venkat Narayan, Ruth and O.C. Hubert Chair of Global Health and Epidemiology, Emory University 


Panel 3: Employment Digital Technology and Artificial Intelligence to improve Health in Urban Settings

Though urbanization presents challenges, so too does it present opportunities. Digital technology and artificial intelligence have the potential to significantly improve health care access and delivery by addressing challenges specific to complex urban environments.


Amanda BenDor, Partnerships and Community Engagement Manager, PATH

Naranbaatar Dashdorj, Chairman, Board of Directors, Onom Foundation 

Frida Liane Plavnik, President, Brazilian Hypertension Society  


Registration: 7:15AM

Program: 8:00AM - 1:30PM


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Monday, October 14, 2019 at 7:15am to 1:30pm

InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta 3315 Peachtree Rd. Ne, Atlanta, GA 30326


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