Global Health Panel

Global Health Week Panel: Translating Passion into Impact

Join the dPS Global Health team in welcoming four incredible Duke alum back to campus to share their journeys in Global Health after leaving Duke. You will have the opportunity to hear about the work and passion of four young alumni excelling in various areas of global health including advocacy, social entrepreneurship, medical research, and community engagement. Each speaker will give a short TED-style talk about their experiences in global health, followed by open dialogue about the obstacles they have faced and any advice they have for soon-to-be-graduates interested in making an impact in the field of global health.

WHEN/WHERE: Saturday March 30th, 2-4pm in SANFORD 04
SPACE IS LIMITED, so please RSVP now if you are interested!

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Speaker Bios

Sandeep-KishoreSandeep Kishore is an M.D./Ph.D. candidate at Weill Cornell School of Medicine and founder of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (YP-CDN), a global network of over 300 young professionals from over 40 countries committed to the equitable prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as a social justice issue. YP-CDN is rooted in a community-driven approach from the bottom-up. Through this work, Sandeep has become committed to community-building as a vehicle for effective advocacy and social change. He seeks to leverage lateral thinking and trans-disciplinary approaches at universities worldwide, with the goal of preparing and cultivating the next generation of young leaders to tackle health challenges, particularly in the global South.Sandeep’s work has been featured in the popular press (Scientific American, The Huffington Post and The Scientist), as well as in scholarly journals and textbooks. He is a chapter co-author in the forthcoming Sick Societies: Responding to the Global Challenge of Chronic Diseases, to be published by the Oxford University Press.

josh sommerJosh Sommer is executive director of the Chordoma Foundation, a nonprofit organization which proactively initiates, facilitates, and funds research to develop effective treatments, and ultimately a cure, for chordoma – a bone cancer of the skull and spine. Josh co-founded the Foundation in 2007 to speed the pace of chordoma research after he was diagnosed with a skull-base chordoma. The Foundation catalyzes new discoveries by facilitating the flow of information between a network of over 170 affiliated researchers, brokering collaborations, and breaking down barriers that impede progress. Prior to starting the Chordoma Foundation, Josh studied engineering at Duke University, and shortly after his diagnosis joined the lab of Duke Oncologist, Dr. Michael Kelley, the only federally-funded chordoma researcher. In addition to his work at the Chordoma Foundation, Josh has previously served as a Fellow in Strategic Philanthropy and Health in Duke’s Program on Global Health and Technology Access and as an Echoing Green Fellow.

braveenBraveen Ragunathan graduated from Duke in 2012. During his time in college, he served as the Undergraduate Chair of the Duke Global Health Institute’s Student Council and led the Global Health Branch of the Duke Partnership for Service. He played a major role in facilitating Global Health Week for three years from 2010-2012. Through his summer experiences in the Robertson Scholars Program, Braveen has been able to observe rural American poverty in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS crisis in South Africa, neglected tropical diseases in Ethiopia, and global health policy as an intern with PEPFAR at the U.S. State Department.  Braveen is a now a medical student at the Medical College of Virginia/VCU School of Medicine, where he is a part of their International/Inner City/Rural Preceptorship program (I2CRP). Currently, he is gaining direct clinical experience through caring for patients at Virginia’s largest free health clinic – CrossOver Health Care Ministry in Richmond.

Carolyn KentCarolyn Kent graduated from Duke in 2008 and was part of the first class to receive a certificate in Global Health. After graduation she worked as a health care consultant for a small firm based in Durham, NC that focuses on strategic planning for hospitals and health care systems. In 2010, Carolyn joined the US Peace Corps to serve as a municipal development volunteer in Guatemala. There, she helped found an NGO with indigenous community leaders and built the country’s first Mayan Educational Center made with recycled trash. Carolyn was able to incorporate her background in global health by facilitating training workshops at the Mayan Center for women that included topics such as domestic violence, prenatal care, midwife best practices, and reproductive health.  Carolyn is currently leading the 501(c)(3) non-profit she founded in 2008 called Global Connections for Change. GCC partners with existing community organizations to creatively connect people and communities across the world to make a sustainable impact and create positive change ( GCC’s current partners work with women and indigenous empowerment in rural Guatemala and HIV/AIDS education and care in Moshi, Tanzania and Durham, NC. Carolyn is also managing the launch event for the Social Entrepreneurship at Duke (SEAD) which will take place on April 5th at Fuqua. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), SEAD is a joint initiative aiming to provide social entrepreneurs in global health with the knowledge, systems, and networks needed to succeed.


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