GlobeMed Summit 2013; Violence as a Disease

If you haven’t heard already, the National Office proudly announced that the keynote speaker for the annual 2013 GlobeMed Global Health Summit is Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian activist who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with two other women in 2011.  GlobeMed at Northwestern is extremely excited about this opportunity and we are looking forward to the summit in April.  More information here: http://globemed.org/announcing-the-2012-globemed-summit-honorary-keynote-leymah-gbowee/?utm_source=GlobeMed+Newsletter+Master+List&utm_campaign=36198cc7e7-Vol_3_Issue_19_30_2012&utm_medium=email

There was an interesting article featured on NPR today that we wanted to share; it discusses the role that epidemiology can play in combating violence by treating murder like a disease and a public health issue: http://www.npr.org/2012/12/06/166600403/can-murder-be-tracked-like-an-infectious-disease

This directly links back to a fantastic speaker featured at last year’s GlobeMed Summit, Dr. Gary Slutkin, who is working locally in the Chicagoland area to combat violence with a similar, public health approach.  His organization, Cure Violence (formally known as CeaseFire) was founded in 1995 and in its first year working in the Chicago neighborhood of West Garfield managed to decrease shootings by 67%.  Slutkin’s organization was also featured and made famous by the 2011 documentary The Interrupters, which was co-produced by Northwestern professor Alex Kotlowitz.  More information can be found here: http://cureviolence.org/

In the spirit of giving, please consider donating to GlobeMed at Northwestern: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/increase-public-health-and-sanitation-in-uganda/

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