Plenaries/Gallagher Lecture

Plenary I/Gallagher Lecture: Global Adolescent Gender Equity
Wednesday, March 14 - 8:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Primary Speakers:

Natalia Kanem, MD, MPH;

Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund

“As Executive Director, I will focus on pursuing UNFPA’s transformative goals, which are cemented in our new Strategic Plan 2018-2021: ending preventable maternal deaths, ending unintended pregnancies by meeting the demand for family planning, and ending gender-based violence and harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation and child marriage, by 2030. The UNFPA mandate has never been more relevant. Our work and partnerships must therefore be even more innovative, ambitious and focused at country level to ensure that we leave no woman or adolescent girl behind.”

Dr. Kanem holds a doctor of medicine degree from Columbia University and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington. 

Suzanne Petroni, PhD;

Founder and Principal, Gender Equality Solutions

With 25 years of experience in philanthropy, civil society and government, Dr. Suzanne Petroni is a globally recognized expert in gender equity and the health and rights of women and youth. Through Gender Equality Solutions, Suzanne provides strategic advice and consultation services to help donors, governments and civil society design and implement outstanding and gender-equitable global health and development programs. 

Dr. Petroni holds a PhD in Gender and Social Policy from The George Washington University and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Tamera Coyne-Beasley MD, MPH, FAAP, FSAHM;
University of North Carolina
This plenary session will focus on global strategies and initiatives aimed at achieving equality and equity for women and girls.

Plenary II: Global Adolescent Health Equity 
Thursday, March 15 - 9:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Primary Speaker:
Professor George Patton;
The University of Melbourne

Ruaa Hassaballa, MLS (ASCP) 
KPHA Graduate Research Assistant, University of Kansas Medical Center

Mychelle Farmer, MD
Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics (Jhpiego)
This plenary session will focus on emerging global knowledge about the challenges and opportunities to promote equity in the attainment of health, safety, and well-being among adolescents and young adults throughout our world.

Plenary III: Global Psychological Well-Being
Friday, March 16 - 9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Primary Speaker:
Janine Jones, PhD
University of Washington Seattle

Merrian J. Brooks, DO, MS
Pediatrician/Adolescent Medicine Specialist, David Pincus Global Health Fellow, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 

Deborah Christie PhD, FSAHM
University College Hospital, London

This plenary session will focus on key components of psychological and emotional well-being and how adolescent health and medicine professionals can optimally promote psychological well-being among adolescents and young adults in clinical and non-clinical settings.

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Assess psychological well-being in relation to the global burden of diseases among adolescents. 
  2. Identify at least three priority mental health issues affecting adolescents and youth.
  3. Prepare primary health care providers to integrate effective psychological well-being interventions into health systems accessible by youth.
  4. Appraise task-shifting as an approach to promoting psychological well-being in low resource settings.