GBCHealth Inspired Heat Wave?
I think that the heat wave the Northeastern part of the U.S. (particularly New York City) the week of May 29th must have been due to ignition of intense calls to integrated global health action generated from GBCHealth’s 10th Anniversary Conference and Award Dinner Gala on June 1-2nd 2011!! This was an amazingly high-powered event which included appearances by government officials, entrepreneurs, celebrities and entertainers.
This conference was even more special than prior years (even aside from the official name change to GBCHealth) as there was a special tribute to the founding CEO and leader of GBCHealth, US Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke who passed in 2010. I was fortunate to experience the power of this event as a Pfizer Global Health Fellow and was able to interact with a few fellow Pfizer world headquarter colleagues that attended. I was even able speak (albeit briefly) with many of the special guests and celebrities that attended, including former US Senator and now President of the UN Foundation, Tim Wirth. Their true passion and sincere interest in making a sustainable impact in global health (especially women's health) and alleviating disparity was very reassuring. Taken directly from the conference website, “The GBC Annual Conference is a singular event in global health, focused first and foremost on the unique role that business plays in addressing health challenges, within the workplace and in the world at large. By bringing together business leaders with partners from governments, multilaterals and civil society, the GBC Conference becomes an electrifying forum for sharing ideas, unearthing possibilities and driving action.” There were also special sessions hosted on June 1st before the main Conference on June which included many panels. Our Healthy Women Healthy Economies initiative held a phenomenal panel entitled Men Who Make It Their Business to Improve Women's Lives. The conference had a prominent focus on recognizing companies, organizations and philanthropic individuals that have made significant contributions to Global Health in 2011. Pfizer was commended by GBCHealth many times in the past for their work in global health and this year was a semi-finalist in Application of Core Competence. There was an exciting Gala Awards Dinner immediately after the Conference. While there were many individual and related awards and recognition provided that night, there are about six categories for the 2011 Business Action on Health Award Winners. Due to my Pfizer skill set, I was asked to be recorded for a video introducing and explaining the Disease Prevention & Beyond: Eradicating Root Causes of Poor Health Award category shortly after Dr. Howard Koh, Asst Secretary of Health, Department of Health and Human Services spoke. It was electrifying experience and I was genuinely exhausted at the end of the night! Improve your knowledge about global health and awareness… check out the links below. GWI = US Department of State - Office of Global Women’s Issues (http://www.state.gov/s/gwi/) CAMA = Corporate Alliance on Malaria (http://www.gbcimpact.org/itcs_node/4/0/report/3090) MDG = Millennium Development Goals (http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/