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2013 Global Health Conference

Violence Against Children: Global Perspectives on Resilience, Response and Health Outcomes

Nov. 1, 2013

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The CHOP Global Health Conference is an anchor event in Global Philly 2013 – a series of global, international and multicultural events running from September 15 – November 1.

Thank you to the more than 200 physicians, nurses, social workers, and others who attended our 2013 conference. And thank you to our many speakers, who came from as far as South Sudan, to discuss “Violence Against Children: Global Perspectives on Resilience, Response and Health Outcomes.” Conference presentations will be made available here in the coming weeks.

Keynote speaker: Ms. Leila Zerrougui

Leila Zerrougui
Leila Zerrougui
Ms. Leila Zerrougui was appointed Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict at the Under Secretary-General level in September 2012. In this capacity, she serves as a moral voice and independent advocate to build awareness and give prominence to the rights and protection of boys and girls affected by armed conflict.


Presentations Speakers
Impact of Violence in Armed Conflict on Children: Needs and Experiences from
the Ground

Leila Zerrougui
Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict United Nations

Addressing the Consequences of War: Using Longitudinal Research to Develop
Interventions for War-affected Youth

Theresa S. Betancourt, Sc.D., M.A.
Associate Professor of Child Health and Human Rights Department of Global Health and Population
Harvard School of Public Health

The Reintegration of Formerly Recruited Girls: Psychosocial and Child Protection
Priorities in Practice

Michael Wessells, Ph.D.
Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health Program on Forced Migration and Health
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) Experience in Parenting Skills:
Programs to Prevent Violence, Neglect and Exploitation Within the Home

Eduardo Garcia Rolland
Child Protection Technical Adviser
The International Rescue Committee

Fieldwork Under Fire: The Impact of Gun Violence and the Ascendance of Youth
Gangs on Child Development and Community Security in the Garrison Ghetto of
Cité Soleil, Haiti

J. Christopher Kovats-Bernat, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Muhlenberg College

Clinicians’ Experiences Providing Care on the Front Line

Mission CHU de Bouaké, Côte D’Ivoire


Expect the Unexpected: Nursing Experiences from Conflict and War

Keri Cohn, M.D., M.P.H.
Attending Physician, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Lisa Hilmi, R.N., M.P.H.
Senior Global Health Ambassador
Center for Public Health Initiatives
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Child Trafficking 2013

Thomas F. Burke, M.D., F.A.C.E.P.
Chief, Division of Global Health and Human Rights
Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Committee on African Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Harvard University

Immigrant and Refugee Children: Immigration Basics for Healthcare Providers

Fernando Chang-Muy
Thomas O’Boyle Lecturer in Law
University of Pennsylvania School of Law

A Closer Look at the Scope of Violence Against Children and Its Impact on
Long-term Health: South Sudanese Childhood Experiences

Achier Mou, M.P.H.
Chair, Board of Directors
Sudan Development Foundation (SUDEF)

Conference topics

Violence occurs in every country in the world, has devastating effects on the health and well-being of children, and negatively affects their ability to learn and their social and emotional development. Violence is often deeply rooted in cultural, economic and social practices and inhibits the potential for children to contribute to society. This conference will seek to explore: 

Through expert faculty presentations, a keynote address and interactive panel discussions, this conference will provide conference attendees opportunities to understand the global reality and response to violence against children. Tools for clinicians working with children exposed to violence will also be explored.

Poster session

The poster session will provide a forum to share research and programs in the growing field of Global Health.

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