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UN Sustainable Development Goals: Health and Well-Being

  • 25 Apr 2017
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (MDT)
  • Rocky Mountain PBS, 1089 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204


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Event Details

5:30 pm - 6:15 pm: Networking Reception & Refreshments

6:15 pm - 7:30 pm: Presentation & Audience Q+A


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About the Panelists:

Gretchen Heinrichs, Denver Health & CU Anschutz

Gretchen Heinrichs, MD, DTMH, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Denver Health and University of Colorado School of Medicine, Director of Maternal Health Initiatives at the Center for Global Health, Colorado School of Public Health. Dr. Heinrichs is and OBGYN physician and researcher who completed a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the Gorgas Course in Lima, Peru and a Certificate in Public Health in 2011 from the Colorado School of Public Health. She works clinically at Denver Health with a special focus on refugee and asylum seeking patients and her Global Health work is currently focused on projects in Guatemala through the Center for Global Health. She has worked in India, Mexico, Rwanda and Nigeria training physicians, nurses, and health care workers on gender-based violence, family planning, and obstetric and gynecologic conditions, as well as adapting international practice recommendations to local and low resource settings.

Blair Gifford, University of Colorado Denver

Dr. Blair Gifford is a Professor of International Health Management in the Business School at the University of Colorado Denver. At the Business School, he is the Managing Director of the International Health Management certificates in the MBA/Health and Executive MBA/Health programs. At the University-level, he Founded and was the first Director of the Center for Global Health (School of Public Health, University of Colorado Denver). Blair is the founder and current Board Chair of Global Health Connections, Inc., a not for profit organization in Denver. Recently, GHC just opened a Maternity Center at Haitian owned and operated CAMEJOHospital in Leogane, Haiti. Also, Blair is the Principal of Health Beyond Borders consulting firm. HBB is currently assisting a large east coast cancer institution in its international business development ventures, especially in China.

Gretchen Berggren, Children's Nutrition of Haiti

Dr. Gretchen Berggren is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health where she served on the faculty from 1968-83. Dr. Berggren has lived and worked in long-term assignments in the Congo, Haiti, and Tunisia; later serving with Save the Children and World Relief in more than 26 countries. A strong proponent of census-based, community-oriented primary health care, Gretchen developed curricula for training multidisciplinary community health workers (CHWs) that brought equity in services and reached significant reductions in age-specific mortality rates following interventions with CHWs and “care groups.” Her work has focused on the “positive deviance” method of indentifying and transferring nutrition skills to poor mothers, taught by trained local women who act as resident home visitors and organize temporary itinerant workshops know as “hearths” in the kitchens of volunteer mothers.


Douglas Jackson, Project C.U.R.E

Dr. Douglas Jackson serves as the President/CEO of Project C.U.R.E. Each week, Project C.U.R.E. delivers approximately four semi-truck loads of donated medical supplies and equipment to desperately needy people around the world. Since 1987, Project C.U.R.E. has delivered equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics in over 130 countries. Project C.U.R.E. is consistently recognized with the highest Four Star ranking from Charity Navigator, and was named by Forbes as one of the top 20 charities in America. Project C.U.R.E.’s Clinics program directly treats thousands of patients and trains hundreds of medical professionals each year. In addition to his work at Project C.U.R.E., Dr. Jackson has taught at the university level in the disciplines of finance, investments, leadership development, legal and international issues. He holds both a PhD in Finance and a Juris Doctorate, and is a frequent speaker and lecturer to colleges and universities, as well as civic, corporate and community organizations.

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