2023 Global Health Symposium “One Planet, One Health” highlights interdisciplinary approaches, diverse array of global health research

On April 4, the Global Health Institute (GHI) and the Office of Global Health in the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) convened the 18th Annual Global Health Symposium, “One Planet, One Health.” From GHI Director Dr. Jorge Osorio’s keynote speech, SMPH’s Office of Global Health Director Dr. James Conway‘s moderation of an expert panel from across the UW campus, to nearly 30 poster presentations, the evening was filled with learning, curiosity and celebration of global health collaborations across campus.

Across the symposium, the wide array of global health projects and varied disciplines of students and faculty alike highlighted the need for cross-collaboration in global health work, as well as the importance of conversation and building a network to respond to global health challenges.

The panel included: Lyric Bartholomay, Ph.D., School of Veterinary Medicine; Director of the Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease; Director of the Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. Claudia Irene Calderón, Ph.D., Department of Horticulture in CALS; 4W Director of Gender and Agroecology; affiliated professor at Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. Ann Evensen, M.D., FAAFP, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Office of Global Health Faculty Director for UW Graduate/Professional and Capstone Certificates in Global Health Online. Girma Tefera, M.D., FACS, Department of Surgery in SMPH, and medical director of the Operation Giving Back Program with the American College of Surgeons. Giri Venkataramanan, M.S., Ph.D., Keith and Jane Morgan Nosbusch Professor in the College of Engineering; affiliated with the Wisconsin Energy Institute and WEMPEC.

The recorded livestream of the evening’s events is available to view here.

See below for select photos from the evening’s events.

Dr. Jorge Osorio discusses poster presentations with attendees.


Moderator Dr. James Conway looks on as Giri Venkataramanan fields audience questions as part of a panel of UW experts.


Dr. Jorge Osorio presented the keynote address at the 2023 Global Health Symposium, held at the Health Sciences Learning Center.


Students from the Global Health Alliance student organization pose with 4W Director Lori DiPrete Brown during the reception in the Health Sciences Learning Center’s atrium.


Karen Solheim (left), emerita, PhD, RN, FAAN, pictured with Ann Evensen, Faculty Director for the Graduate/Professional & Capstone Certificates in Global Health Online, and one of the evening’s panelists, during the reception.


Christopher Olsen (left), emerita, former director of the Graduate, Professional, and Capstone Certificates in Global Health, pictured with Giri Venkataramanan, and Janis Tupesis, Emergency Medicine, SMPH, and former GHI Associate Director.

Student poster presentations were also a key feature of the evening’s events. See below for select photos of students’ presentations, which ranged from across departments, disciplines and schools. We thank them for their participation and for sharing their impactful work.