University of Wisconsin–Madison

Pediatrics Grand Rounds looks at Thriving Children in the Era of the Sustainable Development Goals

September 20: University of Wisconsin-Madison alumna Janna Patterson brings a wealth of global health experience to her talk on how Sustainable Development Goals will affect children's health.

University of Wisconsin-Madison alumna Janna Patterson, M.D., MPH, FAAP, brings a wealth of global health experience to her talk on how Sustainable Development Goals will affect children’s health.

Patterson, senior vice president of Global Health and Life Support at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), visits UW-Madison Thursday, September 20, to discuss how children can thrive in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Patterson is delivering a Grand Rounds in Pediatrics lecture at 7:30 a.m. in Room 1345 of the Health Sciences Learning Center. The lecture is free and open to the public and will also be live-streamed. Refreshments will be served.

“I am excited to have Dr. Patterson coming to campus and to hear her thoughts on improving the health of children across the globe,” says pediatrician Jim Conway, associate director for health sciences at the Global Health Institute. “Given her extensive international experience, she is part of the next generation of leaders who will help guide collaborative programs to improve children’s health.”Head shot of Dr. Janna Patterson with long curly hair, a black suit jacket and purple blouse.

Patterson earned her bachelor’s degree in African Development from UW-Madison and her M.D. and MPH from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. She completed graduate medical studies at the University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital, was a neonatologist and researcher at the University of Washington and spent several years living and working in Tanzania.

At AAP, Patterson will advance the organization’s efforts to improve global pediatric care, education and programs. Prior to joining the academy, she served as a senior program officer with the Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she managed a portfolio of grants on maternal and newborn health. Her work ranged from the prevention and treatment of sepsis to care of preterm infants, including kangaroo mother care.

“Our days as an insulated citizen of one country are past,” Patterson said in an interview with AAP News. “We are all global citizens now. What’s happening in another country can affect us here and now. When children in other parts of the world lack access to adequate health care, we are all at risk. More importantly, I believe it is our moral obligation to work toward a world where our birthplace does not determine whether we live or die.”

Conway says he is also pleased to be able to share UW-Madison and the Global Health Institute’s vision and contributions to global health with Patterson. “And we are always so proud to have UW-Madison graduates return,” he says.

By Ann Grauvogl/ September 13, 2018