Register today for the 2020 Global Health Symposium

Connecting Scientific Knowledge flyer

Dear campus colleagues,

This year, the Global Health Institute is collaborating with the Native American Center for Health Professions to bring communities together for the 2020 Global Health Symposium: “Connecting Scientific Knowledge and Indigenous Wisdom.” The program welcomes indigenous scholars and community members and UW faculty, staff, clinicians and students who will present diverse visions of how we can best advance health across Wisconsin and the world.

We would like to invite you to the event (details below) and also ask that you help spread the word to your students and colleagues. Your consideration is greatly appreciated.

Here’s the information:

2020 Global Health Symposium
“Connecting Scientific Knowledge and Indigenous Wisdom”
April 7, 2020
Health Sciences Learning Center

Doors open at 4:15 p.m.
Program begins at 4:45 p.m.

This year’s symposium, “Connecting Scientific Knowledge and Indigenous Wisdom,” will explore the intersection of traditional practices that advance well-being as well as academic research, education and outreach projects that also promote health. Indigenous scholars and community members join faculty, staff, clinicians and students to share challenges, solutions, insights and ways to move forward.

The evening is hosted by the UW-Madison Global Health Institute and co-sponsored by the Native American Center for Health Professions (NACHP) in the School of Medicine and Public Health as part of its Distinguished Lecture Series.
The symposium is free and open to the public.

Register here.

Highlights this year include:

  • Keynote speaker Mariaelena Huambachano, Ph.D., assistant professor of Civil Society and Community Studies in the School of Human Ecology and delegate to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, presents “Indigenous Well-Being Philosophies: Reclaiming Food as Family Medicine.” Huambachano is a native of Peru with strong cultural connections to the Maori of Aotearoa, New Zealand. She is also lead author of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.
  • Danielle Yancey, M.S., Menominee/Santee Dakota Sioux, NACHP director, moderates a panel discussion, “Sowing Seeds of Health: Perspectives from Wisconsin’s Native Nations.” Panelists representing the Menominee, Oneida and White Earth Nations and the Stockbridge-Munsee Community will explore how land use, food security, history and culture impact the health of indigenous communities.
  • More than 60 podium and poster presentations from UW-Madison and community educators, clinicians, researchers and students. Topics include planetary, women’s and children’s health and One Health plus antibiotics, agriculture and much more.

Questions? Contact the Global Health Institute at or 608-265-9299