Save the Date: Global Education and Technology for Health (GETHealth) Summit

  • Emma Schwartz
  • January 13, 2013
2013 GETHealth Summit

Bridging the Health Workforce Gap 

February 6-7, 2013
United Nations, New York, NY

John Hopkins University Center for Clinical Global Health Education, along with the Global Partnerships Forums, co-hosts the Health and IT Ministries of Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda, sponsors Hewlett Packard the Office of AIDS Research, and partners the World Health Organization (WHO) Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, the WHO Global Health Workforce Alliance, the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the mHealth Alliance, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and the Fogarty International Center, US National Institutes of Health (NIH).

What's the purpose of the Summit?

The mission of the GETHealth Summit is to bridge the health workforce gap in developing countries, through new partnerships between innovators in global health education and information technology. The two-day Summit will host interactive plenaries, strategic breakout sessions and a technology marketplace. The current vision for the Summit is to address a number of strategic questions including: 

  • How can social media be leveraged to address the global health workforce gap?
  • What is required to optimize distance-learning platforms to support health work education in resource-limited communities?
  • Which new mHealth tools and point-of-care devices are needed to support providers in resource-limited settings and which existing platforms can/should be scaled up?
  • How can fiber and wireless networks in resource-limited communities be leveraged to improve health education?
  • How can IT be used to specifically empower women health care providers, who represent most of the healthcare workforce?

With a highly interactive format, the Summit will be designed to facilitate specific short-term and long-term “deliverables” in each of the key topic areas. At the conclusion of the Summit, a report will be produced for each of the strategic discussion topics summarizing the consensus of the participants regarding: 

  • How to define and measure impact or success?
  • How to implement effective strategies on a national, regional or global scale?
  • How can innovations in IT reduce the brain drain of the health workforce?
  • How to sustain effective strategies?
  • What are the most pressing research priorities?
  • What additional IT innovations are needed?

Who should attend?

Participants and leaders of academia, public health, and the IT industry who are interested in discussing and developing initiatives that are designed to empower providers in the most resource-limited communities in the world. 

For registration and sponsorship opportunities, please visit the GETHealth Summit website.



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