Innovations in Global Public Health Conference

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Innovations in Global Public Health conference flyer, silhouette image of people leaping in front of a sunset.  Also headshots of keynote speakers Raphael Perez jean and L. Carolina Tavarez Varela.

The Global Public Health Association @ RIT with support from RIT’s College of Health Sciences and Technology, RIT Global, and RIT Global Union proudly presents our 6th Annual Innovations in Global Public Health Conference on Saturday, April 20th from 9 AM to 4 PM in the impressive new building known as the SHED (  This year’s conference focuses on the important theme of mental health with speakers hailing from Haiti, The Dominican Republic, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, India, and the USA. Our keynote speakers will be providing a timely update on the situation in Haiti and their efforts to create sustainable improvements for the people of that Caribbean nation that has endured so many challenges.

Because of the financial backing of our sponsors, we are able to offer this event at the low presale price of $3 for RIT faculty, staff, and students and $5 for all others. There is a limited capacity for this event of 150 attendees, so there is no guarantee that tickets will be available at the door. If we do have remaining tickets available on the day of the conference, they will be sold at an increased price.  Presale tickets are strongly recommended to help us plan for our food and beverage needs for the day and to ensure you can get one of the 150 available seats. Don’t wait as tickets are going fast!

Your ticket allows you to participate in all educational sessions, as well as a morning healthy yogurt bar, lunch, snacks, drinks, a networking time, and GPHA @ RIT swag. Please scan the QR code on the event flyer or go to to learn more about our amazing speakers! To purchase tickets go to to purchase your tickets.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Keynote Speakers: Raphael Perez Jean (Founder of “Fundación Casa de Luz de la Frontera [The Lighthouse Foundation]” in Haiti) & L. Carolina Tavarez Varela (CEO of NGO “Ann Prepare Lavni [Let’s Prepare for the Future]”: “The Border is in Your Mind: Creating Sustainable Strategies for Overcoming Generational Poverty in Haiti and Beyond.
Dr. April Aycock: Monroe County Office of Mental Health Director & President/CEO of Awareness Counseling Services:  “It’s Okay Not to be Okay; It’s Not Okay to Suffer in Silence.”
Theresa Richardson, PA-C: University of Rochester, Cardiology PA and Lifestyle Medicine Advocate: “Nourish to Flourish: The Impacts of Lifestyle Medicine on Our Minds and Bodies
Nabintu Kalimira: Refugee Health Expert: “The Challenges That Refugee Children In Western Buffalo Face” 
Dr. Jason Rich: Lecturer in Exercise Science at RIT:Promoting Accessibility and Inclusion in Sport and Exercise for Individuals with Sensory Impairments
Soni Sayana: Engineer and Mindfulness Advocate Focusing on Raja Yoga Meditation:Meditation: Empower Your Mind
Dr. Rupa Kalahasthi: Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Research Faculty Member at RIT: “Global Mental Health Services for the Underserved
Jallah Kennedy, PhD, MPH: Epidemiologist, Research Scientist, Global Public Health Adjunct Faculty Member at RIT: “Health in Liberia

All community members are more than welcome to attend!   

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Ariana Hilliard
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When and Where
April 20, 2024
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room/Location: SHED

Open to the Public

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