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GlobeMed is a student-run nonprofit and national network dedicated to global health equity that creates long-term partnerships between university chapters and grassroots NGOs in developing countries to support, engage in, and advocate for a sustainable, community-based health project.


HillTop serves as an educational opportunity for undergraduate students at over 15 universities across the U.S. East Coast to learn from individuals and organizations that are spearheading movements for health equity. This year, Columbia HillTop will bring together academics, health professionals, and activists who specialize in community-based health projects. The conference will focus on vulnerable and marginalized populations that have been historically excluded from global and public health movements.

All proceeds from the conference will be used to support Columbia GlobeMed's partner organization, Gulu Women’s Economic Empowerment and Globalization, an NGO in Northern Uganda that promotes gender equality, HIV awareness, and human rights advocacy, and provides health services, including psychosocial support and safe births from HIV+ mothers.

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November 10, 2017 - November 12, 2017  |  Columbia University
ELEVATE: International Public Health and Marginalized Communities


Check-In Begins

Hamilton 306



Barnard Hall 304



Barnard Hall 304


Check-In Ends

Hamilton 306



Welcome to HillTop!

Barnard Hall 304



Chapter Presentations

Barnard Hall 304




End of Friday Events

Barnard Hall 304


Rafael Perez-

Figueroa, MD, MPH

Barnard Hall 304


Breakout Session:

Syndemic Production

Barnard Hall 4th Floor

Overdose Prevention Training/Naloxone Administration


Barnard Hall 304

Robert Fullilove, EdD

Barnard Hall 304



Diana 2 Café

Closing Remarks

Barnard Hall 304


Taraneh Shirazian, MD

Barnard Hall 304

End of Conference

Barnard Hall 304


Nancy Berlinger, PhD

Barnard Hall 304



Student Presentation: 

Biopower and Health

Barnard Hall 304


Breakout Session:

Decolonization of Health Care

Barnard Hall 4th Floor



Diana 2 Café


Mingle with GlobeMed!

Harlem Shake, 111th Street

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Rafael Perez-Figueroa, MD, MPH

Syndemic Production among Sexual Minorities: A Global Perspective

Rafael E. Pérez-Figueroa, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Population and Family Health at Columbia University. Dr. Pérez-Figueroa work focuses on the study of health disparities among underserved populations. He studies public health issues related to HIV prevention and care, sexually transmitted infections, and substance use. He does this by engaging in theoretically driven research studies that seek to disentangle the effects of different social determinants of health on the health outcomes of these populations. Currently, Dr. Pérez-Figueroa is also the Assistant Director of the Program for Global and Population Health (formerly IFAP Global Health Program) at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has published articles in the American Journal of Public Health, AIDS Patient Care and STDs, and Prevention Science, among other high-impact journals. He holds a M.D. degree from the Pontifical “Madre y Maestra” Catholic University in the Dominican Republic and an M.P.H. degree from New York University in Global Health Leadership. He is a research fellow on Hispanic Drug Abuse from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and a faculty fellow of the New York University Postdoctoral and Transition Program for Academic Diversity.

Taraneh Shirazian, MD

Saving Mothers: The Health of Expecting Mothers in Low-Income Countries

As a board certified gynecologist at NYU Langone, Taraneh Shirazian, MD specializes in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and the management of many common health issues affecting women. As the director of Global Women’s Health in NYU’s College of Global Public Health, Dr. Shirazian actively researches and raises awareness about global health and women’s health issues. Dr. Shirazian also serves as the president and medical director of Saving Mothers, a nonprofit organization she founded that focuses on women’s health, education, and empowerment in low resource regions. Her research focuses on interventions that can help to reduce the number of women who die during pregnancy or childbirth around the world. Through the treatment she offer to patients as well as her research and engagement with media outlets, Dr. Shirazian always strives to be an advocate for women, both locally and globally, and to champion women’s health education and self-empowerment.

Nancy Berlinger, PhD

Access to Health Care among Undocumented and Migrant Worker Communities

Nancy Berlinger, PhD, is a Research Scholar at The Hastings Center, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit bioethics research institute based in Garrison, NY. She co-founded and co-directs The Hastings Center’s Undocumented Patients project, which maintains a web-based knowledge hub for clinicians, scholars, students, journalists, and policymakers and has developed policy recommendations for improved city-level solutions in New York City.  She is an expert on ethical challenges in health care work and on related health and social policy, with special interests in health care access and social integration for migrants; the social ethics of aging societies, treatment decision-making and care for seriously ill people and problems of safety and harm in health care systems. She teaches an interdisciplinary course on migration at Lehman College, City University of New York. In June 2018, she will be a practitioner fellow at the Bellagio Center of the Rockefeller Foundation for a project on “Migrants as Social Citizens.”

Robert Fullilove, EdD

Social Determinants of Health: The Role of Mass Incarceration

Robert E. Fullilove, EdD is the Associate Dean for Community and Minority Affairs, Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences and the co-director of the Cities Research Group. Dr Fullilove has authored numerous articles in the area of minority health. From 1995 to 2001, he served on the Board of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) at the National Academy of Sciences. Since 1996, he has served on five IOM study committees that have produced reports on a variety of topics including substance abuse and addiction, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and damp indoor spaces and health. In 2003 he was designated a National Associate of the National Academies of Science. In 1998, he was appointed to the Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention (ACHSP) at the Centers for Disease Control, and in July, 2000, he became the committee's co-chair. Finally, between 2004-2007, he served on the National Advisory Council for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Since 2010, he has been teaching public health courses in six New York State prisons that are part of the Bard College Prison Initiative (BPI) and serves as the Senior Advisor to BPI's public health program. Dr Fullilove serves on the editorial boards of the journals Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and the Journal of Public Health Policy. He has been awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award at the Mailman School of Public Health three times (in 1995, 2001, and 2013), and in May, 2002, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Bank Street College of Education.

Washington Heights Corner Project

Overdose Prevention Training and Naloxone Administration Workshop

The Washington Heights Corner Project’s mission is to improve the quality of life of people who use drugs or engage in sex work. They offer empowering and stigma-free health promotion support to individuals and their loved ones that reduce risks associated with drug use and/or sex work including HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and overdose.

Ballet Folklórico de la Revolución en Columbia University


Ballet Folklórico de la Revolución dances to offer accessible education about the violence of drug war capitalism in México and to make visible through art their resistance to the orchestrators of these attacks. 

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Westside Market
Ivy League Stationers
University Housewares
Tom's Restaurant

2017 by Columbia University GlobeMed

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