Mountains Beyond Mountains: Taking Action for Global Health Equity

PIH_logo_plum_for_webWednesday, October 23, 2013

12:00 – 1:00pm, Latzer Hall, University YMCA
7:00pm – 8:00pm, Lewis Auditorium, Urbana Free Library

jon shaffer

Jon Shaffer
Community Engagement Coordinator
Partners in Health

Partners in Health is a non-profit organization begun over 25 years ago by Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim and Ophelia Dahl to provide modern medical science to communities facing the combined challenges of poverty, high burden of disease, and limited health services in the public sector. Partners in Health works in Haiti, Rwanda, Malawi, Mexico, Russia, Lesotho, Peru, USA, Navajo Nation, Kazakhstan, and the Dominican Republic, and has partners in Togo, Nepal, Mali, Liberia, Burundi, and Guatemala. Jon Shaffer, PIH Community Engagement Coordinator, talks about actions we can take in our daily lives to advance the human right to health locally and globally.

Jon Shaffer is the community engagement coordinator at Partners In Health. In this role, he is working to build a community organizing strategy that can strengthen the growing movement for health as a human right. Previously, Jon served for two years as the Executive Director of GlobeMed, during which time the national network grew from 17 university-based chapters and 500 students to 46 chapters and more than 1,500 students, all working in partnership with 47 grassroots health organizations on four continents. Jon graduated in 2009 from Northwestern University where he studied biomedical engineering.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies, Global Health Initiative, University YMCA.

Funded by SORF.