8th Annual Mount Sinai Global Health Conference Focuses on Indigenous Communities

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – I will be attending this year’s 8th Annual Mount Sinai Global Indigenous Health Conference in New York City this weekend. I’m really looking forward to Friday evenings movie screening. See below for more information! If you’re in New York this week, I highly suggest that you register and attend. This should be a not-to-be-missed event! See you there! -NativeJournalist

There are an estimated 370 million indigenous peoples living in more than 70 countries worldwide. They represent a rich diversity of cultures, religions, traditions, languages and histories; yet continue to be among the world's most marginalized population groups. -Mount Sinai Global Health Conference

From the organizer’s website:
Indigenous people represent a rich diversity of cultures, religions, traditions, languages and histories; yet continue to be among the world’s most marginalized population groups.

Indigenous peoples remain on the margins of society: they are poorer, less educated, die at a younger age, are much more likely to commit suicide, and are generally in worse health than the rest of the population (The Indigenous World 2006, International Working Group on Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), ECOSOC Consultative Status)

Few have been more marginalized and ignored by Washington for as long as Native Americans, our first Americans…I know what it means to feel ignored and forgotten, and what it means to struggle, so you will not be forgotten as long as I’m in this White House. (President Barack Obama, White House Tribal Nations Conference, Nov. 2009)

The next annual Mount Sinai Global Health Conference will showcase a range of indigenous health issues… register today and join other students, physicians, academics, activists, and community members to learn more about the critical health issues facing indigenous groups both here in the United States and across the globe.

The response to this year’s conference has been [overwhelmingly] positive. Since we are expecting a larger than expected number of attendees, we have changed the location of the conference to the Stern Auditorium, located at 1468 Madison Avenue @ 100th Street.

The conference takes place February 26-27, 2010.

Events:

Friday, 2/26 @6:30pm Screening of “The Battle for Whiteclay” (Awarded Best Political Documentary at the 2009 New York International Independent Film Festival) and discussion with the filmmakers, Mark Vasina and Frank LaMere

Saturday, 2/27:

9:00am Conference Sign-in
10am Speaker Presentation: Steven Donziger, Aguida vs. ChevronTexaco, Ecuador
11:00am Speaker Presentation: Ricardo Palma, Xingu Indian Park, Brazil
12:00pm Complimentary Lunch/ Poster Session
1:00pm Speaker Presentation: Cynthia Lindquist, Spirit Lake Dakota Reservation
2:00pm Small Group Discussions
3:00pm Keynote Speaker: Winona LaDuke, White Earth Land Recovery Project
4:00pm Closing Remarks

According to the website, after attending this conference, participants should be able to:
* Define and discuss the meaning of the term, Indigenous
* Identify the major health problems of indigenous populations.
* Examine the major difficulties, trends and factors that affect Indigenous Health
* Recognize the importance for all health professionals to respect Indigenous knowledge
* Recognize the importance of community participation in Indigenous health services, and the need for inclusion of Indigenous peoples onto the international health and development agenda

For more information, click here.

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