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Last modified: Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Student action, global health the focus of free weekend conference at IU

March 26, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- This weekend Indiana University Bloomington will host the Washington, D.C.-based Americans for Informed Democracy's first Midwest conference focusing on student action and global health.

The conference, held Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30, is titled "Mobilizing and Engaging Communities for Global Health" and is co-sponsored by the IU Office of the Vice President for International Affairs and the Center for the Study of Global Change.

Lloyd Kolbe, an internationally recognized public health expert and professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, will give the keynote address.

"How often have we each asked ourselves: 'What can I -- as one person -- really do to improve the future of our world and the lives of its children for the generations to come?' Perhaps, for many, this conference may begin to provide the answer to that question," said Kolbe.

The conference will focus on global health issues such as tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDS, their impact on children, and the importance of the U.S. working with the international community to prevent these diseases. Participants can expect information on these topics as well as leadership, community mobilization and advocacy training.

The conference is open to students, faculty, and other professionals in the Bloomington area and around the Midwest. It is free with breakfast and lunch included. Participants must pre-register. The conference will take place at IU Bloomington's Kelley School of Business. For more information or to register, please visit

For any additional questions, please contact Bernadette de Leon at 812-855-1562 or