The UW-Milwaukee Healthy People on a Healthy Planet Conference was held on Friday, September 27, 2019. This was an interdisciplinary global health conference, focusing on the 17 United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through a community nursing lens. The public was invited to submit abstracts on local and global projects related to the SDGs. Over 115 people attended the conference, exceeding our goal, and evaluations indicate that the conference was “inspiring” for the attendees. Conference presenters came from 29 different universities and organizations from around the world, with a mix of students, faculty, staff, and practitioners.
The attendees enjoyed the slate of speakers and presenters. Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes’ opening remarks highlighted what Wisconsin is doing to address climate change. Dr. Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu, Associate Professor at UWM College of Nursing, gave the keynote address, “Reflections on Trust in the Healthcare Provider-Patient Relationship: Acknowledging the Healthcare System as a Microcosm of a Broader Society,” received a standing ovation. UWM Vice Chancellor for Inclusion and Engagement, and Alternate Representative to the 67th General Assembly of the United Nations, with the honorary rank of Ambassador, Dr. Joan Prince, motivated attendees with “call to action” to help achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The United Nation’s SDG focus on topics including poverty and hunger, health and well-being, education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, economic growth, industry, innovation and infrastructure, inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, consumption and production, climate action, life below water and on land, institutions, and partnership. To find out more about them please visit: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/