Coffee Hour: Global Health and the New Scramble for Africa, Collins O. Airhihenbuwa

Friday, November 18, 2011 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Refreshments in 319 Walker at 3:30 p.m. Talk in 112 Walker at 5:00 p.m.

The quest for equity in global health continues to remain a major challenge, particularly in Africa. Culture remains a critical context within which African health has been defined, appropriated, and misappropriated. Understanding the relationship between health and culture in Africa could mean the difference between success and failure in promoting health and preventing diseases. Global health requires a multidisciplinary approach to understanding behaviors and contexts related to health. Africa represents a critical point of departure in understanding the success and challenges in global health.

Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, PhD, MPH, is a Professor and Head, Department of Biobehavioral health, at Penn State. He is internationally renowned for his work on health and culture and has served as a consultant to several UN agencies including WHO, UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNFPA, USAID and other international agencies. He is the author of the PEN-3 model used to centralize culture in public health and health promotion projects. He has published numerous articles, book chapters, and books. His books include Health and Culture: Beyond the Western Paradigm; the UNAIDS Communications Framework for HIV/AIDS: A New Direction; and his 2007 book entitled Healing Our Differences: the Crisis of Global Health and the Politics of Identity by Roman and Littlefield. He chairs the Advisory Board of the Global Philanthropy Alliance, a public philanthropy, which is funding projects in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria. He is the former President of the Society for Public Health Education, and received the 2007 SOPHE Distinguished Fellow Award. He received the 1998 Scholar of the Year by the American Association for Health Education, the 2000 Symbol of HOPE award by the American Journal of Health Promotion, and the 2006 David Satcher award recipient by the Centers for Disease Control and the Directors of Health Promotion and Education. He is the 2011 recipient of the Penn State Faculty Outreach Award. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.


You can read two of his published articles below.