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MISSOULA The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana will host local and international experts in health care, technology, big data and global health at its 2016 Innovation & Imagination in Global Health conference on Tuesday, April 12.

The annual conference, which explores how new challenges, technology and ideas are changing the nature of health care and how we view health at home and worldwide, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. Sessions are free and open to the public, but participants are asked to register online ahead of time at  to ensure space at panels and the lunch reception.
Small towns, big cities and rural villages across the United States and the globe all face the same obstacles to community health and caring for individuals. Aging populations, natural disasters, epidemics, pollution and environmental changes all challenge current health care systems and present new obstacles and threats to individual and community health. New technology and creativity allow communities to confront these challenges with innovative solutions tailored to each community’s needs, geography and resources.
Speakers at Innovation & Imagination in Global Health will examine topics such as “Why are Americans Getting Increasingly Unhealthy and Living Shorter Lives?,” “How Do We Care for Our Aging Population in Asia, Europe, and North America,?” “How to Drive Innovation in Global Health,” “How Air Pollution Impacts Our Health and How We Can Deal With It” and “When Nature Turns Violent: Natural Disasters, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness.”
Innovation & Imagination in Global Health is part of UM’s ix5 week, which also features innovateUM, GradCon and the UM Conference on Undergraduate Research. More information on ix5 is online.
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM promotes better understanding of Asia, U.S. relations with Asia and ethics in public affairs in the spirit of Sen. Mike Mansfield (1903-2001) and his wife and life partner, Maureen Hayes Mansfield. The center houses programs that focus on the peoples and cultures of modern Asia and ethics in public affairs – the core interests and hallmarks of Sen. Mansfield’s career. More information is available HERE