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2020 Annual Conference

The Heartland Global Health Consortium (HGHC) is entering its 12th year and due to this year’s unprecedented state of events regarding the Global Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s annual conference will be a held a bit differently than in previous years. This year the Heartland Global Health Consortium annual conference will take place via a free Zoom webinar on November 12th, 2020 from 3:30-5:00 pm (CST).


The topic of this year’s annual conference is a timely and relevant subject matter brought to you by experts in the field of public health, science, and medicine.  The webinar will examine the science and policies behind vaccinations, touching on current information significant to the anticipated Coronavirus vaccination process.  


There will be opportunities to explore the basics of vaccine development, discuss best practices, evidence-based research regarding distribution and allocation, and review the policies that either hinder or support the efforts and strategies behind global immunization.  


Due to the different formatting of the conference this year, research posters will be presented the week before the webinar on November 5, 2020 using a real time virtual format, where judges will critique presentations. Recognized student awards will be announced at the end of the webinar on November 12th. 2020.  Please see “Call for Poster” details below for research abstract submissions.


Once again, the Heartland Global Health Consortium will be again honoring a member of the Iowa Global Health community with our Heartland Global Health Advocate Award. Nomination information is outlined below, and the selected nominee will also be announced at the end of the November 12th webinar.


Registration is open! Advanced registration is highly recommended for all attendees.


The Online Program to view speakers and conference agenda will be available soon.


Conference Registration

 REGISTRATION  IS NOW OPEN. Advanced registration is requested for all attendees. Registration will be available until the date of the webinar November 12, 2020. Click on online registration button to register. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Poster Presentations
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If interested in viewing the poster presentations to be held on 

November 5th, 2020 3:30-5pm, Please click on the "Join Us" button below. The link will take you directly to the Zoom meeting. An outline of the research presentations agenda is attached.



 Conference sponsors will be recognized for their donations by advertising their logos on the HGHC website and on any  printed programs and on any or all virtual screens.


 Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor for the Heartland Global Health Consortium (HGHC) please contact the consortium for details, by clicking on the box below.


Call for Poster

This year there is a virtual opportunity for individuals to submit and present research via a real time Zoom presentation. Posters may be submitted by students or faculty. Only students will be considered for poster awards. Research\poster presentations will be held in two sessions 1) undergraduate and 2) graduate research, to be held on Thursday November 5th confirmed time to be determined based on number of poster presentations (tentative time will be between 3:30-5pm). Presentations will be critiqued by judges and awards for each category will be announced at the conclusion of the annual conference webinar on November 12, 2020.

Download full guidelines here.




Submission deadline: November 1, 2020.


Poster abstract submissions should include the following and should be sent to heartlandghc@gmail.com.


  • Title of Poster Be creative (12-word maximum)

  • Brief Narrative Description of Poster Content (Narrative should be 3-5 sentences)

  • List 2-3 Learning Objectives What do you want the attendees to learn/understand by reading your poster?

  • List Poster Author(s) and Contact Information Name; Degrees/Credentials; Organization/School; Title; Phone; and E-mail Address

  • List Poster Presenter(s) and Contact Information Name; Degrees/Credentials; Organization/School; Title; Address; City; State; Zip Code; Phone; and E-mail Address


 Participants will be notified of details regarding their presentation time and Zoom access  by November 2, 2020.

Call for nominations

Once again the Heartland Global Health Consortium will be honoring a member of the Iowa Global Health community with our

"Heartland Global Health Advocate Award 2020"

At this time we are soliciting nominations for any Iowa-based global health researcher, practitioner, and/or advocate who has made a significant impact on global health research, practice or policy during their career.




Submission deadline: November 1, 2020


Nominations should include:


  • A description of the nominee's contribution to global health (250 words)

  • A summary of why they deserve this award (100 words)

  • A brief biography (250 words)


All submissions should be sent to heartlandghc@gmail.com.