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Examining the why, Discovering the how

Hosted at the Biomedical Science Research Building, University of Michigan

March 23rd, 2013

Updated Full Schedule now available here.

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Suzan Song, MD, MPH, PhD (candidate) : Dr. Song is a global child/adolescent & adult psychiatrist and medical director of AACI, where she works with low-income families, at-risk youth, and refugees from the Center for Survivors of Torture. Currently she is finishing a PhD dissertation on intergenerational stress between former child soldiers and their families, and community-based healing. Click here for more information.

Ameena Matthews, Violence Interrupter, Cure Violence: Ms. Matthews is a community activist and violence interrupter for the Chicago-based organization, Cure Violence (formerly CeaseFire), which uses an innovative model to approach violence as an infectious disease.  The organization aims to decrease the brutal violence that continues to disproportionately impact the city’s poor, urban neighborhoods through a peer-based public health-oriented approach. She was recently featured in the national and international award-winning documentary, “The Interrupters” and has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work. (UIC bio and Interview on the Colbert Report)


If you are interested in attending this year’s symposium or submitting an abstract, please click on Registration Links and continue from there. Last call for Abstract Submissions!

Friday, March 22nd, 6:00 pm, Medical Science Building II 3813/3817 - SOUP Dinner – Tickets are now available here – Spots are limited, so buy soon!

Attention: For those who attended last year’s symposium, please click here to complete a quick follow-up questionnaire!


Sujal Parikh was a University of Michigan medical student and NIH Fogarty Scholar who held leadership positions on the Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) Student Advisory Board, as well as in AMSA, GHEC, UAEM, UM Center for Global Health, and UVP.  A passionate believer in the collective power of committed individuals to advance health and social justice, Sujal leveraged his networks within these organizations to make each of them stronger.  Sujal’s unique gift for bringing people together in pursuit of common goals inspired the theme for this year’s joint conference.  Learn more about Sujal here.

The Sujal Parikh Memorial Symposium:

The Sujal Parikh Memorial Symposium on Health and Social Justice began as a collaborative effort among friends, colleagues, and representatives of the numerous global health organizations to which Sujal contributed. The 2011 symposium, The Social (Justice) Network, brought together diverse students and professionals to learn from one another, create lasting connections, and generate new ideas for the advancement of health and social justice. Together, we established a community committed to carrying on Sujal’s work and ensuring that his spirit continues to inspire a better world.