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Novant Health and Kybele to host Global Health Worker Symposium on March 3

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– Novant Health and co-host Kybele Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to improving childbirth safety worldwide through educational partnerships, invite members of the community to attend next month’s Global Health Worker Symposium. It will be held at the Novant Health Conference Center on the campus of Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center. 

The all-day event, running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, will include speakers from a broad range of specialties and hands-on activities, as well as networking opportunities. Sessions will cover the nuts and bolts of global service, answers to how global health affects the local community and perspectives from members of our international communities. Dr. Julie Linton, a nationally known expert and local pediatrician, will deliver this year’s keynote address. The event is free to all attendees who bring one or more eligible first-aid items for donation (approved donation item list below). 

In 2017, Novant Health was granted special consultative status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Consultative status for an organization enables it to actively engage with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with the U.N. Secretariat, programs, funds and agencies in a number of ways. This gives Novant Health a platform on the international stage to contribute to work in the areas of women’s and children’s health and wellness, population health, poverty and food security.

Consultative status builds on the global initiative launched in 2014 when Novant Health entered into a collaborative agreement with Kybele. The agreement enabled increased collaboration between Novant Health women’s services to reach beyond the borders of the United States and identify host country partnerships.

“Through the Kybele partnership, we have hosted country collaborations to provide both medical care and maternal/infant death-prevention programs. Our team members have also had the opportunity to participate in global medical work to provide maternal-fetal education and support in countries around the world,” said Dr. Chere Gregory, senior vice president of women’s services at Novant Health. “Working with both government and nongovernment agencies, we have been able to identify gender health care discrepancies and increase awareness about care gaps that exist in North Carolina, across the United States and abroad. We hope to use this event to continue to drive community conversations about the importance of global health.”

Admission is free to the symposium with the donation of one or more of the following suggested items:

Health care items
Gauze pads
Alcohol/Antiseptic swabs
Latex exam gloves
Digital thermometers
Pregnancy tests
Hand sanitizer
Reading glasses
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Asthma air chambers

*Note: We cannot accept medications that have been opened or that will expire within 12 months.
Adult ibuprofen/Advil
Adult acetaminophen/Tylenol
Allergy medication (over the counter, e.g., Zyrtec)
Children’s Tylenol, Motrin, allergy, cough and cold, stomach (over the counter)
Hydrocortisone ointment
Antibiotic ointment/Neosporin
Antifungal crème (Gyne-Lotrimin, clotrimazole)
Lice treatment
Adult, pediatric, prenatal vitamins

To register for this year’s event, please visit Kybele website at 

Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018