Graphic promoting 2014 Critical Conversations Keynote Speaker David Relman.

2015-2016 Schedule Highlights:

"Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths: Working Across Sectors to Make the Vision a Reality"

Friday, October 23, 2015 | 2:30 p.m.

Student Union Theater, North Campus

Headshot of John Borrazzo.

Dr. John Borrazzo

Chief of the Maternal and Child Health Division in the Bureau for Global Health, U.S. Agency for International Development

Dr. John Borrazzo is Chief of the Maternal and Child Health Division in the Bureau for Global Health at the U.S. Agency for International Development, which includes responsibilities for maternal, newborn and child health, as well as environmental health.

Schedule Highlights

Events are free and open to the public.

Advance registration is recommended, but not required, for these two events.


12:30 p.m.

A complimentary lunch will be provided for pre-registered guests beginning at 12:00 noon (Registration will be capped at 100)

105 Harriman Hall, South Campus

Beyond the Ivory Tower: Diverse Perspectives to Address Global Health Challenges

Panel discussion featuring Dr. Borrazzo and panelists from the UB faculty, student body and local community

Moderator: Dr. Pavani Ram, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health and Director of UB's Community of Excellence in Global Health Equity


  • Mr. Ba Zan Lin, Program Coordinator, Burmese Community Support Center
  • Dr. Shaanta Murshid, Assistant Professor of Social Work
  • Dr. Sarah Robert, Assistant Professor of Learning and Instruction, Graduate School of Education
  • Mr. Luke Scannell, doctoral student, Civil, Structural And Environmental Engineering
  • Dr. Korydon Smith, Associate Professor of Architecture

Panel Discussion Video:



Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths: Working Across Sectors to Make the Vision a Reality

Keynote address by Dr. John Borrazzo

Student Union Theater, UB North Campus 

Reception to follow in Student Union Social Hall


The last 25 years have seen enormous progress in decreasing global maternal and child mortality, with both approximately halving from 1990 to 2015.   Roughly half of these gains are estimated to have been due to interventions outside the health sector.   In late September 2015 at the United Nations, new Sustainable Development Goals were adopted, including 2030 targets for further ambitious reductions in maternal and child mortality, on an ultimate path to end preventable child and maternal deaths in a generation.  Achieving this vision will require invigorated efforts to align activities in health, education, nutrition, water and sanitation, infrastructure, and energy and to ensure that critical interventions reach the most vulnerable populations.  Dr. Borrazzo will draw on his personal experience as a trained engineer and now leader in maternal and child health to discuss the opportunities and challenges for intersectoral action in the post-2015 era.

Keynote Address Video: