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Press Release for Thursday, January 23, 2014

UNF and UF Florida International Summit Spotlights Haiti and Florida

Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Public Relations Department
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida and the University of Florida, members of the Florida Network for Global Studies (FNGS), are sponsoring the 2014 Florida International Summit from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Adam W. Herbert University Center, Building 43, on the UNF campus.

The topic, “Global Health and Medical Diplomacy: Haiti and Florida,” has been created to allow Floridians an opportunity to better understand the medical, health and socio-economic challenges that Haiti continues to encounter. Only 838 miles south of Florida, Haiti has continued to experience one challenge after another.

The FNGS was established in 2003 and is a consortium of Florida universities dedicated to fostering activities that strengthen expertise and interest in global studies issues. Current members include UNF, University of Florida, University of Central Florida, Florida State University, University of South Florida and Florida International University. The goal is to advance the exchange of information and analyses of economic, political, social and technological changes taking place in an increasingly globalized world. The Florida International Summit is the annual conference hosted on a rotation basis by FNGS members.

FNGS, through the leadership of UNF and UF, has assembled some of the leading experts on Haiti, including Ambassador Pamela A. White, U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Haiti; Dr. Jean Claude Cadet, dean, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, State University of Haiti; P.K. (Ken) Keen, retired U.S. Lt. Gen. and associate dean for leadership development, Goizueta Business School at Emory University; Dr. Jean Josue Pierre, Adventist University of Haiti president; Dr. Celeste Philip, Deputy Secretary for Health and Deputy State Officer for Children’s Medical Services, Florida Department of Health; Capt. William Todd, director of surgical services, Naval Hospital, Jacksonville; and Dr. Christine Dorr, Captain Medical Corps, U.S. Navy at Mayport;

Expert panelists will discuss why Haiti is important to Florida and what residents can do to help. Topics will include Key Health Issues and How they Affect South Florida, Policy Concerns and Economic Impact, Role of NGO’s Working in Haiti, Sustainability Issues, Infrastructure and Development of Medical Facilities, Diseases and Vaccinations and Post-disaster Women’s Health.

Registration fees are $95 by Friday, Jan. 31; $110 by Friday, Feb. 7; and
$55 for FNGS faculty/military personnel (required identification at the door) by Friday, Jan. 24; and $20 for students (university ID required at the door). Register for the event by visiting For more information, contact
Mabel Cardec at or at (352) 273-1515.

Sponsors for this event include the UNF International Center, UNF Brooks College of Health, UNF International Studies, UF Emerging Pathogens Institute, UF Center for Latin American Studies, UF International Center, UF College of Public Health and Health Professions and UF Center for International Business Education and Research.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.