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Selected Past Events

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Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference Satellite Session on Pandemic Prevention

April 13, 2023

Phoenix Zones Initiative co-hosted and collaborated on an international session about pandemic prevention for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Conference in Washington, DC. From Science to Policy: How the Pandemic Instrument Can Prevent Pandemics and Enable Equity assessed how a justice-focused pandemic treaty could address current gaps in international policy and effectively address the root causes of pandemic risk. The session led to a series of publications on the issue.

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2023 Capitol Hill Briefing: Transforming Medical Research—Advancements in Science and Ethics

January 30, 2023

Our expert panel, including guests from private industry and academia, spoke to Congressional staffers in Washington, DC, about the current state of play for medical innovation, research, and advancements in science and ethics; what role Congress can play in driving advancements; and how staffers can feel more prepared to approach these scientific and medical issues.

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The Right to Health Training Program

October 27-November 17, 2022

Phoenix Zones Initiative’s Just One Health Project ECHO four-week virtual training and mentorship program outlines how our public policies, institutions, and practices can become more socially, environmentally, and economically just, and promote optimal health and wellbeing for people, animals, and the planet. Contact Marsha Rakestraw at [email protected] if you’re interested in participating in a future training.

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Toward More Innovative, Ethical Research: An Evening with Dr. Charu Chandrasekera

October 20, 2022

The founder and executive director of the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods spoke about what she views as a pathway to transforming medical research.

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Kempe Conference: A Call to Action to Change Child Welfare

October 3-6, 2022

For this international conference, Phoenix Zones Initiative organized four panel discussions to elevate the conversation around children’s rights initiatives that we are pursuing as part of an international coalition. Our feature panel focused on the importance of a rights-based Just One Health approach.

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Transforming Medical Research Training Program

September 8-29, 2022

Phoenix Zones Initiative’s four-week virtual training and mentorship program shows how we can advance evidence-based modern, ethical research founded on primary prevention, justice, and the interdependent connections between the treatment of people and animals. Contact Marsha Rakestraw at [email protected] if you’re interested in participating in a future training.

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Learn to Write Effective Letters to the Editor

September 13, 2022

At this hands-on training, professional writers shared strategies and insights for writing effectively and getting published. Contact Marsha Rakestraw at [email protected] if you’re interested in participating in a similar event.

Ecological Justice and the Right to Health Expert Panel

May 19, 2022

Moderated by Phoenix Zones Initiative’s co-founder and president, at this event, a panel of experts discussed why and how centering ecological justice and a right to health across global and local policies and practices can help ensure that people, animals, and the planet can be healthy and thrive.

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Transforming Medical Research: An Interdisciplinary Panel

January 27, 2022

In this far-reaching international and interdisciplinary panel, experts discussed how human research protections offer a framework toward a transformative research agenda that benefits and protects both people and animals.

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