September 2012 ADC Business Breakfast Roundtable

This month ADC was excited to feature Dr. Christy Hanson – the Dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College – as the host of its Business Breakfast Roundtable. This was a wonderful opportunity to learn of the recent developments throughout the continent of Africa, especially as it pertains to health. Dr. Hanson presented a wonderful discussion on such topics as the recent progress in Kenya, the challenges to available health care, and the intersection of health and economic development.

  • Participants chat with each other
  • Dr Christy Hanson, dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College speaks to the gathering
  • Dr Christy Hanson, dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College speaks to the gathering
  • Participant speaks to group
  • Hussein Samatar presents Dr. Christy Hanson with a thank you gift

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Christy Hanson is the Dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship and a Senior Lecturer in the International Studies department. Dr. Hanson joined Macalester during the 2011-2012 academic year as the Hubert H. Humphrey Professor and taught courses in international public health, and poverty, health and development. Dr. Hanson has nearly 20 years’ experience as a practitioner of international public health. Her primary area of expertise is tuberculosis (TB) control and has provided technical support to countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America through her previous positions with the World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank, PATH, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She has published and presented widely on various aspects of TB control. Dr. Hanson has also published on the economic burden of neglected tropical diseases and was USAID’s technical and policy lead on the Agency’s NTD Initiative for 5 years. Prior to taking up her role as the Dean of the IGC, Dr. Hanson was the Chief of the Infectious Diseases Division at USAID. Her division included the President’s Malaria Initiative, the NTD control Initiative, and the TB team. She is currently a member of the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s technical review panel, and is the chair of a WHO task force on the impact of neglected tropical disease control. Dr. Hanson received her MPH from the University of Minnesota, and her PhD in international health systems, with a concentration in health economics, from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Hanson’s independent research focuses on the dynamics between poverty, health care seeking behavior and health system response, particularly for the care of infectious diseases. She has been a guest lecturer at Georgetown University, George Washington University, Columbia University, the University of Minnesota, Washington University in St. Louis, and Johns Hopkins University.