On June 17, 2015, Dr. Hripsime Zatikyan Wright delivered the keynote address at the 1st Annual Global Health Armenia Conference, hosted by Yerevan State Medical University, in collaboration with the University of Utah.  Speakers at the Conference included Dr. Michael Narimanyan, Rector of Yerevan State Medical University; Dr. Sergey Khachatryan, Deputy Minister of Health, Ministry of Health of Armenia; Dr. Tatul Hakobyan, Head of the World Health Organization in Armenia; Alik Bazatchyan, Director of the Republic of Armenia’s National Institute of Health; Khachanush Hakobyan, Executive Director of the American-Armenian Wellness Center; Lusine Kocharyan, Head of the Health Department, Red Cross; and many more.

This first of it’s kind Conference also included a research poster session where both YSMU and U of U students could present research posters specific to research conducted in Armenia by Dr. Hripsime Zatikyan Wright and her teams of University of Utah students.

It’s important to note that while Conference was conceived in the mind of Dr. Hripsime Zatikyan Wright, for it to be brought to fruition required collaboration with many local and international partners.  Amongst said wonderful partners, we must recognize Yerevan State Medical University’s Dean of Public Health Dr. Marine Hovannisyan, who along with Dr. Hripsime Zatikyan Wright worked tirelessly in organizing and executing Global Health Armenia Conference 2015.

Also, this year’s Conference couldn’t have happened without our University of Utah/Yerevan State Medical University students, who after weeks of outreach and research, showed their love for Armenia and public health by working to make this Conference a success.

While at the Global Health Armenia Conference 2015, a palpable dream permeated – one of a bright public health future for the Republic of Armenia, promising improved, equitable health outcomes.

Included in this post is Dr. Hripsime Zatikyan Wright’s keynote address and many other addresses from the Conference.

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