Dr. Deb McFarland of the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, and a member of Glenn Memorial UMC, will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Conference Laity Dinner on Wednesday, June 14, in the Athena Ballrooms of The Classic Center.
"Dr. McFarland will focus on the value of public health projects by organizations like The United Methodist Church such as clean water, Imagine No Malaria, Abundant Health, and other public health initiatives," said Conference Lay Leader Bill Martin. "This will tie in to our Annual Conference theme of 'Show Your Work' as well as one the Four Areas of Focus of The United Methodist Church, Improving Global Health."
An Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health and the Department of Health Policy and Management, Dr. McFarland's specialty is international health care financing and health policy. She has been involved in health policy and health financing issues for the past 25 years with particular interest in the interface of disease control programs and health systems, and the ethics and economics of resource allocation for public health priorities.
Dr. McFarland served in the Peace Corps in Liberia, worked as a health services specialist for the United Mine Workers Health and Retirement Funds in central Appalachia, and was the director of a network of primary care clinics in the same region. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow in health policy and finance at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and with the National Governors Association on Capitol Hill. She is director of the Foege Fellowship program in the RSPH, the Global Field Experience Program, the Peace Corps Masters International Program.
The Laity Luncheon is sponsored by the Conference Board of Laity. Register at www.ngumc.org/AC2017.