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Global Health and You: Why Culture Matters


Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, PhD, MPH

Professor and Head, Department of Biobehavioral Health, the Pennsylvania State University

The quest for equity in global health remains a major challenge as new diseases threaten to erase gains in lives saved over the last few decades. Culture is a critical aspect of how we address global health. Understanding the relationship between health and culture in countries around the world can mean the difference between success and failure in promoting health and preventing diseases globally. Global health requires a multidisciplinary approach to understanding behaviors and contexts related to health. Learn about an exciting cultural model (PEN-3) that is being applied globally to health promotion, health behavior, and public health programs.


Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, Ph.D., M.P.H., is professor and head of the Department of Biobehavioral health at the Pennsylvania State University. He has been a consultant to WHO, UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNFPA and other international agencies. He is the author of the PEN-3 model used to centralize culture in public health and health promotion projects. He has published numerous articles, book chapters, and books. His books include Health and Culture: Beyond the Western Paradigm; UNAIDS Communications Framework for HIV/AIDS: A New Direction; and his 2007 book titled Healing Our Differences: the Crisis of Global Health and the Politics of Identity. He was the Principle Investigator on a five-year (2004 – 2009) NIMH grant on Capacity Building for research on HIV/AIDS stigma in South Africa. He is also the Principal Investigator on a five- year (2006 – 2011) Fogarty/NIH global health and georesource grant to address public health training and capacity building in Nigeria.


A reception will be held at 5pm at the UNE Art Gallery


Center for Global Humanities


(207) 221-4335

6:00 PM
WCHP Lecture Hall

Portland Campus

Free and open to the public