Ebola Symposium, March 2015
This was an interdisciplinary symposium that featured a variety of presentations that highlighted: Ebola 101, Social Consequences of the Ebola Crisis in West Africa, Experience of a Front Line Worker in West Africa's Ebola Crisis, Hospital Preparedness in Alberta for Ebola, and Music for Ebola Education and Behavioural Change (via Skype from West Africa & the USA). Over a six month period, health sciences faculty and University of Alberta staff participated with health professional colleagues and community partners on an activity to raise attention and understanding of the plight of Ebola in West Africa. Symposium committee members from the School of Public Health, Faculty of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta International, and Alberta Health Services, as well as Princess Ocansey from Ghana, participated together to coordinate the event on Saturday, March 21, 9-1 pm. The symposium took place in the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) and commenced with opening remarks from Dr. James Talbot, Chief Medical Officer for Alberta Health, and included presentations from Dr. Stan Houston (Medicine), Princess Ocansey (Ghana), Dr. Geoff Taylor (Medicine), and Dr. Michael Frishkopf (Music); with musicians Samuel Morgan, Edwin Tweh, and Mark Gray. University of Alberta nursing graduate of 5 years, Stephanie Urness, provided a profound and emotional account of her six-week experience caring for Ebola patients on the front line in Sierra Leone with Doctors Without Borders. The symposium drew about 60 health care professionals, faculty, students,and public attendees. There was no cost but attendees were encouraged to consider donating on-line to non-profit organizations working with Ebola.