Extreme Affordability Conference


“Disrupting Barriers to Strengthen Global Health”

Extreme Affordability was a regional conference hosted by the University of Utah in 2017, developed as a clear and undisputed rally point for those redesigning the systems and processes by which we deliver value in health care.

The University of Utah has a history of Global Health work addressing the systems and processes by which we deliver health care, and focusing on how to make changes that will increase access, quality, and equitability. We envision a world where the highest standards of health are accessible and affordable for everyone. We welcome medical practitioners, policymakers, professionals, investors, technologists, students and businesses to join us to infuse the problem-solving environment with innovative spirit and renewed energy.

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1 Pediatric Surgery Across Sub-Saharan Africa: A Multi-Centre Prospective Cohort Study N.J. Wright; T.T. Anyomih; S. Tabiri; F.A. Abantanga; P.M. Wondoh; E.O. Abem; O. Imoro; A.S. Seidu; I.M. Adakudugu; N. Ade-Ajayi; E. Ameh; K. Lakhoo; A. Leather; D. Poenaru Objective: To form a collaboration of surgeons and allied health professionals to collectively undertake the largest prospective cohort study of pediatric surgery across sub-Saharan Africa.
2 Overcoming Utah Sex Education Barriers Using Global Examples Rene Gilfillan; Sydney Friesen; Stormy Foster-Palmer; Ivy Christofferson; Christian Price; Sherry Liao, University of Utah Honors Global Health Scholars To use successful global examples of sexual education reforms to overcome similar barriers to comprehensive sex education and health in Utah.
3 Promoting ADHD Education to Reduce Gaps in Reporting and Knowledge of the Disorder Worldwide Morgan Laverty; Danielle Bonser; Francesca Botto; Tyler Laws Under and over reported cases of ADHD amasses a large burden of disease across all nations and socioeconomic circumstances. Variation in knowledge and reporting of the disorder results in conflicting data which renders many countries unable to understand [...]
4 The Prevalence and Correlates of Non-Communicable Diseases among Rural Ghanaians B. Espiritu; O.A. Owusu; S. Imanbekova; E. Cryer; S. Connor; B. Pearson; R. Gilfillan; C. Jensen; E. Amuzu; J.M. Boaheng; R. Buxton; L.S. Benson; D. Ansong; T.T. Dickerson Recent studies have suggested that both hypertension and hypertension-related factors (e.g. diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, hypercholesterolemia) are common in some regions of the African sub-Sahara. Until recently, hypertension and related diseases were [...]
5 The Role of Laparoscopy in a Semi-Urban Nigerian Hospital: an Outcomes-focused Comparative Analysis of Laparoscopic and Open Surgery Katherine E. Smiley, MD; Funmilola Wuraola, MBBS; Bolanle Mojibola, MBChB; Adewale Aderounmu MBBS; Raymond R. Price; Adewale O. Adisa, MBChB Laparascopic surgery allows: swifter recovery versus open surgery; fewer would complications; possibly greater value to low- to middle- income countries versus high-income. Nigeria is the fastest-growing economy and most populous country in sub-Saharan [...]
6 Promoting Family Planning in Developing Countries through Culturally Sensitive and Successful Means Bridget Dorsey; Avery Mallett; Samira Saeed; Omar Shihab Consistent access to family planning resources, paired with secondary education for girls, removes barriers around the world to family planning in a culturally sensitive and successful way.
7 Project Embrace: A Non-Profit Organization Dedicated to Reducing Medical Waste and Promoting Global Health Through the Provision of Sustainable Medical Devices to Low and Middle-Income Countries Mohan Sudabattula As an organization, Project Embrace is dedicated to the reduction of global health inequalities and promotion of a healthy planet. We do this through the collection, sanitation, shipment and delivery of sustainable medical devices that provide either [...]
8 Structural Quality of Healthcare Facilities in India Bianca Armenta; Naveen Rathi; Nushean Assasnik, BS; Akiko Kamimura, PhD, MSW, MA India has a number of health issues and the healthcare facilities in India are insufficient due to poor quality of care. This study focuses on structural aspects of quality of care in India. The purpose of this study is to examine the factors affecting the [...]
9 The Perception and Management of Acute and Chronic Pain in Rural Ghana Harris, M., Birdsall, A., Birdsall, M., Sparks, CD., Benson, SL., Dickerson, T. Pain is valued in healthcare as a primary indicator of a patients health status. The U.S. consumes approximately 700mg of morphine equivalence per capita. Comparatively, Ghana uses approximately 0.152mg per capita. With such a difference of opioid usage, we [...]
10 Prevalence of Dyslipidemia and Related Risk Factors Among Adults in Armenia Hripsime Z. Wright, MD, MPH; Ketevan Amirkhanashvili MS2; Natalie Channel MS2; Marine G. Hovhannisyan, MD, MPH This study provides insight into the previously unreported prevalence of dyslipidemia in a region with high CVD mortality.
11 Preventative Healthcare in Post-Soviet Armenia: Providing Education and Screenings to Expand Awareness of Noncommunicable Diseases Hripsime Z. Wright MD, MPH; Erin Gavin, MD Candidate; Natalie Channell, MD Candidate; Bethlyn Craner, MPH Candidate; Ketevan Amirkhanashvili, MD Candidate; Marine G. Hovhannisyan, MD, MPH Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) account for over 75% of annual deaths globally. Cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and respiratory disease are the most common NCDs which, while typically unique to the developed world, are growing in prominence in [...]
12 Medical Cost and Healthcare Resource Utilization Influenced by Anti-Platelet Agent Selection in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome Kibum Kim, PhD; Daniel R. Touchette, Pharm D.; Todd A. Lee, Pharm; Amer K. Ardati, MD, MSf; Surrey M. Walton, PhDc; Robert J. DiDomenico, Pharm D, FCCPd Acute coronary syndrome (ACS), after receiving percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), requires appropriate long-term antiplatelet therapy with a P2Y12 combination with aspirin.[1,2] Clopidogrel, a 2nd generation P2Y12 antagonist, has stood as the [...]
13 Open Access - The Holy Grail for Low Resource Practitioners? Mark J. Harris MD MPH; Mellanye Lackey, MSI There is a significant health workforce deficit in low income countries (LICs). In addition, professionals and students in LICs have limited options for their continuing medical education and the propagation of their scholarly work. Access to the current [...]
14 Improving Newborn Care in Resource Poor Settings: Evaluation of a Combined Training and Quality Improvement Approach Kajsa Vlasic; M. Caitlin Indart; Caitlin Stiglmeier MD; Reena Patel MD; Meghna Patel; Pranav Brahmbhatt; Christopher Maloney MD, PhD; Bernhard Fassl MD Every year 2.8 million newborns die worldwide due to complications in the newborn period. Newborns with low birth weight (<2500 grams) are at greatest risk for death due to complications related to asphyxia, prematurity and infections. Outcomes for newborns [...]
15 Making the Case for Informatics in Global Health Ramkiran Gouripeddi, MBBS, MS; Katherine Sward, PhD, RN Health Informatics: the scientific field that deals with the storage, retrieval, sharing, and optimal use of biomedical information, data, and knowledge for problem solving and decision making. Its application for improving global health and achieving [...]
16 Muslim Women Refugees & Health System Navigation Deb Penney PhD, MPH, MS, CNM To describe perceptions and experiences of Iraqi Muslim women and primary health care providers in the context of the health encounter.
17 Moran CORE - Online Learning in Sight Emily Olsen The Moran CORE website is an open-source, free multi-media ophthalmology education resource for residents, fellows, students, and ophthalmologists worldwide.
18 Low-cost 3D Surgical Microscope For Use in Low-Resource Settings Matt Lamont MD; Isak Goodwin MD; Jay Agarwal MD Hundreds of thousands of microvascular surgeries are performed in the US annually. These include flap surgeries to provide tissue coverage to poorly-perfused anatomy, as in breast reconstruction after mastectomy and radiation, as well as cardiothoracic [...]
19 Wrist Planner & Scheduler, A Novel Appointment Reminder for Homeless Patients Stacy Bamberg; Marianne Becnel, BS; Stephen Goldsmith; Hanna Hendrickson, BS-S The Burden of Missed Appointments at Homeless Clinics: Clinic no-shows at outpatient clinics result in decreased efficiency, loss of revenue, and a community losses from patients who would have benefited from medical care. Through Hendrickson's research [...]
20 Uptake and Performance of Clinical Breast Exam Screening by Trained Laywomen in Malawi Lily Gutnik; Vanessa Msosa; Agnes Moses; Christopher Stanley; Suzgo Mzumara; Bal Dhungel; George Liomba; Clara Lee; Satish Gopal Breast cancer burden is high in low-income countries. Inadequate early detection contributes to late diagnosis and increased mortality. We describe the results of Malawi's first clinical breast exam (CBE) screening program.
21 High Ambient Temperatures as a Cause of Neonatal Fever? Investigating the Association Between Environmental Temperature and Newborn Body Temperature M. Caitlin Indart; Kajsa Vlasic; Caitlin Stiglmeier, MD; Reena Patel, MD; Meghna Patel; Pranav Brahmbhatt; Christopher Maloney, MD, PhD; Bernhard Fassl, MD Fever in an infant, especially in the neonatal period, is a highly concerning finding that could indicate a life-threatening illness. Determining the cause of a fever is crucial to giving appropriate and effective treatment, whether that be antibiotics, [...]
22 Food Security in Burkina Faso: The Influence of Savings Groups on Women's Roles in Household Food Security Yvonne Allsop, MPH(c), Jessica Wilkinson, MPH(c), Kate Strickling, MPH(c), Benjamin Crookston, PhD, Megan Gash, Research Director, Freedom from Hunger (BYU) In Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in Africa, 44.6% of individuals live on less than $1.25 per day. Over recent years, climate-related hazards have been detrimental to the health of the population in the north/central regions of the country. [...]
23 Efficacy of Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Malaria in Children of Rural Ghana N. Griswold; T. Dickerson; J. Reynolds; E. Roberts; D. Ansong; L.S. Benson; C. Nkyi; J. M. Boaheng; E. Amuzu; S. Gren; M. V. M. Morhe; P. A. Kontor; O. A. Owusu; M. G. Quansah; R. Buxton In 2015, 88% of new cases and 90% of deaths due to malaria were in the WHO Africa region, mostly among children. Historically, making a definitive diagnosis of malaria required microscopic examination of a carefully prepared blood sample by a skilled [...]
24 The Economic and Disease Burden of Chronic Pain in Rural Ghana Chelsea Thompson We surveyed over 600 individuals from the rural Ashanti region of Ghana to assess incidence of chronic pain as well as the impact that this pain has on daily life, including ability to work. We found that 61% of community members ages 18-100 reported some [...]
25 Impact of Genomic Profiling on Treatment Decisions for Patients with Melanoma and Colorectal Cancer Cohorts Eman Biltaji; Trang Au; Keith Gligorich; Mary P. Bronner; David Stenehjem; Diana Brixner Clinical guidelines recommend BRAF and RAS testing in melanoma and colorectal cancer (CRC), respectively, to guide treatment (Tx). Limited data supports routine multi-gene profiling.

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