About PEGASUS

Pegasus is a thought stimulating conference, convening leaders, change-makers, and participants from multiple disciplines to engage in discourse about actions and policies to improve unacceptable levels of poor health. The conference is set to dynamically engage stakeholders by providing an interactive forum to share their expertise in research, education, field experiences, advocacy and policy to reduce disparities, inequities and social injustices across our three major themes – peace, global health and sustainable solutions.

This conference intends to build on previous Global Health concepts, but also on the momentum and critical linkages developed during meetings such as the Transcending Borders Towards Global Health Conference. Our task is to engage the next generation of leaders and to advance awareness and knowledge of global health issues through a lens of peace and sustainability locally and abroad.

Conference Mission

Our aim is to advance awareness and knowledge of Global Health issues, locally and abroad framed through a lens of peace and sustainability. The conference will do so by bringing together physicians, health professionals, students, health-related organizations and community members to share their innovative ideas and concepts on the dynamics of Global Health and the socio-ecological determinants that impact health worldwide.

A key outcome of the conference will be the development and refinement of new ideas of advocacy and participation in global change towards peace, health and sustainable solutions. We expect to foster a growing commitment towards service in Global Health, as well as an appreciation for diversity, interdisciplinary learning and interprofessionalism within the field.

Integrate and Engage

Integrate the need for those interested in these core areas and to also be engaged in matters concerning the links between health and education, equity, poverty, the environment and development.

Create Linkages

Identify significant links between these concepts through discussions, concept building and addressing questions within our central theme areas.

Co-operation

Actively engage participants in discussion to create linkages and partnerships which will lead to co-operative action to solve global health problems both locally and internationally through collaboration.

Strategy and Action

Putting knowledge into action by examining successful strategies of knowledge transfer and knowledge translation.

Why “PEGASUS”?

Pegasus is an acronym built from the first letters of our main themes, Peace, Global Health and Sustainability. Appropriately, the symbolism of the Pegasus – a white, winged horse of Greek mythology captures the essence and spirit of the conference. Since ancient times the Pegasus has been an emblem of inspiration, imagination, knowledge, glory, and an icon of power, wisdom and speed of thought.

Pegasus, the immortal winged horse is fabled to have sprung full grown from the body of Medusa when she was slain by Perseus. While drinking at a well, the hero Bellerophon was able to capture and tame Pegasus with a golden bridle given to him by Athena. Together, Bellerophon and Pegasus went on many adventures – Pegasus aiding the hero in his fight against the Chimera and the Amazons. There are also stories of Pegasus carrying wounded soldiers from battle.

Exemplified in the legends of Perseus and Bellerophon, the Pegasus Syndrome teaches us that people have an innate ability to negotiate difficulties by rising above them. Pegasus is also indicative of a specific mission in life in which the inquirer will always find the time and energy to pursue, although the path may be sewn with difficulties and limitations. The Pegasus Syndrome instills in us the notion that we have the ability to “fly over any situation”. Likewise, it warns us about the dangers of overreaching and the need to be humble, not to take any situation for granted and to have humility.

Pegasus’ symbolism of strength, purity, justice and power to transform ‘evil into good’ is the embodiment of all that we hope to achieve through our conference activities to improve global health by fostering peace and sustainability

Explore our Themes

War and violence have a devastating impact on human health – increasing the frequency of diseases including cholera, dysentery, HIV/AIDS and other STIs, tuberculosis and other diseases that are difficult to stamp out. Malnutrition, undernutrition, as well as sexual and physical abuse and mental health problems occur with increased frequency during and after conflicts. With the escalation of global conflicts this stream will focus on peace through health – highlighting the ways in which health interventions in actual and potential war zones may contribute to peace, the use of health expertise to restrict weapons and war strategies, and the combining of individual and social healing in war zones.

Sub-Themes

Peace – Health Connection

Conflict – Health Connection

Indigenous Rights & Conflict

Peace Education

Peaceful Childhoods

War Violence

Weapons & Ill Health

War Disability & Health

Advocacy

Driven by a passion and desire to improve health outcomes of our global population, this core stream will encompass areas such as international health & ethics, marginalized communities, and ways to build sustainable partnerships worldwide in collaboration with governments, academic institutions, non-governmental and community based organizations to develop lasting and effective global solutions. A key role of the conference and this stream is to promote social justice, equity and empowerment while moving beyond ‘knowing to doing’.

Sub-Themes

Poverty – Homelessness

Inner City Challenges

Refugee Health

Indigenous Health Disabilities & Marginalization

Creating Organizations, Tools & Sustainable Interventions

Advocacy

Driven by a passion and desire to improve health outcomes of our global population, this core stream will encompass areas such as international health & ethics, marginalized communities, and ways to build sustainable partnerships worldwide in collaboration with governments, academic institutions, non-governmental and community based organizations to develop lasting and effective global solutions. A key role of the conference and this stream is to promote social justice, equity and empowerment while moving beyond ‘knowing to doing’.

Sub-Themes

Ethics & Ethical Relationships

Sustainable Development Goals

Gender & Health; Maternal Child Health

Pedagogy

North-South Partnerships

Natural & Man-made Disasters

Epidemics

Use of Technologies to Overcome Disparities

Advocacy

Environmental Sustainability can not be underestimated as a key component to achieving global health and peace. We will be discussing the global threat of climate change, natural resource scarcity and accessibility, sustainable ecological solutions and health risks from stress on ecological systems by addressing their relationship to socio-economic status, consumption and power and what this means to achieving health and peace – environmental, structural and cultural.

Sub-Themes

Ethics

Energy & Economic Choices

Environmental Stewardship & Global Change

Climate Change

Indigenous Health Resources & Rights

Personal & Health System Changes

War & the Environment

Advocacy

About C-PREP

C-PREP is a charitable organization formed in 2012 to support research and education in peace from a health perspective. We are associated with Physicians for Global Survival (PGS), the Canadian wing of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).