tv Conference on Student Athlete Health Safety - Part 5 CSPAN August 14, 2019 11:27am-11:48am EDT
>> if you don't have an environment that's attracting that, i don't know how you define it as sustainable. and so we have, mcc's leveraged, i think, $5.6 billion in private sector dollars into our projects over the course of our history, we've been in 37 countries with about 29 contracts, about $14 billion of development assistance, benefiting about 200 million beneficiaries. and the private sector's a huge piece of that.
for example, in malawi, the state utility just entered a 20-year power purchasing agreement with jcm capital to develop a commercial-scale solar power plant, which is a great thing because 95 -- >> there's a lot of sun. >> there's a lot of sun, and 95% of malawi's power is hydro, and that has its own issues. >> yeah, you can have a drought. yeah. >> and then in terms of water, we signed an agreement with bechtel to do a national master infrastructure plan. and so here we're going to have a plan that prioritizes infrastructure projects, it's going to have the stamp of priewfl of the government, and that, hopefully, will be shopped around to private sector partners, and we can get some
investment. and they're very excited about it. they want to come to the united states, they want to do a road show and pitch the potential opportunities in cote d'ivoire. and one of the things that is very important to me is to elevate the knowledge level, particularly domestically, of what those opportunities are and what mcc does. because when american companies bid on mcc projects, they tend to win those bids. but i'd like to see, i'd like to see more, more of it. >> more american -- >> i'd like to see more american companies competing. >> okay, good. i'm going to -- we'll come back to that. good. okay, i've got one other question for you -- other question for you, which is women's economic empowerment is part of the international work. we've done a number of things here to try to help the administration on that. i think there's a global understanding that this is an important issue.
i think the 2x initiative at opic, i think, has had enormous success. i think the rollout of wgdp is, i think, also something that's been very important as well. how does mcc fit into this conversation? >> sure. well, first, the wgdp, women's global development and prosperity, the initiative was launched by president trump. it's a whole-of-government approach to empowering women, unlocking women's role in the economy and spearheaded at the white house by adviser to the president ivanka trump who has been, herself, a real catalyst for change in this area and wrought a great -- brought a great deal of focus and attention on our efforts. we're proud to be a part of it at mcc, and this is something that mcc has been focused on for a long time. we have a gender in the economy indicator as part of our
scorecard, we have a gender and social inclusion unit within our compact development operation because when you start to look at women's role in an economy and start to press on that issue, it's everywhere across the spectrum, and it's a giant opportunity to make a sustainable economy. you're not going to have a sustainable economy if 50% of your population's not participating in it, bottom line. and so in all of our projects, we have that lens. and a great example is cote d'ivoire is a great example. we're entering into a secondary education program and a testing and vocational training program that is designed to empower women to participate in the economy.
in malawi we had a program to bring female employment, so a gender inclusion unit was set up within their entity to make that happen. and as part of that, they sponsored educational -- >> and neural imaging, and i'm hopeful it's actually going to be moral imaging with the biomarkers, and it's going to actually feed into the program which is -- what that does is it allows us to take the expertise that penn state brings us and actually to cross-compare that with the expertise of care consortium. and so we both learned from one another, and it takes us even one step further.
so that's, that's our. >> looks at things going forward, and i think it's actually going to have a considerabling effect on the entire misuse of how we understand concussion, how we understand repetitive head impact and how we understand brain injury. and both from a preventative of point of view, but also from a managementing and treatment point of view. so i really would like to invite my colleagues from penn state to come up and, well, to speak about yourselves and boast about yourselves a little bit and share with us the work that you have been doing both from that
and a science point of view. and maybe we'll -- and then i'll come up and join you after that again, and mr. and mrs. sheely will come up and will have some closing remarks. so i would like to invite -- well, i can already call you my colleagues. i could have done that in the past too, but even more so now. so -- [applause] >> good afternoon, everybody. my name is charmelle green, and i have the pleasure of serving as senior associate athlete aric director at penn state. it is an awesome responsibility, and i have the pleasure of working wees teemed colleagues every -- wees -- with esteemed
colleagues every day helping to insure our student-athletes are our primary focus at penn state. we have, over the past three years, been focusing on -- i've heard a lot of people talking about communication and the importance of communication and making sure that our people are responding quickly to our student-athlete needs, but we've had the great fortune of building a strong team that is highly integrated in terms of the practitioners at penn state and the researchers and the education academic units that we have partnered with to make sure that our care is hat the highest level -- is at the highest level. we have worked with our kinesiology department, with penn state health, with athletics and we've come together to say this is our priority, we will be committed to research, we will be committed to providing the very best care for our student-athletes. and so i'd like to say on behalf
of penn state and sandy barber, our director of athletics and intercollegiate athletics as well as penn state health, our concussion research center, i'd like to say thank you so much to the sheelys for partnering with us on this important initiative, brian and sport sciences and the ncaa for bringing us onboard to be able to continue the great work that we have been committed and devoted to for many years now. we promise you we will give you our best, and we will be great partners in this endeavor to honor derek and to assure that student-athletes have the very best care and the education. what you have asked for is not hard, it's not a difficult ask to educate our student-athletes and give them the platform to corm forward when there's a need, when they feel they are in
harm's way and they need care and assistance, we will do our very best. so thank you very much for this partnership, and i'd like the turn fit over to my colleagues -- turn it over to i my colleagues. >> my name's renee messina, assistant athletic director for training at pennsylvania state. i've had the privilege of working there for 27 years mainly within the athletics department, but i spent six years in the kinesiology department, and i just want to thank mr. and mrs. sheely for having us here today and for sharing their story. i'm a parent too, so obviously, i was very moved by your story. and i also want to thank coty for sharing your story as well because i think by you having the courage to come forward in a manner, you know, to share what your experience has been, it's going to make a difference. it is going to change lives. it's important that student student-athletes have a voice and share their experience so that we can learn and,ing you
know, we can provide better services, better medical services, you know, better education to our coaches and to our medical professionals. so again, just w blessed to be here. it's been a wonderful day. the presentations, i think, have been very beneficial. excited about the opportunity to take some of the information that we've gained back to our university and, certainly, to move forward with the concussion research. [inaudible] >> i'm dr. pete seidenberg, team physician for penn state football and softball, professor of orthopedics and family medicine. i'm also a fellowship director and teach other physicians. but also i'm a concussion researcher. so i am part of the penn state center for concussion research and service, and we're honored to be a part of this program. and so thank you for the invitation and thank you for asking us to be included.
it means a lot to us. this will enable us to do, to continue the amazing research we're already doing and to go the extra step. one of the proposals that we are going to do as far as our research is we are going to follow our athletes pre and postseason with advanced mri imaging. we're going to look at the effects of concussive and subcop cutsive injury over their entire football career. each year they are going to be imaged, and we will look for changes and see if changes happen. we will also use blood biomarkers and genetics to see if there's certain people who are more predisposed to having those changes. and so we'll be looking at genetics, seeing if certain genes are turned on because of the environmental exposure. and so we just want to thank you for your generosity. we just want to honor derek's
legacy, and he is always a part of the penn state family, so thank you. >> so thank you. really looking forward, and, you know, we've spoken today a couple of times where we've talked about genetics and epi genetics. fran to conner, when he was speaking about how do we understand the 1,999 people versus the 1 person. this is really a big part of what we're doing going forward, and i don't know, maybe two or three years i think we're going to have a much better understanding of certain kinds of risks and help with that. so, well, this has been a real learning day. i think it's, i've just been
honored to be part of this group and listening to the panel discussions and the discussions this morning. maybe from my point of view i just want to close by thank everyone, thanking the audience, thanking the participants. and, again, mostly, ken and kristin, thanking you with. this has been, i know, so difficult, and we just wanted to do everything that we could to honor you, honor derek and to do whatever we can to make certain that there's a legacy and a living memory going forward. and so i can tell you that that's our pledge. i believe it's the pledge of everyone who's been here. and, again, i really thank penn state for going out of your way to really help us shape and, you
know, one good idea and make it even better. so that's really going to be cool going forward. and so maybe, ken and kristin, if you would like to share some remarks and help close this event while we open to, you know, a different future. >> well, let me just, on behalf of kristin and derek and keaton, let me just, again, express our thank yous to everybody for attending the conference either in person or online or on c-span. you know, as we talked about here recently, you know, it's about education, about learning, and i do hope that everybody who attended maybe learned one thing that they didn't know coming in the here and something that they can apply as they move forward. so that's really important to us. we'd also like to very much thank george washington university, the ncaa and aspen
institute but especially, you know, brian and john sullivan and john parsons. you know, thank you very much for working with us to make this a successful conference. and as was recently said, you know, coty with, thank you very much for your couraging to share your story with everybody. i think that was extremely impactful, and we do appreciate your courage and talking about your experiences. thank you very much. do you want to say anything? >> thank you. [laughter] >> thank you. [applause] >> weeknights this month on c-span2, we're featuring booktv programs. tonight the theme is politics.
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