Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

Dahdaleh Institute
for Global Health Research

The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research is committed to effectiveness, excellence and equity in global health. We conduct research, teach and form partnerships to address 21st century global health challenges. Led by Dr. James Orbinski, our researchers carry out projects in three areas: Global Health & Humanitarianism, Planetary Health and Global Health Foresighting.


 
 

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Feb
6
Wed
2019
Blockchain for Climate with Joseph Pallant | Presentation & Discussion
Feb 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Blockchain for Climate with Joseph Pallant | Presentation & Discussion @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

The Founder and Executive Director of the Blockchain for Climate Foundation joins us to share how his organization is connecting the world’s National Carbon Accounts, putting the Paris Agreement on the blockchain.

Recognizing that technological innovation cannot be isolated from other strategies, Pallant will lead a discussion on how to engage the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the broader international climate community to deliver on concrete actions which can create improved global health futures.

Joseph Pallant is the Founder and Executive Director of the Blockchain for Climate Foundation and the Director of Climate Innovation, Ecotrust Canada

Click here to register.

Feb
7
Thu
2019
Le Franc & The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun | Film Viewing
Feb 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Le Franc & The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

47min & 43min| Dir. Djibril Diop Mambéty | 1994 & 1999

Le Franc follows a poor Senegalese musician who wins the lottery at the same time that the French government devalues the West African Franc. The Little Girl… tells the story of a girl who sells copies of Soleil, the government paper. Director Mambéty is known for satirical films that bite.

The DIGHR is getting an education on the art of moving images. Join us as we watch documentaries, thrillers and experimental films on global health themes. Feel free to bring your lunch and your inner film critic.

 

Feb
14
Thu
2019
Touki Bouki | Film Viewing
Feb 14 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Touki Bouki | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

85min | Dir. Djibril Diop Mambéty | 1973

Spend Valentine’s Day watching one of the strangest films you’re ever likely to see, following young Senegalese couple Mory and Anta as they try to make enough money to get to Paris.

"Touki Bouki explodes, one image at a time." -Martin Scorsese

The DIGHR is getting an education on the art of moving images. Join us as we watch documentaries, thrillers and experimental films on global health themes. Feel free to bring your lunch and your inner film critic.

Feb
21
Thu
2019
Darwin's Nightmare | Film Viewing
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Darwin's Nightmare | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

107min | Dir. Hubert Sauper | 2004

What do an invasive fish species and the arms trade have to do with each other? The answer creeps up on you in this documentary about Lake Victoria in the Great Lakes Region.

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The DIGHR is getting an education on the art of moving images. Join us as we watch documentaries, thrillers and experimental films on global health themes. Feel free to bring your lunch and your inner film critic.

Moral Entanglement and the Ethics of Closing Humanitarian Healthcare Projects | External Event
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm
Moral Entanglement and the Ethics of Closing Humanitarian Healthcare Projects | External Event @ the Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montréal

Speaker: Matthew Hunt (McGill University) 

Presented by The Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute

Humanitarian organizations and their staff regularly make and implement decisions to close humanitarian health projects that were initiated in situations of disaster, war or epidemic. Such decisions are frequently challenging to make, and may be contested within organizations. Indeed, they have been described as among the most ethically fraught aspects of this field of practice. In this presentation, I draw on interviews with humanitarian workers, a review of the literature, and Richardson’s concept of moral entanglements, to consider the following questions: What is ethically at stake when organizations decide to close a humanitarian project? And, how can humanitarian organizations implement ethical exit strategies? Closing projects is an inescapable aspect of humanitarian healthcare – indeed, almost all humanitarian projects will come to an end. Careful attention to obligations toward local communities and project partners during project closure is therefore a vital component of ethical humanitarian action.

More info can be found at pragmatichealthethics.ca/events

NOTE: This is not a DIGHR event.

Mar
1
Fri
2019
Contagion | Film Viewing
Mar 1 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Contagion | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

106min | Dir. Steven Soderbergh | 2011

“Someone doesn’t have to weaponize the bird flu. The birds are doing that.” A Hollywood action movie that does a pretty good job imagining how a global epidemic unfolds.

This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

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Mar
5
Tue
2019
Seminar with Dr. Diego Bassani | Presentation & Discussion
Mar 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Seminar with Dr. Diego Bassani | Presentation & Discussion @ DIGHR Boardroom, Suite 2150, Dahdaleh Building

Dr. Diego Bassani visits the DIGHR to lead a seminar about his work as Epidemiologist and Scientist at the Sick Kids Hospital Centre for Global Child Health.

Dr. Bassani is a scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children and an assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Bassani received an M.Sc and a PhD in epidemiology from the Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Brazil. He has conducted important research on the causes and distribution of child deaths in India, identification of risk factors for child mortality and impact of policy changes on child health, survival and development.

Bassani currently works on international projects in maternal and child health epidemiology in collaboration with the Centre for Epidemiological Research in Pelotas, Brazil, with the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins University and with Saving Newborn Lives in South Africa and Uganda. He is also part of the Child Health and Epidemiology Reference Group (CHERG), chaired by Dr. Robert Black, responsible for the global estimates of neonatal and child deaths.

This event is part of the Seminars & Lectures series. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

Mar
6
Wed
2019
Reza Majdzadeh (Epidemiology) Presents to the Global Health Search Committee | Presentation
Mar 6 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Reza Majdzadeh (Epidemiology) Presents to the Global Health Search Committee | Presentation @ DIGHR Boardroom, Suite 2150, Dahdaleh Building

Be part of the hiring process for the next generation of Global Health Members of Faculty.

Dr. Reza Majdzadeh has been shortlisted for a position in Global Health at the Faculty of Health. As part of the hiring process, Dr. Majdzadeh will showcase his insight and teaching style in a presentation to the Global Health Search Committee and members of the YorkU community. Students at all levels are encouraged to attend.

Dr. Reza Majdzadeh is a Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Public Health at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, where he is based at the Knowledge Utilization Research Center & Center for Community Based Participatory Research Dr. Majdzadeh main interests are evidence-informed decision-making, using knowledge to improve health, and reducing the gap in health. He was selected as Iran’s distinguished researcher in health at the country level in 2010 and as the best teacher at TUMS in 2008.

Dr. Majdzadeh will join us remotely from Tehran.

This event is part of the Teaching & Research Presentation series. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

Oghenowede Eyawo (Epidemiology) Presents to the Global Health Search Committee | Presentation
Mar 6 @ 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Oghenowede Eyawo (Epidemiology) Presents to the Global Health Search Committee | Presentation @ DIGHR Boardroom, Suite 2150, Dahdaleh Building

Be part of the hiring process for the next generation of Global Health Members of Faculty.

Dr. Oghenowede Eyawo has been shortlisted for a position in Global Health at the Faculty of Health. As part of the hiring process, he will showcase his insight and teaching style in a presentation to the Global Health Search Committee and members of the YorkU community. Students at all levels are encouraged to attend.

Dr. Oghenowede Eyawo, PhD, MPH, MSc is a CANOC Post-doctoral Fellow and Researcher at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE). His primary research interest is in HIV and aging, response to antiviral therapy among HIV and hepatitis C virus-infected individuals, outcomes and health services research. He also has a keen interest in methodological aspects of study designs in observational and experimental epidemiology. At the BC-CfE, he leads a large, population-based study aimed at investigating the health outcomes and health care services utilization of HIV-positive men and women.

Dr. Eyawo is a recipient of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Scholarship Award, a Universities Without Walls Fellow — a CIHR Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research, and a Co-Investigator on a number of CIHR and US National Institutes of Health funded projects.

This event is part of the Teaching & Research Presentation series. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

Borders, Migration, Exclusion: The role of civil society and humanitarian aid in an increasingly polarized political context | Seminar
Mar 6 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Borders, Migration, Exclusion: The role of civil society and humanitarian aid in an increasingly polarized political context | Seminar @ 280N York Lanes, YorkU Keele Campus

The Centre for Refugee Studies presents DIGHR Community Scholar Linn Biorklund Belliveau in a seminar exploring the political context of humanitarian aid provision among refugee populations.

Linn Biorklund Belliveau is a researcher at Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research and at Médecins Sans Frontières, and an affiliate at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University. Her areas of knowledge include forced migration, transnational networks, climate politics, and access to care. Linn has extensive experience with non-governmental organisations and the United Nations in the fields of humanitarianism and human rights. She has worked and carried out research in East Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, and is a regular guest speaker on forced migration and the politics of aid. At DIGHR she specifically focuses on the nexus of ‘climate change, migration and health,’ and related inadequacies of global migration response systems.
 
Note: This is not a DIGHR event.
Mar
7
Thu
2019
Episode III. Enjoy Poverty | Film Viewing
Mar 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Episode III. Enjoy Poverty | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

90min | Dir. Renzo Martens | 2009

Artist Renzo Martens tells the Congolese their poverty is their greatest asset in this satirical documentary.

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This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

Mar
12
Tue
2019
Evidence gaps in major humanitarian response: SPHERE guidelines for WaSH under review | Discussion
Mar 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Evidence gaps in major humanitarian response: SPHERE guidelines for WaSH under review | Discussion @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

Discussion Question: Can the DIGHR and partners identify specific research priorities which would develop evidence-based guidance for the gaps identified by Frison et al?

Primary reading: Frison et al. (2018) Does the Humanitarian Sector Use Evidence-informed Standards_ A Review of the 2011 Sphere Indicators for Wash, Food Security and Nutrition, and Health Action. PLOS Currents Disasters

Supplementary reading (with particular attention to section 3, the back story of the SPHERE guidelines): Buchanan-Smith et al. (2005). How the sphere project came to be

Led by Dr. Imran Ali, Research Fellow, Global Health & Humanitarianism, DIGHR

This is a Journal Club event. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

Mar
14
Thu
2019
Implementation of Artificial Intelligence in Health Care | Discussion
Mar 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Implementation of Artificial Intelligence in Health Care | Discussion @ DIGHR Boardroom, Dahdaleh Building

Prof. Catherine Régis leads this casual talk hosted by the Global Strategy Lab to broadly discuss implementation of artificial intelligence in health care. Her talk will be followed by a Q&A.

Catherine Régis is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and holds the Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Culture in Health Law and Policy. She is also a researcher at the Centre de recherche en droit public (CRDP). Before joining Université de Montréal, she was a professor at the Université de Sherbrooke’s Faculty of Law, where she directed its graduate program in health law and policies (2008-2012). She holds a Master’s degree in Health Law from Université de Sherbrooke, a Certificate in Clinical Ethics from University of Geneva and a Doctor of Law Degree (S.J.D) from University of Toronto. Her doctoral thesis, supervised by Professor Colleen M. Flood, focused on optimizing modes of conflict resolution so as to address health care access problems in Canada. Professor Régis has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1999 and is an accredited mediator.

The recipient of numerous prizes, scholarships and grants from, most notably, the Canada Research Chair program, Canadian health research institutes and the Fonds de recherche Société et culture du gouvernement du Québec, she is frequently called upon to act as a consultant or educator for the health industry. Catherine Régis collaborates with several interdisciplinary and international research teams, notably in the areas of medicine, management and psychology. In addition, she has served on a variety of committees in the health and social services sector, including the consultation forum for the Quebec Commissaire à la santé et au bien-être du Québec (until 2011) and the Quebec Government’s Ethical Committee on Public Health (until 2007). She has also been a visiting professor at Université de Paris V (Paris-Descartes) and at Université de Montpellier I.

Mar
15
Fri
2019
Beyond Borders | Film Viewing
Mar 15 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Beyond Borders | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

127min | Dir. Martin Campbell | 2003

Watch Angelina Jolie save the children, save her man and harness her Girl Power™ in a film that might have asked interesting ethical questions but does a whole lot of other things instead.

This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

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Mar
19
Tue
2019
Miners Shot Down | Film Viewing
Mar 19 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Miners Shot Down | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

86min | Dir. Rehad Desai | 2014

Award-winning, thoroughly- researched documentary about the Marikana massacre in South Africa, during which security forces killed striking miners. We’ll watch it the week of the Sharpeville massacre anniversary, to which the Marikana massacre has been compared.

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This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

Mar
21
Thu
2019
Kristy Hackett (Program Evaluation) Presents to the Global Health Search Committee | Presentation
Mar 21 @ 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Kristy Hackett (Program Evaluation) Presents to the Global Health Search Committee | Presentation @ DIGHR Boardroom, Suite 2150, Dahdaleh Building

Be part of the hiring process for the next generation of Global Health Members of Faculty.

Dr. Kristy Hackett has been shortlisted for a position in Global Health at the Faculty of Health. As part of the hiring process, she will showcase her insight and teaching style in a presentation to the Global Health Search Committee and members of the YorkU community. Students at all levels are encouraged to attend.

Dr. Kristy Hackett is a Research Associate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her work is grounded in principles of global health equity, and draws on perspectives in medical anthropology and public health sciences. She aims to enhance the capacity of health systems and programs to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) outcomes in hard-to-reach populations. Dr. Hackett has led and contributed to RMNCH research projects based in North America, Sub-Saharan Africa and South/Southeast Asia.

This event is part of the Teaching & Research Presentation series. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

Mar
27
Wed
2019
Advanced Disaster, Emergency and Rapid-response Simulation | External Event
Mar 27 @ 12:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Advanced Disaster, Emergency and Rapid-response Simulation | External Event @ Kaneff Tower # 304, Third floor

Advanced Disaster, Emergency and Rapid-response Simulation (ADERSIM), based at York University, holds a seminar on March 27th, 2019, for circulating the result of its research between experts and practitioners in the field of Emergency Management and related technologies. This month speakers are Professor Slobodan P. Simonovic from the University of Western Ontario, and Dr. Lin Ju from IBM Canada.

This is an open event for all who are interested. Please register and secure your spot for this seminar.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/adersim-march-2019-semiar-tickets-58598645125

Note: this is not a DIGHR event.

Mar
28
Thu
2019
The Day After Tomorrow | Film Viewing
Mar 28 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Day After Tomorrow | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

124min | Dir. Roland Emmerich | 2004

Climate change, sped up into a Hollywood disaster thriller.

This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

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Schulich Research Day | External Event
Mar 28 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Schulich Research Day | External Event @ Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building

Explore the latest research by the Schulich community in the brand new Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study and Research Building.

Panel discussion is moderated by Kam Phung, PhD Candidate in Organization Studies. Phung is part of the Blockchain for Healthy Climate team led by Dahdaleh Institute Community Scholar Joseph Pallant.

Movie Night for Friends of Doctors Without Borders
Mar 28 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Movie Night for Friends of Doctors Without Borders @ Room 1016, Dahdaleh Building

Friends of MSF are hosting an evening of film, food and games! Come by and enjoy MSF trivia game, prizes, free food and a screening of TRIAGE: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma.

Apr
3
Wed
2019
A.I. and Health Equity: Opportunities and challenges for ethics and policy | External event
Apr 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
A.I. and Health Equity: Opportunities and challenges for ethics and policy | External event @ Urban Space Gallery

Artificial intelligence (A.I.) brings fundamental change in our lives, affecting everything from business to government; working life to personal time. As increasingly sophisticated AI systems are created and used more widely, the effects on our health are unclear.

Effects on labour markets and employment are popular areas of public concern and debate, but the potential societal effects of A.I. extend more broadly. Questions have been raised about fundamental and complex topics such as algorithmic bias, transparency, governance, and inclusion.

This panel will examine diverse topics including ethics, policymaking and the health of our cities.

Our speakers will provide an overview of key A.I. concepts, their cross-cutting policy implications, and consider what health equity considerations we must undertake when thinking about the use of AI in the GTA.

Speakers:
Jennifer Gibson, Director, University of Toronto’s Joint Centre for Bioethics
Vass Bednar, Head of Public Policy, Delphia

Moderated by Kwame McKenzie, CEO, Wellesley Institute

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Doors will open at 6 p.m. Event will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

If cost is a barrier, you require information in an alternative format, or have concerns related to the accessibility of this event, please contact contact@wellesleyinstitute.com.

NOTE: This is not a DIGHR event

Apr
4
Thu
2019
Anote's Ark | Film Viewing
Apr 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Anote's Ark | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

77min | Dir. Matthieu Rytz | 2018

The urgency of climate change, at its current pace, is made clear in this documentary as the island nation of Kiribati disappears beneath rising sea levels.

This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

Watch the trailer

Apr
10
Wed
2019
Alternative Finance Mechanisms for Global Health | Lunch & Learn
Apr 10 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

Blended finance instruments, most notably impact bonds, represent one of the most promising areas of social finance, including for global health. Representing multi-stakeholder partnerships involving public, private and non-profit sectors, impact bonds shift financial risk from service providers to investors, with the latter underwriting the former based on their ability to deliver positive social outcomes. In this session, we hope to explore:

a) justifications for the wider implementation of blended finance instruments;
b) its various forms and permutations;
c) lessons learned after a decade of experience; and
d) their appropriateness as alternative financing mechanisms for global health.

Led by Aria Ilyad Ahmad, Research Fellow, Global Health Foresighting

Apr
12
Fri
2019
The Shape of Water: Women in the Developing World Offer Solutions | Film Viewing
Apr 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Shape of Water: Women in the Developing World Offer Solutions | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

70min | Dir. Kum-Kum Bhavnani | 2006

This documentary tells the stories of women in Brazil, Senegal, Israel/Palestine and India working towards justice.

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This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

Apr
17
Wed
2019
First Annual Student Symposium | Research Showcase
Apr 17 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
First Annual Student Symposium | Research Showcase @ DIGHR Boardroom, Suite 2150, Dahdaleh Building, 88 The Pond Road, YorkU Keele Campus

The 2018-19 academic year marked the first time the DIGHR engaged undergraduate interns. Mentored by Faculty and Research Fellows, student interns learned firsthand about today’s priority global health challenges and how to address them through excellence in research.

On April 17, student interns will showcase the work they did and share their experience at DIGHR. Join us as we celebrate their contributions!

Image: Student interns Sayo Falade (left) and Tanya Narang (right) take notes for the DIGHR water quality workshop.

This event is part of Seminars & Lectures series. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

Apr
18
Thu
2019
The Bleeding Edge | Film Viewing
Apr 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Bleeding Edge | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

99min | Dir. Kirby Dick | 2018

If you can’t get enough of Big Pharma, this Netflix documentary will take you into the similarly terrifying world of the medical device industry.

This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

Watch the trailer

Apr
24
Wed
2019
Research Trip Report Back: Health of Displaced People in Central America | Lunch & Learn
Apr 24 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Research Trip Report Back: Health of Displaced People in Central America | Lunch & Learn @ Dahdaleh Institute Boardroom

Community Scholar Linn Biorklund Belliveau recently returned from Mexico, where she conducted research on the health of Honduran migrants in Mexico, towards her major project Health of Displaced People in the Context of Climate Change & Restrictive Migration Policies.

Migrants from Northern Central America seeking refuge in Mexico are affected by the intersection of environmental degradation; trends in state policy which increasingly diverge from international norms; and the criminalisation of transnational humanitarian spaces.

In this Lunch and Learn, Linn will present an initial analysis of how these determinants endanger personal safety, health and dignity. She will share impressions from a recent visit to the southern Mexican state Tabasco. Three areas will be explored:
*Effects of prolonged droughts and a coffee-plant epidemic in western Honduras
*Mexican immigration politics - including decreased border controls and increased use of humanitarian visas - since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office 
*Insecurities along the Guatemala-Mexico border, and the Mexico-US border hampering access to humanitarian assistance and protection

Click here to register. Registration preferred.


Image Credit: (Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images) Honduran migrants heading in a caravan to the U.S., hold a demonstration demanding authorities to allow the rest of the group to cross, in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas, Mexico after crossing from Guatemala, on Oct. 20, 2018.


Apr
25
Thu
2019
Moolaade | Film Viewing
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Moolaade | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

124min | Dir. Ousmane Sembene | 2004

A nuanced look at female circumcision/female genital mutilation set in Burkina Faso from master filmmaker Ousmane Sembene. Conflict arises when a woman shelters a group of girls who do not want to undergo female circumcision/FGM.

This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

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May
2
Thu
2019
Watership Down | Film Viewing
May 2 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Watership Down | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

92min | Dir. Martin Rosen | 1978

This children’s film may be as much religious allegory as environmental didacticism, but we have it on good authority that it will make you cry.

This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

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May
9
Thu
2019
Mad Max Fury Road | Film Viewing
May 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Mad Max Fury Road | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

120min | Dir. George Miller | 2015

A post-apocalyptic environmentalist-Marxist-feminist take on the classic road trip movie. Was it worth damaging the Namib desert to make this film?

This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films.To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

Watch the trailer

May
15
Wed
2019
Documentary Film as an Instrument of Social Change
May 15 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Documentary Film as an Instrument of Social Change @ Dahdaleh Institute Boardroom

Mark Terry, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Documentary Film & Global Health, will lead a seminar to introduce his research projects and speak to the role of documentary film in creating social change.

Mark has been producing film and television for the past 25 years. Working closely with the world’s scientific community in Antarctica and the Arctic earned him the recognition of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. His two films – The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning and The Polar Explorer – were made in partnership with UNEP and both premiered at the Climate Change Conferences in Copenhagen and Cancun. Together, both films have won 19 international film awards for excellence.

Read more about his projects, Documentary Film World, The Changing Face of Iceland, Youth Climate Report, and Ecological Footprint Health Indicators, which he works on with Planetary Health Research Fellow Byomkesh Talukder.

Aug
6
Tue
2019
Lunch & Learn With Dr. Unni Gopinathan | External Event
Aug 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch & Learn With Dr. Unni Gopinathan | External Event @ Boardroom, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

The World Health Organization and guideline development: What have we learned a decade after major reforms?

The World Health Organization is the world’s normative authority on global health, and produces norms, standards and guidelines for a broad range of health issues. Its evidence-informed processes and products have frequently undergone intensive scrutiny. A watershed moment was a Lancet publication in 2007 that shed light on major flaws in the agency’s guideline development process, and motivated far-reaching reforms. This talk will present major lessons learned and milestones achieved since WHO reformed its guideline development process over a decade ago and will provide forward-looking reflections about WHO’s decision to establish a new science division. A special emphasis will be placed on presenting key insights from two publications focused on WHO’s scientific advisory committees that were part of the GSL-lead Special Issue in Global Challenges titled "Optimizing Scientific Advisory Committees".
 
Lunch will be served in the Dahdaleh Institute kitchen before the talk.
 

Dr. Unni Gopinathan is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of population medicine at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, associate professor at the University of Oslo, and a GSL post doctoral fellow.

Aug
8
Thu
2019
Information Design for the Common Good | Lunch & Learn
Aug 8 @ 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Information Design for the Common Good | Lunch & Learn @ Boardroom, Dahdaleh Institute Offices

Designers are increasingly involved in the world of social good. Traditionally installed in commercial sectors, they are now collaborating with scientists, researchers and others non-designers with their own knowledge-base and processes. These interdisciplinary encounters are often new, exciting and challenging.

Drawing on her experiences of this phenomenon, and on the research behind her upcoming book Information Design for the Common Good, Courtney Marchese will lead a Lunch & Learn on interdisciplinary design collaboration in global health.

Courtney Marchese is a professional designer with over a decade of experience specializing in data visualizations, information graphics, UX design, and usability studies. She is also an Associate Professor of Graphic + Interactive Design, teaching a wide range of design theory, research, and technical skills at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Aug
21
Wed
2019
Summer 2019 Student Symposium: Part 1 | New Learnings Forum
Aug 21 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Summer 2019 Student Symposium: Part 1 | New Learnings Forum @ Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

The first of the Dahdaleh Institute's summer students will present her work, learnings and experience as the Global Health & Humanitarianism Research Assistant.

Speaker Bio

Tanya Narang received a Bachelor's degree in Global Health at York University. She has a research background in the development of evaluation frameworks at The Evaluation Centre for Complex Health Interventions, St. Michael’s Hospital. During her time at the center, she worked on diverse projects in collaboration with the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH), Global Affairs Canada and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Through her experience, she grew a strong interest in critically assessing health interventions, indicators, and frameworks around the quality of care in low-resource settings. She is interested in understanding public health policy through an intersectional and health equity lens and looks to broaden her understanding of global health challenges experienced in humanitarian settings.

Image Credit: Tanya Narang Picture Day/Netta Kornberg/2019

Aug
28
Wed
2019
Summer 2019 Student Symposium: Part 2 | New Learnings Forum
Aug 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Summer 2019 Student Symposium: Part 2 | New Learnings Forum @ Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

The Dahdaleh Institute's summer students will present their work, learnings and experience as Research Assistants on projects in Global Health & Humanitarianism, Planetary Health and Global Health Foresighting.

Speakers

Shubhdeep Nagi is the Planetary Health Research Assistant. He is a Bachelor of Science Candidate at York University, with a focus in Global Health. In pursuit of his passion for health equity, leadership, and technology, Shubhdeep supports patients at his local hospital, and leads fundraising for, Hemoglobal®, a Canadian charity.

Ailya Salman received an Honours Specialized in Cognitive Science at York University. Alongside her work at the Dahdaleh Institute as the Global Health Foresighting Research Assistant, Ailya works on Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System at the Institute for Social Research at York University, collecting data for health units across Ontario. She volunteers as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and at Sherman Health Sciences Research.

Mariya Shireen is a fourth year student in Health Studies at York University. Passionate about health promotion, Mariya pioneered an 8-week nutrition program for seniors and has worked at the Vaughan Community Health Centre as a Health Promotions Programs Assistant. As the Global Health & Humanitarianism Research Assistant at the Dahdaleh Institute, Mariya supports a project pioneering new qualitative data collection methods in humanitarian crises. Alongside this work, she is completing a certificate course in public health promotion from John Hopkins University.

Image Credit: Four student interns at the First Student Symposium/Netta Kornberg/2019

Sep
11
Wed
2019
Ocean Optimism: Oceans and Us in the Anthropocene | Current/s Seminar Series
Sep 11 @ 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Ocean Optimism: Oceans and Us in the Anthropocene | Current/s Seminar Series @ Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

Oceanic traveller, humanitarian worker, and Community Scholar Carol Devine explores our relationship to oceans through three of her sci-art projects.

Human health and wellbeing is closely tied to oceans. They are the source of most of our planet's water and half our oxygen. Oceans absorb carbon dioxide; regulate climate and weather patterns; allow us to transport goods; and provide protein, livelihoods, and medicinal products for communities globally. Yet humans continue to treat the ocean like an unlimited resource and a garbage can.

From the Arctic to the Antarctic, Carol Devine illuminates the far-reaching impact of harmful oceanic practices on species health, human health, and humanitarian issues, and sheds light on innovative actions across the world that work to protect the oceans.

Speaker Bio

Carol Devine is Community Scholar of Health, Environment & Climate Change at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research and a Humanitarian Affairs Advisor with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada. She co-leads a project on climate, environment and health for MSF and has contributed to the 2018 Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change. Carol is also a writer, conceptual artist and social scientist who has led and participated in ocean pollution and research initiatives in the UK, Arctic and Antarctic.

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Image Credit: Icebergs in the High Arctic / Carol Devine / 2008 / Brocken Inaglory / From the series Black Carbon, Not Cool

Managing climate risks: adaptation without borders | External
Sep 11 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Managing climate risks: adaptation without borders | External @ Overseas Development Institute and streamed online

Please note: time is in GMT +1. This event is presented by Overseas Development Institute.

Welcome remarks
James Cameron – Chair, ODI

Chair
James Corré – Programme Director, Wilton Park

Panel
Emma Howard-Boyd – Chair, Environment Agency and UK Commissioner, Global Commission on Adaptation
Rebecca Nadin – Head of Risk and Resilience, ODI
Ayman Cherkaoui – Coordinator, Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection and Climate Change Lead Counsel, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law
Further panellists to be announced

Closing reflections
Måns Nilsson – Executive Director, Stockholm Environment Institute

Description
We live in a globalised world. Just as people, goods and services cross borders, so do the impacts of climate change and our subsequent adaptation responses. A localised drought, occurring more frequently and intensely as a result of climate change, disrupts a global supply chain, which in turn affects consumers many thousands of miles away. An adaptation response, to increase irrigation by tapping a transboundary river, affects a shared ecosystem and shifts sensitive political dynamics across a region. The stakes are high, yet our current adaptation plans often fail to recognise or account for such transboundary risks or our global interdependence.

Ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit 2019, ODI and Wilton Park convene a high-level discussion to present new research on transboundary climate risk. Together with our partners, SEI and IDDRI, we are also launching a new initiative–Adaptation without borders–to harness the international cooperation needed to effectively govern and manage such risks.

We explore how we can raise visibility of transboundary climate risks, gather evidence and analysis, build connections between stakeholders and drive action from both policy-makers and practitioners, to ultimately reposition adaptation as a global public good.

We cannot afford to wait. The last four years were the hottest on record. Winter temperatures in the Arctic have risen by 3°C since 1990. As governments grapple with the adaptation actions required today and tomorrow, we must complement local action with enhanced multilateral cooperation–'adaptation without borders’ is a global imperative.

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Sep
18
Wed
2019
James Orbinksi Talk: Promoting health for refugees in an era of forced migration
Sep 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
James Orbinksi Talk: Promoting health for refugees in an era of forced migration @ Drawing Room, Château Laurier Hotel, Ottawa ON

This event will be presented by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences in partnership with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS).

Global economic inequities, violence and war, and environmental catastrophes aggravated by climate change, ensure that the numbers of people seeking asylum will continue to increase in the years to come. CAHS Fellows and other researchers have a crucial role to play in bringing evidence to this urgent policy issue. Discussion will explore the interplay of human rights, social policy and clinical practice in refugee health, identify best practices and gaps in existing knowledge, and explore the implications of current research and emerging challenges to address the health needs of refugees in Canada.The goal ultimately is to identify best practices in Canada and specific strategies to improve the health outcomes of refugees seeking protection Canada.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. James Orbinski OC, MSC, MD, MA
Director, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, York University
Professor, Faculty of Health, School of Health Policy & Management, York University

Moderator: Dr. Nadia Abu-Zahra, DPhil (Oxon)

Dr. James Orbinski is a globally recognized humanitarian practitioner and advocate, as well as one of the world’s leading scholars and scientists in global health. He is a veteran of many of the world’s most disturbing and complex humanitarian emergencies. He is a founding member of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) Canada and accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the organization in 1999.

Sep
19
Thu
2019
WE Day featuring James Orbinski
Sep 19 all-day
WE Day featuring James Orbinski @ Scotiabank Arena

WE Day brings together 20,000 students and teachers who have made a difference in their local and global communities. Together they will enjoy a day of performances and motivational speeches. It takes place in 15 cities.

WE Day Toronto will feature Director James Orbinski as a speaker, alongside David Suzuki, Dr. Pamela Palmater, and others, as well as performances by Scott Helman, Rupi Kaur, Sarah McLachlan, SonReal and Tegan and Sara.

Sep
25
Wed
2019
Mark Terry Speaks at YorkU Sustainable Development Goals Day
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Mark Terry Speaks at YorkU Sustainable Development Goals Day @ Founders Assembly Hall, YorkU Keele Campus

Event hosted by the International Relations Student Association at York (IRSAY)

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Day, or the Global Day to Act for SDGs, happens annually on September 25 th, commemorating the day that the SDGs were adopted by the United Nations back in 2015. The aim of this event is to be an open platform to spread awareness and education of the SDGs to the York University community. The event also aims to show the multiple initiatives that York University community members can join to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs at the local level.

Dahdaleh Institute Postdoc Mark Terry will speak on the Expert Panel on the Sustainable Development Goals about the Youth Climate Report and how the UN is engaging youth in climate discussions. The panel takes place from 1-3pm.

For full event details, visit yorku.campuslabs.ca/engage/event/135085

Research Trip Report-Back: Field Trial in the Cox’s Bazaar Refugee Settlement, Bangladesh
Sep 25 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Research Trip Report-Back: Field Trial in the Cox’s Bazaar Refugee Settlement, Bangladesh @ Boardroom, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

Technical Advisor Matt Arnold recently spent six weeks in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh – the world’s largest refugee settlement – implementing the Safe Water Optimization Tool. Matt will describe the project and its background in order to encourage questions and discussion about this and similar interventions and their contexts.

Matt Arnold started as a Technical Advisor at The Dahdaleh Institute of Global Health Research in June 2018. Prior to moving to Canada, he worked for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders as a Water and Sanitation Advisor at HQ level and as field staff since 2003. This work necessitated supporting and implementing water supply and sanitation projects in all types of humanitarian emergencies – from natural disasters and disease outbreaks to population displacements. With an educational background (MSc) in Hydrogeology, and a keen interest in Public Health and water quality, Matt is interested in conducting research on issues in these domains with a view to improving the quality of water supplied in humanitarian responses.


Image Credit: Panorama of Cox's Bazar Refugee Settlement/Matt Arnold/2019


Sep
27
Fri
2019
Mark Terry Leads Group at Global Climate Strike Toronto
Sep 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

On September 27th, Toronto will see its' biggest strike and march for climate justice. It is hosted by Fridays For Future Toronto, who invites adults to join youth strikers in solidarity, and is backed by the S27 Coalition, a diverse group of activists, union members and individuals just like yourself.

A group from YorkU will be there, led by Dahdaleh Institute Postdoc Mark Terry. The group will meet in front of the legislative building at 11:00 am, then moving towards University Avenue at noon when the march begins. You can recognize Mark from the "Youth Climate Report" banner he'll be holding, and the image below.

Join the facebook event or contact Mark directly to participate.

Facebook: facebook.com/events/676665396177407

Email: marktery@yorku.ca

For more information on the event: globalclimatestrike.net

The Climate Strike March in Toronto takes place on Friday, Sept. 27 at 11:00 am at Queen's Park.

headshot of a man (Mark Terry) in front of a blank wall

Sep
30
Mon
2019
Expert Panel Meeting II: CWQ + SAM Project
Sep 30 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Expert Panel Meeting II: CWQ + SAM Project @ Boardroom, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

Please note: this is a closed event

The Second Expert Panel Meeting for the Chemical Water Quality & Malnourished Child Health project is to discuss provisional chemical water quality guidelines for intensive therapeutic feeding centres where children with severe acute malnutrition receive treatment.

Concerns about chemical water quality in intensive therapeutic feeding centres (ITFCs) have persisted among humanitarian fieldworkers for a decade, yet there are no established guidelines for the chemical makeup of water added to the therapeutic products used to treat children with severe acute malnutrition. The Chemical Water Quality & Malnourished Child Health project seeks to address this gap by establishing the first chemical water quality guidelines for ITFCs in humanitarian response.

The Second Expert Panel Meeting brings together experts from the University of Oxford, The Hospital for Sick Children,  University of Tampere, Médecins Sans Frontières, and McGill University to discuss provisional upper limits of intake for select electrolytes and minerals for SAM children with the aim of establishing provisional water quality guiadance for ITFCs.

Interested persons are encouraged to attend the seminar Bridging Research + Practice: Case Study of Chemical Water Quality and Child Malnutrition in a Humanitarian Setting on October 23rd, in which the project lead will tell the story and science behind the endeavour.

Oct
2
Wed
2019
Modeling of Climate Change, Salinity, Health Impacts and Conflict in Coastal Bangladesh | Seminar
Oct 2 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Modeling of Climate Change, Salinity, Health Impacts and Conflict in Coastal Bangladesh | Seminar @ Boardroom, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

Coastal Bangladesh is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, including rising sea levels, cyclones and increasing salinity. While we can identify some ways in which climate change impacts upon health, such as by intensifying conflict, our understanding is far from comprehensive. Myriad factors, bound together in complex causal relationships, play a part. This talk will introduce a project which aims to use the Complex Adaptive Systems Theory Framework and system dynamics and agent based-integrated technique to model these relationships as they occur in Bangladesh. The goal of the presentation and ensuing discussion is to work through some of the challenges in conceptualizing and communicating about this highly complex endeavor.

Speaker

Dr. Byomkesh Talukder is the inaugural Planetary Health Fellow at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research (York University), where he works at the intersection of health, sustainable development, climate change, food and agriculture.


Image Credit: Satellite imagery of coastal Bangladesh / Hoepffner et al., 2008

Oct
10
Thu
2019
Indigenous Lecture Series: Dr. Lynn Lavallée | External
Oct 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Indigenous Lecture Series: Dr. Lynn Lavallée | External @ Second Student Centre

This event is part of the 2019-2020 Indigenous Lecture Series on Indigenous Health and Decolonisation, presented by the School of Health Policy & Management and the Faculty of Health, York University

Dr. Lynn Lavallée is Interim Director and Professor, School of Social Work and FCS Strategic Lead, Indigenous Resurgence, Ryerson University.

As an Anishinaabek Qwe registered with the Métis Nation of Ontario, Lynn Lavallée’s ancestral roots stem from the Anishinaabe and Métis (Algonquin, Ojibwe and French) from Sudbury, Temiscaming, Timmins, Maniwaki and Swan Lake regions. The family names from her mother’s ancestry include Labelle, Lafond, Godon, and McIvor and on her father’s side includes Gauthier, Pepin, Taylor, Richard, Caya/Cada and Lavallee/Lavalley dit Paquette.

Lavallée has extensive university administrative experience, which she feels has been necessary in advancing Indigenous knowledge in the academy and supporting Indigenous students, staff and faculty. Lavallée began her academic career in 2005 at Ryerson University in the School of Social Work and is currently the FCS, strategic lead, Indigenous resurgence after recently returning from the University of Manitoba where she held the position of vice provost, Indigenous engagement. Her areas of expertise include: Indigenous resurgence; Research ethics, including Indigenous ethics; Indigenous health and well-being; and Indigenous research methodologies

For more information, visit: eventbrite.ca/e/indigenous-lecture-series-dr-lynn-lavallee-tickets-70278116739 

Oct
16
Wed
2019
Mark Terry Delivers Keynote at Literary and Cultural Discourses on Mobility
Oct 16 – Oct 18 all-day
Mark Terry Delivers Keynote at Literary and Cultural Discourses on Mobility @ University of Göttingen, Germany

The workshop "Literary and Cultural Discourses on Mobility" explores mobilities in any cultural, historical, and (trans-)medial scene and configuration, and follows the dynamics of ideas, texts, images, affects, styles, things and objects, and people on the move over real and imaginary spaces and boundaries. It is especially concerned with representations and discourses of mobility across different periods, cultures, genres, and media and the techniques that render the aesthetic object mobile in all kinds of translations, adaptations, and networks of transfer and transformation. Finally, mobility has itself proven to be a ‘travelling concept’ (Bal 2002) that mobilises inter- and transdisciplinary research and suggests new routes across disciplinary terrains.

Dahdaleh Institute Postdoc Mark Terry will deliver the Keynote Address, entitled Audience Mobilization: New Approaches to Documentary Film Engagement.

Oct
23
Wed
2019
Bridging Research + Practice: Case Study of Chemical Water Quality and Child Malnutrition in a Humanitarian Setting
Oct 23 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Bridging Research + Practice: Case Study of Chemical Water Quality and Child Malnutrition in a Humanitarian Setting @ Boardroom, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

Concerns about chemical water quality in intensive therapeutic feeding centres (ITFCs) have persisted among humanitarian fieldworkers for a decade, yet there are no established guidelines for the chemical makeup of water added to the therapeutic feeding and rehydration products used to treat children with severe acute malnutrition.

In this seminar, Dr. Syed Imran Ali will tell the story and the science behind his research to establish the first chemical water quality guidelines for ITFCs in humanitarian response.

Dr. Syed Imran Ali is an aid worker and academic focused on humanitarian challenges at the intersection of environment and public health. He has worked in crisis zones and led research with Médecins Sans Frontières and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and taught at the University of California, Berkeley. He is now the inaugural Global Health & Humanitarianism Research Fellow at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research at York University.

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Image Credit: The MUAC test shows that this child is manourished © African Visuals Media/Malteser International


Nov
7
Thu
2019
James Orbinksi Speaks at Annual Banff Forum
Nov 7 – Nov 9 all-day
James Orbinksi Speaks at Annual Banff Forum @ Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Dahdaleh Institute Director James Orbinski will speak at the 2019 annual Banff Forum. Held every autumn in a different location in Canada, the annual Banff Forum brings together young and emerging leaders of Canada across all sectors to enhance their leadership skills and contribution to Canada.

Nov
13
Wed
2019
Protecting Digital Public Health: Towards a Regulatory Framework for Internet Pharmacies | Seminar
Nov 13 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Protecting Digital Public Health: Towards a Regulatory Framework for Internet Pharmacies | Seminar @ Boardroom, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

To address the rising cost of medicines, patients and policymakers are increasingly turning to personal importation through Internet Pharmacies. Despite their potential to improve access to affordable medicines, most countries do not sufficiently regulate Internet Pharmacies, exacerbating public health risks.

The aim of this presentation will be twofold. Using stakeholder and supply chain mapping, the first task will be to determine if and how safety and quality of medicines sold over the Internet can be protected. The broader objective will be to apply a public health framework to evaluate emerging strategies of regulating Internet Pharmacies. In addition to mainstream proposals of expanding the jurisdictional scope of existing regulatory authorities, we consider disruptive internet governance strategies that delegate public health functions to technology intermediaries.

Aria Ilyad Ahmad is the Global Health Foresighting Research Fellow at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research. Since 2014, he has also served as a consultant to the World Health Organization's Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products. Aria is a past Duke University Global Health Fellow and past faculty member of the Global Health Education Initiative at the University of Toronto. He has testified before the Canadian Senate on Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime, served on the board of directors of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, and was the inaugural Médecins Sans Frontières Access to Medicines Fellow in India. Aria received his HBSc and MSc in international pharmaceutical policy from the University of Toronto, and is completing his PhD in global health governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada.

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Nov
14
Thu
2019
Indigenous Lecture Series: Dr. Janet Smylie | External
Nov 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Indigenous Lecture Series: Dr. Janet Smylie | External @ Second Student Centre

This event is part of the 2019-2020 Indigenous Lecture Series on Indigenous Health and Decolonisation, presented by the School of Health Policy & Management and the Faculty of Health, York University.

Dr. Janet Smylie is a family physician and public health researcher. She currently works as a research scientist in Indigenous health at St. Michael's hospital, Centre for Urban Health Solutions (CUHS), where she directs the Well Living House Applied Research Centre for Indigenous Infant, Child and Family Health. Her primary academic appointment is as a Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She maintains a part-time clinical practice with Inner City Health Associates at Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto. Dr. Smylie has practiced and taught family medicine in a variety of Aboriginal communities both urban and rural. She is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, with Métis roots in the prairies.

Her research interests are focused in the area of addressing the health inequities that challenge Indigenous infants, children and their families through applied health services research. Dr. Smylie currently leads multiple research projects in partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities/organizations. She holds a CIHR Applied Public Health Research Chair in Indigenous Health Knowledge and Information and was honoured with a National Aboriginal Achievement (Indspire) Award in Health in 2012. A Métis woman, Dr. Smylie acknowledges her family, teachers, and lodge.

For more information, visit: eventbrite.ca/e/indigenous-lecture-series-dr-janet-smylie-tickets-70278501891



 
 


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