Events

Events


Events are invaluable to moving global health forward. They are opportunities to exchange insight, test out new ideas, and make connections.

All Dahdaleh Institute events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.


Calendar

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

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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.

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
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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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.

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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

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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.


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.

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

Dec
2
Mon
2019
Mark Terry Speaks at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25)
Dec 2 – Dec 7 all-day
Mark Terry Speaks at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) @ Madrid, Spain

The UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 (2 – 13 December 2019) will take place under the Presidency of the Government of Chile and will be held with logistical support from the Government of Spain. SBSTA 51/ SBI 51 will take place 2-9 December 2019. The pre-sessional period is from 25 November - 1 December 2019. The President-Designate for the conference is Ms. Carolina Schmidt Zaldivar, Minister of Environment of Chile.

The conference is designed to take the next crucial steps in the UN climate change process. Following agreement on the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement at COP 24 in Poland last year, a key objective is to complete several matters with respect to the full operationalization of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

Dahdaleh Institute Postdoc Mark Terry will be speaking on youth engagement through film at the Youth Climate Action Day on December 5, conducting a press conference on December 3, and presenting the winning videos for this year's Global Youth Video Competition.

Jan
8
Wed
2020
Report Back: COP25 & Internet Governance Forum
Jan 8 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Report Back: COP25 & Internet Governance Forum @ Boardroom, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

November and December 2019 saw Dahdaleh Institute researchers at two major global events. At this seminar, they will share their experiences and insights garnered.

Global Health Foresighting Fellow Aria Ilyad Ahmad attended the 2019 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin, where he hosted two panels, one of which was presented by the Dahdaleh Institute. Convened by the United Nations, the IGF serves to bring people together from various stakeholder groups as equals, in discussions on public policy issues relating to the Internet.

Postdoctoral Fellow Mark Terry attended COP25 in Madrid, Spain. Among the many activities he undertook while there, Dr. Terry premiered the film Happening to Us alongside the student filmmakers, a group of Inuit youth from Tuktoyaktuk, and presented awards to the winners of the Global Youth Video Competition.

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Mar
13
Fri
2020
Book Launch | The Geo-Doc: Geomedia, Documentary Film, and Social Change
Mar 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Book Launch | The Geo-Doc: Geomedia, Documentary Film, and Social Change @ Arts & Letters Club

Join the Dahdaleh Institute and Postdoc Mark Terry to celebrate the release of his new book, The Geo-Doc: Geomedia, Documentary Film, and Social Change.

Based on his PhD thesis, the book introduces the Geo-Doc as a new form of documentary film designed to maximize the influential power of the documentary film as an agent of social change.


Author

Mark Terry is the Postdoctoral Fellow, Documentary Film & Global Health at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, cross-appointed at the Faculties of Health and Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto. He has worked throughout the global Arctic serving as the Scientist-in-Residence on Adventure Canada’s circumnavigation of Iceland (2018), making the first documented film of a crossing of the Northwest Passage, The Polar Explorer (2011), and teaching at Arctic universities in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia. He has also worked in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey and the National Antarctic Scientific Center of Ukraine documenting this research in the film The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning (2009).

As a member of The Explorers Club, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the Canadian Council for Geographic Education, the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Mark teaches and speaks regularly about the environmental issues affecting the fragile eco-systems of the polar regions and, by extension, the world.


Synopsis

This book introduces a new form of documentary film: the Geo-Doc, designed to maximize the influential power of the documentary film as an agent of social change. By combining the proven methods and approaches as evidenced through historical, theoretical, digital, and ecocritical investigations with the unique affordances of Geographic Information System technology, a dynamic new documentary form emerges, one tested in the field with the United Nations. This book begins with an overview of the history of the documentary film with attention given to how it evolved as an instrument of social change. It examines theories surrounding mobilizing the documentary film as a communication tool between filmmakers and policymakers. Ecocinema and its semiotic storytelling techniques are also explored for their unique approaches in audience engagement. The proven methods identified throughout the book are combined with the spatial and temporal affordances provided by GIS technology to create the Geo-Doc, a new tool for the activist documentarian.


Poster

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