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.
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.
The World Health Organization and guideline development: What have we learned a decade after major reforms?
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.
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.
The first of the Dahdaleh Institute's summer students will present her work, learnings and experience as the Global Health & Humanitarianism Research Assistant.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Image Credit: Icebergs in the High Arctic / Carol Devine / 2008 / Brocken Inaglory / From the series Black Carbon, Not Cool
Please note: time is in GMT +1. This event is presented by Overseas Development Institute.
James Cameron – Chair, ODI
James Corré – Programme Director, Wilton Park
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
Måns Nilsson – Executive Director, Stockholm Environment Institute
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Image Credit: The MUAC test shows that this child is manourished © African Visuals Media/Malteser International
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.
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
Refugee experiences of seeking protection are characterized by a high degree of both agency and precarity, both of which impact wellbeing, shape positionality and transform identity. Centralizing refugees as the primary source of knowledge and presenting them as real individuals with diverse backgrounds and aspirations, this presentation examines the global crisis of forced migration through the lens of Syrian refugees’ journeys to Sweden.
Having escaped war in their homeland, Syrian refugees find themselves trapped between a failing protection regime and a global system of border controls. Those who decide to journey towards Sweden are transformed from refugees, entitled to protection, into “illegal migrants” who are criminalized for challenging the regime of borders. Due to such precarity and illegality, refugees arrive at their intended destinations with a heavy load of pain, fear, and confusion, which influences their sense of identity and belonging, and affects their ability to integrate into their new localities.
Informed by the knowledge of refugees and through their stories, this research examines the refugee journey as a complex and messy act of survival and resistance. It challenges dominant narratives that represent refugees either as victims who deserve aid in their regions or as threats when they exert their agency and journey towards the global north. It problematizes the dominant narrative of the “European crisis of migration” and proposes that the “unauthorized” arrivals of refugees in Europe are reflections of a global crisis of protection, a crisis that develops as a result of a failing protection regime and bordering practices against refugees from the global south.
Dr. Maissaa Almustafa holds a Ph.D. in Global Governance from Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU). She is a Research Fellow at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, a Research Associate at the University of Waterloo, an Affiliated Researcher with the International Migration Research Center, and teaches at the WLU Department of Political Science. Dr. Almustafa’s research focuses on forced displacement, statelessness, refugees’ experiences, and the impact of refugees’ journeys on their lives and wellbeing. She is actively involved in refugees’ resettlement in the Waterloo region.
Image Credit: Hanna Shammo, 23, from Syria is pictured outside the Syrian Association on November 19, 2013 in Vaellingby, near Stockholm. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)
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.
The purpose of this workshop is to discover, share, and support critical global health research that is taking place or planned at York, and that contributes to the themes of the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research: 1) Planetary Health; 2) Global Health and Humanitarianism; and 3) Global Health Foresighting.
We seek a ‘critical social science with global public health’ that engages directly with global public health actors to transform public health, while remaining committed to social science theory and methodology. As a starting point, Professor James Orbinski will offer reflections on “Global Health Context Setting”, and a second session will reflect on “Critical Problem Solving in Global Health”. We will then invite other York Faculty and Fellows to offer brief “Five Minutes/2 Slides” presentations of their existing or planned research in Critical Perspectives in Global Health.
We hope to enable an open dialogue that may lead to new insights and research opportunities. Following the Workshop, the DIGHR will offer five research seed grants of up to $5,000 CAD each, to support the development of further research in Critical Perspectives in Global Health. These would be invited for presentation at a May 2020 Full Day DIGHR Workshop on Critical Perspectives in Global Health. This would encourage faculty to develop grant proposals over the 2020 summer for Fall Tri-Council (and other agency) grant deadlines.
Critical Perspectives in Global Health takes place December 4, 2019, 9:30am – 3:00pm. Lunch will be provided.
|9:30 AM||Registration and Coffee|
|10:15 AM||Global Health Context Setting |
Dr. James Orbinski
|10:45 AM||Reflections on Critical Problem Solving in Global Health|
|12:45 PM||5minutes/2slides Rapid Presentations of Ongoing or Planned Critical Perspectives Research in Global Health|
|2:30 PM||Seed Grants, Next Steps, and Wrap-up|
To attend, register by 10am on Thursday November 28th, 2019. Register at: go.yorku.ca/criticalglobalhealth
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.
Members of York University’s largest delegation since COP15 Copenhagen will share their activities & discuss progress.
Panel 1: Governance, Indigenous and Student Voices Panel
With Idil Boran (LAPS), Angele Alook (LAPS), Matthew Hampson (LAPS)
Moderated by Ellie Perkins (FES)
Dawn Bazely (Science) on how to reduce your travel carbon footprint
Panel 2: Blockchain for Climate and Green Buildings Panel
With Kam Phung (Schulich), Joseph Pallant (Health) & Will Gagnon (Ecology North) via Zoom
Mark Terry (Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research) will screen Happening to Us, a film about climate change made by Inuit youth.