Faculty Attend Joint US-India Conference on Public Health Infrastructure

									Charlie Plain |
																			March 20, 2015
Pictured l-r: SPH faculty Matteo Convertino, Bruce Alexander, Beth Virnig, and Gurumurthy Ramachandran outside the conference with chief financial officer Joe Weisenburger.

Faculty from the Divisions of Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology and Community Health, and Health Policy Management attended a joint SPH-Jamia Millia Islamiya University (New Delhi, India) International Conference on “Public Health Infrastructure in Transition – Challenges and a Way Forward” held between Feb 16-20, 2015 in New Delhi, India.

In addition to presenters from various universities and public health institutions in India and the US, there were more than 160 presenters from countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the Netherlands, and Canada.

The plenary opening address was given by Professor Beth Virnig, Associate Dean for Research, SPH. Professors Bruce Alexander, Gurumurthy Ramachandran, Matteo Convertino, William Toscano, Jeffrey Mandel, and PhD student Hitakshi Sehgal attended the conference, made presentations, and taught short courses.

View images from the conference on Flickr.

See below for a complete list of SPH participants and their conference roles or presentations.

EnHS Faculty:
Bruce Alexander (Professor and Division Head, EnHS)
Gurumurthy Ramachandran, PhD (Professor, EnHS)
William A. Toscano, PhD (Professor, EnHS)
Matteo Convertino, PhD (Assistant Professor, EnHS)
Jeffrey H. Mandel, MD, MPH (Associate Professor, EnHS)

EpiCH Faculty:
Benjamin D. Capistrant, ScD (Assistant Professor, EpiCH)

HPM Faculty:
Beth Virnig, PhD, MPH (Professor, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research)

Conference Director: Gurumurthy Ramachandran, PhD

Opening Remarks: Gurumurthy Ramachandran, PhD

Keynote:  “Public Health Infrastructure, Developing Nations and the Lessons of Ebola” – Beth Virnig, PhD

“Process of Peer Review, Authors and Reviewers Perspective” – Gurumurthy Ramachandran, PhD

“The Business of Research: Identifying Funding Organizations, Submission and Resubmission of Grant Proposals” – Bruce Alexander, PhD

“International Collaborations” – Benjamin D. Capistrant, ScD

“Anatomy of Grant Proposal Writing, Do’s and Don’ts in Grant Proposal Writing Skills – Part I” – Beth Virnig, PhD

“Anatomy of Grant Proposal Writing, Do’s and Don’ts in Grant Proposal Writing Skills – Part II” – Bruce Alexander, PhD

“Occupational Health and Public Health Infrastructure” – Bruce Alexander, PhD

“Global Public Health Infrastructure and Quality of Care” – Benjamin Capistrant, ScD

“Social Determinants of Health and Epigenetics: A New Tool for Health Policy” – William Toscano, PhD

Women and Child Health Discussion Track Chairpersons:  William A. Toscano, PhD, Beth Virnig, PhD and Gurumurthy Ramachandran, PhD

Environment and Occupational Health and Safety Track Chairpersons:  Bruce H. Alexander, PhD, Gurumurthy Ramachandran, PhD

“Designing Optimal Occupational Infrastructure for Population Health Resilience in India: A probablistic Portfolio Decision Model” – Matteo Convertino, PhD, Gurumurthy Ramachandran, PhD

“Study of Health and Safety of Workers in the Organized Sector in India: A Case of Manufacturing, Mining and Quarrying Industries” – Matteo Convertino, PhD, Gurumurthy Ramachandran, PhD

“Health Studies in the  Mining Industry” – Jeffrey H. Mandel, MD, MPH

Panel Discussion: “Contemporary Issues in Public Health Infrastructure” – Gurumurthy Ramachandran, PhD, Chairperson

Panel Discussion: “Concerns and Consequences of Innovations in Public Health Infrastructure – A Way Forward” – Bruce Alexander, PhD, Chairperson

Healthcare Systems and Delivery Mechanisms Track Chairperson:  William A. Toscano, PhD

Strengthening Public Health Organization and Management Systems Chairperson: Matteo Convertino, PhD

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