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On November 29-30, 2016, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) faculty traveled to Doha, Qatar to attend the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) 2016. Drs. Adnan Hyder (director), Kate Allen (Coordinator for Middle East), and Amber Mehmood (Coordinator for EMS) were part of the delegation. More than 1,000 global leaders, including government officials and healthcare experts attended the two-day Summit. 

The Summit had eight research forums, including accountable care, autism, behavioral insights, cardiovascular disease, genomics in the gulf region and Islamic ethics, healthy populations, investing in health, and precision medicine. JH-IIRU faculty participated in several sessions and met colleagues working in health systems, ethics and health management. 

WISH Qatar Panel

A panel discussion at WISH Qatar

While in Qatar, JH-IIRU faculty met with collaborators from Hamad Medical Corporation. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss project updates for both Work-place-injury Unified Registry for Qatar (WURQ) and Young Kids in Safe Seats (Y-KISS). The team discussed current data collection activities, stakeholder engagement, training and challenges thus far. Lastly, the team discussed plans for the next year and potential proposals and publications. 

More information on the Summit can be found here.

Meeting with HMC in Qatar

JH-IIRU meets with collaborators from HMC

On November 14-18, 2016, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) faculty attended the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Vancouver, Canada. The theme of the five-day symposium was "Resilient and responsive health systems for a changing world." 

The Department of International Health was involved in over 30 sessions, including plenary, organized, oral, skills-building, satellite, poster and e-poster sessions. JH-IIRU director, Dr. Adnan Hyder, moderated a thematic working group session titled, “The ethics of health systems research priority-setting” and participated in a panel session titled, “Blurring the lines: ethical considerations when research is embedded in policy and practice.” 

JH-IIRU faculty members were also involved in several sessions. Dr. Kate Allen, JH-IIRU Coordinator for Middle East, presented a poster titled, “Do researchers uphold principles of ethics in health systems research? - Empirical evidence from an online survey” and Dr. Olakunle Alonge, JH-IIRU Coordinator for Child Injuries, participated in a satellite session titled, “A massive open online course (MOOC) on implementation research.” 

During the Health Systems Global annual general meeting, Dr. Adnan Hyder was formally introduced as a new member of the Health Systems Global Board.

The Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research will be held in Liverpool in 2018.

More information on the Symposium can be found here.

Poster at Health Systems Global

Drs. Adnan Hyder and Kate Allen present a poster at Health Systems Global

On October 31-November 11, 2016, 59 participants from 15 different countries traveled to Baltimore, Maryland to attend the first Global Road Safety Leadership Course (GRSLC). The course is jointly offered by Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) and the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

During the first week of the two-week training program, participants attended a variety of sessions including: behavioral risk factors, systems thinking, sustainable transport, urban design in road safety, and policy and legislation. Participants also had the opportunity to get to know each other better during a cultural night at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, where faculty, staff and participants had a wonderful evening sharing performances representing the 15 countries.

On November 5, the participants traveled to New York City to visit Bloomberg Philanthropies. The participants learned about designing safer, more sustainable streets and data driven solutions for road safety. The trip concluded with a walking tour around New York City to see road safety in action.

GRSLC visits Bloomberg Philanthropies

GRSLC participants visit Bloomberg Philanthropies (Photo courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies)

During the second week of the two-week training program, participants attended a variety of sessions including: data sources for road traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities, economics for road safety, financing and funding for road safety, and introduction to advocacy. On November 9, participants traveled to Washington, DC to visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

On November 11, the participants presented outcomes from their group projects. In the evening, participants traveled to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for a certificate ceremony and reception. The ceremony and reception were attended by the Dean of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Michael J. Klag; Department of International Health Chair, David Peters; and Kelly Larson of Bloomberg Philanthropies. 

For more information on the course, please click here.

GRSLC Certificate Ceremony

GRSLC participants with Kelly Larson of Bloomberg Philanthropies 

On October 11-14, 2016, Johns Hopkins International Injury Unit (JH-IIRU) assistant scientist, Dr. Connie Hoe, traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to attend the 5th annual workshop on road safety legislation. The workshop, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), was a part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety and convened 29 lawyers and other professionals from government and civil society organizations in China, India, Philippines, Thailand, Tanzania and Viet Nam. The workshop utilized a mix of presentations, group work, and other interactive activities to expose participants to various road safety topics such as risk factors, media advocacy, policy change, and vehicle regulations.

During the workshop, Dr. Hoe presented on "political priority development," where she discussed the strategies, frameworks and tools advocates can use to get child safety onto the political agenda. 

The final day of the workshop was dedicated to identifying concrete ways to improve WHO's capacity development efforts for lawyers and journalists within the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety.

To learn more about the workshop, please click here.

Road Safety Legislation Workshop

A presentation during the 5th annual workshop on road safety legislation

On October 3-7, 2016, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) assistant scientist, Dr. Katharine Allen, traveled to Bogotá, Colombia to attend Road Safety Week 2016. The annual one-week event was organized by the Secretariat of Mobility in Bogotá. Key events of the week included workshops led by the World Resources Institute (WRI), the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), and the National Association of City Transport Officials (NACTO); meetings to discuss various road safety topics, including speed and safer streets; and a new drink driving mass media campaign jointly launched by the city of Bogotá and Vital Strategies.

During the week, Dr. Allen attended the two-day international seminar on road safety. The seminar featured several panel sessions including: road safety policies in cities, safe mobility systems for pedestrians and urgent road safety challenges. She also participated in the BIGRS partners’ meeting on October 5. During the meeting, the partners discussed upcoming speed reduction projects along selected roads in the city and future plans for 2017.

Most of the week, Dr. Allen focused on meeting with collaborators at the Universidad de Los Andes to discuss data collection activities to support the city and BIGRS partners. 

road safety week Bogota

BIGRS partners with Secretariat of Mobility in Bogotá

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