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December 9, 2016

International Health at the Connected Health Conference - 2016

The Connected Health Conference is the largest and most diverse gathering of public sector and health and technology industry leaders working at the intersection of innovative product and service development, research, business and policy throughout the world. Building thought leadership across the ecosystem, this year's Conference focuses on an increasingly consumer-centered, technology-enabled and collaborative approach to improving health. 

Faculty, staff and students from International Health and across Johns Hopkins will take part in 20 sessions at this year's conference. Sessions with Hopkins representation are listed below. 

Monday, December 12, 2016

TimeTitleLocationDescriptionJHU Participant
3:30pm - 4:15pmMotivating PreventionPotomac DWhat’s the best way to motivate people to avoid a negative health outcome? How can young, healthy populations be continuously engaged in preventive behaviors? Hear from major consumer brands operating programs in fitness, wellness and prevention, and learn from their efforts to make prevention compelling to healthy populations using strategies such as personalization, feedback, education, coaching, incentives and community-building.  The panel will address the question, “how can young, healthy populations be continuously engaged in preventive behaviors?”Scott Kahan

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

TimeTitleLocationDescriptionJHU Participants
10:30am - 12pmNew Resources from the World Health Organization (WHO)/Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth InitiativeWoodrow Wilson AJoin this engaging session to learn about new resources emanating from the WHO/GMI collaboration including the Digital Health Atlas, the MAPS tool, the mERA checklist, and the M&E Toolkit. Learn about each tool and bring your computer; presenters will facilitate sessions to help you in a live navigation of the tools. After this workshop you’ll be better equipped to utilize these essential tools in planning and scaling your digital innovations.Alain Labrique, Amnesty LeFevre
10:30am - 12pmPerformance Support ToolsBaltimore 4In this session, participants will hear from three presenters.The first, presenting on improving job skills for health workers in Nigeria through mobile training - an example of how one mHealth tool is transforming health worker access to on-the-job skills training, building knowledge and confidence. Next, treating nurses as customers to improve care for newborns and finally a presentation on “monitoring the digital learning curve” which will focus on indicators and mechanisms used to identify the progress of health workers in digital transition.Kelsey Zeller
12:30pm - 1:15pmDeveloping & Operating Texting Programs in Low Resource EnvironmentsPotomac DTexting is a simple, proven approach to increasing engagement and encouraging healthy behaviors. This ‘best practices’ panel discussion will tell you everything you need to know to establish a text-based health intervention in a low-resource environment.Alain Labrique
1:15pm - 2:15pmEnabling InteroperabilityWoodrow Wilson DThey will discuss findings from an initial assessment that mapped existing systems and identified the need and scope of interoperability across different subsystems including: health financing, human resources, logistics, civil registration and vital statistics and describe the current process of gathering user requirements based on the Enterprise Architecture approach and how it helps design a system that fosters interaction among health workers, information and technology.Katherine Healy
1:15pm - 2:15pmReaching Underserved PopulationsAnnapolis 1-2Learn about and discuss emerging findings from a systematic narrative review on using mobile technology to improve uptake of HIV testing in vulnerable populations. Hear more related to design, statistical efficacy, and sustainability of mHealth solutions for HIV test initiation in low-, middle- and high-income countriesLarissa Jennings
2:30pm - 3:30pmGO/No-Go! A digital health decision-making card gameWoodrow Wilson AWorkshop
A card-based game designed to help develop digital health decision-making skills, “Go/No-Go!” provides players with the opportunity to consider different scenarios and decide together whether or not proceed with a digital health project.
James Bon Tempo
2:30pm - 3:30pmScientific implementation and ethical considerations of SMS for Research, Monitoring and EvaluationBaltimore 4This session is aimed at early career professionals and those interested in learning more about how to use SMS and other mobile-first tools for surveys, mobile messaging, formative evaluation and research.Alain Labrique, Dustin Gibson, George Pariyo, Joseph Ali
2:30pm - 3:30pmChallenges and Lessons Learned in Neonatal Digital Health ProgramsAnnapolis 4Learn more about how mobile technology and the KoBo Toolkit has supported timely and quality data collection in a hard-to-reach and challenging context. Next, learn more about the Open Smart Register (OpenSRP) platform in the Bangladesh health system.Kelsey Zeller, Sucheta Mehra
4pm - 5pmDigital Health on Campus: How can we prepare a next generation of leaders?Baltimore 4Fireside Chat
How is the next generation of digital health practitioners being prepared for this new reality in global health? How is digital health being introduced in universities at the graduate level into relevant programs (public health, medical fields, engineering, research, etc.), what are the best methods of doing this, and what are some of the biggest challenges / areas for improvement?
Ed Bunker, Yorghos Carabas
4pm - 5pmIncorporating Entertainment Education into Your Digital Program DesignWoodrow Wilson AJoin this session to gain practical and participatory skills where you will learn to developing scenario-based learning content for use on mobile phones. This session is primarily about how to bring the power of story and drama into mobile based learning formats. We want to share with participants how to move beyond the simple sharing of information to including stories/dramas that are interesting and engagingCaroline Jacoby
4pm - 5pmLessons Learned for SustainabilityAnnapolis 1-2Hear D-Tree share their lessons learned in moving from pilot to scale and the evolution of their Safer Deliveries program in Zanzibar as well as Jhpiego's critical look back on building a sustainable human resource information systems from Mozambique's HRIS implementation.Devan Manharlal
5pm - 6pmNetworking 'Appy Hour' ReceptionCherry Blossom AtriumNetworking Sessions with presentations
Various Apps present including:
JHPIEGO ePartogram App
JHSPH Online Impact Model Tool
Timothy Roberton

Wednesday, December 14

TimeTitleLocationDescriptionJHU Participants
9am - 10:15amCost EffectivenessWoodrow Wilson BAre mobile solutions really more efficient and cost effective than traditional paper-based options? What can a systematic review of solutions tell us about the Economic Evidence for mHealth? What can the MAMA South Africa project share about whether or not SMS health messages prove value for money? Which projects have been most successful in this regard? This session asks hard questions and looks at the evidenceAmnesty LeFevre
9am - 10:15amDiscover e/m LearningWoodrow Wilson DJoin this panel of presenters from JHPIEGO to learn more about tools, processes and best practices in e/mLearning. Hear about specific approaches that have been applied in LMIC to improve and update skills of health workers. You’ll specifically learn about some of the digital tools today for effective distance learning.Bekalu Assamnew Andargie, George Muyunda, Jodi Lis, Leonard Maximus Ireneous Mensah
9am - 10:15amIntegrating Digital and Non-Digital ToolsAnnapolis 3-4This session will demonstrate how to integrate digital and non-digital tools with proven best practices in BEmONC (basic emergency obstetric and neonatal care) capacity building approaches. Panelists will feature a variety of tools for supporting health worker training and BEmONC implementation.Jennifer Breads
10:30am - 12pmCommCare Case StudiesBaltimore 4Do you keep hearing about CommCare and want to more about this technology? Join these panelists to talk about Commcare and learn about the different uses of the open source technology.Gbaike Ajayi, Lisa Noguchi, Sarah Searle
10:30am - 12pmUnderstand, Apply and Expand on DHIS2Annapolis 1-2This session will delve into DHIS 2 and how different programs are embracing this open source system as a robust HMIS in LMICs. Audiences already familiar with DHIS 2 will find this session useful to learn how programs are expanding the platform to gather and use date.Elizabeth Hazel, Matthew Saaks
10:30am - 12pmLessons About ScaleWoodrow Wilson BPresentations will be ordered along the continuum of a scaled program to take you on a journey --- from concept and development, to pilot phase, to a randomized controlled trial, to a scaled program --- with presenters focusing on the roadblocks, results, and lessons learned specific to their section.Dennis Cherian, Dustin Gibson, Kelsey Zeller, Alain Labrique
2:30pm - 3:30pmContent Adaptation: Designing for the UserAnnapolis 3-4This session will explore this debate and focus on how to customize content adaptation tools for mHealth users.Caitlin Loehr, Lisa Mwaikambo
2:30pm - 3:30pmData ReflectionsWoodrow Wilson BThis interactive panel led by researchers and program implementers is intended to spur discourse on how to optimize the use of data to inform program implementation and evidence generation for digital health innovations. The panel will harness lessons learned from the Mobile Technology for Health (MOTECH) program in Ghana and introduce audience members to the concept of ‘program drift’ in health systems research.Amnesty LeFevre, Diwaker Mohan, Larissa Jennings