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Date: Jul 2019

On July 18-19, 2019, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit leadership and staff participated in the Safe Kids Worldwide Childhood Injury Prevention Convention (PrevCon) in Washington, D.C.

Providing a meeting space for child injury prevention professionals to connect, collaborate, and share, the biannual event kicked off with a keynote address from Dr. Nhan Tran, JH-IIRU alum and Coordinator for Unintentional Injuries at the World Health Organization. Tran welcomed attendees to the convention before presenting on the current state of injury prevention around the globe, as well as how to leverage innovative frameworks in order to create more positive change in the field.

Director Dr. Abdul Bachani led a parallel session, “Demonstrating Impact: An Introduction to Evaluation and Measurement,” that featured leadership from the AIP Foundation (Vietnam) and Michael Phelps Foundation. Dr. Bachani first presented on the central role that monitoring and evaluation plays in enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of programs, and highlighted approaches appropriate for different phases of a program cycle and the need to move beyond process measures to demonstrate impact.

Mirjam Sidik, CEO of the AIP Foundation (Vietnam), presented on planning and evaluating a local road safety program, while Cathy Bennett, Program Director of the Michael Phelps Foundation provided an overview of the foundation’s “im program,” for which the foundation partners with JH-IIRU to assess and improve the program.

Staff represented the Unit at the convention exhibit hall, which featured more than 70 booths from research institutions, government agencies, and injury prevention product and technology vendors.

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JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani presents during PrevCon's parallel session on measurement and evaluation.

From July 13-17, 2019, leadership, faculty, and students from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit attended the 2019 International Health Economics Association (iHEA) congress in Basel, Switzerland.

Titled “New Heights in Health Economics,” the 13th World Congress on Health Economics welcomed public health researchers and practitioners from around the world to share findings and collaborate in order to advance the field of health economics.

On Monday, July 15, JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani presented on new findings highlighting the critical role that access to appropriate rehabilitation services has in improving both functioning and resumption of work post-injury. Dr. Bachani and students Rantimi Adetunji and Niloufer Taber, along with international partners Cuong Pham (Hanoi University of Public Health) and Muhammad Fadhli Mohd Yusoff (Institute of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Malaysia) contributed to the research.

“Ensuring access to appropriate and effective rehabilitation services is fundamental to improving functioning post-injury and enabling individuals resume life and work activities,” said Dr. Bachani. “By applying health systems and behavioral economics research methods, we can enhance our understanding on how to better integrate rehabilitation services into health systems and thereby reduce the health, economic, and societal impact of injuries.”

Assistant Scientist Andres Vecino-Ortiz was also on hand to share his recent work in health economics and chair related presentations in the field.

The next congress, a biennial event, will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from July 24-28, 2021.

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