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Virtual launch event: "Lessons from the field," a Conflict and Health/BMC Public Health collection

In association with the “Lessons from the field: Confronting the challenges of health research in humanitarian crises” collection in BMC Public Health and Conflict and Health, Fogarty’s Center for Global Health Studies (CGHS) will host an online launch event May 17 - 20, 2021.

This virtual event will take place in four sessions over four days. Each session will be 90 minutes, and participants will have the option of joining an additional 30-minute breakout discussion and networking session at the end. The events will feature case study authors, Steering Committee members, and experts in the field. The events will help audiences understand best how to utilize the case studies for educational, training and other purposes, as well as highlight the importance of conducting research in the context of humanitarian crises and share some common themes, strategies and lessons learned.

Each session will be held at 9 am EDT (Washington, D.C.) | 4 pm (Nairobi) | 7 pm (Dhaka) to accommodate as many time zones as possible. This event is open to the public. Participants must register in advance for each session individually.

Please contact Amit Mistry amit.mistry@nih.gov or Blythe Beecroft blythe.beecroft@nih.gov with questions.

Updated April 28, 2021

May 17, 2021 – Day 1: Lessons from the field: Confronting the challenges of health research in humanitarian crises

Register: Lessons from the field: Confronting the challenges of health research in humanitarian crises
9 am EDT (Washington D.C.) | 4 pm (Beirut, Nairobi) | 7 pm (Dhaka)

An introduction to the collection including presentations by four different authors and discussion on the unique challenges encountered and strategies employed to conduct health research in varying crises contexts globally.

Featured Panelists:

  • Brandon Kohrt, George Washington University (Moderator)
  • Bachera Aktar, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University [Related publication]
  • Rana Dajani, Hashemite University [Related publication]
  • Lara Ho, International Rescue Committee
  • Denisse Vega Ocasio, Emory University [Related publication]

May 18, 2021 – Day 2: Cross cutting topics: The role of communities, partnerships and knowledge translation in humanitarian health research

Register: Cross cutting topics: The role of communities, partnerships and knowledge translation in humanitarian health research
9 am EDT (Washington, D.C.) | 4 pm (Beirut, Nairobi) | 7 pm (Dhaka)

An exploration of cross-cutting themes relevant to the collection of case studies, including: conducting research for and with communities, and sharing findings back to communities; working in partnership with local and international actors; and translation of research into policy and practice.

Featured Panelists:

  • Iman Nuwayhid, American University of Beirut (Moderator)
  • Donal O'Mathuna, The Ohio State University [Related publication]
  • Yoke van der Meulen, Birzeit University
  • Abdi Dalmar, Somali Research and Development Institute (SORDI)

May 19, 2021 – Day 3: Case Studies from Syria: An in-depth look at research

Register: Case Studies from Syria: An in-depth look at research
9 am EDT (Washington, D.C.)| 4 pm (Beirut, Nairobi) | 7 pm (Dhaka)

A discussion of the complexity of health research related to the Syrian crisis and insights and shared learning from four unique case studies.

Featured Panelists:

May 20, 2021 – Day 4: The future of humanitarian health research

Register: The future of humanitarian health research
9 am EDT (Washington, D.C.) | 4 pm (Beirut, Nairobi) | 7 pm (Dhaka)

An examination of key issues for the future of humanitarian health research and how the case studies can contribute to the field.

Featured Panelists:

  • Nalini Anand, Fogarty International Center, NIH (Moderator)
  • Bayard Roberts, Editor-in-Chief, Conflict and Health
  • Muna Khalidi, Beit Atfal as-Somoud/Forward Film Production
  • Shafiqa Akram, Aga Khan University
  • Yap Boum, MSF Epicentre

Steering Committee Members

  • Nalini Anand, Fogarty International Center, NIH
  • Blythe Beecroft, Fogarty International Center, NIH
  • Seydou Doumbia, University of Bamako
  • Rita Giacaman, Birzeit University
  • Brandon Kohrt, George Washington University
  • Naoko Kozuki, International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  • Vesna Kutlesic, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), NIH
  • Aubrey Miller, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), NIH
  • Amit Mistry, Fogarty International Center, NIH
  • Iman Nuwayhid, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • Donal O'Mathuna, The Ohio State University
  • Yoke van der Meulen, Birzeit University
  • Makeda Williams, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), NIH

Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Rebecca Hwang, Office of Clinical Research, ippcr2@mail.nih.gov, 301-451-1468, and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).