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At a resurrected climate conference, concerns loom that CDC scientists may be silenced

February 16, 2017

The Climate and Health Meeting, led by organizers former Vice President Al Gore, Harvard Global Health Institute, and the American Public Health Association gathered more than 300 people at the Carter Center in Atlanta. The meeting filled the void left by the cancelled three-day climate and health meeting originally to be held at the CDC headquarters.

Speakers included Al Gore, HGHI's Dr. Ashish Jha, APHA's Dr. Georges Benjamin, former President Jimmy Carter, and many others scientists and climate and health leaders.

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Climate and Health Meeting

February 16, 2017

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, the American Public Health Association (APHA), The Climate Reality Project, Harvard Global Health Institute, the University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment and Dr. Howard Frumkin, former director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health, announced a Climate & Health Meeting that will take place on February 16, 2017 at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Supported by the Turner Foundation and other organizations, the event will fill the gap left by the recently-canceled Climate & Health Summit originally...

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Launching the Coalition for Epidemic Prevention and Innovation: A New Approach to Keeping the World Safe

February 8, 2017

On February 8, 2017, the Harvard Global Health Institute hosted a Leadership Studio panel discussing the Coalition for Epidemic Prevention and Innovation (CEPI), its goals, the role of various sectors in pandemic preparedness reforms and the future of pandemic research and development.

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Putting a Human Face on Climate Change

Putting a Human Face on Climate Change

December 22, 2016

On December 13th the Harvard Global Health Institute hosted a symposium featuring two panels of experts and a keynote speaker on the health benefits of climate change. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health reporter,  Karen Feldscher, writes her reflections on the event:

"Focusing on the potential health impacts of climate change—such as malnutrition, an increase in infectious and chronic diseases, and more deaths from heat waves and cold snaps—may be the best...

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Why the WHO Election Matters: HGHI co-hosts high level discussion with Dentons

Why the WHO Election Matters: HGHI co-hosts high level discussion with Dentons

December 21, 2016

 

On December 2nd, the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) and Dentons hosted a high level conversation about the upcoming elections for Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO).  Ashish Jha, Faculty Director of HGHI gave opening remarks that underlined the importance of leadership at the WHO, particularly in light of the Ebola epidemic in 2014 and the more recent Zika outbreaks.  Following his remarks, Jha joined a...

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Capturing the Carbon Dividend: Health Benefits of Climate Mitigation

Capturing the Carbon Dividend: Health Benefits of Climate Mitigation

December 13, 2016

On Tuesday, December 13 2016, the Harvard Global Health Institute hosted a symposium entitled “Capturing the Carbon Dividend: Health Benefits of Climate Mitigation,” with co-sponsorship from the Harvard Law School’s Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic. The symposium was introduced by Michelle Williams, Dean of the Faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who described health as “the human face of climate change.”

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Strategies for Measuring Quality: Learning from Across the Globe

Strategies for Measuring Quality: Learning from Across the Globe

December 8, 2016

On Thursday, December 8 2016, the Harvard Global Health Institute’s special initiative on quality, the Harvard Initiative on Global Health Quality (HIGHQ), hosted a panel discussion entitled “Strategies for Measuring Quality: Learning from Across the Globe”.  Dr. Jishnu Das, Lead Economist in the Development Research Group at the World Bank and Visiting Fellow at the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi, gave the keynote address on using standardized patients to measure quality of primary care around the world.  He highlighted the advantages and limitations of the method,...

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VA health system is a ‘living reflection’ of our history

VA health system is a ‘living reflection’ of our history

November 11, 2016

Harvard Global Health Institute's Faculty Director, Dr. Ashish Jha's reflections on his work with the VA. He writes: "The VA, or the Department of Veterans Affairs as it is officially known, is the branch of the US government responsible for serving those who have served our nation in the armed forces. In that role, it’s one of the largest health care providers in the nation. Despite all of its challenges, the VA represents our collective commitment to providing the care due to...

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Ebola pandemic shows that cities, not nations, should lead on public health

Ebola pandemic shows that cities, not nations, should lead on public health

September 22, 2016

"It’s time to consider cities as the central organizing principle for protecting human health", says Dr. Ashish Jha, in a recent op-ed in the South China Morning Post. Dr. Jha is the Director of Harvard Global Health Institute. This piece is based on his remarks at the Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum in Hong Kong on September 22, 2016.

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