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Monday, June 14

8:30am EDT

Research Track Workshop: Interested in Global Health Research? Going in with your Eyes Open
Limited Capacity seats available

There are numerous global health challenges and a pressing need to develop creative novel solutions to combat these. This 3-hour workshop will target health professionals and new researchers who are interested in planning and participating in global health research. The workshop will include discussion of the various types of global health research including topical, methodological, and organizational differences. It will also encompass discussion of the practicalities of research, including the need for Institutional Review Board approval, developing and maintaining collaborative partnerships, clarifying funding issues, planning appropriately for adequate personnel, ensuring high quality data collection and analysis, and achieving equity when publishing and presenting resulting data. Presenters will engage participants in discussion surrounding the myriad issues associated with getting a study started, using case-studies to illustrate specific challenges new researchers are likely to encounter. Presenters will also provide participants will resources to assist them in generating new ideas for research, identifying funding sources, and writing grant proposals. Participants are encouraged but not required to come to the workshop with nascent ideas for potential research studies.

Monday June 14, 2010 8:30am - 11:30am EDT
Executive Room

1:00pm EDT

Research Track Workshop: Using LiST to Estimate Impact of Scaling Up Interventions for MNCH
Limited Capacity seats available

The workshop will begin by giving a brief background of LiST, focusing on the processes used to develop the model and assumptions. Next it will provide an overview of the software and its outputs. This portion of the workshop will primarily be lecture, with time for some questions. During the next two hours the workshop will focus on having participants use LiST to answer specific questions. During this period we will use multiple facilitators to ensure that all of the participants can progress. During the last hour of the workshop we will try to have discussion among the group about problems and issues using LiST and based on feedback will also ask participants to answer more in-depth using LiST.

Monday June 14, 2010 1:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Congressional Room
Tuesday, June 15

10:45am EDT

Research Track: The Global Health Council's Research Agenda: A Look Back at the Past Year and Ahead

Over the past year, the Global Health Council's Research and Analysis Department has highlighted several new initiatives. Our work on the integration of maternal, newborn, child and reproductive health has focused on how service integration can be accomplished. Our work on the intersection of trade and health has focused on producing a booklet and a series of briefs that provide basic information about how trade agreements work and how they related to global health. Our work on cancer has focused on understanding how cancer programming is implemented in developing countries. Finally, the Department has engaged in a university tour across five regions of the United States to reach out to academia and forge new partnerships with the Council.

In addition to examining these issues, we will look ahead to what is coming up next at the Council. One potential avenue for new work includes Global Health Delivery's GHDonline.org Communities: Connecting Practice, Research, and Policy.

Launched in July 2008 by the Global Health Delivery Project, GHDonline (http://www.ghdonline.org) is a Virtual Professional Collaboration platform where global health implementers engage in problem-solving and share information resources to improve the delivery of health care worldwide and in resource-limited settings. GHDonline is structured in communities, each focusing on specific global health challenges from adherence and retention in care to tuberculosis infection control, and moderated by experts.

Thousands of implementers, from clinicians to government employees and researchers, from 1000+ organizations in 130+ countries are collaborating in GHDonline communities, in effect connecting practice, research, and policy. In this presentation, we will demonstrate GHDonline and showcase several in-depth discussions that have yielded results and inspired various stakeholders as a new tool for the Global Health Council to further its mission and work.


Tuesday June 15, 2010 10:45am - 12:30pm EDT
Capitol Room

2:30pm EDT

Research Track: Raising Awareness of Cancer in Developing Countries

This session will highlight the challenges posed by the growing burden of cancer in developing countries and featuring some initiatives to address these challenges.
Participants should be able to
Describe some of the main challenges of cancer in developing countries and some initiatives to address these challenges. Understand the policy/advocacy and research agendas related to cancer in developing countries.

Listening to GHC Members: Report out on the Global Health Council's Cancer Control Learning and Advocacy Initiative. The Initiative has several components, including focus groups conducted with key stakeholders at GHC's 2009 International Conference, a literature review, a survey of GHC members, two cancer related events on understanding cancer and barriers to cancer control in developing countries, and a series of working group meetings. The take-home message will be highlighting the cancer research and policy agendas.

Using Technology and Social Media to Support Patient Advocacy. The internet and new social media tools provide many opportunities for engagement. For people dealing with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) -- whether patients, patient groups, caregivers or healthcare professionals -- CML Earth is a global interactive social network dedicated to connecting the CML community from around the world. This session will present a demonstration of CML Earth, a global program that allows CML patients to connect with each other all over the world.

Responding to the Growing Problem of Tobacco Use. The need for effective tobacco control in developing countries is growing daily, as tobacco products are proliferated around the world. With effective messages and policies, progress can be made to stem the expansion and use of tobacco, and prevent cancer and other tobacco-related diseases. American Cancer Society uses evidence-based strategies to curb the use and subsequent harmful effects of tobacco through powerful advocacy campaigns. This presentation will offer visuals and engaging methods for mobilizing media, youth, and other players for effective campaigns.

Tuesday June 15, 2010 2:30pm - 4:15pm EDT
Capitol Room
Wednesday, June 16

9:45am EDT

Research Track: Research Symposium: Taking Metrics Global - Measuring Results and Understanding Behavior

There has been much discussion in recent years about developing and harmonizing indicators. Many of these discussions have taken place in the context of US government efforts to restructure foreign assistance and reauthorize PEPFAR, calls for harmonization and standardization among donor-required assessment tools, and the introduction of large extra-governmental actors, such as the Global Fund for AIDS, TB & Malaria and the Gates Foundation into the complicated global health milieu. Yet, developing a common set of measurable indicators is only one step in the process of better understanding global health. We need to move from outputs to outcomes to impact. It is important to measure not only what is being/has been done and delivered but to also assess the changes that these induced and the factors that have influenced them (measuring outcomes and demonstrating impact).

Measuring Results.
On a population level, a better understanding of global health patterns and trends requires standard and common measures. The goal is to develop asset of measures that can be compared between countries, which may include both program outputs and health outcomes. These measures maybe fairly simple and can be translated from one program, language or culture to another. However, they also tend to focus on program outputs rather than on health outcomes - more work is needed to move toward measures of program results.

Measuring Behavior.
To make progress in addressing problems on the ground, a better understanding of the complex nature of health issues is needed. This requires establishing new or adapting existing tools that assess behavior-based constructs in a more comprehensive manner. In addition to measuring health outcomes, successful programs need to assess risk factors and social determinants. For example, determining the impact of depressive symptoms on maternal health or health-seeking behavior warrants more than a single question - a number of instruments used in the US and other industrialized countries (e.g., the CESD) could potentially be adapted for use in developing countries. Measurement of these more complex constructs could provide richer data and suggest ways to improve services.

Scaling-up Sustainably. With a variety of state and non-state actors involved in global health delivery, a challenge lies in the integration of a disease-specific program with the public health sector. With great unmet need, implementers and donors are assessing how best to scale and sustain their services. New measures are required to capture how best to integrate, manage and operate programs at scale. Dr. Rebecca Weintraub of GHD will review findings from the following studies: WHO Maximizing Positive Synergies Project, Critical interactions between Global Fund-supported programs and health systems and Sustaining Delivery at Scale supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Strategic Frameworks in Program Assessment. Frameworks to assess programs benefit from a consultative development process that involves stakeholders, creating room for collective ownership and collaboration with partners in evaluating common results. Jane Kengeya-Kayondo will present a framework for systematic assessment of TDR's performance, its strategic relevance and contribution to global health. The framework is a potential approach for measuring the results and changes that can be attributed to research and scientific capacity development providing the basis for continuous improvement. Discussion will include the key principles followed, lessons learned, and the challenges faced.

Breakout Sessions: Complex Measures in Women's Health

In this exercise, participants will work through how to measure constructs that are multifaceted and often not adequately assessed in program evaluation processes. This exercise will enable participants to step beyond the numbers and the disease-specific silos and to move toward understand the people and the life circumstances that influence health-seeking behaviors.

Wednesday June 16, 2010 9:45am - 12:30pm EDT
Hampton Ballroom

2:00pm EDT

Research Track: Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) Global Health Core Competency Development Project Town Hall

Global health is public health. Due to the lack of consensus, however, on the core global health competencies expected of masters"'level students in global health programs, universities are providing varying levels of instruction and practica for their students. Meanwhile, health concerns shared across the globe are increasing. Chronic diseases, once nearly exclusive to higher"'income countries, are now on the rise in low"' and middle"'income countries, while infectious diseases (HIV, H1N1, tuberculosis) have spread easily to countries at every income level. Global health"'related infrastructure changes are already underway at many flagship universities, spurring the Association of Schools of Public Health to launch a national process to create a global health competency model. The process will take place in two phases, for two different target audiences.

Phase 1: Competencies for master's level students in global health programs.
Phase 2: Competencies for all students in a globalized graduate public health curriculum.

This town hall session will discuss the aims of the project, the competency development process, and the current status of the project.

Wednesday June 16, 2010 2:00pm - 3:45pm EDT
Capitol Room
Thursday, June 17

1:00pm EDT

Research Track Workshop: Conducting High Impact Research
Limited Capacity seats available

Workshop participants will practice specific approaches and techniques that can be applied at each phase of the research process to improve the applicability and use of their research results. Participants will get hands-on experience using tools designed to facilitate this process. Staff from the MEASURE Evaluation Project will share specific examples of improving research impact. The MEASURE Evaluation Project works to strengthen the capacity of host country health programs to collect and use population and health data. Through a Data Demand and Use approach, the MEASURE Evaluation Project promotes a continuous cycle of data demand, collection, analysis and utilization to improve evidence based decision-making in health programs and policy development.

Thursday June 17, 2010 1:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Capitol Room