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International Conference on Public Health Addresses Global Issues

A three-day virtual conference brings together experts from the UArizona Health Sciences and Navrachana University in Vadodara, India, to discuss current public health ideas, practice and research.

International Conference on Public Health Addresses Global Issues

  • What: International Conference on Public Health
  • When: March 24-26
  • Where: Online. Register at

We live in an interconnected world where public health depends on each other and our environments, and the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted strengths and weaknesses on a global level. On March 24-26, the International Conference on Public Health will bring together experts to present the most recent innovations, developments and concerns, as well as practical challenges and solutions, in the fields of public health.

The conference, organized by Mohan Tanniru, PhD, professor in the Division of Public Health Practice and Translational Research in the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, in collaboration with faculty at the Public Health Research Center at Navrachana University in India, will feature presentations by public health professionals, clinicians, researchers, practitioners, policy makers, academicians and related professionals. They will reflect on a wide range of subjects including information technology in public health, public health management, environmental and occupational health, emerging and re-emerging infections, noncommunicable diseases, maternal and fetal health, and more.

UArizona Zuckerman College of Public Health Dean Iman Hakim, PhD, is a guest of honor at the conference, which has morning, afternoon and evening sessions each day starting at 9 a.m. India Standard Time (8:30 p.m. PDT). For participants in Arizona, the evening sessions begin at 5 a.m. (PDT). All sessions are in English.

Evening session topics and speakers include:

March 24: Population Health - Tailoring Care to Address Population Health Needs

5 a.m. – Digital service design for population health; Mohan Tanniru, PhD, UArizona Zuckerman College of Public Health
5:30 a.m. – Experience with IT in public/population health at the practice and organizational level; Ernie Yoder, MD, PhD, MACP, Authority Health
6 a.m. – Population health approaches to social vulnerabilities; Rev. Alex Plum, MPH, CHES, Henry Ford Health System
6:30 a.m. – Ageism: A silent threat to technology adaptations to address the needs of older adults? Amanda Sokan, PhD, MHA, LLB, UArizona Zuckerman College of Public Health

March 25: Tailoring Care Delivery - Content, Mechanism (Apps), Quality and Equity

5 a.m. –  Care coordination platform for caregivers and patients - content delivery using Apps; Joe Gleason, CEO, genusConnect
5:30 a.m. – App to track the spread of Dengu; Kacey Ernst, PhD, MPH, UArizona Zuckerman College of Public Health
6 a.m. – Assessment of quality through a client lens using mobile app; Salvador Gullo Neto, MD, PhD, CEO SAFETY4ME
6:30 a.m. – COVID vaccine distribution equity; Mona Aurora, PhD, UArizona Zuckerman College of Public Health

March 26: Systems to Support Value Fulfillment and Value in Use Analysis

5 a.m. – Use of health information technology in integrating fragmented healthcare provider systems; Krishna Reddy, MD, ACCESS Health Int.
5:30 a.m. –  Blockchain in support of care outside a hospital; Prashant Khambekar, PhD, Harbinger Systems
6 a.m. – Applying principles of control systems engineering for smoking behavior change; Uma Nair, PhD, UArizona Zuckerman College of Public Health
6:30 a.m. – Blockchain to coordinate smoking cessation services; Mark Martz, PhD, UArizona Zuckerman College of Public Health

For more information visit the conference webpage on the Zuckerman College of Public health website, view the complete evening session schedule here, or visit the official conference website from Navrachan University: