Takemi Program NEWS
On April 25, 2013, The Department of Global Health and Population will celebrate it’s 50 year anniversary with a full day Symposium: GHP@50. Three 2012-13 Takemi Fellows will present during the Poster Session at this event:
- Jan-Walter De Neve: The effect of education on HIV status in sub-Saharan Africa: evidence from policy reforms in Botswana
- Meg Henning: Analysis of Orphans and Vulnerable Children results from 2009 Zambian Health Survey and Praxis of Community Schools
- Mehlika Toy: Population health impact and cost-effectiveness of monitoring inactive chronic hepatitis B and treating eligible patients in Shanghai, China
We are saddened to announce that Dr Ramesh Durvasula, Takemi Fellow (1987-1988), passed away in Orissa India on August 22nd. We were informed by his sister, Dr Nalini Chavali. If you wish to contact her to express your condolences, please contact Amy Levin firstname.lastname@example.org.
2012-13 Takemi Fellow Meg Henning was invited to present “Federal breastfeeding workplace law and university lactation support programs: Translating policy to action” during the poster session: “Portraits in women’s health” at the APHA 140th Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco, CA October 27-31, 2012.
2011-2012 Takemi Fellow Solomon Chen is interviewed for Reuters Health article: Hepatitis B vaccine protects for 25 years: study.
On June 13, 2012, 1990-91 Takemi Fellow Nafsiah Mboi was named Minister of Health in Indonesia.
She replaced the former Minister, Endang Sedyaningsih Mamahit (who was an HSPH graduate), who sadly died of cancer in June.
Congratulations to 2011-2012 Takemi Fellow Solomon Chen for winning second place for a photo submitted to HSPH’s International Women’s Day 2012 “Women and Health” Photo Contest:
Takemi Fellow Solomon Chen will participate in tomorrow’s Global Chat:
“Make every mother and child account – The effectiveness of training traditional birth attendants in Africa” (Wednesday, Feb. 22nd 12:30 – 1:30pm, Kresge G2)
We were informed yesterday that 1985-86 Takemi Fellow Tomas Uribe-Mosquera passed away on Feb. 9, 2012. He had been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in September 2011. It is with great sadness that we pass this information along to you. Please contact Amy Levin email@example.com for his wife Consuelo’s email address if you would like to contact her with your condolences.
2011-2012 Takemi Program Photos can now be viewed on Facebook or by clicking on the links below:
HSPH recently changed it’s bylaws to allow former Research Fellows and Postdoctoral Researchers full membership to it’s Alumni Association. This will allow all former Takemi Fellows to enjoy the full benefits of an HSPH Alum. The Office for Alumni Affairs is still updating their site to include a full list of former Takemi Fellows, as well as a search tool that will allow them to be found under that category. More information will be posted soon as things are finalized. Please direct all questions re: benefits to the HSPH Office for Alumni Affairs. Please note that online access to journals through Harvard Libraries is unfortunately NOT a service that can be offered to Alumni at this time.
On Thursday, December 15, 3:30-5pm, the Takemi Program will be hosting informal gathering to celebrate the end of the Fall Semester, and the upcoming Holiday Season. This will take place in HSPH Building 1, 12th Floor Conference Room. All are welcome.
We are pleased to announce the publication of a book on pharmaceutical reform co-authored by the Takemi Program’s Director Michael Reich: Pharmaceutical Reform: A Guide to Improving Performance and Equity. Full text can be downloaded free of charge.
Please also note that another one of Michael’s books: Access: How do good health technologies get to poor people in poor countries as well as his PolicyMaker Software can be downloaded for free as well.
Congratulations to 2008-2009 Takemi Fellow Wipada Kunaviktiul for receiving the following awards this year:
- National Distinguished Professor Award in Health Science, from the Council of University Faculty Senate of Thailand (CUFST) at Royal Thai Navy Convention Hall, Bangkok, August, 2011.
- STTI International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in Cancun, Mexico, July 2011.
- Golden Elephant Award (Distinguished Professor in Health science) from the Chiang Mai University (Thailand), January, 2011.
- She also received the Visionary Leader Award at the 60th Anniversary Celebration of University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing in October, 2010.
It is with great sadness that we were informed in April of the passing of one of our Former Fellows. Guy Carrin (1985-86) passed away on March 28, 2011. Please see the below announcement regarding a Seminar being held in his remembrance.
Dear friends and colleagues,
Our colleague Guy Carrin passed away on March 28th.
Guy Carrin was a pioneer of health economics at the University of Antwerp who guided many researchers into the field.
In remembrance, we are organizing a special seminar on November 21st . During the seminar we will also present Guy Carrin’s latest book ‘Health Financing in the Developing World’.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Diana De Graeve and Guido Erreygers
Department of Economics
2011-2012 Takemi Fellow Yoon Kim will present South-Korean Elderly-Care System- Financial Aspects as an invited speaker at the International Symposium on Long Term Care and Old-age Security in Beijing, China October 30-31, 2011. Additionally, he has been invited to chair an international seminar on global maternal and child health at the International Forum for Performance Improvement and sustained development of ODA in Maternal and Child Health in Seoul, Korea in November, 2011.
2010-2012 Takemi Fellow Hee-Kyung Joh has been invited to present a poster: ABO blood group and risk of renal cell cancer at the Tenth Annual AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research (AACR) October 22-25, 2011, Boston, MA.
2011-2012 Takemi Fellow Rie Sakai has been invited to present a poster ”Trends in Genetic Testing Using Electronic Health Records (EHRs)” at the American Medical Informatics Association 2011 Annual Symposium in Washington DC, October 22-26, 2011.
We recently uploaded to our website a Takemi Program Report which includes information about our Program, and also reflects research and publications by our most recent groups of Fellows. Please feel free to forward this document to candidates applying to our Program.
We are happy to announce that Policymaker software is now available for download free of charge. This easy-to-use tool can help you analyze, understand, and create effective strategies to promote your point of view on any policy question or political issue. PolicyMaker provides step-by-step guidance to help you conduct a stakeholder analysis and design political strategies to support your policy.
Instructions on downloading:
• Your browser may ask you whether you want to “Save the File” or “Run” it. Choose “Save”.
• Unzip PolicyMaker4_331_4.zip, placing the files in an empty directory (copy the folder structure and files to an emp…ty directory, or extract the files). Do NOT execute the setup.exe while it is still compressed.
• Be sure to create a new folder, put the zip file in it, unzip it, and then click on setup.exe
• Then, execute setup.exe.
• If you do not have the .NET package installed on your machine, you will be prompted to download and install it (from Microsoft’s site).
• Once Policymaker has been installed, it can be found as “PoliMap” as a Program when you go to the “Start” menu
Unfortunately, the live broadcast of the US-Japan Relations Rebuilding Japan Panel did not occur. However, they were able to record the session and it will be available for viewing shortly on the US-Japan Relations Vimeo Channel. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Panelists: Robert Alan Feldman, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co., Ltd.;Michael R. Reich, Taro Takemi Professor of International Health Policy, and Director, Takemi Program in International Health, Harvard School of Public Health; Theodore C. Bestor, Reischauer Institute Professor of Social Anthropology and Japanese Studies, Chair, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University.
If you are here in Boston/Cambridge and want to attend, please come to: Lower Level Conference Room, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies) 27 Kirkland Street at Cabot Way, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 *If you work at HSPH, take the M2 Shuttle or Red Line to Harvard Square and walk.
The Takemi Program recently hosted an informal Welcome Reception introducing the 2011-2012 Takemi Fellows to the Department of Global Health and Population. It was a wonderful start to the year. You are welcome view photos from the event (click here).
For those of you unable to attend, the Lancet Special Series on Japan Launch Symposium can be viewed on the Japan Center for International Exchange website. The Lancet Japan Series papers as well as a Profile of Keizo Takemi can be viewed on the Lancet website. Papers for the Lancet Southeast Asia Series can also be found on the Lancet website. Harvard students and affiliates with a current Harvard ID can view the Lancet Japan Series and Southeast Asia Series papers at no cost through Harvard’s Google Scholar.
We are continuing to update our Funding Search Resources List for candidates applying to our Program and deeply appreciate the input provided to us so for. Please continue to send ideas our way, and please refer potential applicants to this new resource.
We now have a Takemi Program Facebook Page. Please feel free to “friend” us on here to receive the most up to date information on our Program.
The Lancet will publish a special series on Japan in September 2011, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Japan’s attainment of universal healthcare coverage. The Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) and the Lancet have organized an international public symposium in Tokyo on Sept 1, 2011, as part of the series launch, titled “Restructuring Japan’s Healthcare System: Beyond the March 11 Disaster.” Click here for the current schedule for this event.
The Third International Conference for Improving Use of Medicines (ICIUM2011) has been rescheduled to November 14-18, 2011 in Antalya, Turkey. Please note the new dates and location.
*Anita Wagner (who sits on the Takemi Program Selection Committee), chairs the committee developing the program for this conference.
Congratulations to 2010-2011 Takemi Fellow Joseph Okeibunor whose poster was selected by Poster and Exhibit Day judges for Honorable Mention in the Postdoctoral category of the 25thannual HSPH Poster & Exhibit Day competition. Click here to view his poster.
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of one of our Former Fellows. Guy Carrin (1985-86) passed away on March 28, 2011. Please see the below letter from his wife Rita.
My dear husband Guy Carrin passed away on March 28th after a long and courageous battle against Multiple Myeloma. Guy was a Takemi fellow in 1985-1986.
The children and I have very good memories of this special year in Boston. We made many life-time friends there. Now we are living in Switzerland since 21 years. Guy retired from WHO in 2009 but was still a professor at the University of Antwerp.
All the best,
Rita De Herdt-Carrin and family
Takemi Program Director Michael Reich participated in two panels at Harvard discussing the events resulting from the March 11, 2011 Earthquake in northern Japan:
- March 11, 2011: The Forum at HSPH: Response to the Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Crises in Japan (Click on photo to view recording of Panel discussion.)
- March 23, 2011: Crisis in Japan: The Way Forward (Click here to view recording of the panel discussion and click here to read the Harvard Gazette article on the talk.)
Minah Kim (2010-2012) presented two papers at the 2011 ASPA Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland March 11-15, 2011:
- Discourse Analysis of Framing in Policy decision making process: A Case study of Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility Placement in Korea
- Credit Claiming versus Blame Avoidance: Priority-Setting for Korea’s National Health Insurance System
Due to events in Egypt at this time, the Third International Conference for Improving Use of Medicines (ICIUM2011) has been postponed. Please check the website regularly for updated information. New dates and location to be determined soon.
*Anita Wagner (who sits on the Takemi Program Selection Committee), chairs the committee developing the program for this conference.
2010-2011 Takemi Fellow Joseph Okeibunor was invited by Buffalo State University to give a lecture on Access to Health in Areas with Weak Health Systems in Africa as part of their Black History Month Celebration.
2009-2010 Takemi Fellow Kayako Sakisaka was recently appointed Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy, Chuo University (Japan). She will begin this position in April.
2006-2008 Takemi Fellow Richard Wamai was invited for an interview on the Boston Channel (WCVB, channel 5) in their City Line show to discuss lowering the risk of spreading HIV among heterosexual men in Africa. The program airs on Sunday December 12th at 12 noon. It can be viewed online here: http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/26065198/detail.html (Segement 1.)
Minah Kim (2010-2012) presented two papers at the Thirty-second Annual APPAM Research Conference: Making Fair and Effective Policy in Difficult Times, Boston, November 5-7, 2010:
- Use of the Hierarchical Linear Modeling to analyze multiple informant surveys.
- Impact of Participation in Social Activities on Subjective Quality of Life among Korean Elders.
2006-2008 Takemi Fellow Richard Wamai was recently appointed Assistant Professor at Northeastern University, Boston, USA. Please enjoy this article about his HIV/AIDS research in their online newspaper news@Northeastern:http://www.northeastern.edu/news/stories/2010/11/richard_wamai.html
Spring, Summer, and Fall 2010
2009-2011 Takemi Fellow Jesse Bump presented The Long Road To Universal Health Coverage: A century of lessons for development strategy at the Following Conferences and Meetings:
- Center for Global Development, Washington, DC, 3 March 2010
- Global Health Group, CERGAS, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, 27 April 2010
- 11th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC, 7 August 2010
- Panel Presentation: Political economy of universal health coverage, First International Symposium on Health Systems Research, November 15-19, 2010, Montreux, Switzerland (accepted)
2008-2010 Takemi Fellow Miwako Hosoda presented the following Conferences and Meetings:
Towards a Syncretistic Approach: Japanese Bioethics through the Lens of the Guidelines for:
- Newborns with Severe Diseases, 17th World Congress of Sociology, International Sociological Association, Goteborg, Sweden. July 11-17, 2010, July 13, RC15:04, Program p.130.
- Teamwork and Reformation of the Healthcare Workforce: The Nurse Practitioner in Japan, 17th World Congress of Sociology, International Sociological Association, Goteborg, Sweden. July 11-17, 2010, July 14, JS75(RC52/RC15), Program p.314.
2010-2011 Takemi Fellow Hee-Kyung Joh presented Type 2 Diabetes and Risk of Renal Cell Cancer: Nurses’ Health Study, 43rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, Seattle WA, June 23-26, 2010. *Hee-Kyung Joh, W Willett, E Cho
Minah Kim (2010-2012) presented Experiences of discrimination and the health of the Korean,7th East Asian Social Policy Conference, Aug 20-21, 2010, Seoul, Korea
Congratulations to 2009-2010 Takemi Fellows Roni Factor and Kayako Sakisaka whose posters were selected by HSPH Faculty Council and the Poster and Exhibit Day judges as the two prize winners in the Postdoctoral category of the 2010 Poster and Exhibit Day competition:
- Roni Factor, Joseph N. Prashker, and David Mahalel: The Flashing Green Light Paradox
- Kayako Sakisaka, and Masamine Jimba: Why Japan cannot prevent daily 90 suicide deaths? Findings from national data and verbal autospy study on suicide affected family 2008-2010
Miwako Hosoda (Takemi Program Health Policy Study Group Coordinator), Kayako Sakisaka (Prize winner), and Roni Factor (Prize winner)
2009-2010 Takemi Fellow Elaine Thume’s research on Utilization of Home Care by the Elderly in Brazil’s Primary Health Care System has been selected as Research project for Oral presentation during the 19th WONCA WORLD CONFERENCE OF FAMILY DOCTORS (May 19-23, 2010) in Cancun, Mexico.
2008-2010 Takemi Fellow Yanping Li and 2009-2010 Takemi Fellow Elaine Thume were featured in an article about the Takemi Program in the January 15, 2010 issue of Harvard Public Health NOW.
2008-2010 Takemi Fellow/HSPH Nutrition Department Research Fellow, Yanping Li, was awarded the INF/Kraft Short-Term Fellowship Award and invited to present at the International Conference of Nutrition (ICN 2009) in Bangkok, Thailand, October 4-9, 2009. She will present: (1) Dietary intake and plasma lipid profiles of stunted and/or overweight children in China; and (2) Effectiveness and sustainability of physical activity intervention on body composition of Chinese children.
2008-2010 Takemi Fellow, Miwako Hosoda will present “Antagonism and Partnership: Health Social Movement after 1945 in Japan” at the 104th American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, held in San Francisco, California, USA, August 8-August 11, 2009.
On May 8, 2008-2009 Takemi Fellow Wipada Kunaviktiul presented “Nursing shortage in Thailand and the research study using Discrete Choice Experiment” as lead speaker at the Colloquium on Global Leadership, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), College of Nursing.
On April 21, Takemi Program Faculty Advisor Marc Mitchell will present to USAID Global Health Bureau on the topic of: M-health: delivering evidence based medicine in low income countries through the use of electronic clinical protocols.
Abstract: There is good evidence that the use of evidence based protocols such as IMCI can improve health outcomes in low income countries. However, several recent studies have shown that provider adherence to these protocols is often limited. Dr. Mitchell’s work both at HSPH and as CEO of D-tree International(http://www.d-tree.org/) has been to address this problem through the use of mobile technology (cell phones and PDAs) running specially developed protocols that take providers step by step through the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients in low income countries. His work in Tanzania and South Africa suggests that provider adherence to the IMCI protocols improves with the use of mobile technology and that counselors or nurses can effectively triage HIV/AIDS patients in busy clinics where doctors or clinical officers are scarce. Other applications of this technology being developed include improved malaria treatment algorithms, screening for TB in HIV/AIDS clinics, community based support for HIV/AIDS patients, family planning counseling, , and improved care for chronic disease such at diabetes and hypertension.
1984-1985 Takemi Fellow Prakash C. Gupta announces The 14th Wold Conference on Tobacco or Health in Mumbai, India: March 8-12, 2009. They expect over 2000 delegates. He is the President of the Conference. http://www.14wctoh.org/
A Profile of our Program Director, Michael R. Reich, appeared in The Lancet: Click here
2008-2009 Takemi Fellow Wipada Kunaviktikul was highlighted in an article in The Daily Pennsylvanian after presenting at the University of Pennsylvania Nursing School third-annual Global Health Reflections Week: Click here
2008-2009 Takemi Fellow Ramin Mehrdad became a Certified Independent Medical Examiner (CIME) through the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME)
We are pleased to announce the publication of a book on access to health technologies co-authored by the Takemi Program’s Director Michael Reich: ”Access: How do good health technologies get to poor people in poor countries”; the full text is downloadable at http://www.accessbook.org/
1996-1998 Takemi Fellow W. Indralal De Silva has been elected as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.