Data Led Journalism in India
Dr. Aastha Kant, Project Manager, Project SANCHAR at Harvard Chan India Research Center was a panelist on a session on Data Led Journalism in India during the Open Data Conclave, organized by Bharti Institute of Public Policy, Indian School of Business on 25 September 2020. Details of the panelists are below.
Keynote Address: Mr. Govindraj Ethiraj, Founder of IndiaSpend
Panelists of the session:
- Dr. Aastha Kant, Project Manager, Project SANCHAR, Harvard Chan India Research Center
- Mr. Pankaj Mishra, Co-Founder, Factor Daily
- Mr. Pramit Bhattacharya, Editor (Data), Live Mint
- Mr. Rakesh Dubbudu, Founder, Factly
Moderator: Ms. Madhur Singh, IndiaSpend.
Prevention of Acute Malnutrition amongst children during the COVID-19 pandemic
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) hosted a webinar on Prevention of Acute Malnutrition Amongst Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Dr. P Ashok Babu, Director, POSHAN Abhiyaan and Anganwadi Services, Ministry of Women and Child Development spoke about the Ministry’s strategy to address malnutrition amongst Severe Acute Malnutrition and Moderate Acute Malnutrition children and multi-sectoral response of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS). Dr. Ananya Awasthi, Assistant Director, Harvard Chan India Research Center and Member, Advisory Committee, NCPCR, discussed the role of Community Health Workers in providing supplementary nutrition and healthcare services to underweight children during the COVID-19 lockdown. The webinar was moderated by Ms. Shaista Shah, Senior Technical Expert, NCPCR.
State Consultation on Jan Andolan
India Research Center, in partnership with the Department of Women and Child Development and Nutrition Mission Office, Government of Uttar Pradesh, led a state-level consultation on Jan Andolan in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The aim of the consultation was to seek stakeholder inputs on identifying “promising practices” on Social and Behaviour Change Communication adopted at the district, village, and community levels.
The keynote addresses were given by director, ICDS, UP and director, state nutrition office. Participants in the consultation included District and Block Program Officers from all the aspirational districts and major development partners like BMGF TSU, Piramal Foundation, UNICEF, Tata Trusts, and World Bank. The attendees included
National Consultation on Food Atlas
- To launch the “Bhartiya Poshan Krishi Kosh”, Lindsay Jaacks and the India Research Center in partnership with the National Nutrition Mission, held a National Stakeholder Consultation with NITI Aayog, Ministries of of Women and Child, Agriculture, Food and Public Distribution., Indian Council of Agricultural Research, National Institute of Nutrition, and development partners including BMGF, IFPRI and PHFI, amongst oters.
- The scope of Stakeholder Consultation was to discuss the proposed Poshan Atlas and its policy implications for agricultural production, crop diversification & climate resilience. Additionally, the consultation discussed the plans for crowd sourcing of India’s nutritional dietary diversity and mobilization of key stakeholders for uptake of the “Poshan Atlas”.
National Consultations on Jan Andolan
- India Research Center in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Child Development has organized three National Level Consultations for the project aimed at identifying “promising practices for Jan Andolan”. The key objective of the consultations was to seek stakeholder inputs on developing the framework for identification of promising practices as well as development of criteria to evaluate the said practices auxiliary to promoting and scaling Jan Andolan.
- The national consultations were held with the following three groups:
- Development Partners: including BMGF, UNICEF, Tata Trusts, SBF, and Piramal Foundation.
- Representatives from Central Ministries including Ministry of Women and Child, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and NITI Aayog
- State Partners: Over 22 states and UTs participated with presentations from UP, Bihar, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Assam
October 2019 – March 2020
Training for Media Houses
- As part of SANCHAR (Science And News: Communicating Health And Research) project, training workshops for health journalists on ‘How to avoid misinformation: A workshop on evidence-based health reporting’, or, ‘भ्रामक सूचना से कैसे बचें : साक्ष्य आधारित स्वास्थ्य पत्रकारिता’ were conducted.
- The workshops were led by K. Viswanath and used interactive exercises and examples for teaching how to interpret evidence and translate them into stories. Trainings were conducted with Hindi media houses such as – Amar Ujala, Dainik Jagran, Hindustan, where journalists reporting on health across UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Chandigarh attended the training. A total of about 150 health journalists were trained through these workshops.
Workshop on Artificial Intelligence & Tuberculosis
- IRC in collaboration with the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence organized a workshop on the role of Artificial Intelligence in preventing Tuberculosis.
- This workshop was led by Milind Tambe, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
- Savita Shardul, State Surveillance and Monitoring Medical Officer, State TB Office – Pune, delivered the Keynote Address.
- The aim of the workshop was to bring together Government of Maharashtra officials and non-profit research organizations to effective ways of partnering for addressing tuberculosis through the use of AI.
Community Mobilization for Nutrition Mission
- Ananya Awasthi, Assistant Director, India Research Center, spoke about the importance of “Jan Andolan” or community mobilization for National Nutrition Mission at the Poshan (Nutrition) Innovation Awards-2019, which were hosted by Outlook Media in New Delhi.
- Awasthi described the key inputs from the stakeholder consultation held with the Child Development Program Officers at IRC, applied learnings from the science of social and behavioural change communication for nutrition, and shared contextual examples of community led practices that can be used as platforms to sustain the demand for improved health and nutrition services.
Workshop on Hospital and Healthcare Management
- India Research Center hosted a workshop on Hospital and Healthcare Management led by Richard Siegrist, Lead for Health Care Management, Faculty Director for the DrPH Program, Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard Chan in October, 2019. The focus of the workshop was to train health care executives in hospital management, cost accounting, strategy and operations.
- Participants included representatives from Apollo Hospitals, Hinduja Hospital, Breach Candy Hospital; representatives from National Health Systems Resource Centre; faculty from IIM Lucknow and Indian School of Business.
May 6, 2019
Academic Lecture on “Mental Health and Eating Disorders amongst Adolescents”
In collaboration with the US Consulate, Mumbai, India Research Center organized a lecture with an aim to educate the audience on the growing burden of eating disorders amongst adolescents, various mental health issues related to it and methods to cope with these challenges.
The lectures were delivered by Dr. Bryn Austin, Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences; and Dr. Suzanne Dooley-Hash, Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan.
April 30, 2019
Symposium on Advances in Addressing Oral Cancer: Cells to Society
In collaboration with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Global Center for Cancer Prevention, India Research Center is organized a symposium on Oral Cancer at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Thematic focus included surveillance of oral cancer, treatment advances, tobacco control and health promotion. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Sultan Pradhan, Surgical Oncologist at Prince Aly Khan Hospital.
25-26 February, 2019
Global Digital Health Partnership Summit
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the World Health Organization co-hosted the 4th summit of the Global Digital Health Partnership in New Delhi. To lead the academic panels, the Ministry invited key faculty speakers from Harvard Chan:
- Dr. John Quackenbush, Henry Pickering Walcott Professor of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Chair, Department of Biostatistics provided insights on “Personalized Precision Medicine: Genomics and Beyond”
- Dr. Tianxi Cai, John Rock Professor of Population and Translational Data Sciences, spoke about “Health Data for Decisions: Research Priorities”.
Dr. Jukka-Pekka Onnela, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Department of Biostatistics, introduced the audience to the concept of digital phenotyping
February 14, 2019
Training Workshop on Scientific Writing and Visit of the Vice Provost to the Center
Harvard Chan India Research Center conducted an all-day teaching workshop on ‘Basics of Scientific Writing’ that focused on improving writing skills of PhD candidates, research scholars, post doctoral fellows, and students from academic and research institutes.
Dr. Mark C. Elliott, Vice Provost for International Affairs and Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History at Harvard University opened the teaching workshop with his ‘keynote address’ that aimed at sensitising the students to the importance of scientific writing. Dr. Elliott shared his own experiences of preparing research findings for publication and how such teaching modules can be used to learn methods for writing scientific literature. In conclusion, Dr. Elliott hoped that for all the students attending the workshop at Harvard Chan India Research Center, this interaction would be the first of the many with Harvard University.
Dr. Sonal Jhaveri delivered five teaching modules which included scientific methods for writing the: Introduction, Methods, Results and illustrations, Discussion, and Title and abstract. In addition to the lectures, Dr. Jhaveri also engaged the students in interactive discussions, applied exercises and provided feedback to researchers working on papers for publication.
February 7, 2019
Capacity Building Workshop for Non-governmental Organisations Working (NGOs) in Tobacco Control
Harvard Chan India Research Center in collaboration with Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation and Salaam Mumbai Foundation conducted a workshop that focused on building the capacity of NGOs working in the area of Tobacco Control. Dr. Govind Tripathi, Technical Advisor at The Union, presented the opening keynote, which described the role of NGOs in effective implementation of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act. The keynote lecture was delivered by Dr. K. Viswanath on the science of strategic public health communication and how it may be applied to promote change in tobacco-related behaviors, practices, and policies in a community. And the guest lecture was delivered by Mr. Siddharth Prakash, Senior Research Programme Manager at Microsoft, highlighted the use of artificial intelligence in data collection for NGOs.
January 19, 2019
Improving Health Outcomes Through Effective Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
In collaboration with Wockhardt Foundation and CSR Advisors, Harvard Chan India Research Center organized a round-table conference on CSR with an aim to form a learning network that would enable an exchange of ideas and experiences. Dr. R. Mashelkar, Former Director General, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), delivered the opening keynote on scalable and affordable solutions to healthcare in India and the role of technological solutions. Other speakers included Dr. A. Velumani, Founder of Thyrocare, spoke about combining healthcare business practices with social impact, and Dr. Kalpana Aapte, Secretary-General, Family Planning Association of India, provided the audience with lessons learnt and challenges faced by Non-governmental Organizations after the CSR Law.
January 17, 2019
Symposium on Models for Control of Non-Communicable Diseases in Global Health
The India Research Center held its inaugural symposium on NCDs, with the goal of discussing evidence-based best practices from around the globe and then considering emerging models and potential solutions for the Indian context. Dr. Lindsay Jaacks delivered the opening keynote on evidence-based models for NCD prevention with a focus on diet and nutrition-related interventions. Dr. K. Viswanath presented on behavior change campaigns, and Dr. Richard Cash lectured on research ethics and childhood obesity. A further three presentations focused on emerging NCD models in India, including those of Ambuja Cement Foundation (ACF), CEHAT, and the Foundation for Medical Research.
Watch Dr. Lindsay Jaacks’ opening keynote here.
Watch Dr. K. Viswanath’s keynote address here.
November 29 – 30, 2018
15th India Health Summit
India Research Center signed as the Knowledge Partner for the 15th India Health Summit, organized by Confederation of Indian Industry, themed on “Indian Healthcare – A Changing Paradigm”. The Summit covered Public Health topics like: Ayushmaan Bharat, Business of Health, Beyond the Absence of Disease, Role of Public Health in Promotion of Positive Health.
The opening key note was delivered by Dr. Michelle Williams, Dean of the Faculty and faculty panels were led by Dr. K. Viswanath, Dr. Howard Koh, Dr. Winnie Yip, Dr. Frank Hu and Dr. Lindsay Jaacks of Harvard Chan.
September 28, 2018
FICCI visit to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) led a delegation of 50 entrepreneurs to the Chan School. With an overarching theme of “Women and Health”, India Research Center will be designed interactive sessions with various faculty members for the visiting delegation.
September 18 – 19, 2018
Training Workshop on “Implementation Sciences”
Dr. Karen Emmons, Dr. K. Viswanath and Dr. Shoba Ramanadhan of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health conducted a training workshop on “Implementation Sciences in Public Health” at Harvard Chan India Research Center, Mumbai on September 18 & 19, 2018. The aim of the workshop was to use local case studies to teach the basics of evidence translation into policy and practice.
Target audiences included over 40 program officers from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, National Health System Resource Center and other government stakeholders involved in the implementation of Ayushamaan Bharat.
September 17, 2018
A talk on “Health Reporting in the Age of Fake News”
The talk by Dr. Vish “K” Viswanath on ‘Health Reporting in the Age of Fake News’ focused on how journalists can use of evidence based reporting to improve the coverage of health and combat misinformation.
Dr. Viswanath drew upon the importance of news media in influencing people’s opinions and forming attitudes towards health issues. He discussed the proliferation of platforms and that (mis)information, information does not equate to communication, and health and communication inequalities.
September 12, 2018
Panel Discussion on “Future of Wellbeing”
Dr. Deepak Chopra, a renowned author, visited the Chan School to present his latest publication, “The Healing Self” and other related public health topics. IRC in collaboration with The Leadership Forum simulcasted the talk at the center in Mumbai for its partners, supporters and alumni.
The webcast was preceded by an interactive panel discussion on the intersection of mental health and well-being. The panel included Dr. Rajani Konantambigi, Dr. Sujata Sriram and Dr. Pinky Daga, and was moderated by Ms. Ashika Mehta.
August 30, 2018
Dissemination of Research Paper by Takemi Fellow
The center hosted, Ms. Sujata Saunik, Takemi fellow at Harvard Chan, 2017 – 2018, who disseminated her research findings on “Analysis of Health Insurance Scheme of Maharashtra, India: Economic and Public Health Implications”. Ms Saunik is a senior officer at the Indian Administrative Services and has served as the Principal Secretary at the Finance and the Public Health Department, Government of Maharashtra, India.
August 29, 2018
Panel Discussion on “Tuberculosis and Patient Retention”
Dr. Sarthak Das, Research Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Senior Advisor, Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) led a Panel Discussion on “Patient Retention and Tuberculosis”. on August 29, 2018 at the Harvard Chan India Research Center (IRC), Mumbai.
HGHI in collaboration with IRC, Foundation for Medical Research (FMR) and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is planning a programmatic initiative on Tuberculosis and Patient Safety. The Intervention is focused on both training of local paramedical staff and to document impact through joint operational research. IRC will be playing a pivotal role in education & capacity building to support the research project.
August 28, 2018
Panel Discussion on “Your Mind Matters”
India Research Center in collaboration with the Asia Society hosted a panel discussion titled “Your Mind Matters” led by Dr. Vikram Patel of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Other members included Dr. Prabha Chandra, Dr. Samir Parikh, and Jerry Pinto as the panel discussed possible ways to effectively deal with India’s mental health crisis.
Dr. Patel spoke about the burden of mental disorders, their association with social disadvantage, and the use of community resources for their prevention and treatment.
June 19 – June 20, 2018
Training Workshop on “National Nutrition Mission: Communication for Jan Andolan”
Led by Dr. K. “Vish” Viswanath of Harvard Chan and in partnership with Department of Women and Child, Government of Maharashtra & UNICEF Maharashtra, IRC conducted a 2-day training workshop on how Health Communication can be used for mass mobilization and Jan Andolan to improve nutrition outcomes amongst children.
IRC is currently in the process of submitting a report for developing an Action Plan on community mobilization for improved nutrition seeking behaviours to Government of Maharashtra.
February 15, 2018
Academic Talk on Infectious Diseases
Professor Richard Cash, Senior Lecturer in Global Health in the department of global health and population at Harvard Chan held an academic talk on infectious diseases patterns on February 15, 2018 at the center, to draw on his work in infectious diseases in low and middle income countries. The talk elaborated on recent trends in communicable diseases patterns around Dengue, and Japanese Encephalitis, among others.
Winter Immersion Projects for MPH Students
The Center aims to play a critical role in developing and support learning opportunities in India for Harvard Chan School’s students through field visits and field placements. This January, IRC supported the winter immersion trip for MPH students to India, which was led by Lindsay Jaacks of Harvard Chan. IRC supported students’ local logistics and travel, coordination with local partner organizations and facilitating their work in the field.
November 26–December 1, 2017
Michelle A. Williams, ScD, Dean of the Faculty of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, visited the Harvard Chan School India Research Center from November 26 to December 1, 2017. The Dean gave the opening remarks at the “Improving Health System Quality in India” symposium held at the Center. She spoke of her plans to create stronger relationships with local partners from the government, academia, corporate, and nonprofit sectors to support greater engagement by the School through the Center. While in Mumbai, the Dean also met with Harvard Chan School alumni and friends. In photo, from left, K. “Vish” Viswanath, Lee Kum Kee Professor of Health Communication and director of the Center; Ananya Awasthi, assistant director of the Center; Dean Williams; and Todd Curtis.
November 29–30, 2017
Symposium on Quality of Hospital Care
The Harvard Global Health Institute and the Harvard Chan India Research Center held a symposium on Quality of Hospital Care on November 29 and 30, 2017. The symposium was led by Professor Ashish Jha, senior associate dean for research translation and global strategy and K.T. Li Professor of Global Health at the Harvard Chan School, and director of the Harvard Global Health Institute; and Professor Winnie Yip, professor of the practice of international health policy and economics at the Harvard Chan School. The event brought together leading scholars and senior policymakers from Harvard and India to engage in defining a shared agenda for health care quality and exploring areas of learning and collaboration for leading-edge empirical work on the most important health system interventions. This exercise included identifying lessons from not just the U.S. and India but also from other high- and middle-income countries as well, and bringing that evidence to develop new approaches to improving care.
October 13, 2017
Panel Discussion on Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy
On October 13, 2017, the Center held a symposium on promoting public health through corporate social responsibility. The event introduced professionals working in the CSR space in India to tenets of public health, potential project areas, and program design, monitoring, and evaluation. Local partners included Bridgespan (Bain and Company), CIPLA, Piramal Foundation, Samhita, and Narotham Sekharia Foundation.
Academic Talk on Cancer Prevention
Professor David Hunter, renowned epidemiologist and former acting Dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health gave a talk on “cancer prevention” in March 2017. Dr. Hunter’s talk attended by policy makers and leading practitioners in India, focused on how prevention efforts can reduce both mortality and morbidity, and the financial burden on health systems from cancer.
Launch of the Lancet Commission on Women and Health Report
In February 2017, at the Center, the commission released a pivotal strategic framework for the women and health agenda. A partnership between The Lancet, the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard Chan School, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, the commission was tasked with generating evidence to help build a global agenda for women’s health. Following the launch of the report, Dr. Ana Langer, co-chair of the commission, professor of the practice of public health, and coordinator of the Dean’s Special Initiative on Women and Health at the Harvard Chan School, led a symposium on women’s health at the Center. Both events saw enthusiastic participation from several Harvard University faculty, students, and Indian partners.