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Designing a Regional Health Governance Approach

April 29, 2024 - April 30, 2024
9:00 AM EDT - 4:00 PM EDT
Lincoln Alexander School of Law, Podium Building - POD-457
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Designing a Regional Health Governance Approach symposium

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted a number of inadequacies in national policies and exacerbated vulnerabilities in our international health networks. We invite you to join us for a two-day workshop that will bring together a multi-disciplinary team of scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and other experts to collaborate on the design of an equitable regional health governance approach for the Americas.

This workshop is focused on identifying common interests among multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral researchers in designing a regional health governance approach. The workshop seeks to:

  • establish appropriate themes and research clusters;
  • pinpoint suitable methodological approaches; and
  • identify missing perspectives and explore ways to include diverse voices.

This workshop may be of particular interest to academics, healthcare practitioners, public health policymakers and administrators, international and community-based NGO workers, students in medicine, nursing, law, global health, public administration, and more!

Register today and join us as we begin working together towards enhancing preparedness for potential future pandemics.

Date: April 29 - 30, 2024
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Format: Hybrid (In-Person and Online. Virtual participation - morning only, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Zoom Link: (external link) 
 Toronto Metropolitan University, 380 Victoria Street. Podium Building - 4th Floor, POD-457

If you would like to participate virtually, please register accordingly. A Zoom link will be shared with registered participants 48 hours prior.

Day 1: April 29, 2024

Time Activity
9 - 10 a.m. Check-in & Breakfast
10 - 10:30 a.m. Opening Remarks: Land Acknowledgement. Provided by Uchechukwu Ngwaba
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Keynote 1: 
"The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and equitable pandemic management".
Presented by: Carlos Bernal
11:15 - 11:25 a.m. Tea Break
11:25 a.m. - 1:05 p.m. Discussion Panel 1: 
Theme – "The essential pillars for designing an equitable pandemic management system in a regional context like the Inter-American system".
Panelists: Adrian M. Viens, Karline Wilson-Mitchell, Michelle Amri,  Oghenowede Eywao.
1:05 - 2 p.m. Lunch Break
2 - 3 p.m. Discussion Panel 2:
Theme 2 – "The role of human-rights based approach in pandemic management".
Panelists: Lisa Forman, Sarah Fixon-Owoo
3 - 3:10 p.m. Afternoon Tea Break
3:10 - 4 p.m. Discussion Panel 3:
Theme 3 – "The role of human-rights institutions in pandemic management".
Panelists:  Roojin Habibi, Uchechukwu Ngwaba
5 - 7 p.m. Collaborators/RAs/Volunteers Dinner, venua TBA

Day 2: April 30, 2024

Time Activity
9 - 10 a.m. Check-in & Breakfast
10 - 10:10 a.m. Opening Remarks: Land Acknowledgement. Provided by: Adrian M. Viens
10:10 - 11:10 a.m. Discussion Panel 4: 
Theme – "The role and/or promise of regional institutions in pandemic management".
Panelists: Innocent Ntaganira, Adrian M. Viens, Uchechukwu Ngwaba, Carlos Bernal
11:10 - 11:20 a.m. Tea Break
11:20 a.m. - 12 p.m. Keynote
"Differentiating regional frameworks for equitable pandemic management from international and national frameworks".
Presented by: Uchechukwu Ngwaba
12 -12:10 p.m. Short Break
12:10 - 1 p.m. Discussion Panel 5:
Theme 5 – "Designing, implementing and/or evaluating human rights instruments for effective health governance during pandemics".
Panelists: Mathieu Poirier, Jake Effoduh
1 - 2 p.m. Lunch Break
2 - 4 p.m. Plenary Discussion
"Defining an Agenda for Future Research".
All collaborators