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Neelanjan Sircar — Colossus: The Anatomy of Delhi

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Fri, Mar 4, 2022 at 12:00pm

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Fri, Mar 4, 2022 at 01:30pm

Neelanjan Sircar is a Senior Visiting Fellow at CPR and Assistant Professor at Ashoka University. His research interests include Indian political economy and comparative political behavior with an eye to Bayesian statistics, causal inference, social network analysis, and game theory. Mr Sircar’s recent work focused on state level elections in India through both data work and ethnographic methods. He is particularly interested in understanding theoretic principles that undergird the decision-making processes of voters in India, which can shed light on democratic practice in the developing world more generally. He also works on projects characterising the social connections between citizens in India and their local brokers and leaders, as well as how these local brokers and leaders, both rural and urban, make decisions.

Mr Sircar is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and economics from UC Berkeley in 2003 and a PhD in political science from Columbia University in 2014.

This event is part of the Joint Seminar on South Asian Pol­i­tics, co-sponsored by the Center for Contemporary South Asia at the Wat­son Insti­tute at Brown Uni­ver­sity; the Weath­er­head Cen­ter for Inter­na­tional Affairs and South Asia Institute at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity; and the MIT Cen­ter for Inter­na­tional Studies.


The Third Wave: The Impact of COVID-19 on India and the Way Forward

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6:00 pm – 7:30 pm IST/ 7:30 am – 9:00 am ET

 

The webinar will focus on the impact of the third wave of COVID-19 in India and the short and long-term actions and management needed to address it. The panelists will discuss the actual estimated mortality rates due to COVID in India, the successes and failures in the handling of the pandemic, and the role that technology and genomic surveillance can play in reducing its impact. As a Citizens’ Commission, we invite the public to participate in the discussion, provide input and engage with the panelists.

 

Panelists

  • Gagandeep Kang, Clinician Scientist and Professor in the Department of Gastrointestinal Sciences, Christian Medical College
  • Prabhat Jha, Professor in Disease Control at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Vijay Chandru, Professor, Interdisciplinary Research, Indian Institute of Science
  • Zarir Udwadia, Chest Physician, Hinduja Hospital & Research Center, Breach Candy Hospital, and Parsee General Hospitals

 

Moderator:

  • Vidya Krishnan, Investigative Journalist and Neiman Fellow, Harvard University

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The Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System is an ambitious, cross-sectoral endeavor that aims to lay out a citizens’ roadmap to achieving universal health coverage for the people of India. Our new webinar series is intended to serve as a platform for public health discourse in India, and a means for academics, practitioners and the public to engage on substantive and timely issues regarding universal health coverage in India.


Role of AYUSH Systems in Achieving Universal Health Coverage in India

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6:00 pm – 7:30 pm IST / 7:30 am – 9:00 am EST

 The webinar is a joint Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System event with Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) and Dr D Y Patil Vidyapeeth (DPU). The webinar will focus on the potential of and approach to Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa and Homeopathy (AYUSH) systems for public health in India. The panelists will discuss the role of, and challenges related to utilising, the AYUSH systems to attain universal health coverage in India. As a Citizens’ Commission, we invite the public to participate in the discussion, provide input and engage with the panelists.

 

Keynote Speaker

  • Professor Darshan Shankar, Vice Chancellor, The University of Trans Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology

 

Panelists

  • Emeritus Professor John Porter, Professor of International Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Professor Leena Abraham, Professor, Centre for Studies in Sociology of Education, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  • Dr Geetha Krishnan, Technical Officer, Traditional, Complementary, and Integrative Medicine (TCIM) Unit, World Health Organisation

 

Moderators:

  • Professor Bhushan Patwardhan,  Distinguished Professor, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, Savitribai Phule Pune University
  • Dr Sarika Chaturvedi, Scientist, Dr D Y Patil Vidyapeeth

 

The Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System is an ambitious, cross-sectoral endeavor that aims to lay out a citizens’ roadmap to achieving universal health coverage for the people of India. Our new webinar series is intended to serve as a platform for public health discourse in India, and a means for academics, practitioners and the public to engage on substantive and timely issues regarding universal health coverage in India.

The Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) is a top ranked state University in India. AYUSH Centre of Excellence at Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, SPPU is engaged in research capacity building and scientific exploration of AYUSH systems. 

Dr. D Y Patil Vidyapeeth in Pune, India is engaged in generating human resources for health with its professional education programs in biomedicine, complementary medicine, paramedical sciences and life sciences. Equipped with its state of the art infrastructure for interdisciplinary research and committed faculty, the DPU endeavours to make socially relevant contributions to improve human health.  

 


Learning in Distress: Plight of Education in Afghanistan

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Fri, Nov 19, 2021 at 09:00am

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Fri, Nov 19, 2021 at 10:30am

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Panelists

Kamal Ahmad, Founder, Asian University for Women; President & CEO, Asian University for Women Support Foundation

Pashtana Durrani, Founder, and Executive Director, LEARN Afghanistan

Shirin Jaafari, Reporter, The World

Sakena Yacoobi, President & Executive Director, Creating Hope International and Afghan Institute of Learning

Chair/Moderator: James Robson, James C. Kralik and Yunli Lou Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Harvard College Professor, and William Fung Director of the Harvard University Asia Center

This event is co-sponsored by the Harvard Asia Center and Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University.


The Right to Health and Universal Health Coverage

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Mon, Oct 18, 2021 at 08:00am

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Mon, Oct 18, 2021 at 09:30am

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm IST / 8:00 am to 9:30 am ET

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The webinar is a joint Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System event with the Centre for Health Equity, Law and Policy on the interlinkages between right to health and universal health coverage. The panel will discuss the right to health as a foundational framework for design and implementation of universal health coverage, with particular emphasis on marginalized contexts, and social determinants of health. As a Citizens’ Commission, we invite the public to participate in the discussion, provide input and engage with the panelists.

Panelists:

Dr. Dainius Puras, Former UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (2014-2020)

Dr. Gita Sen, Director & Distinguished Professor, Ramalingaswami Centre on Equity & Social Determinants of Health (RCESDH), Public Health Foundation of India, Bangalore  

Meera Sanghamitra, National Alliance of People’s Movements and Telangana Hijra Intersex Transgender Samiti 

Vivek Divan, Coordinator, Centre for Health Equity Law and Policy, Indian Law Society, Pune 

Moderator:

Shivangi Rai, Deputy Coordinator, Centre for Health Equity Law and Policy, Indian Law Society, Pune    

The Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System is an ambitious, cross-sectoral endeavor that aims to lay out a citizens’ roadmap to achieving universal health coverage for the people of India. Our new webinar series is intended to serve as a platform for public health discourse in India, and a means for academics, practitioners and the public to engage on substantive and timely issues regarding universal health coverage in India.

The Centre for Health Equity Law and Policy, established by the Indian Law Society, uses the law as a tool for health transformation, embedding its work in the right to health as envisaged within India’s constitutional framework and her international commitments. It advocates for equity and justice in health through generation, sharing and use of knowledge that informs related law and policy.


Afghanistan’s Next Transition: How we got here, and what comes next

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Fri, Oct 15, 2021 at 11:00am

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Fri, Oct 15, 2021 at 12:15pm

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This Harvard University panel, co-sponsored by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies’ Negotiation Task Force, will explore the lead up to the collapse of the Afghan government, as well as what the new Taliban regime means for the future of the country and its people.

Moderator

Arvid Bell, Director, Negotiation Task Force, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies; Lecturer, Government Department, Harvard University.

Panelists

Anand Gopal, Journalist and Author

Fara Abbas, Fellow, Negotiation Task Force, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University; Former Director of Programs, National Security Council, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Philipp Ackermann, Director General, Africa, Latin America, Near and Middle East, German Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 


India at 75: The Global Roots of Independence

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Wed, Oct 6, 2021 at 08:00am

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Wed, Oct 6, 2021 at 09:30am

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Webinar

5:30 PM IST – 7:00 PM IST / 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM ET 

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Since independence in 1947, India has played a considerable role in shaping the world. But the world also played a considerable role in shaping Indian independence. As India approaches the 75th anniversary of its freedom, the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, in association with the Harvard Club of India, presents a webinar on how the anti-colonial struggle developed beyond India’s borders, in diaspora settlements and with non-Indian partners. This webinar brings together three scholars—all with previous or current Harvard connections—to examine the overseas careers of Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, Mahendra Pratap, and J.J.Singh.

This event is part of Harvard Worldwide Week, an annual weeklong celebration of the university’s global breadth and depth.

Moderator

Dinyar PatelAssistant Professor, History, SP Jain Institute of Management and Research Affiliate, Mittal Institute, Harvard University

Speakers


Nico Slate
, Professor and Department Head, Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University

Carolien Stolte, Senior Lecturer in History at Leiden University, The Netherlands


Indian Political Thought in the Global Age

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Mon, Oct 4, 2021 at 12:00pm

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Mon, Oct 4, 2021 at 01:00pm

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9:30-10:30 pm IST / 12:00-1:00 pm ET

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The Association for Global Political Thought (AGPT) presents “Indian Political Thought in the Global Age.” The event is part of the Association for Global Political Thought’s (AGPT) Seminar Series. Professor Shruti Kapila (Faculty of History & Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University) will discuss the intellectual origins and global contexts of her new book, Violent Fraternity: Indian Political Thought in the Global Age, as well as her thoughts on the state and future of Indian political thought. Kelvin Ng (History Department, Yale University) will comment and respond, with an emphasis on Islam, Civil War and modern republican sovereignty in South Asia. 

Speakers

  • Professor Shruti Kapila is an intellectual historian and political thinker, currently University Lecturer in History and Convenor, History and Politics Tripos in the Faculty of History, and Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University.  
  • Kelvin Ng (History Department, Yale University) Kelvin Ng is a PhD candidate at the Department of History at Yale University. His research interests broadly lie in the history of imperialism and anti-imperialism in the early-twentieth-century Indian Ocean circuit.  

Moderators

  • Hansong Li is a political theorist and historian of political, economic, and legal thought at the Department of Government, the Joint Centre for History and Economics, the Minda de Gunzburg Centre for European Studies, and the Mittal Institute for South Asia at Harvard University. 
  • Yi Ning Chang is a PhD student in political theory at the Department of Government at Harvard University. Her research focuses on postcolonial theory and the history of political thinking on race, capitalism, and the modern state in modern Southeast Asia. 

This event is sponsored by Harvard University’s Asia Center.


Implications: Regional Perspectives on the US Withdrawal from Afghanistan

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Fri, Sep 10, 2021 at 09:00am

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Fri, Sep 10, 2021 at 10:30am

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An Asia Beyond the Headlines Seminar Series 

Panelists: 

  • Shirin Jaafari, Reporter, The World, USA  
  • Shubhanga Pandey, Chief Editor, Himal Southasian, Sri Lanka 
  • Nasim Zehra, Author/Columnist; National Security Expert; Senior Anchor/Analyst, Channel 24, Pakistan 

Moderator: 

James Robson, James C. Kralik, and Yunli Lou Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Harvard College Professor; Victor and William Fung Director, Asia Center, Harvard University

Biographies:

Shirin Jaafari is a reporter for The World, a public radio program based in the US. Her reporting focuses on the Middle East and Afghanistan. Most recently, she was in Afghanistan to cover the US withdrawal. Shirin has also reported from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. Before joining The World, Shirin worked for the BBC in Washington DC.

Shubhanga Pandey is the chief editor of Himal Southasian, a digital publication of South Asian politics, history, and culture. He has also written for other publications, including The World Politics Review, London Review of Books, Jacobin, and The Caravan.

Nasim Zehra is a national security specialist and a prominent journalist. As a columnist, television host, and teacher, with extensive experience in the development field, she writes and lectures widely on national security and global politics. She is the author of From Kargil to the Coup (2018). Ms. Zehra has been a Fellow and is currently an Associate at the Harvard University Asia Center. She was also a visiting lecturer at the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad; National University of Science and Technology; and at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Zehra has served in an honorary capacity in the following committees/positions: the President‘s Advisory Committee on Foreign Affairs and national security (2001), member of Kashmir Committee ( 2002), and Pakistan‘s Special Envoy on UNSC reforms for Canada & Latin America (June 2005). Ms. Zehra holds an MBA from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, and a Master’s degree in Law & Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA.

James Robson is the James C. Kralik and Yunli Lou Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and the William Fung Director of the Harvard University Asia Center. He has served as the Chair of the Regional Studies East Asia M.A. program. He teaches East Asian religions, in particular Daoism, Chinese Buddhism, and Zen, as well as the sophomore tutorial for concentrators. Robson received his Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Stanford University in 2002, after spending many years researching in China, Taiwan, and Japan. He specializes in the history of medieval Chinese Buddhism and Daoism and is particularly interested in issues of sacred geography, local religious history, and Chan/Zen Buddhism. He has been engaged in a long-term collaborative research project with the École Française d’Extrême-Orient studying local religious statuary from Hunan province. He is the author of Power of Place: The Religious Landscape of the Southern Sacred Peak [Nanyue 南嶽] in Medieval China (Harvard, 2009), which was awarded the Stanislas Julien Prize for 2010 by the French Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres and the 2010 ToshihideNumata Book Prize in Buddhism. Robson is also the author of “Signs of Power: Talismanic Writings in Chinese Buddhism” (History of Religions 48:2), “Faith in Museums: On the Confluence of Museums and Religious Sites in Asia” (PMLA, 2010), and “A Tang Dynasty Chan Mummy [roushen] and a Modern Case of Furta Sacra? Investigating the Contested Bones of Shitou Xiqian.” His current research includes a long-term project on the history of the confluence of Buddhist monasteries and mental hospitals in East Asia.

Sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center; Co-sponsored by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University


An Epidemiological Perspective on Whether There Will Be a Third Wave of COVID-19 in India?

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Fri, Aug 27, 2021 at 09:00am

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Fri, Aug 27, 2021 at 09:45am

6:30pm IST // 9:00am EST

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As India experiences substantive health and socioeconomic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the webinar proposes to focus on emerging COVID-19 variants, how vaccines can adapt to these new variants, and how India can mitigate a potential third wave.

Keeping in mind the scale and severity of infection, the COVID-19 vaccines provide hope and are being accelerated at an unprecedented pace in India with a wide variety of scientists continuing to develop new vaccine technologies globally. With vaccines in our armor, the world is expecting to ‘return to pre-COVID times’ but a clear timeline is not available. Through the webinar organized by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health – India Research Center, Project SANCHAR, and The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, we aim to interview Dr. William Hanage and Dr. Chandrakant Lahariya on the steps India can take to return to normal.

Speakers

William P. Hanage, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health
Dr. Bill Hanage is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the Center for Communicable Diseases at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His research and teaching focus on the epidemiology of infectious disease and evolution of infectious agents. He received his PhD from Imperial College London. He joined the faculty at HSPH in 2010. He has made seminal contributions to the study of diverse pathogens, both bacteria and viruses, and has special interest in evolution in response to interventions such as vaccination or antimicrobials, using laboratory based and computational methods.

Chandrakant Lahariya, Physician-Epidemiologist and Public Policy and Health Systems Expert
Dr. Lahariya is a medical doctor and one of India’s leading public policy, vaccines and health systems experts. He has worked with academic institutions and the World Health Organization for more than 13 years. His work focuses on vaccines and vaccination programs, health system strengthening and universal health coverage. In the field of disease outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics, his work is an eclectic mix of academic research, public policy formulation and field implementation. He is amongst the leading Indian experts in the COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and response. 

Moderator

Divya Rajagopal, Former Senior Assistant Editor, Economic Times

Sponsored by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health India Research Center; Project SANCHAR (Science and News: Communicating Health and Research); and The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University, Harvard Global Research Support Centre India


Political Determinants of Health System Improvements – Comparative Perspectives

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Mon, Jul 19, 2021 at 08:30am

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Mon, Jul 19, 2021 at 10:00am

6:00-7:30 pm IST/ 8:30-10:00 am ET

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The webinar is a joint Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System event with King’s India Institute, King’s College London and The Centre for Social and Economic Progress in the form of a panel discussion on the political determinants of health prioritisation. The panel will explore cross national variations in levels of public health investment and political prioritisation of health system improvements. It will explore how and when cross-class coalitions have developed to push for stronger public health infrastructure, including in countries with large middle class reliance on private health. With insights from those who have been involved in the reforms or have studied the motivations for reforms, this panel discussion will bring together global comparative insights into when, why and with what consequences political leaders have invested more in health. It will conclude by reflecting on possible lessons for India. As a Citizens’ Commission, we invite the public to participate in the discussion, provide input and engage with the panelists.


Panelists
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Political pathways to health prioritization- global experience:
  • José Antonio Gonzalez Anaya, Former Minister of Finance, Mexico
  • Rifat Atun, Professor of Global Health Systems, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
  • Viroj Tangcharoensathien, Senior Advisor, International Health Policy Program, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand
Lessons for India:
  • Yamini Aiyar, President and Chief Executive of the Centre for Policy Research, India
  • Nachiket Mor, Visiting Scientist at The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health

Moderators:

  • Sandhya Venkateswaran, Sr Consultant, Centre for Social and Economic Progress 
  • Louise Tillin, Director, King’s India Institute

The Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System is an ambitious, cross-sectoral endeavor that aims to lay out a citizens’ roadmap to achieving universal health coverage for the people of India. Our new webinar series is intended to serve as a platform for public health discourse in India, and a means for academics, practitioners and the public to engage on substantive and timely issues regarding universal health coverage in India.

King’s India Institute, King’s College London is a world-leading centre for multi-disciplinary research, teaching and public engagement on contemporary India.

The Centre for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP) is a New Delhi-based public policy institution that conducts in-depth, policy relevant research and provides evidence-based recommendations to the challenges facing India and the world.


COVID-19 in South Asia – A Practitioner’s Workshop: Part 3

Part 3 – Tests and Vaccines

7:30-8:30 pm IST/ 10:00-11:00 am ET

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The science and practice of Covid-19 clinical care continues to evolve as new discoveries change our treatment options, management of complications and influence vaccination strategies. The Mittal Institute, with the support of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System, and the Swasth Community Science Alliance, is organizing a series of panel discussions by leading scientists and frontline clinicians on the latest evidence-based updates for COVID-19 care. Our goal through these talks is to assist with the management of COVID-19 and improvement of health outcomes in South Asia.

This session will discuss the various vaccines, how they work and their efficacy, as well as what we know and what we don’t know. Additionally, the panelists will detail what types of tests are now available in South Asia and the role of each for either clinical or population health.

Moderator:

Manoj Mohanan, Associate Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University 

 

Speakers:

  • Anu Acharya, Founder and CEO, Mapmygenome
  • Priya Sampathkumar, Consultant, Division of Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic; Associate Professor, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  • Rebecca Kahn, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health