PUBLIC HEALTH FORUM

29 January - 1 February 2018

 23.75 CME Points

Overview

Theme: Epidemiology and what can be done?

Matters of public health have been investigated and managed for years and over time, public health and policy has always been pivotal to the success or failure of healthcare systems. Proven public health achievements in the 20th century have increased life expectancy and paved the way for more advanced treatments and preventative measures today.

Although astounding advancements in medicine and public health have been made, considerable public health challenges persevere in the Arab world. Some of these neglected issues will be the focus for the Public Health Forum.

Once again, the Public Health Conference will contribute to the improvement of public health in the region by offering a means for exchanging information and a platform for debate among researchers, policy makers, and practitioners in the field of public health and health services research.

What are the main topics covered in this event?

  • Lifestyle diseases – epidemiology and research implementation
  • Happiness and the social determinants of health
  • Maternal and child health – neglected and priority areas
  • Occupational Health – where we are and future directions
  • Environmental health – air pollution and chronic disease
  • Ageing – preparing for the future

What’s new for 2018?

  • New topics on current and future priorities for the public health specialist
  • 4-day conference

Benefits of attending

  • Identify critical gaps in public health research, policy and practice, to inform resource investment and policy change on a range of priorities
  • Examine correct approaches to move from curative to proactive health models
  • Discuss what new research is being employed internationally to implement evidence based healthcare models
  • Assess health reform policies that will ease the burden of neglected issues to improve maternal and child health
  • Explore the policies that will affect how occupational health is managed to advance population health

Accreditation Statement

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 23.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Participants claiming CME credit from this activity may submit the credit hours to the American Osteopathic Association for Category 2 credit.

Theme: ‘Public health research and innovation’

 

10:00     Opening remarks

               Dr Tom Loney, Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

 

SESSION 1: HEALTH SYSTEMS: CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS

Moderator: Dr Tom Loney, Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

10:15     The making of a hub for global healthcare

               Dr Maan Fares, Vice Chairman of Global Patient Services, Staff Cardiologist, Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

10:45     The future of international collaborative health

               Pamela Paulk, President, Johns Hopkins Medicine International, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

11:15   The delivery of integrated care for chronic respiratory disease

              Prof Mike Morgan, Consultant Respiratory Physician, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, National Clinical Director – Respiratory, NHS England, Leicester, UK

11:45   Coffee Break

 

SESSION 2: PUBLIC HEALTH INNOVATION           

12:15     Panel Discussion: Innovations for pro-active public health

  • Proactive disease surveillance and reporting
  • Technology in disease management: Respiratory /Cardiovascular disease
  • Designing patient-safe healthcare facilities
  • Platforms for large scale public health in emerging economies

Moderator: Dr Mohan Chellappa, Executive Vice President, Global Ventures, Johns Hopkins Medicine International, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Panelists:

  • Dr Maan Fares, Vice Chairman of Global Patient Services, Staff Cardiologist, Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • Prof Mike Morgan, Consultant Respiratory Physician, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Honorary Professor of Respiratory Medicine, University of Leicester, Chair, NHS England Respiratory Clinical Reference Group, National Clinical Director – Respiratory, NHS England, Leicester, UK
  • Dr Muhammad Wasif Alam, Director of Public Health & Safety Department, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, UAE
  • Dr Omniyat Mohammed Al Hajeri, Director of Public Health and Research, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

13:45     Lunch Break

 

SESSION 3: BIO-BANKING FOR PUBLIC HEALTH

Moderator: Dr Tom Loney, Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

15:15     Biobanks and personalised medicine

               Dr Fay Betsou, Chief Scientific Officer, Integrated Biobank of Luxembourg, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

15:45     Confidentiality, informed consent and children's participation in the Saudi biobank governance: A comparative study

               Dr Ghiath Alahmad, Co- Chairman, Institutional Review Board (IRB), Associate Research Scientist – Bioethics, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center                  (KAIMRC), King Abdulaziz Medical City, Health Affairs, Ministry of National Guard, Riyadh, KSA

16:15   Coffee Break

16:45   Developments and challenges of medical research ethics in the Middle East

             Dr Ghiath Alahmad, Co- Chairman, Institutional Review Board (IRB), Associate Research Scientist – Bioethics, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center                (KAIMRC), King Abdulaziz Medical City, Health Affairs, Ministry of National Guard, Riyadh, KSA

17:15   How to get the right samples for validation of IVD devices

             Dr Fay Betsou, Chief Scientific Officer, Integrated Biobank of Luxembourg, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

17:45    Q&A

18:00     End of Day One

Theme: ‘Epidemiology of noncommunicable risk factors and opportunities for intervention’


08:30    Opening remarks

              Dr Tom Loney, Assistant Professor, Master of Public Health Programme Coordinator, Institute of Public Health, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

 

SESSION 4: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Moderator: Prof Syed Shah, Institute of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

08:40    Physical activity as a component of the community

              Rola Sbat, Public Health Division, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

09:10    Physical activity and its relation with pre-diabetes and diabetes in children in the UAE

              Prof Dr Syed Shah, Professor, Institute of Public Health, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

09:40    Cardio-respiratory fitness and NCD

              Dr Javaid Nauman, Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

10:10    International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment (ISCOLE) – Role of physical activity in children’s health

              Prof Martyn Standage, Professor, Public Health, Department for Health, University of Bath, Bath, UK

10:40    Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance – Results from the UAE report card

              Dr Tom Loney, Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

11:10    Coffee Break

 

SESSION 5: DRUGS AND ALCOHOL

Moderator: TBC: Dr Hamdy Moselhy, Former Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, UAE University, Erada Center for Treatment and Rehab, Dubai, UAE

11:40     Patterns and multiple factors contributing to the complexity of addiction and mental illness

               Dr Najmeldeen Al-Falahe, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Priory Hospital and Harley Street, London, UK

12:10     Substance use research in the Middle East

               Dr Ali Al Marzooqi, Director: Public Health and Research Department, The National Rehabilitation Center, Abu Dhabi, UAE

12:40    Q&A

13:00    Lunch Break

 

SESSION 6:   TOBACCO

Moderator: Dr Jamal Al Mutawa, Manager, Community Health and Surveillance Department, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

14:10     Midwakh/Dokha tobacco use in the Middle East

               Dr Mohammed Al-Houqani, Associate Professor & Consultant of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Assistant Dean for Medical Education, College of Medicine and Health                    Sciences, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

14:40     Prevention and tobacco control in the UAE

               TBC: Prof Scott Sherman, Principal Investigator, Associate Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine, New York, New York, USA

15:10     Cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand tobacco: A double whammy in Emirati adolescents aged 12 to 18 years

               Prof Dr Syed Shah, Professor, Institute of Public Health, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

15:40     Strategies to control unregulated tobacco product influx into the UAE in the wake of cigarette tax

               Dr Jamal Al Mutawa, Manager, Community Health and Surveillance Department, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

16:10     Q&A

16:15    Coffee Break

 

SESSION 7:  NUTRITION

Moderator: Dr Arwa Al Modwahi, Senior Officer, School and Family Health Section, Public Health Research Department, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

16:45   Statistical analysis of diabetes awareness campaigns and their impact on population health

             Rahma Al Ketbi, Senior Analyst, Capacity Management, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

17:15   Updates on food hygiene and safety regulations

             Dr Arwa Al Modwahi, Senior Officer, School and Family Health Section, Public Health Research Department, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

17:45    Q&A

18:00     End of Day Two

Theme: Epidemiology of noncommunicable risk factors and opportunities for intervention

 

09:30     Opening remarks        

               Dr Tom Loney, Assistant Professor, Master of Public Health Programme Coordinator, Institute of Public Health, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

 

SESSION 8:  HAPPINESS AND SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH

Moderator: Dr Tom Loney, Assistant Professor, Master of Public Health Programme Coordinator, Institute of Public Health, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

09:40     Importance of happiness and positivity for public health

               TBC: Dr Laila Al Suwaidi, Assistant Dean of Student Happiness and Wellbeing, Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dubai, UAE

10:10     Psychological wellbeing in the Gulf States: Past, present, and future directions

               Dr Justin Thomas, Associate Professor, Zayed University, Author, Psychological Wellbeing in the Gulf States: The New Arabia Felix, Abu Dhabi, UAE

10:40     Q&A

10:50    Coffee Break

 

SESSION 9: LIFESTYLE MEDICINE - INTERVENTIONS

Moderator: Dr Raghib Ali, Director: Public Health Research Center, New York University, Abu Dhabi, UAE; Adjunct Associate Professor: Institute of Public Health, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

11:20     Obtaining reliable evidence on the determinants of NCDs in the UAE: The UAE Healthy Future study

               Dr Raghib Ali, Director: Public Health Research Center, New York University, Abu Dhabi, UAE; Adjunct Associate Professor: Institute of Public Health, UAE University,                      Al Ain, UAE

11:50     Self-regulatory processes to support and maintain exercise behavior, health, and well-being: A Self-Determination Theory perspective

               Prof Martyn Standage, Professor, Public Health, Department of Health, University of Bath, Bath, UK

12:20   Q&A

12:30   Lunch Break

 

SESSION 10: MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH – NEGLECTED AND PRIORITY AREAS

Moderator: Dr Omniyat Mohammed Al Hajeri, Director of Public Health and Research, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

14:00   Reversing childhood obesity in Abu Dhabi

             Dr Omniyat Mohammed Al Hajeri, Director of Public Health and Research, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

14:30   Educating girls is the best investment for maternal and child health: Lessons from South Asia

             Dr Saba Sheikh, Specialist Ob/Gyn, Ambulatory Health Services SEHA, Al Ain, UAE

15:00     Q&A

15:10    Coffee Break

 

SESSION 11: AGEING – PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE

Moderator: Dr Ali Magboul Alarabi Alghamdi, Family & Community Medicine Consultant, Director General of Home Health Care, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, KSA

15:40     Ageing project

               Dr Tom Loney, Assistant Professor, Master of Public Health Programme Coordinator, Institute of Public Health, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

16:10     Making homes safe for seniors

               Dr Ali Magboul Alarabi Alghamdi, Family & Community Medicine Consultant, Director General of Home Health Care, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, KSA

16:40     Beyond hospital walls: Integrated health delivery across care settings and sectors

               Angie Burden, Vice President, Health System Strategy, Integration and Planning, Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

17:10   Q&A

17:20   End of Day Three

08:30     Opening remarks

               Dr Tom Loney, Assistant Professor, Master of Public Health Programme Coordinator, Institute of Public Health, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

 

SESSION 12: CHILD INJURY

Moderator: Prof Michael Grivna, Institute of Public Health, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

08:35     Burden of childhood injuries in the Middle East

               Dr Rasha Sayed Salama, Public Health Advisor on Policy and Licensing & Public Health Consultant, Ministry of Health and Prevention, Dubai, UAE

09:00     Prevention of paediatric home-related injuries: A randomised controlled trial

               Prof Michael Grivna, Institute of Public Health, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

09:30     Child injury prevention programme

               Sameera Al Katheri, Consultant, Public Health Division, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

10:00     Coffee Break

 

SESSION 13: OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH – WHERE WE ARE AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS

Moderator: Dr Lyssette Cardona, Chief, Caregiver Wellbeing and Occupational Health, American Board Certified Infectious Diseases Consultant, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

10:30     Rehabilitative initiatives for worker’s health

               Dr Amal Madhi, Section Head - Research & Clinical Trials, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

10:50     Nanoparticles - an emerging occupational health challenge

               Dr Mark Newson-Smith, Chief Medical Compliance Officer, Occupational Health Services Centre, Group EHS Assurance Directorate, Emirates National Oil Company,                  Dubai, UAE

11:10     Minimising work related stress and injuries in the GCC

               Dr Muhammad Wasif Alam, Director of Public Health & Safety Department, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, UAE

11:30     Safety in the heat programme

               Darren Joubert, Senior Advisor Occupational Health, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

11:50    Healthy and ‘Well-thy’: An innovative approach to occupational wellbeing

              Dr Lyssette Cardona, Chief, Caregiver Wellbeing and Occupational Health, American Board Certified Infectious Diseases Consultant, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Abu                 Dhabi, UAE

 

12:10     Lunch Break

 

SESSION 14: ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH: AIR POLLUTION AND CHRONIC DISEASE

Moderator: Jens Thomsen, Section Head, Occupational and Environmental Health Section, Public Health and Research Division, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

13:30     Indoor air monitoring

               TBC: Prof Adi Arida, Dean of School of Health and Environmental Studies, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, Dubai, UAE

14:00     Environmental burden of disease in the UAE

               Jens Thomsen, Section Head, Occupational and Environmental Health Section, Public Health and Research Division, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

14:30     Coffee Break

 

SESSION 15: INFECTIOUS DISEASES PROGRAMMES AND REGIONAL PRIORITIES

Moderator: Dr Tom Loney, Assistant Professor, Master of Public Health Programme Coordinator, Institute of Public Health, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

15:00     Integration of infectious disease and digital civics

               Dr Farida Ismail Al Hosani, Director Communicable Diseases Department, Public Health, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

15:30     Emerging communicable diseases

               Dr Lyssette Cardona, Chief, Caregiver Wellbeing and Occupational Health, American Board Certified Infectious Diseases Consultant, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Abu                  Dhabi, UAE

16:00     Infectious diseases: programmes and regional priorities

               Dr Russell Gann, Director, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, KSA

16:30     Summary

16:50     End of Conference

Activity Director:

Dr Matthew Kroh, Associate Professor of Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Institute Chief, Digestive Disease Institute, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

 

Conference Chair:

Dr Tom Loney, Assistant Professor, Master of Public Health Programme Coordinator, Institute of Public Health, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

 

SPEAKER FACULTY:

TBC: Prof Adi Arida, Dean of School of Health and Environmental Studies, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, Dubai, UAE

Dr Ali Al Marzooqi, Director: Public Health and Research Department, The National Rehabilitation Center, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr Ali Magboul Alarabi Alghamdi, Family & Community Medicine Consultant, Director General of Home Health Care, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, KSA

Dr Amal Madhi, Section Head - Research & Clinical Trials, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Angie Burden, Vice President, Health System Strategy, Integration and Planning, Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Dr Arwa Al Modwahi, Senior Officer, School and Family Health Section, Public Health Research Department, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Darren Joubert, Senior Advisor Occupational Health, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr Farida Ismail Al Hosani, Director Communicable Diseases Department, Public Health, Health - Authority Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr Fay Betsou, Chief Scientific Officer, Integrated Biobank of Luxembourg, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Dr Ghiath Alahmad, Co- Chairman, Institutional Review Board (IRB), Associate Research Scientist – Bioethics, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center (KAIMRC), King Abdulaziz Medical City, Health Affairs, Ministry of National Guard, Riyadh, KSA

TBI: Dr Hamdy Moselhy, Former Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, UAE University, Erada Center for Treatment and Rehab, Dubai, UAE

Dr Jamal Al Mutawa, Manager, Community Health and Surveillance Department, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr Javaid Nauman, Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

Jens Thomsen, Section Head, Occupational and Environmental Health Section, Public Health and Research Division, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr Justin Thomas, Associate Professor, Zayed University, Author, Psychological Wellbeing in the Gulf States: The New Arabia Felix, Abu Dhabi, UAE

TBC: Dr Laila Al Suwaidi, Assistant Dean of Student Happiness and Wellbeing, Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dubai, UAE

Dr Lyssette Cardona, Chief, Caregiver Wellbeing and Occupational Health, American Board Certified Infectious Diseases Consultant, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr Maan Fares, Vice Chairman of Global Patient Services, Staff Cardiologist, Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic Ohio, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Dr Mark Newson-Smith, Chief Medical Compliance Officer, Occupational Health Services Centre, Group EHS Assurance Directorate, Emirates National Oil Company, Dubai, UAE

Prof Martyn Standage, Professor, Public Health, Department for Health, University of Bath, Bath, UK

Prof Michael Grivna, Institute of Public Health, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

Prof Mike Morgan, Consultant Respiratory Physician, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, National Clinical Director – Respiratory, NHS England, Leicester, UK

Dr Mohammed Al-Houqani, Associate Professor & Consultant of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Assistant Dean for Medical Education, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

Dr Mohan Chellappa, Executive Vice President, Global Ventures, Johns Hopkins Medicine International, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Dr Muhammad Wasif Alam, Director of Public Health & Safety Department, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, UAE

Dr Najmeldeen Al-Falahe, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Priory Hospital and Harley Street, London, UK

Dr Omniyat Mohammed Al Hajeri, Director of Public Health and Research, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Pamela Paulk, President, Johns Hopkins Medicine International, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Dr Raghib Ali, Director: Public Health Research Center, New York University, Abu Dhabi, UAE; Adjunct Associate Professor: Institute of Public Health, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

Rahma Al Ketbi, Senior Analyst, Capacity Management, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr Rasha Sayed Salama, Public Health Advisor on Policy and Licensing & Public Health Consultant, Ministry of Health and Prevention, Dubai, UAE

Rola Sbat, Public Health Division, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Russell Gann, Director, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Dr Saba Sheikh, Specialist Ob/Gyn, Ambulatory Health Services SEHA, Al Ain, UAE

TBC: Dr Salah El Badawi, Advisor, Health Policies and Director, National Program for Control of Diabetes, Ministry of Health and Prevention, Dubai, UAE

Sameera Al Katheri, Public Health Division, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

TBI: Dr Samer Hamidi, Health Studies Department Chair, School of Health & Environmental Studies, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, Dubai, UAE

TBC: Prof Scott Sherman, Principal Investigator, Associate Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine, New York, New York, USA

Prof Syed Shah, Institute of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

TBI: Dr Wegdan Bani Issa, Health Promotion Research Group, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE