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Working towards improved health policymaking in Middle East countries subject of seminar

24 Feb 2011

Efforts to improve the use of evidence in the governance of health systems in countries of the Middle East will be discussed at the CHEPA monthly seminar on March 16.

Fadi El-Jardali, an assistant professor of health policy at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, will provide insights gained through an ongoing research project entitled Toward Evidence Informed Policies in the Middle East Region.

The seminar, entitled Staying on Target with the Evidence Informed Policy Agenda in the Middle East Region: Essentials, Progress, Challenges and Midway Lessons, will provide an overview of the research project that aims to strengthen health policymaking by identifying priorities and assessing the policymaking process, the use of health system evidence in policy and the overall research production. The project also aims to develop increased capacity for knowledge translation platforms in countries of the region.

El-Jardali will reflect on the midway lessons for developing knowledge translation platforms in Middle East countries, by discussing the progress, and examining the results and overall challenges revealed in the research study to date.

The seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 16, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., in CRL-B119. All are welcome to attend. For those who are unable to attend, you can listen to the seminar remotely through Elluminate. Click here at the time of the seminar to log in. No password is required.

El-Jardali, who is currently a visiting scholar with the McMaster Health Forum, is an evidence-to-policy fellow on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of Knowledge-Translation Platforms in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. He is founding member of the Middle East and North Africa Health Policy Forum and a member of its board. He is a research program director of the Research, Advocacy and Public Policy (RAPP) program in the Arab World at Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs. He has also worked with groups such as the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Canada and the Health Council of Canada.

His principal research interests include health policy and knowledge translation, health human resources, quality of care and accreditation, and performance reporting.

He obtained his PhD in public policy from Carleton University, and also holds a MPH from the American University of Beirut and a B.Sc. from the Lebanese American University.

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