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Stay Connected, Stay Well with News from CHHS


Impact the Organization and Constituents You Serve!

The Georgia Tech Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems (CHHS) offers a professional education certificate program designed for practitioners in non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government, industry, and military who are active participants in public health operations and humanitarian operations including disaster response, long term development. The week long intensive program helps practitioners build skills for improved decision-making, leading to positive impact for the constituents they serve. Past participants represent 33 different nationalities, and have lived and/or worked in over 100 different countries.

Thanks to the generous support of the UPS Foundation over the last 8 years, scholarships have been awarded to some of the participants working with governmental or non-governmental organizations. For further information on the Impact of the 2018 Class or the Certificate in Health & Humanitarian Supply Chain Management in general, please visit: our website.

You can show your support for CHHS initiatives and programs by making a tax-deductible donation.

National Academies Addressing the Well-being of Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare professionals experience stress and burnout at an unprecedented rate. The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Perspectives Commentary, co-authored by Professor Pinar Keskinocak, proposes a combination of design and systems thinking as a possible approach for addressing these issues and developing potential solutions that are multidisciplinary, inclusive, and broad. Read More 


CHHS, The Flu and The News!

CHHS director, Professor Pinar Keskinocak, former CHHS co-director Professor Julie Swann, and former Ph.D. student Zihao Li studied the impact of the allocation of the limited supply of influenza vaccine. They showed that a simple change to the current process -- replenishing stocks in regions with higher demand and uptake -- can help reduce the spread of disease,  save lives, and reduce leftover inventory. This work highlights the importance of information in health supply chains, and appeared in multiple news outlets including Fox 5 Atlanta, U.S News, and Health Medicine Network.

Dr. Turgay Ayer's Research Group Making News

CHHS research director for medical decision-making Turgay Ayer and his research group have a forthcoming paper on access to Hepatitis C treatment in the criminal justice system. Their work was recently covered in the INFORMS  Podcast “Resoundingly Human”. See Full Paper 

The team has also issued a news release regarding their recent paper that appeared in Production and Operations Management looking at the effect of health information exchanges on emergency department lengths of stay. (See Full Paper)


May 13-18, 2019

Professional Education Program

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Impact the organization and constituents you serve!  Continue your professional education with the Georgia Tech Health & Humanitarian Supply Chain Management Certificate Program. 


July 10-11, 2019

HHL Conference in Rwanda

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Join us in Kigali Rwanda for the 11th Health and Humanitarian Logistics Conference.  Learn how you can share your initiative and research though our Open Call For Presentations. The deadline to submit a proposal is May 17th.


Congratulations to Ethan Mark Who Successfully Defended His Thesis!

"Defending my thesis was one of the happiest days of my life. It was great to see all the work I have done throughout my Ph.D. come together. In the future, I plan on working in the data science field and using statistics and analytics to help solve complex and interesting problems," said Ethan Mark, a Ph.D. student in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, co-advised by Professors Dave Goldsman (CHHS research director for simulation modeling and applications), Pinar Keskinocak (CHHS director), and Joel Sokol.

Ethan’s thesis focuses on helping organ transplant patients and surgeons decide between accepting a deceased donor organ offer versus remaining on the wait-list for a potentially better quality organ in the future. Methods included using machine learning and survival analysis to build transplant and wait-list survival models, which are also tested by simulating thousands of different patient scenarios. A recent paper is published in the journal PloS OneRead More. 


CHHS Helps Progress to Interrupt Transmission of Guinea Worm Disease

Professor Pinar Keskinocak, Ph.D. student Tyler Perini, and former CHHS co-director Professor Julie Swann, presented their recent research results on modeling the spread of the Guinea worm disease at the 23rd Annual Guinea Worm Program Review Meeting. Disease eradication efforts in Chad are challenged by canine infections, which far outnumber the dwindling number of human infections. This research develops the first agent-based simulation that models transmission of Guinea worm in a large population of dogs. The simulation incorporates seasonality and two currently employed interventions, namely, tethering and larvicide water treatments. The results of the simulation shed light on the transmission dynamics of the Guinea worm parasite in dogs, and also helps decision-makers identify effective allocations of limited resources among potential interventions over time, with the goal of reducing the number of infections and eventually interrupting transmission of the disease everywhere. Read More 

2019 IPaT Industry Innovation Day: Agile Health

Join the Institute for People and Technology at Georgia Tech and the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric Technology Center on Thursday, April 18 at The Garage at Tech Square for a day of thought-provoking discussions on the topic of agile health. Georgia Tech faculty, staff, and students can register for free. LEARN MORE 

Kaleidoscope 2019 Conference December 4-6 

Kaleidoscope 2019 - ICT for Health: Networks, Standards and Innovation is the 11th in a series of peer-reviewed academic conferences organized by ITU to bring together a wide range of views from universities, industry, and research institutions. The aim of the conferences is to identify emerging advancements in information and communication technologies (ICTs). Open call for paper proposals  (due June 17th, 2019)


Prof. Dhongde Honored with the 2019 Ivan Allen Jr. Legacy Award 

Professor Shatakshee Dhongde was the recipient of the 2019 Ivan Allen Jr. Legacy Award, given to one faculty member in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech. The Legacy Awards honor faculty and students whose lives and work embody the spirit of Georgia Tech alumnus and former mayor of Atlanta Ivan Allen Jr.  Shatakshee is an associate professor in Ivan Allen College’s School of Economics. Measurement of poverty, inequality and deprivation have been central interests in her research. She has collaborated to publish the first estimates of multidimensional poverty in the U.S. since the Great Recession. She is the recipient of the Nancy and Richard Ruggles Prize by the International Association of Review of Income and Wealth. Her research on poverty in the U.S. has been highlighted in national media, including National Public Radio.


Professor Joshua S. Weitz Shares His Recent Publications 

Professor Weitz recently had 2 new collaborative papers published in the journal Epidemics: One focused on "A Practical Generation-interval-based Approach to Inferring the Strength of Epidemics from their Speed" - READ MORE and the second is "Systematic Biases in Disease Forecasting - The Role of Behavior Change" - READ MORE.


Professor Olga Shemyakina Takes Presentation on the Road!

On March 16th, 2019, Olga Shemyakina (SOE) presented her paper with Katrina Kosec (IFPRI) titled “Child Health and Land Reform in Kyrgyzstan” for the Pacific Development Conference at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Olga also presented this paper on March 26th at the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference: "Catalyzing Innovation, at the World Bank, Washington D.C.” READ PAPER 


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