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December 2019


Happy Holidays

Stay Connected, Stay Well with News from CHHS


Become A Lifetime Friend of CHHS This Holiday Season!

Become a Lifetime Friend of CHHS and help us make change happen with a gift to the CHHS endowment! We just launched a unique initiative inviting all our friends and partners to contribute. Your gift will help us expand our educational initiatives and innovative research and collaborations to positively impact our students’ education and people’s lives in our local communities and others around the world. Your gift could be doubled if your company offers a matching gift program. Thank you for joining the CHHS family by contributing and helping us increase our impact!

To make a gift by credit card:

• Visit GT Development

• Enter donation amount (Any amount is appreciated; for a gift of $1,000 or more to the CHHS endowment, you will be recognized as a Lifetime Friend)

• Enter amount in “Other Designation” field and in the "If other please specify" field note “Center for Health & Humanitarian Systems Endowment” 

• Email Joscelyn Cooper to ensure that we stay informed and acknowledge your generosity.


Exciting Careers of Health Systems Alumni


Sheereen Brown (MSHS,14)  is a Senior Business Analyst at The Task Force for Global Health. Her journey started with her education and projects at Georgia Tech and is now impacting lives around the globe. She says “My current job is so exciting …. getting out into the field meeting the people who are really on the front lines trying to make the world a better place.”


Stay Up to Date with CHHS Events

CHHS recently hosted a series of events related to important Health and Humanitarian issues. These events included France Atlanta's 2019 Humanitarian Forum co-organized by Emory University and CHHS, and a documentary screening of "Triage, Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma" co-organized by France Atlanta and CHHS. 

Follow the links above to learn more about these events and stay up to date with future events by visiting our new CHHS website and check out the Events and Program section of our Newsletter.


The CHHS 4th Annual Health Systems - The Next Generation Forum

The 4th annual Health Systems - The Next Generation Forum (HSNGbrought together 120+ professionals, thought leaders, students, and researchers. Presentations and discussions identified challenges and important trends in health system applications, opportunities for collaboration, and ideas for future innovations and effective practices. FULL EVENT SUMMARY

Please visit the HSNG Website to see video recordings of sessions, presentations, and photos from the forum.


CHHS Director Pinar Keskinocak Assumes INFORMS Presidency

Pinar Keskinocak, will assume the presidency of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMSin January 2020. In some ways, this office represents the pinnacle of Keskinocak’s longstanding service to INFORMS. In a recent interview, she discusses her goals for INFORMS’ growth, outreach, and impact. See Interview


CHHS Student Affiliates take 1st place in the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Crisis Management Case Challenge!

The Homeland Security Advisory Council hosted its 7th annual Crisis Management Case Challenge on homelessness and public health in Los Angeles. Among the finalists were three graduate students affiliated with CHHS: Ph.D. students Amanda Chu and Daniel Kim and M.S. student Jin Noh

The student team walked away with the first-place win and a $2,000 cash prize! We congratulate them and looking forward to their continuing impact on communities! LEARN MORE 


May 11-16, 2020

Professional Education Program In Health and Humanitarian Supply Chain Management

Accepting Applications - 2020 Class 

Impact the organization and constituents you serve! If you are interested in joining the next cohort click below to learn more. We offer a limited number of scholarships each year and are now accepting applications.

Health and Humanitarian Supply Chain Management Certificate Program. 



Health & Humanitarian Logistics Conference

Save The Date and join us in Kenya in July 2020 for the 12th Annual Health and Humanitarian Logistics Conference, an open forum to discuss challenges and new solutions in global health delivery, disaster preparedness and response, and long-term development.



Kaleidoscope 2019 Conference

Kaleidoscope - ICT for Health: Networks, standards and innovation was the eleventh in a series of peer-reviewed academic conferences organized by the United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU). This was the first time in 10+ years Kaleidoscope was held in the US and Georgia Tech was proud to host the events and high caliber speakers. LEARN MORE




INFORMS Podcast "Resoundingly Human" Features Pinar Keskinocak

Natural or man-made disasters can have a devastating impact causing millions, and even billions in damages, while greatly impacting the lives, health and well-being of the affected populations. Listen to CHHS Director Pinar Keskinocak as she speaks about the importance of Operational Research in emergency response effectiveness on "Resoundingly Human" a podcast that brings analytics to life. Listen To Podcast     


New Book "Women in Industrial and Systems Engineering"

"Women in Industrial and Systems Engineering" presents a diversity of innovative and impactful research in the field featuring contributions from leading female scientists in industry, government and academia; including an article co-authored by CHHS Director Pinar Keskinocak. The book covers a wide range of topics from optimization to human factors, and simulation, big data analysis, improving cancer treatment, sustainability in product design, and teamwork in engineering education. A total of 24 topics touch on many of the challenges facing the world today and these solutions by women researchers. Scan the picture QR code or select the link to LEARN MORE 



The Georgia Tech School of History and Sociology presents the spring 2020 speakers series focused on Social Justice: Power, Inequity, and Change. Join them for the following dates addressing issues of health and more:

January 13, 2020

Daniel Dawes, Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine “The Political Determinants of Health: The Quintessential Tool for Achieving Health Justice in America”

February 24, 2020

Alyasah Sewell, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Sociology, Emory University" Hyper marginalization in Policing: The Illness Burden of Intersectional Race-Gender Disparities in Police Use of Force"


New $1.2 Million NSF Grant Aims to Improve Treatment for PTSD Patients

A new four-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to a team of researchers from Georgia Tech, Emory University, and the University of Rochester will help bridge this gap by funding the development of a computational assessment toolkit for PTSD patients and clinicians, called PE Collective Sensing System (PECSS). “PECSS will allow clinicians to use automated predictions to deliver better therapeutic treatment and individualized feedback, and patients to better understand the progress they are making and how to improve their exposure exercises,” said Rosa Arriaga, a Senior Research Scientist in Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing and the principal investigator on the project. READ MORE


Spring Adaptive Leadership Workshop applications open (deadline Dec. 13)

You’re invited to apply for the Spring 2020 Adaptive Leadership Workshop. This workshop is designed to provide tenured or non-tenure track faculty and staff members with an understanding of concepts and models that will enhance leadership competencies. LEARN MORE  


Estimating Organ Transplant Survival Using Machine Learning

New research by CHHS affiliated students and faculty utilizes innovative machine learning techniques to estimate survival curves for patients receiving an increased risk for disease transmission (IRD) heart, liver, or lung. Over 19% of deceased organ donors are labeled IRD for viral blood‐borne disease transmission. Many potential organ recipients need to decide between accepting an IRD organ offer or waiting for a non–IRD organ. The research shows that the majority of patients could have a higher 5‐year survival accepting an IRD organ offer versus waiting for a non–IRD organ.  LEARN MORE


A Strategic Vision for Georgia Tech

President Ángel Cabrera initiated the process to craft a new vision and develop Georgia Tech’s next strategic plan. Georgia Tech stakeholders are all invited to engage in a community wide process to define our collective aspirations for the next decade! Learn about and participate in the planning process. LEARN MORE


GT Assistant Professor Iris Tien Speaks On Community Resilience at NAS!

Iris Tien was invited to speak on "Community Resilience" in Cairo, Egypt, at the National Academies Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium, organized by the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine in partnership with the Library of Alexandria and the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology. She spoke on "The Role of Infrastructure Systems in Community Resilience." LEARN MORE


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