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November 2020

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2020 Health and Humanitarian Logistics Conference 

The 12th Annual Health and Humanitarian Logistics (HHL) Conference was held virtually for the first time from September 29 to October 1, 2020.  More than 140 organizations and 33 countries were represented by 200+ attendees. Keynote speakers Ed Martinez (President, The UPS Foundation), Esperanza Martinez (Head of Health, International Committee of the Red Cross), and Anuradha Gupta (Deputy CEO, GAVI) discussed the effects of Covid-19 on logistics, opportunities for increased collaboration in global health resource management, and equity in vaccine coverage. Please join us on the CHHS Facebook, Twitter (#HHL2020 and #HHLConf), and LinkedIn pages to view conference photos and coverage. Our conference summary is available here

HHL 2020 was made possible by the generous sponsorships of The UPS Foundation and Chemonics.

Thank you to all who attended and contributed to the conference! We hope you'll join us for HHL 2021.

December 1, 2020

We invite you to participate in the annual global generosity movement known as #GivingTuesday! We can’t thank you enough for your support and empowerment of CHHS. Mark your calendar!


CHHS Faculty Participate in Food Assistance Panel

CHHS co-founders Ozlem Ergun and Pinar Keskinocak participated in a panel at The Future of Food Assistance for Nutrition: Evidence Summit II. The panel, "Food Assistance Supply Chains and Traceability," discussed recent advancements of food assistance supply chains and management methods. 


CHHS Faculty Share Disease Analytics and Modeling Research

CHHS co-founders Julie Swann and Pinar Keskinocak recently shared their work on panels "How to Model 'Diseases' and Use Those Models to Drive Timely Decisions and Actions that Produce Rapid Benefits" (IISE) and "Analytics for Infectious Disease Control" (INFORMS).


Turgay Ayer and Collaborators Developed Outbreak Detection Tool for Early Prediction of Covid-19 Outbreaks

CHHS Research Director Turgay Ayer and researchers from Harvard Medical School have developed an Outbreak Detection Tool for early prediction of Covid-19 outbreaks. The tool is intended to enable public health officials to take proactive intervention measures.


France-Atlanta Humanitarian Forum Co-Organized by CHHS 

This year's France-Atlanta series included a Humanitarian Forum entitled "Global Vaccine Disruption: Ensuring Equitable Access in the Era of Covid-19." The panel, moderated by CHHS Director Pinar Keskinocak, featured experts from the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences Ontario, and the CDC Foundation. The France-Atlanta series focused on fostering transatlantic collaboration and innovation. Details about additional events in the series can be found here


New Fellowship and Leadership Training Opportunity for Masters Students

The George Fellows Leadership Program was created for students in the Georgia Tech ISyE Master of Health Systems program. Beginning this academic year, students in the program will study the True North approach to leadership development. The program is led by Terry Blum (Scheller College of Business) and Pinar Keskinocak (ISyE). Thank you to Bill and Penny George, whose generosity made this program possible! Click here to learn more.


Journal of the American Planning Association Call for Papers

The Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA) will publish a special issue, "Community Design and Revitalization to Promote Health,” to outline the transformational role urban planners have played, and can play going forward, in ensuring healthy environments for all. Contact Nisha Botchwey ( and Olivia Chatman ( for more information. Abstracts are due February 15, 2021.

CHHS Affiliate Named Interim CEO of Global Center for Medical Innovation

CHHS affiliate Sherry Farrugia has been named interim CEO of GCMI. Before joining GCMI, Sherry served as the chief operating and strategy officer at Georgia Tech's Pediatric Technology Center. Congratulations, Sherry! 


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