eSAC project launches website and Innovation Competition

“We are convinced that access to health information is an integral aspect of human rights, requiring us to network with partners that will enable us to expand our local and regional capacities and thus multiply the available social capital in our countries.” Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

The Public eHealth, Innovation and Equity Project (eSAC) will officially host its website launch on September 6 2012 at 9 a.m. EST. The eSAC project aims to contribute to the improvement of the health and wellbeing of marginalized population groups in Latin America and the Caribbean through the application of Public eHealth solutions. Participation in the launch webinar is free of charge and open to all. Be part of the eSAC conversation by accessing at 9 am (EST) on September 6th!

The website launch event features a live webinar with main speaker, Dr. Alex Jadad, Chief Innovator and Founder at the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Canada. Other speakers will include Marcelo D’Agostino from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Chaitali Sinha from the International Research Development Centre (IDRC). eSAC will also use this opportunity to promote its upcoming Innovation Competition, where individuals, teams and institutions in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region will be invited to submit proposals for the development of highly innovative, effective, and low-cost Public eHealth interventions.

eSAC Young Professionals (YPs) have been promoting the project in their home territories, attending various events and engaging interested persons through social media. Since last December, eSAC has hosted an eSAC tweetchat on Thursdays at 8pm EST. In addition to a special launch tweetchat on September 6, all the YPs will host sub-regional webinars as of the following week.

The eSAC project is jointly developed by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the University of Toronto and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

eSAC Website:
eSAC Facebook/Twitter: @eSACproject

eSAC Website Launch Agenda

September 6 2012
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (EST)

9:00 am – 9:15 am

Mr. Marcelo D’ Agostino, eSAC Principal Investigator/ KMC Manager, Pan American Health Organization, WDC.
Dr. Andrea Cortinois, eSAC Co-Director / University of Toronto
Ms. Chaitali Sinha, Senior Program Officer, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

9:15 am – 9:25 am
Official Launch of the Platform and Launch Video/Site Tour
Dr. Camilo Erazo, eSAC Young Professional (YP)

9:25 am – 9:40 am
“Exploring the intersection of Public Health, ICTs. Equity and Social determinants of Health”
Dr. Alex Jadad, eSAC Principal Investigator/Chief Innovator and Founder, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation

9:40 am – 9:50 am
Innovation Competition
Dr. Andrea Cortinois, eSAC Co-Director

9:50 – 10:00 am
Vote of Thanks and Closing Remarks
Dr. Giselle Ricur, eSAC Co-Director


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