Online Seminar: Globalization & health equity towards sustainable development

SDE Seminar Series towards Rio+20

Sustainable Development and Environmental Health – SDE – PAHO/WHO

Globalization & health equity towards sustainable development

Seventh Seminar: 21 March 2012 – PAHO/WHO Rio+20 (in English with simultaneous translation to Spanish)

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Eastern Standard Time (Washington DC USA)

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Website PAHO/WHO Rio+20 at:

– Globalization is affecting social determinants of health and the health status of different population groups, within and between nations.

– Globalization creates new opportunities and risks for health and equity in health;

– How can the action on the social determinants enhance those opportunities and reduce those risks?

– Could the Rio+20 Conference strengthen opportunities and minimize the risks of globalization? How?

Towards Health-Equitable Globalisation: Rights, Regulation and Redistribution

Final Report to the Commission on Social Determinants of Health WHO –

Globalization Knowledge Network: Ronald Labonté (Chair); Ted Schrecker (Hub coordinator)

Final Report Writing Group: Ronald Labonté (Lead author); Chantal Blouin; Mickey Chopra; Kelley Lee; Corinne Packer; Mike Rowson;

Ted Schrecker ;David Woodward

Available online at:

“….Globalization affects health and Social Determinants of Health through changes in social stratification, differential exposure or vulnerability, health system characteristics and differential consequences. It describes a number of key ‘clusters’ of pathways leading from globalization to changes in SDH ,provides an inventory of potential “interventions,” and provides a list of the specific research synthesis papers….”

See more on the Globalization and Health at:


12:00 Introduction: Dr. Kira Fortune, Regional Advisor on Determinants of Health, PAHO/WHO

12:05 Globalization & health equity towards sustainable development: Dr. Ronald Labonté, Canada Research Chair in Globalization & Health Equity, Institute of Population Health, and Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, at the University of Ottawa

12:30 Comments: Dr. Oscar Mujica, Regional Advisor on Social Epidemiology, PAHO/WHO

12:35 Comments: Dr. Isaac Cohen, President, INVERWAY LLC

12:40 Debate

01:00 Closing remarks

Moderator: Dr. Kira Fortune, Regional Advisor on Determinants of Health, PAHO/WHO.

How to participate:

In person:


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Washington DC, 20037 Room 812 – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Eastern Time (WDC)

Online: via Elluminate link:

– Spanish room:

– English room

SDE Seminar Series towards Rio+20

“Human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development.

They are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature” – Principle 1 of the Rio…..” Declaration on Environment and Development, 1992.

The Rio Declaration of 1992 recognizes that healthy populations are central to human progress and sustainable development, and remains equally true today. However, the economic pillar has been prioritized at the expense of the social and environmental pillars of sustainable development over the last few decades, becoming itself a source of volatility and destabilization.

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, now offers an opportunity to re-examine the relationship between health and sustainable development. The proposed SDE Seminar series towards Rio+20 aim at contributing to this important debate by bringing different themes of relevance to sustainable development and health to inform all areas of the Pan American Organization about the themes under discussion in the Rio Conference, but also to inform public health stakeholders and other decision makers in the health sector, to better take part in the debate.

The SDE Seminar series will happen every Wednesday from 12 to 1pm (Washington time), from February 8 to June 13th.

All Seminars will be life-streamed, and opened for participation in person at the PAHO/WHO HQ, or via Elluminate, or via telephone line.

Some of the Seminars will be in English, others in Spanish.

For those who cannot follow the seminar alive, they will be available later at PAHO Rio+20 Toolkit at:



Gaming for health in the region

Last Thursday, I again joined the folks over at eSAC for their weekly tweet chats. I have to say, I really enjoyed the conversation. For me, one of the most interesting turns of the night was the discussion about digital literacy, health literacy and public ehealth.

The chat also touched on how people use various media in their everyday life, and whether these intersect with the health sector. For example, some young people use the internet daily, but never use it to look for health information.

This segment also got be thinking about how prevalent video games are in our society, and whether there are any interventions or programs in the region that uses video games for health promotion or disease prevention. I tried doing a general online search to find people or places for examples and came up with nothing. Well, I did come across an animation studio in Trinidad (as well at the animation program at the university of Trinidad and Tobago) that look to be doing some cool things. I did not find examples of any health projects but this is one lead I’ll continue to follow.

In the meantime, anyone interested in knowing more about this area, the talk below gives an excellent overview.

So, to all my CH people, do you know of any entity that is using any kind of video games/animation/claymation/ for health? If you are actively involved in any interactive projects addressing any health issue afflicting the region, we would love to share your project with our community.


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Recap on Thursday’s #esac tweet chat

Although eHealth and similar concepts have been in the lexicon for almost a decade, if not more, there seems to be increased emphasis on harnessing the use of new and emerging technologies in healthcare/medicine and in public health. Last week’s eSAC (Public eHealth Innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean) tweet chat focused specifically on Public eHealth. As a participant in these chats, and someone looking to increase my knowledge of this area, I tried to get a clear definition (and examples) that differentiates ehealth from public health. Thanks @soroyajulian and @FelipeMejiaMedina for continuing to expand our understanding of these areas and how they are operationalized.


As for examples:!/SoroyaJulian/status/162692742139490304!/FelipeMejiaMedi/status/162692713995710464!/FelipeMejiaMedi/status/162692485343232000

And finally:!/SoroyaJulian/status/162690874608852993!/FelipeMejiaMedi/status/162693044829831168

Below are a series of tweets that helps explain the two. Do you have anything else to add? Please share in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to join this week’s Tweet Chat at 7PM EST. Use #esac to follow and participate.


Tweet Tweet for gaining health knowledge via Twitter

While I’m still skeptical that large numbers of Caribbean people are using the microblogging service, those who do should take advantage of the volume of knowledge available and join the the many online conversations going on about health.!/SoroyaJulian/status/162670107234009088

For the third week now, PAHO’s eHealth (#esac; 7PM EST) team has been hosting weekly “What is Public eHealth?” tweet chats about eHealth, mHealth and various new media approaches to reducing health inequalities across Latin America and the Caribbean.

And coming up on Monday, January 30, at 2PM EST, the director of the  U.S.’s Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, (@DrFriedenCDC) will host a twitter chat abut cervical cancer. This is timely and relevant because cervical cancer is the 3rd most common cause of cancer in women in the world. research is ongoing to assess the prevalence of cervical cancer in our region. All women are at risk for cervical cancer. And, it is preventable.

So, will you be chatting it up on Twitter?

Got Twitter? Join the #esac chat tonight


The folks over at PAHO’s Public eHealth Innovation and Equity in Latin American and the Caribbean (esac) are hosting their weekly eHealth chat this evening. Join the Twitter conversation to learn how we can harness emerging technologies to reduce health disparities across the region.!/eSACproject/status/159406188021293056