Online Program

Optimizing Global Health's Contributions to Diplomacy & Foreign Policy

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Sebastian Kevany, MA, MPH, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
This special session in Global Health Diplomacy (GHD) seeks to identify opportunities for GHD engagement among all public health stakeholders with a focus of capacity building, GHD advocacy at various levels of the policy environment, and with the overall goal of ensuring “health in all FOREIGN policies” in alignment with the APHA 143rd Annual Meeting theme.  This will be accomplished by inviting a dynamic group of high-level speakers actively engaged in GHD and conducting an examination of several GHD topics including:  the role of Health Attachés as advanced practitioners of GHD; the role and strategy of the U.S. Government in promoting GHD in the international fora; the application of GHD principles for the current public health crisis in the Ukraine; the case study of U.S. government engagement and use of GHD in Myanmar, and a discussion of how to optimize global health’s contributions to diplomacy and foreign policy.  Collectively, this program will provide APHA members and other interested parties with an important overview of GHD; describe core practitioners of GHD; detail tangible application of GHD from the perspective of an NGO and the U.S. Government; and describe a methodology for GHD policy research in the context of current global public health concerns.  The importance of this session is its relevance to the overall APHA meeting theme, its incorporation of APHA’s overarching priorities, and its cross-cutting application to the broad health in all policies areas.

Learning Areas:

Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe core practitioners and the practice of GHD from the perspective of different public health stakeholders. Analyze foreign policy and public health case studies for relevance and application to GHD principles and practices. Formulate opportunities for GHD research, engagement and advocacy across foreign policy and public health actors.

Keyword(s): Policy/Policy Development, Advocacy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Sebastian Kevany has conducted over 100 missions related to global health diplomacy to Africa, the Middle East, and South-East Asia, with a particular focus on conflict and post-conflict settings, conducting program evaluation, diplomatic alignment, and other representative duties. Sebastian holds BA and MA degrees from Trinity College Dublin, an MPH degree from the University of Cape Town, and is an international policy specialist at the University of California, San Francisco.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.