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Fran Baum, confirmed keynote for EPHP-2016

Fran Baum is a Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Director of the Southgate Institute of Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University. She is a past National President of the Public Health Association of Australia. She is the regional representative for the People’s Health Movement in Australia and the Pacific and a member of its Global Steering Committee. Professor Baum is one of Australia’s leading researchers on the social and economic determinants of health.

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Dr. Ramaswami Balasubramaniam (Balu)

Dr. Ramaswami Balasubramaniam is a scholar and activist, known for his pioneering developmental work with rural and tribal people in Saragur of Heggadadevana Kote taluk, near Mysore in Karnataka, India.

Dr. Kabir Sheikh

Dr. Kabir Sheikh is a Senior Research Scientist and Adjunct Associate Professor at Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). He is the director of the Health Governance Hub – PHFI’s interdisciplinary programme of health policy & systems research and research capacity building.

Dr. Hanumappa Sudarshan

Dr. Hanumappa Sudarshan is an Indian social worker and tribal rights activist. He is well known for his contributions to the upliftment of the forest dwelling tribes (mainly Soligas) in the Chamarajnagar district of Karnataka. He is also a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award and the Padma Shri.

Dr. T. Sundararaman

Dr. T. Sundararaman is the Professor and Dean of School of Health Systems Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Previously, he was the executive Director of National Health Systems Resource Centre, New Delhi.

Girija Vaidyanathan

Girija Vaidyanathan is currently the Additional Chief Secretary/Commissioner for Land Administration, Government of Tamil Nadu. Previously she served the Govt of Tamil Nadu as the Secretary, Dept of Health and Family Welfare.

Dr. Gita Sen

Dr. Gita Sen, Professor, Indian Institute of Management & Adjunct Professor of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Arima Mishra,

Dr. Arima Mishra, Associate Professor at Azim Premji University, Bangalore.


Institute of Public Health (India) in collaboration with Institute of Tropical Medicine (Antwerp, Belgium) are organising the third national conference on bringing Evidence into Public Health Policy.

The EPHP conferences provide a unique platform for Indian public health researchers, policymakers and practitioners to meet, share their experiences and  learn from each other.

Abstract Submission

01-Oct-2015 to 15-Dec-2015


Registration (opening soon)

About EPHP

For over half a decade now, the EPHP conferences provide a unique platform where Indian public health researchers, policymakers and practitioners meet, learn from each other and shape the future. In the past, we have hosted two EPHP conferences. In 2010, the first conference’s theme was Five years of NRHM where public health researchers from various backgrounds and experiences met and discussed about different areas in NRHM. Two years later, in 2012, the second EPHP conference theme was Strengthening health systems to achieve universal health coverage that helped bring out interesting discussions about universal health coverage and what is India’s take on it. In 2016, we are hosting the third conference with the following objectives in mind.

Conference objectives

  • Bring together and promote interactions among researchers, policymakers and practitioners across sectors and disciplines whose work shape public health in India.
  • Deliberate and disseminate experiences with regard to major cross-cutting issues shaping health and public health action in India: health (in)equity, social determinants of health, effective health governance, and inter-sectoral action for health.

Thematic areas

Under the overall theme Equitable India: All for Health and Wellbeing, the conference will focus on the following sub-themes:

Equity in health and healthcare

  • How have reforms in different health system domains (Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, National Health Mission, draft National Health Policy 2015 etc.) impacted equity in access to health care and health outcomes in India?
  • What can we learn from interventions that impacted health equity in India? These could include the interventions across sectors impacting one or more axes of inequities in health including but not limited to caste, gender, social position/status, income, sexual orientation and other social vulnerabilities.
  • What role for healthcare providers and managers in creating equitable health services?
  • What can we learn from ever evolving frameworks, methods and tools to better understand and assess health inequities in India?

Intersectoral action for health

  • What is the rationale for intersectoral action for health?
  • What can we learn from examples of intersectoral action for health in India?
  • How to develop and maintain intersectoral action for health in India, and what is the role of health authorities in working across and between sectors?
  • How to integrate top-down and bottom-initiatives, policies and community initiatives for health and wellbeing in India?
  • How to improve health governance and operationalize a Health-in-All Policies approach in India?

From better knowledge to improved policies and practice

  • What can research offer to policymakers and implementers?  What is needed, what is demanded, what is lacking?
  • What is the role of advocacy? What can we learn from knowledge brokers and policy champions?
  • How can researchers, policymakers and practitioners unite forces to contribute to health and wellbeing in a more equitable India?

Abstract Submission

October 1 – November 30, 2015

What are we looking for?

  • Abstracts based on primary/secondary research, including analysis of programmes, policies and/or experiences that address one or more of the sub-themes indicated.
  • Abstracts with no less than 500 and no more than 800 words should be submitted online at
  • Abstracts should be structured as follows:

          – Title

          – Author(s) and institutional affiliation(s)

          – Corresponding author (email and phone)

          – Background/Description (no less than 50, no more than 100 words)

          – Methods (no less than 50, no more than 100 words)

          – Main findings (no less than 200, no more than 300 words)

          – Discussion including conclusions and/or recommendations (no less than 200, no more than 300 words)

          – Conflict of interest statement

          – Funding source

  • Each abstract will be evaluated through a blind peer-review by at least two reviewers with emphasis on factors such as relevance to the conference theme, appropriateness of the methods, clear and sufficient description of the results and its implications including how the results inform the current knowledge, policies and practices. Preference will be given to submissions that go beyond describing what is happening and that attempt to explain why, how and for whom changes are occurring (or not).
  • Accepted abstracts will be published as short papers in an international peer- reviewed journal. We will provide mentoring/editing help if needed for improving the submissions

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