Adhip Amin, Research Officer in the Chronic Health Conditions and Public Policies cluster at IPH, will be presenting a seminar titled, “Introduction to Qualitative Comparative Analysis.” This seminar will be on methods in the social science, specifically a basic introduction to Comparative Social Science Research, specifically Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). It will also discuss causal complexity in the social sciences and how QCA, rather than seeking to reduce the complexity — instead, works with it. QCA is a method that Dr. Upendra Bhojani and the project team aim to employ in the DEEP project. This seminar will be conceptual in nature.
Dr. Rajeev Basapathy, volunteer at ACCORD and SOCHARA, will be presenting a seminar titled “Eating a coconut directly including the shell with few teeth.”
A brief description of the seminar is given below:
Oral health is as important as any other health issue. People start their day with an activity related to the hygiene of the teeth and some also end with it. These two events contribute to the day’s activities. Speaking, smiling, chewing, in some cases physical assault too is directly contributed by healthy oral health tissues. While important for vital functions, oral health is often forgotten in wider public health discussions. Perhaps, its very anatomic location hidden behind the curtain of lips might be the reason. It also has the recognition of being one of the most commodified health issues, thus having social and economic implications.
In this talk, Rajeev presents the case of how oral health remains a neglected public health issue in India and reflecting on his experiences working and interacting with various stakeholders. He will also present his ethnographic account of how oral health inequalities are situated in the lives of the Gudalur Adivasis looking through the lens of local health traditions. He will take the audience through a mix of photos, tables with little data and mostly stories of how he has evolved understanding oral health in the bigger picture of health and development.
Olivia Biermann, PhD candidate at Karolinska Institutet, Stokholm will be hosting a seminar titled “Policy dialogues for evidence-informed policy-making.”
A brief description of the seminar is given below:
Substantial investment is made in health research. Nevertheless, there remains a significant gap between what is scientifically known and what is being used in policy. To facilitate evidence-informed policy-making the interaction with and among stakeholders is key. Examples of such interaction include policy dialogues which convene key stakeholders to deliberate on priority health topics. Policy dialogues support the integration of research evidence with tacit knowledge of local health policy-makers, and thus contribute to bridging the research-to-policy gap.
Intended learning outputs/outcomes of the seminar:
Understanding of evidence-informed health policy-making;
Insights into the WHO’s Evidence-informed Policy Network and its activities;
Understanding of policy dialogues and their preparatory steps; and
Familiarization with message-tailoring for a specific target group (hands-on exercise).
You are invited to join the seminar in person or join the live seminar via Zoom, using the link provided at the top of the page.
Dr Vijayashree Yellappa, doctoral candidate at Maastrich University and honorary associate at IPH, will be presenting her doctoral work in a seminar titled “Optimising the involvement of private practitioners in Tuberculosis care and control in India.”
A brief description of her work is provided below:
Majority of Tuberculosis (TB) patients in India seek care from Private Practitioners (PPs) whose practices are sub-optimal leading to medical complications. Government of India is involving PPs in the National TB Programme (NTP) through PPM (Public Private Mix) schemes to provide correct and timely TB treatment to patients. But, the uptake of PPM schemes by PPs is poor. Hence to understand ‘how’ partnerships with PPs work (or do not), we designed a model to improve PPP’s involvement in the referral of TB cases to NTP. PPs were allocated to the intervention or control group. Intervention PPs referred 548 cases during the intervention period of 12 months, as compared to 169 from the control group. We demonstrated the effectiveness of a system-oriented intervention to involve PPs in NTP in field settings. Our study conducted in routine programmatic settings provides important information about the systemic impediments that affect engaging PPs in public health programmes.
You are invited to attend the seminar in person or join the live seminar via Zoom using the link provided at the top of the page.
Jaison B Kolenchery, a Masters in Molecular Genetics from Leicester University, UK and currently completing his PhD at Exeter University, UK would be presenting a seminar on the topic ‘Understanding Humans’. As humans, we pride ourselves in our perceived intellectual superiority over other living beings that inhabit the earth. While we have achieved so much regarding our scientific understanding of the natural world and technology, we have so much more to accomplish in the areas of discrimination and unhealthy behaviours. This presentation attempts to briefly introduce some peculiar cognitive disorders, biases and logical fallacies in the hope to gain a better understanding of our behaviours and cognitive processes. Furthermore, this may also help in strategising and moulding our circumstances to reduce the incidence of irrational behaviours.Institute of Public Health Bengaluru is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Dr. Renee Heffron, member of the faculty of Global Health and Epidemiology within the International Clinical Research Center at the University of Washington is visiting IPH on the 6th of February (Wednesday). Her research, teaching, and mentoring focuses on advancing the field of HIV prevention and the intersection with reproductive health. She would be delivering a talk on the topic ‘ HIV prevention among people affected by HIV when they desire pregnancy: safer conception’. For HIV serodiscordant couples (in which one partner is living with HIV and one partner is not), having condom less sex to become pregnant can put the HIV-negative member at risk for acquiring their partner’s HIV infection. Safer conception strategies are able to minimize this risk, especially when they are used in combination. In this talk, Dr. Heffron will describe the situation faced by HIV serodiscordant couples and individuals affected by HIV when they desire pregnancy, describe interventions that can minimize sexual HIV transmission risk when pregnancy is desired, and present results from a recent pilot program in Kenya. You are invited to attend the talk in person or via zoom
Dr. Renee Heffron
Member of the faculty of Global Health and Epidemiology