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SMAART: A Population Health Informatics Approach to Addressing Sustainable Development Goals
Senior Associate Dean of Student and Academic Affairs
Professor, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
Global challenges are becoming increasingly complex and interlinked in a rapidly evolving world. Innovative approaches are needed to improve the way that all sectors respond and adapt to this changing environment. The presentation will outline the opportunities of leveraging population health informatics as an innovative platform to design, develop, implement and evaluate data driven, and evidence based contextually relevant solutions in diverse settings. The presentation will describe the components of Sustainable, Multisector, Accessible, Affordable, Reimbursable and Tailored (SMAART) informatics platform that have been implemented to leverage community level data to address Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A specific example of how a SMAART informatics platform is being utilized to address SDG goals in urban slum settings will be presented.
Dr. Ashish Joshi’s combined training in medicine, public health, and informatics provides unique opportunity to utilize innovative technology enabled interventions at the intersection of clinical care and population health. He continues to pursue his career as an applied researcher, mentor, administrator, innovator and entrepreneur and designs, develops, implements and evaluates Sustainable, Multisector, Accessible, Affordable, Reimbursable and Tailored technology (SMAART) interventions to address population health challenges of the 21st century. His research in the area of m-Health, surveillance, decision support tools, Consumer health informatics, health technology assessments, public health dashboards and sustainable development goals (SDGs) has been in diverse global settings including the US, India, Haiti, Nigeria, Brazil, and Egypt. He has designed and implemented more than 20 health technology systems in various languages including English, Portuguese, Creole, Spanish, and several other Indian dialects in urban, urban slum, rural and tribal settings. His research has been funded by various Federal agencies including NIH, AHRQ, US Department of Veteran Affairs, Fulbright, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ministry of Health Brazil, Indian Council of Medical Research, Government of India, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and New York State AIDS Society and other private foundations and industry. His recent collaboration with Digital India, Government of India has been to explore innovatively on how technology can be used to address SDGs. He was recently invited to present his work at the United Nations. He has also developed an online certificate, and an executive program in population health informatics. He also recently developed a fully online MS program in population health informatics, the first of its kind globally and just wrote the textbook Population Health Informatics: Driving Evidence Based Solutions into Practice published by Jones Bartlett.
Co-hosted by the Center for Systems and Community Design and the NYU-CUNY Prevention Research Center, the Systems Change Series is a monthly lecture and workshop series hosted by the Center that creates space for distinguished scholars, practitioners and entrepreneurs across a broad range of sectors to share the ways in which they work at the forefront of incorporating systems and design thinking into their respective practices.