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During this presentation, Dr. Choi will share his experience in developing and applying public health surveillance systems and networks at the local, provincial, national, and international levels. Methods adopted by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to prioritize program areas will be described, which are based on surveillance data and statistics. Following its development and validation, the PAHO approach is now used to prioritize program areas and guide resource allocations. This presentation will help demonstrate how surveillance systems and networks are a cornerstone to public health programs and decision-making from local through to global levels.
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Presenter: Dr. Bernard Choi
Dr. Bernard Choi is a Senior Research Scientist at the Public Health Agency of Canada, and he represents Canada as a Special Advisor to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). He is also an adjunct professor at University of Toronto, the University of Ottawa and Shantou University (China). He has conducted original research and published widely in occupational and environmental health, epidemiology and surveillance of chronic diseases and risk factors, knowledge translation, policy research, program evaluation and international health. Professor Choi has also developed a series of statistical procedures used widely in public health settings.
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