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The 4th Conference on Public Health in Asia – COPHA 2018

The Mitsui Garden Hotel
April 28-29, 2018

Hiroshima, Japan

COPHA 2018 will be held at the Mitsui Garden Hotel
Hiroshima, Japan
Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, 2018

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The 4th Conference on Public Health in Asia (COPHA 2018)»

The 4th Conference on Public Health in Asia (COPHA 2018) convened by INTESDA in affiliation with the Institute of Medicine at Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand and the Parasitic Disease Research Center, Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand and the Department of Business Computer, Faculty of Management Science, Nakhonratchasima Rajabhat University, Thailand and the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging, USA, is a weekend event, held on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, 2018 in Hiroshima, Japan at the Mitsui Garden Hotel.

Early Registration is only 25,000 JPY. All registered participants will be invited to the welcome reception and provided with a free, guided tour of Hiroshima Peace Park. The first 10 registrants will also receive a free ticket for the Miyajima Shrine Island Tour, which includes round-trip transportation, park entrance fee and cake with tea at a Japanese tea house.

About COPHA 2018

Asia is the fastest-growing and most dynamic region in the world, but government spending on public health is low and is often not focused on those who need it most. For many in the region, personal health expenses are a major cause of poverty. Another major challenge facing Asia is disease control and prevention. One area of critical importance, but often overlooked, is the field of health informatics, which is crucial in improving data sharing in the public health arena by ensuring that doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals have access to quality medical IT and healthcare management systems. Public health challenges that will be addressed are the need for improved nursing care for the aging nations, fighting Neglected Tropical Diseases, such as Liver Fluke in Thailand and improving access to safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation in South Asia.

COPHA 2018 event will be held in partnership with the 2nd Asian Symposium on Health Informatics and Nursing Education (SHINE 2018). These paired events will provide a multidisciplinary platform for discussing a range of issues confronting public health around Asia and beyond for academics and researchers; students/trainees; policy-makers, administrators and managers; health promotion workers; social workers; people working in urban, rural, remote and small communities and anyone with an interest in improving the quality of public health either locally or globally.

Below, we discuss the most prevalent health issues Asia today and we invite proposals of 250 words in English by Friday, March 2, 2018:

  • Access to Healthcare
  • Aging and Public Health
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Community Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Food Safety
  • Health Economics
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Mental and Behavioral Health
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Parasitology and Public Health
  • Nurses in Public Health
  • Nutrition and Malnutrition
  • Public Health Education and Promotion
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Sustainable Development
  • Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
  • Other areas (please specify)

Program Chairperson

Takayuki Yamada Takayuki Yamada
Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai
Special Adviser, Polio Plus Committee of Japan
Committee Member, Rotary International Youth Exchange of Japan

Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also serves as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Between 2011 and 2016 he has organized and led several humanitarian and medical aid missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr. Yamada was appointed to serve on the strategic planning committee for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

Co-Chair and Program Director

COM Professor Michael Sasaoka Michael Sasaoka
INTESDA Program Director
Japan

Michael Sasaoka oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development and the Global Goals. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA. Combining his interests in business and education he has been involved with education and training in Japan for the past seventeen years at the secondary, tertiary and corporate level. His research interest include globalization, sustainable development and education rights.

Review Committee

Dr Natthawut Kaewpitoon COPHA 2018 Co-Chairperson
Natthawut Kaewpitoon, Ph.D., Institute of Medicine,
Suranaree University of Technology Hospital, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand

Dr. Kaewpitoon is a leading researcher in the fight against Liver Fluke — a Neglected Tropical Disease, which kills more than 20,000 people each year in Thailand.  He is a faculty member in the Institute of Medicine at Suranaree University of Technology Hospital, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. His research interests include: Parasitology, Epidemiology, Public Health, Bioinformatics, Genetic, Gastroenterology.  He earned his PhD in BioMedical Science, his MSc in Medical Parasitology and BSc in Public Health all at Khon Kaen University in Thailand.

Dr Soraya Kaewpitoon COPHA 2018 Co-Chairperson
Soraya Kaewpitoon M.D., FCFP
Institute of Medicine, Suranaree University
of Technology, Thailand

Dr. Soraya Kaewpitoon serves as an Associate Professor and is the Chair of the Department Research Unit in the Department of Family Medicine in the Institute of Medicine of Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. She earned her M.D. (General Practice) from the Faculty of Medicine at Khon Kaen University, Thailand. In addition, she holds a Fellowship (FCFP) in Family Medicine from The Royal College of Family Physician of Thailand. Dr. Kaewpitoon has earned multiple certificates from some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the world, including a Certificate in Applied Epidemiology from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; a Certificate in Global Health: A Biosocial Perspective from Harvard University, USA; and a Certificate in Medical Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

Her research interests include, but are not limited to, Epidemiology and Public Health, Global Health, Behavioral Medicine, Epidemiology, Medical Education, Family Medicine, Opisthorchiasis, Preventive Medicine, Health Promotion, Gastroenterology, Cholangiocarcinoma, Health Services Research, Incidence, Public Health, Disease Control and E-Learning for Epidemiology & Statistics.

Thirayu Meererksom Thirayu Meererksom, Ph.D.,
Faculty of Management Science,
Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University,
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand

Dr. Meererksom works as in the Parasitic Disease Research Unit in the Institute of Medicine, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, where he studies application screenings for cancer and liver fluke infections – a serious health concern in rural Thailand. In addition to his important research and work with cancer prevention, he also belongs to the Faculty of Management Science at Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, where his research interests include software development, mobile application development (native & hybrid), big data, logistics and supply chain management. Apart from a Ph.D. he also holds Master in Business Administrator (MBA) and BSc in Computer Science from Khon Kaen University in Thailand.

 

Dr Porntip Nipkomnod Porntip Nimkuntod, MD (Cardiology),
Institute of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division,
Suranaree University of Technology,
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand

Dr.Nimkuntod serve role on Cardiovascular Division in Suranaree University of Technology Hospital, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Her research interests include: cardiovascular disease (Early detection and prevention) especially menopausal population, epidemiology, public health and medical education. She earned her subspecialty cardiovascular intervention, cardiology and internal medicine all at Navamindradhiraj University in Thailand.

Dr James McNally James McNally, Ph.D. (Brown University)
Associate Research Scientist, Inter-University Consortium
for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research
University of Michigan, USA

Dr. McNally is Director of the NACDA Program on Aging, a data archive containing over 1,500 studies related to health and the aging lifecourse. His research focuses primarily on issues of family support and health among the aged, both in the U.S. and internationally. He does methodological research on the repair of deficient data. Most recently, he has been studying the impacts of heterogeneity on health outcomes among elderly U.S. Asian/Pacific Islander populations.

Program Committee

COPHA 2018 is an international, peer-reviewed conference. As a general rule, all applicants must use a university or institution registered e-mail address to submit an abstract for evaluation. Please contact the secretariat if you need assistance.

Our review process employs a double-blind review system with instructions and a scoring rubric that assesses a range of areas which are not limited to, but include originality, clarity, organization, methodology, spelling, grammar and suitability for the conference. Accepted abstracts and papers will appear in the official proceedings (ISSN 2189-2237), which is published in electronic format shortly after the conference.

We wish to thank the following people for their willingness and effort to assist with the reading and editorial committee work:

Review Committee

Natthawut Kaewpitoon, Ph.D. Institute of Medicine, Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand
Soraya Kaewpitoon M.D., FCFP Institute of Medicine, Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand
Thirayu Meererksom, Ph.D. Faculty of Management Science, Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Thailand
Porntip Nimkuntod, M.D. Institute of Medicine, Suranaree University of Technology,
Thailand
James McNally, Ph.D.
Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, USA

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