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Featured Implementation Science Event:
14th International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH)
This issue of ISforGH highlights the 14th International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH) held in Coimbra, Portugal on September 26-29, 2017. With an eye towards the SDGs and The New Urban Agenda, the conference set the stage for academic experts, policymakers, and practitioners to identify urban health challenges and discuss research, implementation, and policy strategies. 

The HEARD Project, which has taken on urban health as a key thematic area, was represented by team members eager both to share existing work from HEARD Partners and to inform the Project’s planned work through insights gained at the conference. HEARD convened a panel entitled “Implementation research priorities to advance the health of poor urban youth and adolescents in East Africa,” the second in a series of conversations on this topic among key East African stakeholders. The diverse panel included East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC), Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), City University of New York (CUNY), Kampala City Council Authority, Great Lakes University of Kisumu, University of Cape Town and Look at Us!  
If "Cities can save us," then what are we waiting for?
"We have a unique opportunity with the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda aligning at the same time...our charge is to bring together the urbanist and the health professional," said Jo Ivey Boufford, (now former) President of the New York Academy of Medicine. 
Urbanization in East Africa: Stakeholder Perspectives on Key Challenges
Building on the regional consultation in Dar es Salaam, the HEARD Project hosted an organized session at the 14th ICUH. The panelists' remarks and discussion crystallized the need for an integrated approach to imporve health outcomes. 
Spotlight on Implementation Science
Each ISforGH Newsletter includes a spotlight interview with a global health implementer at the forefront of implementation science work.
"Urban health is a new concept presenting opportunity to learn and collaborate with partners by leveraging research for evidence generation and sharing."

Dr. Ayen Okello
Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) - Deputy Director of Public Health and Environment

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"“Moving forward we need to prioritize youth and mental health. We’ve seen here at ICUH that youth are a global priority, and the future of the world is the youth in low and middle-income countries (LMICs)."

Masuma Mamdani
Ifakara Health Institute - Chief Research Scientist

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Key Upcoming Implementation Science Events
We're gearing up for HSR2018, are you? The conference theme will be "Advancing Health Systems for All in the Sustainable Development Goal Era." The Call for Abstracts is open and here are the important deadlines:
Organized Panels due January 15
Individual Abstracts due March 5
Satellite Sessions (skills-building) due March 30
Satellite Sessions (general) due May 1
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