2016 Awards

Conference: Big Data in Healthcare : The Impact on Healthcare Quality, Cost and Access in China

Li Zhou and Ajay Singh (Harvard Medical School)


Li Zhou and Ajay Singh (HMS) will co-chair a two-day symposium that focuses on two key issues: healthcare innovation in the era of Big Data and future strategic plans to promote health information technology to benefit populations of both China and the United States. This symposium will bring together researchers, educators, and practitioners from different fields to promote strong connections between academia, industry, government, and the nonprofit sector to facilitate the transformation of data to knowledge, and finally into action.

Conference: Advancing Learning and Global Health in the Digital Age: Harvard-China Digital Learning and the Future of Professional Education Initiative

David Hunter and Ian Lapp (Chan School of Public Health)


David Hunter and Ian Lapp (Chan SPH) will co-chair a conference on the unique challenges and opportunities faced by China in educating the next generation of and providing continuing education in a digital age to health professionals. The aim of the conference is to provide opportunities to learn about state of the art developments in designing digital and blended learning experiences in China and the United States; share promising practices and lessons learned; and develop assessment strategies, measures of quality, and shared research goals for the impact of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and digital learning on educating health professionals.

Conference: Building Leadership for Healthy Urban Sustainability 

John Spengler (Chan School of Public Health) and Spiro Pollalis (Graduate School of Design)


John Spengler (Chan SPH) and Spiro Pollalis (GSD) will co-host a conference to present, discuss, and disseminate research and knowledge on the scope and possibilities for designing urban environments in China which are healthier, more livable, and more environmentally sustainable. The goal is to create a forum whereby decision-makers in China’s local governments and in the private development community will recognize opportunities to convert opportunistic, business-as-usual approaches to urban expansion into well-designed, spatially integrated development with sustainable urban infrastructure at its core.