Introducing the 2016 Public Health Think Tank

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The Public Health Think Tank (PHTT) is a two-day conference which invites university students from diverse backgrounds to come together and address urgent public health issues pertaining to the UAE. Now in its third year, PHTT is driven by a belief in the potential of young minds to collaborate to devise original, feasible, and effective public health interventions.

Previous conference topics have covered medical, cultural, and political realms, ranging from the high obesity rate to the tobacco crisis. This year the PHTT returns with a slightly different approach to public health: traffic incidents.

According to the World Health Organization, about 1.25 million people die each year on the world’s roads, and the UAE is vastly overrepresented. In Abu Dhabi alone, 63% of injury deaths are caused by Road Traffic Accidents, making it one of the city’s top three causes of death overall. Considering the preventable nature of traffic incidents, PHTT 2016 aims to challenge participants to critically assess the status quo of driving and pedestrianism in the UAE, ranging from day-to-day safety habits to high-risk joyriding (tafheet) within youth culture. Guided by talks from experts and prepared group facilitators, delegates will work in teams to devise and present original public health interventions by the end of the event.

The conference will be hosted at New York University Abu Dhabi, located on Saadiyat Island on 4-5 November 2016. To stay in touch for more information on registration, logistics, and speakers, you can join our mailing list, like our Facebook page, or follow us on Instagram!

The application to attend PHTT 2016 has opened! Click here to apply to participate in this year's conference.