Speaker Presentations

On Day One, the participants received lectures on the prevalence of road traffic incidents in the UAE, how to design a successful public health action plan, and an overview of different intervention strategies that have been attempted in the past. Take a look at the speakers’ slides below:

Dr. Michal Grivna

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Dr. Grivna is public health educator and practitioner, and has worked extensively in epidemiology and injury prevention in the UAE. He holds an MD from Charles University’s Faculty of Pediatrics and a Master of Public Health from Virginia Commonwealth University. He currently works as Professor at the Institute of Public Health of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU).

Before joining UAEU in 2003, Dr. Grivna was Director, Assistant Professor, and Founder of the Center for Childhood Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Charles University. His research interests lie in youth injury prevention and epidemiology. Selected publications include analysis of trauma registry usage in identifying the UAE’s prevention priorities for youth-specific RTAs, the impact of seat-belt usage in RTA epidemiology and outcome, among others.

He has also been committed to community action. He has contributed towards evaluating the challenges that the UAE faces with safety promotion through the Victorian Safe Communities Network and led the implementation of the Safe Community Program in Prague and the European Child Safety Alliance, and also played a pivotal role in the proposition and implementation of road safety regulations with the Czech government.

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Saba Brelvi

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Saba Brelvi presented on how to design effective public health interventions. Ms. Brelvi spent nine years as a program director of the California Wellness Foundation, one of the largest private health foundations in California, where she oversaw an $8 million annual funding portfolio to improve health care access for low-income women and to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of the state’s health workforce. In 2001, she was selected as one of 12 emerging leaders in health philanthropy across the United States.

Ms. Brelvi holds a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in Community Health from Brown University.

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Dr. Jonathon P. Ehsani

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Dr. Ehsani is a professor of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. His professional experience includes working at the National Institutes of Health in the Division of Epidemiology Statistics and Prevention Research, as well as conducting research at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

Dr. Ehsani’s work is committed to promoting safety and preventing injuries, and he has conducted research on various topics related to road safety and teenage driving risk behavior, including behavioral patterns in novice drivers, conscientious personality, and secondary task engagement, with focuses on both Australia and the U.S.

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