Health experts from Canada, India focus on social innovation, technology at CINI 2018

Arun Garg
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HEALTH experts from Canada and India will converge on SFU’s Surrey campus on Saturday (June 9) and Sunday (June 10) to share details on how innovation and technology are advancing health care in these countries.

Organized by the Canada India Network Society (CINS) and co-hosted by Fraser Health and SFU, the  3rd CINI conference (others were held in 2014 and 2010) will focus on Health Civil Society: Building links between Canada and India via Sustainable Health through Patient engagement, social innovation and technology.

International participants include members of the Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. The event’s goal is to bridge efforts in both countries through the exchange of ideas and new collaborations.

CINI 2018 Chair Dr. Arun Garg is CINS president and an adjunct SFU professor.

His hope is that CINI 2018 “will declare war on lowering the burden of diabetes, introduce mental wellness as prevention, learn from cross-cultural attitudes on end-of-life quality care, and provide holistic integrative modes of care, all with enhanced leadership, quality and best use of emerging technology.”

SFU health sciences faculty are also part of the event and can address areas such as social innovation and alternative health practices. Experts from Fraser Health and other institutions and organizations are also among participants.

Faculty of Health Sciences Dean Tania Bubela, on the event’s steering committee, will also co-chair a session on leadership and health. She says: “CINI 2018 will strengthen links in areas of research strength for both the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and partner institutions in India. We share a commitment to creating sustainable and equitable health systems that address the needs of our respective populations, including the most vulnerable in our communities.”

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