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Health Emergency Data Science

Health Emergency Data Science


Last Updated on June 20, 2022

Humanitarian responders have access to ever more data in the operational sphere but are often unable to utilize it towards better decision-making. This project solicits real challenges facing leading humanitarian organizations & creates transdisciplinary data science design solutions.

In December 2018, the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research and the Lassonde School of Engineering hosted an invite-only workshop at York University. The event brought together participants from five key groups needed to solve complex humanitarian data science challenges: Humanitarian Field & Subject Matter Experts, Humanitarian Innovation Specialists, Data and Computer Science Researchers, Designers & Engineers, Data Ethicists & Governance Specialists.

Organizing Institutions

Lassonde School of Engineering
Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research


Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada

Workshop Presenters & Participants

Presenters were based at the following organizations

United Nations High Commission on Refugees, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, Action Contre La Faim/Action Against Hunger, Catholic Relief Services, REACH Initiative and the International Rescue Committee, American Red Cross, World Food Programme, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

Participants were based at the following organizations

ACAPS, Canadian Red Cross, CartONG, CIHR-IPPH, Convergence, Elrha, Global Strategy Lab, Grand Challenges Canada, Groundswell Projects, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, ImmerLearn, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, McMaster University, MSF Canada, National Research Council Canada, New York Times, Pivotal, Purple Compass, Queen’s University, Quoin Inc., Rainmaker Enterprise, Seneca College, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Université de Sherbrooke, University of California Irvine, University of Chicago, University of Toronto, York University


Global Health & Humanitarianism



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