Header picture courtesy of the Space4health Integrated Solution video made by the team
August 7th, 2014: All team projects done by the participants of the 27th Space Studies Program (SSP14) of the International Space University (ISU) were presented at École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) de Montréal, Québec, Canada, an event co-hosted by ETS and HEC Montréal (HEC).
SSP14 attracted 122 participants, representing 31 countries, to a program that showcased ISU’s first all-female international astronaut panel.
SSP14 has also focus on “new space” and entrepreneurism with faculty and lecturers from around the globe, a steady presence of Canadian astronauts, and a warm “bienvenue” from Canada’s only French-speaking province.
TP PUBLIC HEALTH AND SPACE
The third team project presented was the Public Health and Space (PH). The Chair of this project was Dr. Farhan M. Asrar, chief resident medical doctor with McMaster University’s Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Family Medicine program. The Teaching Associate was Erika Kupper, Psychologist & Junior Project Manage from Belgium.Source [Img2]
As described in the ISU SSP14 web site, Public Health is the branch of healthcare that involves health promotion, protection, prevention, and surveillance. Public health functions at a population level, addressing challenges at a magnitude unlike any other health field. Significant events in history involving high mortality (some more than wars) were due to infectious diseases, pandemics and natural disasters.
Space assets have been playing a crucial role in assisting several aspects of health. Developed and emerging nations are increasingly relying on space technology in the fields of public health; environmental health; and individual healthcare. These include Earth observation for the environment and infrastructure; Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis; telemedicine (particularly in providing care at remote locations); tele-epidemiology and remote sensing (such as in disaster relief).
- Provide an overview of areas where public health and space impact each other (use of space assets for public health; public health and space exploration and contamination related issues);
- Identify areas of public health programs and strategies where space assets are playing/can play a role;
- Review literature and highlight space assets current use and contributions in public health (including reviewing stakeholders such as government and space agencies; WHO and UN agencies, IPCC, and international/disaster relief organizations);
- Identify gaps and provide recommendations to effectively utilize space technology for public health (e.g. propose an innovative way of using space assets for public health);
- Develop a tool to promote:
- Existing contributions of space assets to public health;
- Your proposed recommendation(s) to utilize space assets for public health.
As you will see in the presentation below, the team presentation cover the objectives of this project. The tool proposed used several existing and future devices in order to use space assets for public health in disaster case. The tool and proposed solution is explained in the following video:
The team Public Health and Space presentation:
The 28th edition of the Space Studies Program (SSP15) will be held at Athens, Ohio, USA, from June 8th through August 7th 2015.
Meet you there!