Subject: Speaker Series - November 25th 5:30 PM, Natsagdorj library

ACMS Speaker Series
The adoption of Health Impact Assessments in the Mongolian mining sector: A case study of the diffusion of policy innovation
Speaker: Dr. Tsogtbaatar Byambaa

5:30 PM, Tuesday - November 25th, 2014, American Corner, Ulaanbaatar public library

            Mongolia’s rapid economic growth, propelled by rapid development of the extractives sector requires that the country be better prepared for potential negative impacts to the health of the people and the country. With the support of an SFU-based team of researchers and policy advocates, Mongolia is thus in the process of adopting Health Impact Assessments (HIA), a policy innovation tool that has potential to inform the decision making process through assessing underlying health problems and generating evidence-based recommendations. However, the values, principles, methods and deliverables of HIA are not easily understood in capacity-limited Low and Middle Income Country (LMIC) settings, including Mongolia, which makes full adoption and proper use of HIA a difficult process to achieve. The overall goal of the research was to evaluate the uptake and adoption rate of the HIA concepts, tools and methods in the emerging Mongolian mining sector. In this presentation some of the initial findings of this research will be discussed and recommendations presented.
About the Presenters

 Speaker: Dr. Tsogtbaatar Byambaa earned his PhD from the Faculty of Health Sciences of Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He received his MSc in Health Administration and International Health Policy from University of Colorado in 2005. Tsogtbaatar is a family physician by background who has worked on several public health projects in Mongolia, including serving as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis project officer for the Global Fund in Mongolia. He has worked as a Project Coordinator for the CIHR funded Equity-Focused Health Impact Assessment Tools and Methodologies in Mongolia: Supporting and Scaling-Up Local Experiences project.
His research interest focuses on managing the potentially adverse public health consequences of development sector in developing settings and promoting the health in all policy (HiAP) concepts. Through his position of serving as Executive director of Health Policy Institute (HPI) Tsogtbaatar is currently engaged in research projects on health impact assessment policy development, medical tourism and air pollution.

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