Evidence2Policy 2023: From global to local and back again: Perspectives on community engagement in universal health coverage

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The George Institute for Global Health, India, is organising its sixth evidence2policy (e2p) virtual lecture inviting Dr. Justin Koonin to speak on the topic “From global to local and back again: Perspectives on community engagement in universal health coverage.” 

Mark your calendars for 14th March 2023 | Tuesday | 13:30 IST | 08:00 GMT | 16:00 CST | 03:00 EST | 19:00 AEDT

About e2P Lecture

The George Institute India started an annual Evidence2policy (e2p) lecture series in 2017 to mark its 10th year anniversary. The lecture was delivered by a leading global researcher to discuss how to bridge the “know-do gap” when it comes to public health policy implementation. Past lecturers have been Prof K Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India; Prof Ian Jacobs, Vice-Chancellor, UNSW Sydney, Dr Rajani Ved, former Executive Director of the National Health Systems Resource Centre, India,  Dr Ophira Ginsburg, New York University, Professor Frank J Kelly, Imperial College London.

About this year’s lecture

Engaging communities in designing and promoting health and wellbeing is logical - and arguably necessary - to success. But how is it done effectively, at both a local and global level? How can we use the insights provided at a local level to shape policies at a global level, that are relevant and can be implemented in a variety of contexts?

In this lecture, Dr Justin Koonin will draw on his contrasting experiences as both a local community member and steering committee member of global policy bodies, including his role as co-chair of UHC2030 - the international multistakeholder partnership for Universal Health Coverage - to discuss the intrinsic value of community engagement, and outline different levels, depths and breadths in design and implementation of public health programs.

Following the lecture, there will be a fireside chat moderated by Rosemary Mburu, Executive Director, WACI Health, Kenya.

Download the event agenda (PDF 195 KB)


  • Dr Justin Koonin

    Justin is co-chair of the Steering Committee of UHC2030, the international multi-stakeholder partnership for universal health coverage, and is a member of multiple WHO expert panels. At a national level, Justin is president of ACON (AIDS Council of New South Wales), Australia’s largest community organisation dedicated to HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support, as well as to the health of sexuality and gender diverse people more broadly. He is Distinguished Fellow and Honorary Professorial Fellow at The George Institute and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of New South Wales, as well as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Justin's training is in the field of pure mathematics, and he currently works as an investment analyst.

    Justin Koonin
  • Moderator: Rosemary W. Mburu

    Rosemary Mburu has been a champion for healthy communities for over fifteen years and currently serves as the Executive Director for WACI Health. She is a civil society leader in Africa and has extensively worked on supporting civil society to engage with decision-makers at community, national, regional and global levels. She is a civil society organiser working on building and strengthening civil society networks and platforms for health-related advocacy and campaigning in Africa. She holds a Masters in Public Health from Ohio University, a Masters in Business Administration from Frostburg State University, Maryland, and a Bachelor of Education from Kenyatta University, Kenya. 

    Rosemary Mburu