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Schedule information for The New Normal: Takeaways on Health Misinformation During a Pandemic

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Session Descriptions

Day 1 – Thursday, November 11, 2021 (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST)

Social: Meet and Greet (6:00 pm – 7:00 pm EST)

Come and join us for the conference kickoff as we play icebreaker games, virtually mingle with fellow conference attendees and the broader DLSPH community, along with some great networking opportunities!

Break (7:00 pm – 7:20pm EST)

Opening Ceremonies (7:20 pm – 8:00 pm EST)

  • Opening remarks from the Internal Lead, Newsha Mahinpey and Content Co-Leads, Camila Benmessaoud and Sarah Kinely
  • Remarks from Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, DLSPH Dean
  • Remarks from Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

Keynote #1 –  Battling the Infodemic: Evidence-Based Strategies to Counter Misinformation (8:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST)

  • Keynote by Timothy Caulfield, moderated by Reem Hamdonah

Day 2 – Friday, November 12, 2021 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST)

Research & Practice – Poster Presentations & Discussions (5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST)

Join us for live poster presentations showcasing the research work and initiatives completed to address misinformation. Topics include addressing misinformation using big data and artificial intelligence, indigenous trauma and misinformation, and the development of health information applications.

Social – Bring Your Own (BYO) Dinner (6:00 pm – 6:30 pm EST)

Bring your own dinner and join us for our second and final conference social. Led by the planning team themselves, this social will provide attendees to reflect on the conference learnings so far through some fun activities and networking opportunities! You don’t want to miss out!

Panel – The Vaccine Against Misinformation (6:45 pm – 8:00 pm EST)

Vaccine hesitancy has been a large-scale issue that has impacted individuals across the world. This, in part, is attributable to the large volumes of information that is available to the general public, leaving folks unsure of what to believe. Moderated by Nour Al-Nasser, The Vaccine Against Misinformation panel welcomes the highly recognized Dr. Naheed Dosani, Dr. Samantha Yammine, Dr. Akwatu Khenti, and Dr. Andrew Boozary as they discuss the root causes of vaccine hesitancy as it pertains to misinformation, and ways to address the conflicting views.

Day 3 – Saturday, November 13, 2021 (9:30 am – 4:00 pm EST)

Welcome (9:30 am – 10:00 am EST)

  • Opening remarks from the Finance Co-Lead, Braveenan and logistics subcommittee member, Ruchi Vijh
  • Remarks from Dr. Eileen De Villa, City of Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health

Keynote #2 – Handling Scientific Information – and Misinformation – During the COVID-19 Pandemic (10:00 am – 11:00 am EST)

  • Keynote by Peter Juni, moderated by Nicole Robertson

CONCURRENT – Workshop 1: Validating Data Quality in a Public Health Crisis (11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST)

Facilitated by: Elham Dolatabadi
Moderated by: Sarah Kinely

There is a constant increase in the amount of data being produced by modern technological society. A significant concern with the rising data volumes surrounds data quality. Improved data quality leads to better decision-making across an organization, which has begun to prove its utility in healthcare. Through this workshop participants will learn best practices to ensure they collect, produce, and work with high quality data to not only empower their own work but to allow them to critically assess other work surrounding developments in health information

CONCURRENT – Workshop 2: Taking a Deep Dive into Evaluating Research Publications (11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST)

Facilitated by: Mustafa Al-Durra and Victoria Haldane
Moderated by: Tanjeem Taha

This workshop emphasizes the importance of evidence-based research and how its findings should not only empower other researchers, but also the general public to make informed decisions from reliable health information. Through this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn about processes behind producing reliable research and how to critically assess and contextualize available research. After attending this workshop, participants will feel confident in navigating research publications to access reliable and up to date health-related research.

Break (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST)

CONCURRENT – Workshop 1: Health Literacy Within the Social Media Era
(1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST)

Facilitated by: Philip Mai and Dr. Krishna Sankar
Moderated by: Tanjeem Taha

Social media has acted as an accelerant in producing misinformation and creating false narratives about the COVID-19 pandemic. This workshop will provide insight on how researchers in the Canadian landscape have come together to create resources that are expert vetted, scientific and rooted in dispelling misinformation through social media. Participants of this workshop will learn firsthand how false claims regarding the pandemic have spread across the internet and how social media can be leveraged to provide timely, actionable, and facts-based information to support our communities.

CONCURRENT – Workshop 2: Navigating a Plethora of Online Health Information Using Innovative Community Resource Tools (1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST)

Facilitated by: Dr. Janet Papadakos and Lauren Tailor (the Infectious Disease Working Group)

The internet and social media have been a great source of information for many during this pandemic and have highlighted knowledge gaps that have led to a rise in misinformation online. This workshop will have a focus on the importance of knowledge translation initiatives and using plain language in health communication. Participants will walk away with the knowledge of how to make health information online equitable, accessible and understandable through real-world examples and cases.

CONCURRENT – Research & Practice Oral Presentations (1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST)

Join us for live oral presentations showcasing research projects and initiatives undertaken by University of Toronto students to help address misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will see two presentations, one titled “Structural and Systematic Discrimination Driven Misinformation” and the other titled “Infectious Disease Working Group: Tackling Health Misinformation through Social Media Advocacy and Podcasting”

Panel #2 – The Infosphere as a Social Determinant of Health- Rebuilding Trust through Solidarity (2:00 – 3:30 pm EST)

Marginalized communities have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Historical oppressions dictated by the system have pushed these communities to the margins and led to inherent distrust. Moderated by Stephanie Wiafe, join us and our wonderful speakers Dr. Onye Nnorom, Dr. Amit Arya, and Sume Eyoh to reflect on ways in which we can all contribute to rebuilding trust through allyship and solidarity.

Closing – Remarks and Traditional Closing (3:30 pm EST)

Closing remarks from the Internal Lead, Newsha Mahinpey and Content Co-Leads, Camila Benmessaoud and Sarah Kinely.

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