Conference 2014 Conference: Tackling the Tobacco Crisis in the UAE

By Invitation Only


Location New York Univesity Abu Dhabi

The 2014 Public Health Think Tank (PHTT) Conference is focused on one of the most pressing public health issue in the UAE today, smoking. The aim of this year’s conference is to challenge delegates to find new and innovative ways of targeting the high incidence of tobacco usage and addiction in the UAE.

Teams will be charged with the task of creating a public health intervention that they believe will contribute effectively to the local battle against smoking. This proposed intervention may take almost any form – perhaps a public health policy draft, a health education campaign, a new software monitoring program, a hospital initiative or an artistic project – and should take into account both the social and biological aspects of health and disease.

By the end of the two-day conference, each team will have devised an action plan for the implementation of their smoking intervention and must be prepared to present their proposal to the delegation and panel of judges, composed of important figures working in public health and smoking intervention in the UAE.

The winning team will receive an award and may additionally have their proposal passed on to local public health authorities for official review or perhaps even be able to present their solution at the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH), to be held in Abu Dhabi in March, 2015.

Organized by

Sarah Batbold Conference Co-Chair, Community Outreach

Emma McGee Conference Co-Chair, Marketing and Social Media

Kharisa Rachmasari Community Outreach

Alyssa Ferreira Logistics and Outreach

Kelly Dougherty Finance and Logistics