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[Registration Closed] (Webinar) HGPI Special Seminar: Grassroots Efforts to Change Society in Response to COVID-19 – The Movement to Transform Healthcare Led by COV-Navi (March 30, 2021)

[Registration Closed] (Webinar) HGPI Special Seminar: Grassroots Efforts to Change Society in Response to COVID-19  – The Movement to Transform Healthcare Led by COV-Navi  (March 30, 2021)

Over the past year, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19, caused by SARS-Cov-2) has caused an unprecedented social, economic, cultural, educational, and healthcare crisis for Japan and the entire world. The SARS-Cov-2 pandemic has clouded the future, allowing information of varying quality to spread freely. Even experts have struggled to disseminate accurate, reliable information. In Japan, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Cabinet Secretariat, and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) have been providing the public with information on the situation surrounding SARS-Cov-2, but as many have pointed out, it is still difficult for people to learn what they need to know due to challenges related to the timely provision, presentation, and sheer amount of information. Similar difficulties are arising with information on the COVID-19 vaccine, which began being administered to the first priority group, medical personnel, in February 2021. However, great amounts of disinformation using sensational headlines meant to cause anxiety towards vaccination and medical misinformation are appearing in traditional media like variety shows and weekly magazines, as well as on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. For members of the public, not knowing which information to believe has been a source of confusion.

To respond to this situation, about 30 expert volunteers including healthcare professionals and researchers launched COV-Navi on February 7, 2021. As the information on COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines are constantly being updated, COV-Navi’s mission is to deliver accurate information on those topics to as many people as possible. To do that, participating experts discussed how to craft expressions and explanations to best enhance public understanding and which tools to use to transmit that information. The result of those discussions and focused efforts are the current COV-Navi site. Under normal circumstances, the information provided by COV-Navi would be disseminated as part of official science and risk communication from the government, but there are limitations to what government organizations can currently accomplish. As such, grassroots efforts like COV-Navi have generated a great deal of interest.

Looking to the future, in the medium to long term, Japan must overcome issues related to a declining birthrate, an aging population, and the need to rebuild a society hit hard by COVID-19. While it is likely public finances will be severely constrained, there is hope that initiatives undertaken by civil society such as COV-Navi will provide other methods of overcoming the various issues facing healthcare. In this special HGPI seminar, we will host Dr. Kensuke Yoshimura, a COV-Navi representative who plays a central role in the project. He will introduce COV-Navi’s current activities and discuss its background, current challenges, and future prospects with HGPI Board Member and CEO Mr. Ryoji Noritake. Together, they will examine efforts required for broader health communication in Japanese society.

 

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Speaker:

  • Dr. Kensuke Yoshimura (Representative, COV-Navi; Representative Director, Group for Health and Medical Literacy Promotion)

Moderator:

  • Mr. Ryoji Noritake (CEO, Board Member, Health and Global Policy Institute)

Date & Time: 18:30-20:00, Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Venue: Zoom Webinar (*This event will be live streaming on the Facebook)

Participation Fee: Free

■Language: Japanese
*Please note that this seminar is available in Japanese only. An English report of this event will be published in due course.

■Participant Capacity: 500

Profile:

  • Dr. Kensuke Yoshimura (Representative, COV-Navi; Representative Director, Group for Health and Medical Literacy Promotion)

Dr. Kensuke Yoshimura is a physician and possesses a Master of Public Health degree and a Doctor of Medicine degree. He was born in 1978. His specialties are healthcare policy, public health, and mental health. He serves as Director and specially-appointed Professor at the Chiba University Hospital’s Center for Next Generation of Community Health. Dr. Yoshimura is a graduate of Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine, the University of Tokyo Graduate School, and Chiba University Graduate School. He previously served as a Medical Technical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. In April 2020, he joined the Secretariat of Chiba Prefecture’s Task Force on Novel Coronavirus Infections.

  • Mr. Ryoji Noritake (CEO, Board Member, Health and Global Policy Institute)

Mr. Ryoji Noritake is the CEO, Board Member of Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI), a Tokyo-based independent and non-profit health policy think tank established in 2004. He is a graduate of Keio University’s Faculty of Policy Management, holds a MSc in Medical Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He served as a Visiting Scholar at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (2016-2020) and a member of Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Policy Discussion Roundtable for Super Ageing Society (2018). He is currently serving as a member of Salzburg Global Seminar’s Advisory Council and various health related committees in Japan and the world.

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