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Faculty hosts the 51st Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) Conference 2019 at the Amari Watergate, Bangkok from November 21st to 22nd, “SDGs, New Approach for Public Health”

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The APACPH Executive Council Meeting was held 19th to 20th chaired by outgoing president Professor Dr. Masamine Jimba, Tokyo University, Japan. The APACPH Executive Council Committee was held in the Surin Osathanugrah Meeting Room at the Faculty Phaya Thai Campus. The former minutes were approved, the Top Managers presented their reports followed by the Regional Directors and other collaborative initiatives were finalized.

The PreConference Program was opened 9 am 20th November with Keynote Speakers, Opening Remarks from Associate Professor Dr. Ying-Wei Wang, Director-General, Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan and speakers discussing a wide range of topics and cases including “Diversity and Inclusiveness”, “Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation” and “Partnership Building”.

The Conference Program was officially opened Thursday 21st November at the Amari Watergate Hotel, with Welcome Remarks by Professor Dr. Banchong Mahasavariya, President of Mahidol University, Thailand and Chair of 51st APACPH Organizing Committee, Welcome Remarks by Professor Dr. Wah-Yun Low, newly elected President of APACPH, University of Malaya, Malaysia, Opening Remarks by Associate Professor Dr. Soranit Siltharm, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, Thailand and a Welcome Performance, “Sound of Siam”.

APACPH Award Presentations were made by APACPH President Wah-Yun Low to Professor Kazue K McLaren for the Leadership Achievement Award and Dr. Samlee Plianbangchang, Former Director of the WHO South-East Asia Region, Thailand. The APACPH Public Health Recognition Award was presented to Professor Dr. Myong-Sei Sohn, APACPH President Emeritus, South Korea, while the APACPH Excellence in Leadership Medallion was given to Associate Professor Dr. Yupha Udomsakdi, Former Minister of Education and Founder of Department of Health Education, Faculty of Public Health, Thailand and Professor Dr. Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, Former Minister of Public Health, Thailand.

The APACPH Medal of Merit was awarded to Professor Dr. Jung-Der Wang, Former Dean of the College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taiwan and Professor Dr. Banchong Mahaisavariya, President of Mahidol University, Thailand.

The two-day conference provided several plenary sessions on SDGs, climate change and social justice, 10 parallel sessions, 51 oral presentations, 23 “Turbo Talks” and numerous poster presentations.

The conference was officially closed from 3:30 to 5:30 pm with an award presentations, photo competition results and Keynote Speech on “Health Road and Belt and SDGs” by Professor Dr. Wang Hui, Dean, School of Public Health, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China and “Dialogue: Public Health and Global Health Education and SDGs” by APACP President Wah-Yun Low, University of Malaya, Malaysia and Professor Dr. Kee-Seng Chia National University of Singapore, Singapore followed by Closing Remarks. The final presentation was from next year’s host, University of Airlangga, Indonesia.