In a step that reflects a well merited global acknowledgement of his achievements and inputs in the field of public health, Professor of Health Policy and Systems in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Dr. Fadi El-Jardali, was appointed on October 2017 as a Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Health Research Policy and Systems (HARPS) Journal. Dr. Jardali, who is also the Director of the Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center at FHS, and Co-Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Evidence Informed Policy and Practice based at AUB, will serve along with Dr. Tari Turner at Monash University, Melbourne, who is also assigned for the same role.
“My appointment as the new Co-Editor-in Chief for HARPS is an honor and a challenge”, stated Dr. El Jardali. “I look forward to advance the science and practice of evidence-informed policymaking globally and bring the voice and experience of the Arab world and Global South to the discussion”, he added.
Dean of FHS Dr. Iman Nuwayhid stated considered that “this is a well-deserved recognition of Dr. El-Jardali’s contributions to the field but more so it is yet another recognition of FHS and AUB as a global leader in advancing the field of health policy and systems research”.
The nomination and selection process was based on the significant contribution to the field and the long publication history on the use research and evidence in health policymaking and related topics. Dr. El-Jardali’s selection follows several publications in HARPS, the first dating back to 2011.
Founded by the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the American University of Beirut, the K2P Center is one of the three Centers of research, practice, and policy at FHS representing its 360° system-network approach to shaping public health policies in the Arab region. FHS is committed to serve as a platform for engaging the international community in the public health context of this region, and as a result, influencing the global public health discourse.
K2P aims to be a leading hub for strengthening public health policy and improving health outcomes in the Arab world through collective problem solving. The center harnesses the best available evidence on pressing public health priorities; convenes concerned policy makers, stakeholders, thinkers, researchers and doers; and prepares leaders to meet pressing health issues by building their capacity in public health policy making. Since its establishment, and thanks to its substantial inputs over the last few years, K2P has become highly recognized within the public health and policy scheme in Lebanon, the region and beyond.
HARPS (IF 2.271) was established in 2003 with the mandate to further “the intellectual debate and discourse on the important role of evidence-informed health research policy and systems”. The journal has been a vehicle and a forum for the dissemination of high quality and timely research on the role of research in strengthening health systems and improving health outcomes.