Dr. Chan was part of a team that trained over 90 students at the Humanitarian Studies Initiative Disaster Simulation in Andover, MA in April 2011. The 3-day simulation training focused in part on humanitarian technologies and their use during humanitarian emergencies. During the training, student teams responded to simulated crises in the Harold Parker State Forest and used text messages and proprietary software to communicate while in the simulated field. Our own Usha Periyanayagam (NU EM ‘13) and Izzy Pines (NU-MPH 2011) attended.
In collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Humanitarian Training Initiative, Dr. Chan trained 30 health practitioners in Tunisia in December. WHO staff, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Providers, and others were trained on how to use humanitarian technologies and integrate live mapping into decision making during a simulated humanitarian emergency.