2023 President’s Annual Report
Improving global public health preparedness, response and equity 
Right the Future

York leads five-year project to improve global healthcare systems  

In September 2022, York University received a $7.25-million grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to lead a five-year project aimed at improving disease outbreak management and policies for vulnerable populations.  

Led by Assistant Professor Jude Kong from the Faculty of Science, the project will develop equitable and responsible AI solutions and big data approaches to enhance public health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries by prioritizing prevention, early detection and control of emerging infectious diseases while acknowledging the ethical implications of AI solutions and the role of climate change. 

Through a diverse array of partnerships, the project’s goal is to improve public health preparedness and response and address global inequities in ways that serve marginalized communities and individuals.