About John

Dr. John Ward is Director of the Division of Viral Hepatitis at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During his tenure, Dr. Ward has guided development of national viral hepatitis surveillance, prevention research, policies and programs including those to promote education, vaccination, and testing with linkage to care and treatment. Dr. Ward initiated two Institute of Medicine (IOM) reviews of viral hepatitis prevention in the United States, and authored the first Action Plan for Viral Hepatitis Prevention, Care, and Treatment for the United States. Globally, Dr. Ward serves as an expert consultant to the World Health Organization, other international organizations and national ministries of health.  Dr. Ward’s experience includes 14 years in the field of HIV/AIDS conducting early studies of HIV transmission, natural history and directing national HIV/AIDS surveillance. Dr. Ward has authored over 150 scientific publications, served as Editor of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), and served as Editor for Silent Victories, a history of public health in the 20th century published in 2007 by Oxford University Press.  Dr. Ward received his MD degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Alabama Hospitals. He holds a clinical faculty appointment with the Department of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

This speaker will be presenting at the following session(s)

  • How to develop successful awareness raising campaigns? Harnessing the learning from civil society and other global initiatives

    Parallel workshop

    Day: 1 November

    Time: 15:30

    Chair: Achim Kautz, Leberhilfe Projekt gUG

    Chair: Dr. Sema Mandal, Public Health England


    • Introduction.
    • Presentation from a communications expert.
    • Dr. Renata Schiavo, ‎Strategic Communication Resources, and Health Equity Initiative, and Columbia University
    • Examples, data selection, interaction of NGOs and governments.
    • The US example.
    • Dr. John Ward, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Discussion.

    Session objectives:

    • Lessons learnt from global awareness strategies in other fields.
    • Lessons learnt from major hepatitis awareness strategies.
    • Identify key data needed to structure awareness strategies.
    • How a global awareness strategy can be used - based on local data - at a local level?