2017 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health

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The 2017 annual international conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) took place April 8-12, 2017, in Hammamet, Tunisia. The theme of the conference, which was held in conjunction with the World Summit on Social Accountability, was “Improving the Impact of Educational Institutions on People’s Health.” The program included keynote addresses, didactic sessions, workshops, and poster sessions related to this theme.

One highlight of the conference was the session presenting winners of the fifth annual Projects That Work competition, sponsored and organized by FAIMER, which showcased six projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the conference theme for three years or longer. An annual feature of The Network: TUFH conference, Projects That Work recognizes excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, in order to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 27 submissions, from which six were selected by an international panel of 20 reviewers.

The winning 2017 Projects That Work projects were represented at the conference by (pictured above, left to right) Mercedes Bernadá (Uruguay), Safinah Kisu Museene (Uganda), Esoh Godfrey Nji (Cameroon), Pushpanjali Krishnappa (India), Jana Muller (South Africa), and Julieta Dorado (Philippines). The session was moderated by Ralf Graves, FAIMER Director of Regional Institutes. The projects were presented in a combined panel discussion/poster presentation format to maximize potential for collaboration and sharing between attendees and presenters.

The conference also featured the winners of the third annual Student Projects for Health competition. Sponsored by FAIMER and GEMx, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes the work of students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. The competition was open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 130 submissions from which 14 projects were selected by an international panel of 23 reviewers. The students produced posters describing their work, which they presented during two interactive sessions.

Projects That Work and Student Projects for Health will also be features of the next Network: TUFH conference to be held in Limerick, Ireland, August 16-20, 2018. Applications are expected to open in early 2018.

2016 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health

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2016 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for HealthThe 2016 annual international conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) took place July 26-30, 2016, in Shenyang, China. Hosted in partnership with China Medical University, the conference theme was “Building Trust: A Global Challenge in Health System Reform.” The program included keynote addresses, didactic sessions, workshops, and poster sessions related to this theme. For the first time the conference also featured a new plenary format called “TUFH Talks” that included several three-minute presentations by individuals followed by commentary on each from a panel of experts.

A highlight of the 2016 Network: TUFH conference was the session presenting winners of the fourth annual Projects That Work competition, sponsored and organized by FAIMER, which showcased four projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the conference theme for three years or longer. An annual feature of The Network: TUFH conference, Projects That Work recognizes excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, in order to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 33 submissions, from which five were selected by an international panel of 12 reviewers. One of the winning projects has been deferred for presentation to the 2017 conference.

The winning 2016 Projects That Work projects were represented at the conference by (pictured above, left to right) Jachin Velavan (India), Doreen Mloka (Tanzania), Marco Sosa (Colombia), and Eric Rucogoza (Rwanda). The session was moderated by Ralf Graves, FAIMER Director of Regional Institutes. The projects were presented in a combined panel discussion/workshop format to maximize potential for collaboration and sharing amongst attendees.

The conference also featured the winners of the second annual Student Projects for Health competition. Sponsored by FAIMER and GEMxSM, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes the work of students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. The competition was open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 68 submissions from which 20 students were selected by an international panel of 13 reviewers. The students produced posters describing their work, which they presented during two interactive sessions.

Projects That Work and Student Projects for Health will also be features of the next Network: TUFH conference to be held in Tunis, Tunisia, April 8-12, 2017. Applications for both competitions will open in early September.

2015 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health

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network-newsThe 2015 annual international conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) took place September 12-16, 2015, in Gauteng Province, South Africa. Held jointly with the annual conference of the South African Association for Health Educationalists (SAAHE), the conference theme was “Education for Change.” The program included keynote addresses, didactic sessions, workshops, and poster sessions related to this theme, as well as site visits to local community health care facilities.

A highlight of the 2015 Network: TUFH conference was the session presenting winners of the third annual Projects That Work competition, sponsored and organized by FAIMER, which showcased five projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the conference theme for three years or longer. An annual feature of The Network: TUFH conference, Projects That Work recognizes excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, in order to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 30 submissions, from which five were selected by an international panel of 13 reviewers.

The winning 2015 Projects That Work projects were represented at the conference by (pictured above, left to right) Rukhsana Ayub Aslam (Pakistan), Aminkeng Zawuo Leke (Cameroon), Carolina Araújo Damasio Santos (Brazil), Vidyadhar Balkrishna Bangal (India), and Suvetha Kannappan (India). The session was moderated by Ralf Graves, FAIMER Director of Regional Institutes. The projects were presented in a combined panel discussion/workshop format to maximize potential for collaboration and sharing amongst attendees.

This year’s conference also featured the introduction of a new program highlight. Sponsored by FAIMER and GEMx®, the Student Projects for Health competition recognized the work of students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. The competition was open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 73 submissions from which 17 students were selected by an international panel of 20 reviewers. The students produced posters describing their work, which they presented during an interactive session of the conference.

Projects That Work and Student Projects for Health will also be features of the next Network: TUFH conference to be held in Shenyang, China, July 26-30, 2016. Applications for both competitions will open in early January. Look here for an announcement.

Winners of the 2015 Projects That Work Competition

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of five winners of its third annual Projects That Work competition. A representative of each project will be sponsored by FAIMER to attend the joint conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE), to be held September 12-16 in Gauteng Province, South Africa. Winners will discuss their work during a panel session designed to give conference attendees insights about factors that have contributed to their projects’ success and sustainability.

The winners of the 2015 Projects That Work competition are:

A Arte de Nascer (The Art of Being Born)
Carolina Araújo Damasio Santos, Brazil

Diabetes Management in Rural Communities: Student Nurses Make a Difference Using Point-of-Care Testing
Aminkeng Zawuo Leke, Cameroon

Improving Health of Women in Garment Industries through Needs Assessment and Peer Health Education
Suvetha Kannappan, India

Sustaining Positive Change in MDG 4 and 5 through Building of “Village Aarogya Banks” in Rural and Tribal India
Vidyadhar Balkrishna Bangal, India

Using Service Learning to Develop Social Responsibility in Students and Improve Health of Women through Improved Health Literacy Action
Rukhsana Ayub Aslam, Pakistan

More detailed information on the 2015 winners and their projects will follow soon.

(posted June 16, 2015; updated June 1, 2016)

Abstract Submission Deadline for the Joint 2015 Conference of The Network: TUFH and SAAHE Extended to May 11

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Abstracts are now being accepted for the joint 2015 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH)and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE), to be held September 12-16, 2015, in Gauteng Province, South Africa. The conference organizers invite abstracts containing empirical, theoretical, or descriptive studies relevant to the subtheme for which the abstract is being submitted. Any contribution reflecting progress or containing new ideas will be considered.

Detailed information on the abstract submission process, including format, themes and subthemes, and the review process can be found on the website of the 2015 Network: TUFH Conference.

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to May 11, 2015.

(posted March 4, 2015; updated March 9, 2015, April 15, 2015, May 8, 2015)

Registration for the Joint 2015 Conference of The Network: TUFH and SAAHE Is Now Open

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Registration is now open for the joint conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE), to be held in Gauteng Province, South Africa, September 12-16, 2015. The theme of the conference is “Education for Change.”

Joint hosting of The Network: TUFH and SAAHE annual conferences provides an opportunity to build on the strengths of two great organizations to discuss the education of health professionals, with a focus on excellence and relevance to community health needs.

To learn more, please visit the conference website.

2014 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health

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network-news-2014The 2014 annual international conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) took place November 19-23, 2014, in Fortaleza, Brazil. The conference theme was “Strengthening Health Professions Education as a Policy to Improve Health,” and its program included keynote addresses, didactic sessions, workshops, and poster sessions built around this theme, as well as site visits to local community health care facilities.

A highlight of the 2014 Network: TUFH conference was the session presenting winners of the second annual Projects That Work competition, sponsored and organized by FAIMER, which showcased seven projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the conference theme for three years or longer. An annual feature of The Network: TUFH conference, Projects That Work recognizes excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, in order to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 64 submissions, from which seven were selected by an international panel of 13 reviewers.

The 2014 Projects That Work winning projects were represented at the conference by (pictured above, left to right) Hoffie Conradie (South Africa), Patricia Kelly (South Africa), Gavin MacGregor (South Africa), Suhasini Jayantilal Nagda (India), Damas Dukundane (Rwanda), Michèle Twomey (South Africa), and Jenny Paola Salamanca Preciado (Colombia). The panel discussion was moderated by FAIMER Vice President for Education Bill Burdick.

Projects That Work will also be a feature of the next Network: TUFH conference to be held in Pretoria, South Africa, September 12-16, 2015. Check back in January for an announcement of the opening of the 2015 competition application.

FAIMER Announces the 2014 Projects That Work Competition Winners

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of seven winners of its second annual Projects That Work competition. A representative of each project will be sponsored by FAIMER to attend the 2014 annual meeting of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH), to be held November 19-23 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Winners will discuss their work in a panel session of The Network: TUFH meeting to give conference attendees insights about factors that have contributed to these projects’ success and sustainability. An open worldwide call resulted in 64 submissions from which seven were selected by an international panel of 13 reviewers. The Projects That Work competition is an ongoing feature of The Network: TUFH annual meeting.

Many education innovation projects in health professions institutions are implemented, but only some result in significant, sustained change. Projects That Work are projects that have survived beyond initial implementation and have had a significant positive impact on health, the community, or the school over three or more years.

For more information, including the names of the 2014 winners and their projects, please see the full press release.

2014 Network: Towards Unity for Health Conference Registration Extended through August 31

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The 2014 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) will be held November 19-23, 2014, in Fortaleza, Brazil. The theme of this year’s conference is “Strengthening Health Professions Education as a Policy to Improve Health.”

Registration has been extended through August 31, 2014. For more information, visit: http://www.the-networktufh.org/.

Projects That Work Application Deadline Extended through July 15, 2014

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FAIMER is pleased to announce that the application deadline for the 2014 Projects That Work competition has been extended through July 15, 2014.

FAIMER will sponsor a representative of up to five selected projects to attend the 2014 Network: Towards Unity for Health conference in Fortaleza, Brazil, November 19-23, 2014. This year the Projects That Work competition will showcase projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the 2014 conference theme, “Strengthening Health Professions Education as a Policy to Improve Health,” for three years or longer. Sponsorship includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee.

The intent of the Projects That Work initiative is to recognize excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, as well as to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects.

For more information about the Projects That Work competition, as well as descriptions of the winning 2013 projects, click here.

To apply for the 2014 competition, click here.

 

(posted April 25, 2014; updated June 30, 2014)